ECDL Foundation and ICDL Canada Announce New ICDL
LONDON, 16 MAY 2013
ECDL Foundation today launched New ECDL/ICDL at its annual forum hosted in London UK. ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence), known as ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) in Europe, has been chosen by over 13 million people in over 100 countries to certify their digital skills since its establishment in 1996.New ICDL is a major revision of the program, developed to reflect technology changes and labour market requirements. The key changes to the program include more flexibility, more suitability to lifelong learning and a wider range of modules.
1. More flexibility
New ICDL offers more flexible certification with the introduction of ICDL Profile. ICDL Profile allows candidates to build a profile of modules best suited to them. In this way, it is possible to get certified in the skills that a particular job or study requires. By studying the modules and passing the exam, these will represent an ICDL Profile.
2. Lifelong learning
ICDL Profile certification is for life: it never expires. An ICDL Profile can be built on over time, when a candidate wants to update his or her skills, keep up with technology or when new modules are developed. ICDL Profile encourages lifelong learning and the continuous development of digital competence
3. New modules
New modules and a new module structure have been created to allow candidates to choose from a range of 15 modules which now includes Online Collaboration and IT Security.
Speaking at the launch, ECDL Foundation Chief Executive Damien O’Sullivan explained:
“New ICDL is our commitment to changing with the needs of our candidates and the requirements of the workplace.”
Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes commented on the pledge ECDL Foundation made to support the Digital Agenda for Europe through launching New ICDL:
“The ECDL Foundation has worked for a long time to boost …ICT skills and has done a great job.”
Chairman of ECDL Foundation Jim Friars added:
“The program has evolved many times since it began in 1996, and I believe it continues to stay true to its intended and original purpose: to provide skills for work, and skills that work.”
For more detail, visit ecdl.org/new and www.icdl.ca
About ECDL Foundation ECDL Foundation is the not-for-profit certifying authority for ECDL / ICDL; the leading international computer skills certification program. ECDL Foundation’s mission is to enable proficient use of ICT that empowers individuals and organizations, through the development and delivery of quality certification programs throughout the world. With over 13 million candidates participating in a range of programs, ECDL Foundation has set the global benchmark in end-user skills certification. For more information about ECDL Foundation, and about the ECDL / ICDL program, visit: www.ecdl.org
About ICDL Canada ICDL Canada is the National Operator for the territory of Canada, under the authority of the ECDL Foundation, for computer use skills in Canada. ICDL Canada licenses and trains the Certified Testing/Administrator staff in ICDL Canada Authorized Test Centres and ICDL Custom Testing Locations. It provides access to on-line testing including Certification Tests and Diagnostic Tests. It fields ICDL Canada approved e-learning and text-based training materials suited to the Canadian user. ICDL Canada works within strictly enforced Quality Assurance guidelines and audits its licensees and testing centres in their compliance with procedures and quality assurance standards.
ICDL Canada was established with support and endorsements from The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and Action TI (formerly known as La Fédération de l’informatique du Québec (FIQ)).