INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE ICDL FOUNDATION
What is the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)?
The ICDL is an internationally recognised qualification that enables people to certify their competence in essential computer skills & knowledge. It certifies to a set standard the IT skills people already have or the skills they attain through training.
What is the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)?
ECDL is the name given to the ICDL programme in countries in Europe.
How does the ECDL/ICDL programme work?
To achieve an ECDL or ICDL, the candidate must successfully pass one theoretical and six practical tests.
These tests can be attempted in any order and at any time and must be successfully completed within three years. Each successfully completed test is endorsed on an ECDL or ICDL Skills Log Book. Only an accredited Test Centre or ICDL examiner can carry out testing and endorse Skills Log Books.
When tests for all 7 modules are successfully completed and the Skills Log Book is endorsed by the Test Centre, it is sent to the ICDL Foundation and a personalised Certificate (Licence) is issued.The seven modules are;
· Basic concepts of IT
· Using the computer and managing files
· Word processing
· Information and Communication
The ICDL Foundation does not provide training. If training is required, this can be acquired through training providers. Candidates should ensure that the training they receive meets the requirements of the official ECDL/ICDL Syllabus. Training providers wishing to use the ICDL syllabus, name or symbols MUST be accredited to the ICDL Foundation.
How do candidates get the Skills Log Book?
Skills Log Books can be purchased from accredited ICDL Centres or directly from the ICDL Foundation.
What training do candidates have to take?
There is no compulsory training. If candidates believe that they already have appropriate IT skills and are sufficiently experienced they can purchase a Skills Log Book and start to take the required tests. In general, people will have various levels of knowledge and experience and many will want to undergo training for the areas where their background may be inadequate. It is recommended that candidates review the ICDL Syllabus for more detailed information on the seven modules and the knowledge required to pass them.
What tests will candidates have to undertake?
Candidates will have to undertake a test for each of the seven modules described in the ICDL syllabus. Each test must be conducted at an accredited test supervisor or examiner, who will endorse the Skills Log Book when each module is passed.
How are candidates tested?
Some ICDL centres use ICDL Examiners who supervise the tests and evaluate the work later. Most centres are use automated systems which automatically assesses the candidate’s performance on completion of each test and provides immediate feedback to both the centre and the candidate.Candidates must complete one test for each module. The pass mark is 80% for all 7 Modules.
What happens when all modules are passed?
When a candidate has passed all the tests as recorded in the Skills Log Book, he/she can exchange the Skills Log Book for the ECDL or ICDL Certificate, which is issued by the ICDL Foundation, as a proof of having reached the necessary standard of IT skills knowledge and competence.
How can I find out more about ECDL or ICDL?
Activities relating to the ECDL or ICDL in Africa, South of the Sahara, are co-ordinated by the ICDL Foundation. The ICDL Foundation can provide full details and assistance with implementing ECDL or ICDL in your organisation