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ECDL/ICDL

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the world's leading end-user computer skills certification programme. Outside of Europe, the ECDL is known as the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL).

It is internationally recognised as the global benchmark for end-user computer skills and is the leading certification to be adopted by governments, international organisations and corporations alike.

The ECDL/ICDL certifies that the holder is competent in the use of a personal computer and common computer applications and knows the essential concepts of IT.

The ECDL/ICDL is a test of practical skills and competencies and consists of seven separate modules covering computer theory and practice. Module 1 is a theoretical test of computing knowledge at a general level and Modules 2-7 are practical skills Tests, as follows:

1. Concepts of Information Technology (IT)
2. Using the Computer and Managing Files
3. Word Processing
4. Spreadsheets
5. Database
6. Presentation
7. Information and Communication

When a Candidate registers to start the ECDL/ICDL certification process he/she receives a Skills Card on which the progress through the seven tests is recorded. When all seven modules are completed, the Candidate receives the ECDL/ICDL. The ECDL/ICDL Syllabus is unique in that it has been designed to be entirely vendor-independent. This gives Candidates the flexibility and freedom to acquire these core skills and confidently apply them in any software environment they may be required to use.

ECDL/ICDL is the world's leading end-user computing skills standard. It is underpinned by documented expert opinion from the worlds leading computer societies and other expert groups. Syllabus content for the ECDL/ICDL certification programme has been developed with inputs from the ECDL-F expert working groups comprised of professionals with wide-ranging specialist IT skills and through consultation with courseware providers and end-users. The ECDL/ICDL is based on a single agreed Syllabus document. The Syllabus lists the facts to be known and the skills that must be mastered for a Candidate to achieve the ECDL certification.

To maintain the ECDL/ICDL as the worldwide standard, the ECDL/ICDL Syllabus has evolved over the last six years from Version 1.5, to Version 3.0 and, more recently, to Syllabus Version 4.0 (released on April 4th, 2003).

The most recent Version 4.0 development process included over 1,200 documented expert inputs ensuring that the ECDL/ICDL continues to be relevant, up-to-date and meaningful.

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