ICDL Digital Student

ICDL is the world’s leading digital skills certification, which helps people to develop and certify their skills in using a computer. Consisting of a number of modules, with the flexibility for teachers to choose the topics that meet the needs of their cohorts, ICDL is an ideal way for schools to help develop their cohorts’ digital skills.

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ICDL Digital Student Overview

Schools around the world use ICDL. The programme offers both flexibility, and a range of levels, along with an up-to-date offering that is kept to rigorously high standards around the world. Students can benefit from an internationally recognised certification that is mapped to a number of qualifications frameworks and standards, and which integrates with curricula in several countries.

To date, over 16,000,000 people have engaged with ICDL, and thousands of schools, colleges and universities have adopted ICDL to build and certify their cohorts’ digital skills.








Qualifications Frameworks

ICDL is mapped to national qualifications frameworks in several countries worldwide. Qualifications frameworks make it easy to compare qualifications and certifications from different countries with each other. Across Africa, thousands of schools have adopted ICDL to certify the digital skills of their cohorts and staff. Using the flexibility of the ICDL Profile structure, schools can choose the modules that help build the skills their cohorts need the most.


Learn concepts and skills needed to assemble, programme, and control a simple robot.


Develop practical coding techniques for problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms.


Acquire skills to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting, and finishing documents.


Gain essential skills by utilising numerical analysis tools to produce accurate calculations and work outputs.


Understand and develop competence in using presentation software to enhance productivity.


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Why are digital skills important?

In both our private lives, and our working lives, technology is already indispensable. There are few, if any, jobs that don’t need some level of computer use, and government and commercial services, like tax, unemployment, insurance, or health-care, are increasingly online.

In short, nobody can get by without digital skills. But, just as nobody can get by without digital skills, it is also the case that nobody is born with the ability to use a computer. Digital competences have to be learnt. ‘Digital natives’, born with the ability to do anything with a computer, don’t exist, they are created through learning.

Digital skills, from the basic digital literacy of working with files and folders, and getting about online, to the more advanced topics of coding, developing ‘information literacy’, and understanding how to stay safe online, should be a key part of any young persons’ education. Being equipped with the right digital skills means being equipped for the future of work and life.

Examples of ICDL in education

ICDL is officially recognised as being aligned with the ISTE Standards. ISTE, a global organisation committed to educational technology, has created the ISTE Standards to provide a framework that helps educators transform learning with technology. ICDL received an ISTE Seal of Alignment in May 2017.

A number of universities in Italy give academic credits for completing ECDL certification, and some require ECDL as a pre-requisite for certain majors. Bocconi University in Milan requires candidates on most of their degree programmes to attain ECDL certification.

ICDL is recognised as being equivalent to a Baccalaureate test in digital literacy in Romania. The recognition by the Ministry of Education means that cohorts have the choice to pass either the traditional state exam, or to take ECDL certification tests to gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Certifying your digital skills can help you get into university in the UK. ECDL Advanced certification is worth 24 UCAS Points, which can count towards entry requirements for many university courses across the country.


Does certification matter?

There are lots of ways to learn how to use a computer, but research done by partners of ICDL Foundation shows that proving acquired skills with certification is key to truly equipping people with useful competences.

A study in Austria compared peoples’ perception of their digital skills with the reality as shown through a test. 94% of participants thought their digital skills were ‘average’ to ‘very good’. After testing, only 39% did that well. A parallel study in Switzerland found that people with digital skills certification did 24% better than average in practical tests of digital skills. Studies elsewhere in Europe and beyond have shown similar results.

As well as proving skills acquired, certification also validates the quality of training, showing that cohorts have really take in what they studies, and providing a motivation to complete the course.

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