ICDL Base Modules

(The links below connect you to two-page Module Summaries.)

Computer Essentials covers everything from hardware to software to malware. It teaches essential concepts and skills about the use of devices, file creation and management, networks and data security.

Online Essentials covers security and safety on the web, the concepts of online communities, communications and email. It covers the essentials you need for going online, including web browsing, effective search engine use, online communication and email.

Word Processing requires the candidate to demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application for everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting and finishing small sized word processing documents that are ready for distribution. . The candidate shall demonstrate competence in duplicating and moving text within and between documents and in use of the features associated with word processing applications such as creating standard tables, using pictures and images within a document and using mail merge tools.

Spreadsheets requires the candidate to understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate use of a spreadsheet application. The candidate shall understand and be able to accomplish tasks associated with developing, formatting, modifying and using a spreadsheet of limited scope that is ready for distribution. They will be able to generate and apply standard mathematical and logical formulas using standard formulas and functions. The candidate shall demonstrate competence in creating and formatting graphs/charts.

ICDL Intermediate Modules

Online Collaboration is a new Standard Module that’s essential for our world of cloud-storage, shared online documents and social networking. It covers the tools, theories, technologies, and risks behind online collaboration.

Using Databases requires the candidate to understand some of the main concepts of databases and demonstrate the ability to use a database to create and modify tables, queries, forms and reports, and prepare outputs ready for distribution. The candidate shall be able to relate tables and to retrieve and manipulate information from a database by using query and sort tools available in the package and sort tools available in the database. The candidate shall also be able to create and modify reports.

Presentation requires the candidate to demonstrate competence in using presentation tools to accomplish tasks such as creating, formatting, modifying and preparing presentations using different slide layouts for display and printed distribution. It also requires the candidate to be able to duplicate and move text, pictures, images and charts within and between presentations. The candidate shall demonstrate the ability to accomplish common operations with images, charts and drawn objects and to use various slide show effects.

Web Editing enables the candidate to understand key web publishing concepts and to create, upload and maintain a website.

Image Editing enables the candidate to understand the main concepts underlying digital images and to use an image editing application to enhance images, apply effects and prepare an image for printing and publishing.

Project Planning enables candidates to use project management software to prepare project plans and monitor projects, including planning and managing time, costs, tasks and resources.

IT Security allows candidates to understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and to use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately. Note: Syllabus 2.0 has been released with new Certification Test and Diagnostic Test.

ICDL Digital Marketing (new) sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the fundamentals of digital marketing, including creating a web presence, optimizing content for search engines, using social media platforms, carrying out online marketing and advertising across a range of services, as well as monitoring and improving campaigns using analytics.

ICDL Advanced Modules 

Advanced Word Processing is a high-level certification program through which candidates can demonstrate their ability to use the advanced features of word processing applications to enhance their work, improve productivity and save time.  Completion of this Module will enable candidates to demonstrate professionalism and save time in the creation, production, review and distribution of documents.

Advanced Databases is a high-level certification program that enables candidates to use the many advanced tools available in database applications to better manage and organize structured information. Successful completion of this Module will enable candidates to maximize database functions in order to manage and analyse high volumes of data. This enables the production of the quantity and quality of information that business today demands.

Advanced Spreadsheets is a high-level certification program which presents candidates with the opportunity to bring their spreadsheet skills to an expert level. Completion of this Module will enable candidates to master the more advanced functions of spreadsheet applications, enabling them to produce more sophisticated reports and perform complex mathematical and statistical calculations. This will save time and improve productivity in the completion of tasks.

Advanced Presentation is a high-level certification program for candidates who wish to create effective, high-impact presentations using advanced features and prove their skills in this area. The program covers advanced presentation features that will allow candidates to use the presentation application to its full potential. It allows them to plan and design more effective presentations that have greater impact to better engage and involve an audience.

There are various Certificates available