Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ECDL Foundation

ECDL Foundation is the certifying authority of the leading international computer skills certification programme – ECDL / ICDL. The quality and reputation of our certification programmes are built on over a decade of experience in successfully delivering Information Communication Technology (ICT) certification programmes to over 9 million people, in 41 languages around the world

Our global success stems from our pioneering role in identifying and developing programme content, our commitment to ensuring rigorous test design methodologies with an ongoing adherence to high quality standards.

ECDL Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that benefits from the unique support of experts from national computer societies and international organisations across the globe. ECDL Foundation has offices in Dublin, Brussels, and Singapore, and appoints national partners (also known as ‘operators’) around the world to implement its certification programmes at national level. This global delivery network operates under strictly defined quality assurance standards thus achieving consistency of programme implementation around the world.

The seven ICDL modules that lead to documented computer skills are:

Module 1 > Concepts of IT
The physical make-up of a personal computer and concepts such as data storage, memory and viruses.
Module 2 > Using the Computer and Managing Files
The fundamental functions of a personal computer and its operation system.
Module 3 > Word Processing
Creating, formatting and finishing a word-processing document, and using more advanced word-processing features.
Module 4 > Spreadsheets
Developing, formatting and using a spreadsheet; using basic formulas and functions to perform standard mathematical and logical functions.
Module 5 > Databases
Designing and planning a simple database using a standard database package; retrieving information from an existing database.
Module 6 > Presentations
Creating, formatting and preparing presentations, using graphics and charts and various slide show effects.
Module 7 > Information and Communication (Internet and Email)
sing a Web browser application and available search engine tools to accomplish Web search tasks; using E-mail software to send, receive and organise messages.