European Computer Driving Licence
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), also known as International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), is a computer literacy certification programme provided by ECDL Foundation a not-for-profit organisation.
ECDL / ICDL certification is a globally recognised information and communication technology (ICT) and digital literacy qualification. Other than the name, there is no difference between ECDL and ICDL and they are recognised as equivalent. In 2013, the ECDL Foundation announced that over 13 million people in over 100 countries had registered to use the system.
In 1995, the ECDL certification programme was developed through a task force of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and was recommended by the European Commission High Level Group, ESDIS, to be a Europe-wide certification scheme. In the UK, it is used by the National Health Service as the benchmark IT qualification and as such it is available without charge to all staff.
2013 ECDL / ICDL
ECDL offers three learning profiles comprising various modules:
- Base (Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Wordprocessing and Spreadsheets);
- Standard (Presentation, Using Databases, IT Security, Online Collaboration, Image Editing, Web Editing, Project Planning, 2D Computer Aided Design and Health Information Systems Usage);
- Advanced (Advanced Wordprocessing, Advanced Spreadsheets, Advanced Database, Advanced Presentation).
The modules are individually certificated.
In order to take the tests, a candidate has to buy an ECDL Skills Card, which usually is issued electronically and serves as a login to the testing platform. Tests can only be taken in an ECDL approved test centre, however, not all module tests have to be taken in the same test centre. To prepare for a module test, the candidate may use ECDL diagnostic tests. Testing is done using software which simulates the Windows/Microsoft Office environment. The candidate's mouse movements and keystrokes are monitored and the result of the test is reported immediately the test is completed.
Pre-2013 ECDL / ICDL Certification
Until 2013 the ECDL/ICDL syllabus was divided into seven modules. These are Security for IT Users, IT User Fundamentals (Windows Explorer in Windows 7), Word processing (Microsoft Word 2010), Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel 2010), Databases (Microsoft Access 2010), Presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint 2010) and Using Email and the Internet (Windows Explorer in Windows 7). Many training centres used Microsoft software (the applications used are shown in parenthesis) but other software environments could be used.
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