Level 1 “Introduction to Sports Data Protection” is the first certification program offered by the SDA focused on introducing best practice and general principles for those involved in the Sports industry . This certification forms the foundation for subsequent certification level and focuses on the practical and commercial skills focused on respect, reputation and responsibility when using data and digital in sports.  The 4-hour certification program involves a practical training course (75%) and examination (25%) with multiple-choice and short-answer to case studies.

Importance of the Level 1 Certification

Level 1 showcases your commitment to a global standard in sports data protection. It allows you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive sports environment. Consider how obtaining Level 1 can accelerate your career:

  • Skill Validation: Demonstrate sports data compliance to yourself, employers and commercial partners
  • Personal Development: Invest in yourself by earning certifications that are challenging and respected by industry
  • Career Flexibility: Obtain sports industry understanding that is globally relevant and respected across multiple lines of business

Candidate Profile

The Level 1  program is open to anyone who has an interest in or currently works at sports clubs, sports teams and sports performance with under 5 years experience. From sports science students to sports marketing professionals, the Level 1 certification is ideal for those who:

  • Understand the fundamentals and methodologies of sports data protection and privacy
  • Want to hone and validate their competence and skills
  • Works closely with athletes (e.g. coaches, support staff)
  • Work as part of a larger team to provide support for sports improvement or new projects
  • Work extensively with data in their day-to-day work 
Principles and Best PracticeIntermediate
Risk Identification and PrivacyBasic
Process ImprovementsBasic
Legal FrameworksBasic
Tools and TechnologiesIntermediate

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1. Registration for LEVEL 1 ONLINE

Before registering for your Level 1 online certification, please ensure you take the time to understand the following:

  • Choose Exam Date: Exams are online and available 365 days a year
  • Governing Body:  Notify us of your governing body upon registration, they will be contacted upon successful completion of your compliance certification.
  • Exam Fee:  Exam fee is $300 USD per individual (or equivalent local currency).  Student discounts are available.


The Level 1 certification does not require specific reading preparation. However there are a number of useful learning materials on the website that may assist candidates, depending on your level of experience. We  would recommend candidates familiarize themselves with the following pre-reading:

3. Sit the Exam

  • Allow 4-hours for the online course and exam
  • All exams are in English
  • You will be required to upload to your computer a valid piece of government-issued photo identification (e.g. passport or driver license)
  • We recommend a quiet room where you can learn and test uninterrupted
  • Further details about the Level 1 online testing policies can be found in our FAQ Section

4. Exam Results

Results are mailed to candidates within 2 weeks of the exam. Should you need to re-sit the exam the Re-Take Fee is US$100 (or equivalent in your local currency). This fee covers the administration, online testing and manual grading required for the exam.

5. Progress

The certification will be valid 5 years and you will be presented with an official “Certificate of Completion”.

Candidates may additionally seek to complete the more advanced Level 2 course (similar format) which focuses on the Management of Sports Data and Sports Digital within the sports environment (e.g. processes, governance, reporting, more technical and leadership focused than Level 1).  This is suitable for people with 5+ years industry experience.

Register for the LEVEL 1 EXAMS