The Freedom of Information Act Certification
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) ensures that public bodies and organisations uphold the principles of transparency and trustworthiness when it comes to storing and sharing information.
It outlines how and why organisations must share details of their activities with the public.
In this course, you will learn about the history and purposes of the FOIA, how it is implemented and what it means for individuals and companies in the public sector.
You will Learn:
- Why the UK government passed the FOIA, the principles behind the act and the bodies that fall within its scope
- The circumstances under which information falls into the remit of the act, who can make a request for information and how organisations should respond to requests
- The main duties you have under the Act, including the duty to proactively publish information detailing the activities of your organisation
- Additional pieces of legislation that you may need to consider when publishing and sharing information under the FOIA, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Equality Act 2010
Benefits of Taking this Course:
- If you work for a body covered by the act, this course will help you fulfil your obligations under the law
- If you wish to make a request for information under the act, this course will help you understand your rights
- If you are interested in privacy and data protection issues, this course will help further your understanding of these topics
- If you have a general interest in UK law, this course will further your knowledge of a variety of legal issues
Who can take the Freedom of Information Act Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 4 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 4 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 4 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Freedom of Information Act Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 2.5 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.