Step by step to becoming an accredited training organisation (ATO)
Registration is the first non-binding step towards gaining accreditation as a training organisation according to ICO. You will not incur any costs or obligations by registering. To register, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your organisation and the first name and surname of the contact person. We will contact you as soon as possible.
We need to make sure that you have established an education-specific management system for training and are continuously improving it. In doing so, we pay attention to specific processes and procedures as well as documentation, which you can take from our template for auditing training organizations. Using this template, you will conduct a self-assessment and submit your documentation for document review.
Once all the required documents have been submitted, we will review their content and, if necessary, ask you for clarification at one point or another. If all documents meet the requirements, the following steps will be taken:
Sending the contracts and invoice for the annual fee
On receipt of the annual fee you will receive your vouchers (8x € 50,- for the ICO store) – Valid 1 year
The requirements for the training organization described in the contract are divided into a general and a topic-specific area:
Requirements for the training organization
Requirements for the trainers
The requirements also depend on the size of the ATO. The checklists will help you compile the information and evidence required in each case.
Once you have the signed contract and the annual fee has been transferred, you can get started.
Training organizations whose accreditation of another person certifier has been recognized by the ICO will receive temporary approval for one year. Sufficient time for trainers to catch up on the necessary prerequisites, such as the ICO exams, and for ATOs to provide the relevant documents.
After successful examination of the submitted documents, in particular the data protection procedures and the paid annual fee, a temporary accreditation takes place. If at least 1 trainer per training course has an ICO certification, you will be approved as an accredited training organization of the ICO and receive the corresponding documents.
From this point on you are allowed to offer the corresponding trainings with ICO certification and to use the ICO logo "Accredited Training Organization".
ICO AG has the right at any time, especially for data protection reasons, to check whether the transfer of personal data to ICO complies with the law.
Furthermore, together with the training organization and the trainers, organizational measures can be decided upon, which specifically serve the regular and continuous improvement. The implementation of these measures and the results are to be monitored, documented and reported to the ICO by the ATO.