ICDL Certification: ICDL is the international standard in end-user computer skills. ICDL certification programme consist of modules which define the skills and competencies necessary to be a proficient user of a computer and common computer applications. Each ICDL module provides a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas which are validated by a test. The ICDL certification is awarded to candidates who complete a minimum of 7 modules from those available through ICDL GCC Foundation. The available modules are:
ICDL Module 1 - Basic Concepts of Information Technology (IT)
ICDL Module 2 - Using the Computer and Managing Files
ICDL Module 3 - Word Processing
ICDL Module 4 - Spreadsheets
ICDL Module 5 - Databases
ICDL Module 6 - Presentation
ICDL Module 7 - Information and Communication
ICDL GCC Foundation has recently introduced IT Security, a module that explains the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life. This training unit addresses the growing need for individuals to be aware of IT security issues and threats. It allows them to gain the knowledge and the skills needed to apply necessary measures for keeping their data secure and preserving their privacy.
Candidates now have the choice to take IT Security as an additional module to the ICDL package or replace any of the above 7 modules with this new unit to gain the ICDL Certificate.
This more diverse choice of modules reflects the proliferation of new technologies and the increased use of these technologies by an ever-growing amount of people. By providing a more flexible approach to certification, ICDL GCC Foundation is responding to market demand; people either want or need to be certified in a broader range of activities from which they can choose.
Our collective experience in implementing certification programmes across education systems and government administrations has demonstrated that for a recommended level of ICT competence to be achieved which would enable effective employability, a certification on seven ICDL modules is appropriate. Modules 2, 3 and 7 are considered essential and it is advisable that candidates acquire these skills before choosing additional modules.
ICDL Start Certification: For an individual to achieve a solid base of skills and knowledge, therefore attaining a minimum level of digital literacy, we recommend that candidates complete and attain certification in a minimum of four ICDL modules.