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FERPA Confidentiality of Student Information Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer 3 Types of FERPA Confidentiality of Student Information Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned FERPA certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the FERPA Confidentiality of Student Information Training Course?

Our FERPA training course is perfect for those who handle education records, especially school administrators or office aides, but also government educational agencies or organizations hired by educational institutions. This course covers the purpose and scope of FERPA, regulations for institutional access, personal access, and consequences for nonalignment.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for a final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a practical exam to assess basic skills and knowledge.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1 to 1.5 hours.

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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FERPA Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 34 CFR 99

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need FERPA Safety Training?

    Although FERPA does not require specific training, to remain in alignment with the regulations and to avoid Cease & Desist orders from the U.S. Department of Education (and possibly losing access to federal funding), persons who work with students or parents of students, and who handle education records, should be trained to use and dispose of them properly in order to protect students’ rights and privacy.

    Stay Informed On All Things FERPA

    Did You Know?

    45-50 educational institutions reported malware and ransomware attacks during the first year of COVID-19.

    Ransomware remediation costs average more than $600,000 per event.

    Because FERPA does not require the disclosure of information breaches, many more incidents go unreported.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are examples of FERPA violations?

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    Some egregious examples of FERPA violations might be selling student data to marketing companies, or selling LMS login information on the black market. Less severe instances might include posting school videos on social media, or posting names and grades on the classroom door.

    Whom does FERPA protect?

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    FERPA protects schoolchildren and college students by restricting who can see their education records. Although originally designed to allow parents to see and change information on behalf of their children, it has grown to include protecting student privacy by keeping education records out of the hands of malicious users and identity thieves.

    What was FERPA created to protect against?

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    FERPA was originally written to protect children from inaccuracies or misleadingly prejudicial information in their school records. This could have included cases of mistaken identity, or just unfortunate gossip in teacher notes. FERPA allows parents to change that information on behalf of underage students, or for college students to request necessary corrections.

    Can FERPA help me change my grades?

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    No. FERPA is not concerned with individual grades or scores, as long as that information is accurate according to educator grading policies. Such changes would need to go through your school administrator or a complaint process at your school. But FERPA does allow you or your parents to see your grades and verify that your scores are yours, rather than somebody else’s.

    Can I sue my school for FERPA violations?

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    No. The Supreme Court has ruled that parents and students do not have that kind of legal power through FERPA. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you may report that violation to the Department of Education and they will investigate your educational institution. If that institution is found to not comply, then the Department of Education may take action to bring them back into alignment.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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