International Computer Driving License (ICDL)

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International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is not a "training course" but rather a competency standard that is acknowledged through testing.
It is based on the successful European Computer Driving License (ECDL) scheme.

This end user certification is a proof that the holder is competent in the use of a computer and common computer applications and also knows the essential concepts of IT.

The ICDL is designed for a person to 'drive' a computer with the same ease as they might drive a car.

Its aims are to:

  • Raise the general level of competency in ICT
  • Improve productivity at work
  • Reduce user support costs
  • Enable employers to invest more efficiently in ICT
  • Ensure that best practice and quality issues are understood and implemented.

Many students want to enter an IT career, but are not sure if IT is for them. By obtaining an ICDL first, they get an introduction to IT and a useful qualification at the same time. As a job advantage, ICDL presents a unique opportunity for as many employers such as insurance companies; banks, multi-nationals and even government is already in recognition of the need for a standardized ICT qualification with international recognition, it has mandated that the ICDL be that qualification.

  • Establish a computer competency standard for current and new employees
  • Improve employee productivity and increase returns from investments in ICT
  • Reduce IT support costs
  • Identify training needs of employees and measure the efficacy of training programs
  • Use ICDL as an effective model for designing fundamental ICT education and training in the organization
  • Reduce the inherent risks in recruiting, hiring and promotion decisions
  • Help motivate staff, increase their self-esteem and sense of achievement.


Candidates have the choice of choosing from the following modules based on their Computer knowledge level:

Base Modules
  • Computer Essentials
  • Online Essentials
  • Word Processing
  • Spreassheets

Standard Modules
  • Presentation
  • Using Databases
  • IT Security
  • Image Editing
  • Web Editing
  • Project planning
  • Online Collaboration
  • 2D Computer Aided Design

Advanced Modules
  • Advanced Word Processing
  • Advanced Spreadsheets
  • Advanced Database
  • Advanced Presentation

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