ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence)

About ICDL

The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is the world’s leading end-user computer skills certification program offering youth an internationally accredited certification at no cost. The program raises candidates’ level of ICT and computer skills and increases their level of competency in using personal computers and common computer applications. ICDL also improves job prospects by providing an internationally recognized qualification.

ICDL is available in 146 countries and has been translated into 38 languages. It has become a global benchmark adopted by governments, international organizations and the international business community alike.

ICDL has its origin in Europe and is owned and coordinated by the European Computer Driving License Foundation (ECDL-F), a non-profit organization that’s based in Dublin, Ireland. The Foundation was formed to coordinate the introduction and cooperation of the ICDL/ECDL Concept throughout the world through a network of licensees. The ICDL is an international version of ECDL for use outside the EU countries. It is identical to ECDL in terms of syllabus and test content, as well as methods of testing, auditing and accreditation.

The ICDL is the only European Union recognized IT qualification at present. The ECDL-F has produced a set of standards and quality guidelines which govern the procedures for the ICDL concept and ensure its operation in a consistent manner in all member countries through adherence to these common quality standards.
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What is it?

ICDL is a test of practical skills and competencies which consists of seven separate modules covering computer theory and practice. To achieve an ICDL certification, candidate must successfully pass a test in all seven modules.

ICDL Module 1 is a theoretical test of computing knowledge at a general level and modules 2-7 are practical skills tests, as follows:

Module 1 - Concepts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Module 2 - Using the Computer and Managing Files
Module 3 - Word Processing
Module 4 - Spreadsheets
Module 5 - Using Databases
Module 6 - Presentation
Module 7 - Web Browsing and Communication

Who is ICDL for?
ICDL is an information technology certificate for all citizens. It is intended for those who need to, or wish to, know how to use a personal computer. It is suitable for people from every work discipline and for those entering the job market and wish to have IT knowledge and skills in compliance with international standards.

Benefits of ICDL

The ICDL has countless benefits for its holders, organizations, and the society at large.

Benefits for Candidates:

Increases essential ICT knowledge/skills
Increases confidence in computer use
Provides internationally-recognized qualification
Improves job prospects and job mobility
Provides a platform from which to move on to higher-level ICT education

Benefits for Employers:

Increases productivity
Reduces costs
Increases the quality of employee output
Reduces time wasted
Makes better use of ICT resources
Provides a better return on ICT investment

ECDL Foundation

The ECDL Foundation is the global governing body of the world's leading end-user computer skills certification program, European Computer Driving License (ECDL), which is known as International Computer Driving License (ICDL) outside Europe. ECDL Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping to raise the general level of computer skills in society and providing access for all to the Information Society. ECDL Foundation has offices in Dublin, Brussels and Singapore.

Global Standard

The ECDL/ICDL is internationally recognized as the global standard for End-User Computer skills, and is widely adopted by governments, international organizations and corporations alike. The unrivalled quality of the certificate and its vendor-neutral status coupled with the unique social ethos of the ECDL Foundation makes the ECDL/ICDL the natural choice for governments and international organizations worldwide.


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