Saturday, January 19, 2008

ICDL/ECDL - Is It All It s Cracked Up To Be?

ICDL/ECDL - Is It All It s Cracked Up To Be? The ECDL Foundation is the global governing body of the world s leading end-user computer skills certification programme, the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), which is known as the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) outside Europe. The ICDL syllabus is designed to cover the key concept of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general. For those new to computers, ICDL will provide you with a solid foundation of computer skills helping you to competently and confidently use computers. The ICDL is the internationally accepted benchmark. The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) concept is a global computer literacy initiative developed to raise the level of knowledge about Information Technology (IT) and increase the level of competence in using personal computers and common computer applications for all the citizens of the world. International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is a certification, which certifies that the holder has knowledge of the essential concepts of Information Technology (IT) and is able to use a personal computer and common computer applications at a recognized level of competence. The syllabus is designed by a panel of experts which is managed and co-ordinated in conjunction with the ECDL Foundation. It is broken down into seven modules, a test for each must be passed before the ICDL certificate is awarded. It provides everything a student needs to gain full understanding and practical knowledge of the subjects covered by the syllabus, and then to pass the ICDL test. The organisations supporting ICDL represent a broad cross section of industry and academia. In addition many ICDL courses are specifically approved for local use in your country and have been localised to make them even more relevant to your students. Many colleges, schools, and training companies offer courses designed to prepare an individual for the ICDL tests. Please contact your local Accredited Test Centre for more information on ICDL courses in your area. Peter Whelan is a freelance writer and an ICT consultant. Visit his site at

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