The CPSA has some overlap with IAPP’s CIPP in terms of the topics covered, but they are different tests and different ways to demonstrate knowledge of the field. The body of knowledge and the depth of knowledge about certain issues tested on the CPSA differs substantially from the CIPP. The CPSA is focused on knowledge of privacy law and regulation.
The CPSA need not be an alternative to the CIPP. Professionals who have a CIPP can now further distinguish themselves with a CPSA. The CPSA offers professionals an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of privacy and data security law based on what Professors Solove and Schwartz deem to be essential and important. We encourage professionals to take both the CIPP and CPSA exams.