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 148 countries and has been translated into 41 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.
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
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 Communications 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 Communications
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
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.
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.