About the course

Version 4.0 of the PCI DSS was published on 31 March 2022 to meet the evolving cyber security needs of the payments industry, promote security as a continuous process and enable organisations to use different methods to achieve their security objectives.

To provide organisations with the time to implement the more complex requirements of version 4.0, the current PCI DSS v3.2.1 will remain active for two years until it is retired on 31 March 2024. If you require an introduction to PCI DSS v3.2.1, please purchase our Self-paced online course.

The PCI DSS Foundation Training Course provides a comprehensive introduction to PCI DSS v4.0. Delivered by an experienced PCI DSS consultant, this one-day course explains the requirements of the Standard and how they can be applied to protect payment card data within your organisation.

Course Outlines

Course Agenda

  • What the PCI DSS is and how it helps protect payment card data.
  • The process of paying by card and the types of transaction.
  • The PCI DSS ecosystem with its development cycle and related standards.
  • Where the Standard applies and examples of cardholder risk.
  • The six control objectives of the PCI DSS.
  • The purpose of the 12 PCI DSS requirements.
  • Non-applicability and compensating controls.
  • The enforcement process and the implications of non-compliance.
  • Comparisons of different compliance programmes and merchant level structures.
  • SAQ criteria and how to select the correct SAQ.
  • Determining the scope and applicability of the PCI DSS.
  • PCI DSS documentation and evidence requirements.

Course Details

Course duration and times

Day 1: 9:30am – 5:00pm

PCI DSS Foundation exam

Candidates take the PCI DSS Foundation (PCI F) exam set by IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications). There is no extra charge for this exam.

  • Delivery method: Online
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Questions: 40
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Pass mark: 65%

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

No prior knowledge or qualifications are required, and the course content is suitable for non-technical and technical staff.

Who should attend this course?

Anyone accepting credit card payments, including merchants, third-party service providers, and acquirers. The course is suitable for a broad audience, including departments such as finance, internal audits, IT, sales, and business.

This course is also suitable for executives, managers, staff, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the PCI DSS and its requirements.

What’s included in this course?

  • Full course materials (digital copy provided as a PDF file);
  • The PCI DSS Foundation exam; and
  • A certificate of attendance.

What equipment do I need?

You will need a laptop for the duration of your course and exam.


PCI DSS Foundation Training


This one-day course explains the requirements of the PCI DSS v4.0 Standard and how they can be applied to protect payment card data within your organisation.

Course Cost: €600 (Excl. VAT)