Certificate in Freedom of Information – Two Day Online Course

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Date: Thursday and Friday, 25th and 26 April 2024
Time: Day 1 – 9.30am – 4.00pm,  Day 2 – 9.30am – 12.30pm
CPD: 9 CPD Hours
Accreditation: The Institute of Commercial Management
Method of Delivery
: Online
Fee: €1150


Freedom of Information (FOI) is now an established and fully-accepted feature of all Government departments and offices and many public or publicly-funded bodies in Ireland (now known as “FOI bodies”). The Freedom of Information Act 2014 establishes the following statutory rights for the public:

  • The right to be granted access to records held by FOI bodies, subject to exemptions and exclusions set out in the Act
  • The right to apply to FOI bodies for the amendment of personal information in records held by them, on the grounds that it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
  • A general right to apply to FOI bodies for, and obtain, reasons and underlying material fact-finding in respect of administrative decisions or “acts”, subject to certain conditions.

In addition, the Act obliges FOI bodies to publish information about themselves, the information they hold, and the internal guidelines and precedents they use in decision-making, as well as proactively publishing information of relevance or interest to the public which would routinely be accessible by way of FOI request.

The Act further obliges FOI bodies to familiarise themselves with, and have regard to, the Code of Practice for FOI which has been drawn up by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

This online course provides an introduction to, and grounding in, the main aspects of the legislation as well as the grounds for non-disclosure.

As well as sharing an FOI body practitioner’s experience, it will include a case study in how to apply the Act in a practical context, and take a look at the role of the Information Commissioner and the courts on appeal. It is designed to be a practical and focused course for any public servant involved in the provision of information to the public.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of the course, delegates will have acquired a knowledge and developed skills and techniques which will give them the ability to perform better in this complex and demanding role.

On completion of the course participants will:

Intended Audience

The course is suitable for information and records management staff in the public sector including the civil service, bodies and agencies, local authorities, further and higher educational establishments, emergency services, defence forces, the health sector and non-governmental organisations


This course is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).

Attendees will receive an ICM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training Award on successful completion of the course and a short written assignment.

Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.


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