The British Computer Society Information Systems Examinations Board has introduced a foundation certificate in IT law to help computer professionals deal with contract, compliance and management issues.
The qualification's syllabus, which has been designed for non-legal professionals, covers contracts, privacy legislation, digital evidence, intellectual property and copyright, employment, governance and accessibility.
Legal firm Pinsent Masons is the first company accredited to offer the course, which will be run by six lawyers, led by Pinsent Masons partner Rosemary Jay, a specialist in information law.
Jay's team was previously involved in delivering the firm's Freedom of Information Act course.
Jay said, "IT and law are fundamentally entwined and, for the IT professional, a basic knowledge of the law is now required. Ignorance about legal rules can have a devastating effect on businesses.
"The course can save businesses unnecessary legal issues and costs. There is also the extra benefit of a recognised qualification to ensure quality in the training programme."
The three-day course costs £800, and the syllabus can be found online.