- What is the ECDL?
- Who is behind the ECDL?
- What is the difference between the ECDL and the ICDL?
- What are the benefits of the ECDL?
- What is a skills card?
- How long is a skills card valid?
- How much does the ECDL cost?
- Do all modules need to be taken at the same test centre?
- Are there advanced ECDL exams?
- Where can I get more information on ECDL?
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an IT-user certificate that certifies practical skills in the most common computer applications. The ECDL is provider and platform independent and meets international standards.
The European Computer Driving Licence is an Initiative of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies CEPIS. The ECDL Foundation a non-profit organization based in Dublin guarantees that international standards are observed. In Switzerland the certificate is supported by the Swiss informatics society (SI) and is implemented by the ECDL Switzerland AG.
Other than the name, there is no difference. The ECDL is known outside Europe as the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) and recognised as equivalent in these countries.
Without the proof of having basic IT-knowledge it is currently almost impossible to find a job or to advance your career. The ECDL has a particularly convincing modular system: You can gain exactly the skills you really need for your present or future employment. Furthermore the ECDL is internationally recognised which is another big advantage. Not only IT-users can benefit from the ECDL - students, schools and organizations also have good reasons for taking a closer look at the certificate.
The ECDL skills card enables ECDL candidates to take a test at a test centre of their choice. It contains important information about the candidate like their contact details and all modules they have already passed. Paper or virtual skills cards can be purchased in any ECDL test centre.
After passing the first module the skills card is valid for three years. This means all modules must be completed successfully in three years. To renew the skills card please ask for information at an ECDL test centre.
You can get your personal skills card for the price of CHF 125.00 (VAT incl.). People in their initial education and in the unemployment sector can get the skills card for the reduced price of 74 CHF. ECDL test centres determine the prices for courses and exams themselves.
No, ECDL test centres are obligated to allow all candidates to take exams irrespective of how and where they prepared for them. So the individual modules can even be taken in different countries. Only the first module test has to be taken in the country where you got your personal skills card.
Yes, there are. You can prove your advanced skills by taking one or more of the Advanced modules. You have to get your personal skills card at an accredited ADVANCED test centre prior to your first exam. You can either buy one skills card for each of the four Advanced Modules or you can get a bundle with all four modules.
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