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European Computer Driving License

ECDL is a new Europe-wide qualification which enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. Its aims are: to raise the general level of competency in IT, to improve productivity at work; to enable employers to invest more efficiently in IT, and to ensure that best practice and quality issues are understood and implemented.

How does it work?
The ECDL syllabus is designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general. It is broken down into seven modules, each of which must be passed before the ECDL certificate will be awarded. ECDL is open to anyone - regardless of age, education, experience or background.

The modules are;
Basic concepts of IT
Using the computer and managing files
Word processing

Candidates will purchase a logbook listing all the modules. As they pass each module, the accredited testing body will sign the logbook. The modules may be taken in any order and over any period of time - even all at once - offering maximum flexibility. When all modules have been successfully completed, the logbook is exchanged for a certificate. Users may, if they wish, just walk in off the street and take the tests. More likely, they will opt for courses based on the ECDL syllabus.

What are the benefits?

.... for the individual?
is designed to help people at work and at home. It will confirm to potential employers that the person has a professionally recognised, relevant and up-to-date qualification and it will assist in raising familiarity with the technology and its uses.

.... for the employer?
helps provide proof of competency in the computer skills of potential employees. Similarly, a company looking to train up its workforce will want to ensure that the money they spend on courses is going to be well spent. The proliferation of different courses making varying claims, often without any objective evidence makes a daunting choice for employers and individuals alike. How are people tested? Testing will be carried out at audited testing centres.

Why is ECDL so effective?
ECDL is not like any other qualification - although it utilises the positive aspects of the best. It is set to become the most widely recognised qualification in the field of work-related computer use, partly because it is targeted at the full spectrum of the population, and partly because of the support and monitoring of the organisations behind it.

How do I find out more information?
Ring the ECDL office on 01793 417424 or simply follow this link to their website; www.bcs.org.uk/ecdl

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