We recommend three ICDL Profiles, each a different level of digital proficiency and proof of the skill level that you have. ICDL’s range of modules slot into three categories forming the three Profile options: Base, Standard, and Expert.
What is the ICDL?
ICDL is a world-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.
The ICDL syllabus is designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general. The programme offers a varied range of modules - -from computer essentials to computer aided design. Asingle module covers the background, usage and best practises for that skill, which is then assessed in by a test.
Each module fits into one of the three categories depending on skill level: Base, Standard and Advanced. These catergories also represent the different stages of digital proficiency, and form the basis of our recommended profiles.
The modules are:
Advanced Word Processing
How does it work?
Candidates will purchase a profile card listing all the modules. As they pass each module, the accredited testing centre will sign the card. The modules may be taken in any order and over any period of time - even all at once - offering maximum flexibility. A candidate may request a certificate after passing 1 or more modules.
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe has been granted the right by The European Computer Driving Licence Foundation to administer the ICDL within Zimbabwe.This gives the CSZ a vehicle for promoting continued development and a formal, internationally recognised qualification for its members and the general public.
What is ICDL Profile?
What is ICDL Profile?
Customisation and flexibility have become an essential element of today’s digital environment. People use technology for different reasons, in different settings and at different levels, which is why we have developed ICDL Profile. With ICDL Profile, you can become certified in the skills you require for your educational and professional needs. You choose the module combinations best suited to you which then represent your ICDL Profile.
Attaining an ICDL Profile is a continual process. You can build on it over time, as your needs change, or as technology evolves and more modules are developed. In this way, your ICDL Profile grows with you: it shows your commitment to lifelong learning and the continuous upgrading of your digital skill set.
What are the advantages?
ICDL is designed to help people at work and at home. It will confirm to potential employers that the person has a professional recognised, relevant and up-to-date qualification and it will assist in raising familiarity with the technology and its uses.
ICDL 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.
Colleges and other training providers are well aware of the importance of Information Systems to the world of work - and increasingly, to the individual in their day-to-day life. Indeed, many courses already incorporate significant elements of the teaching of basic and advanced computer skills - but there is no widely accepted qualification.
Now, a world-wide recognised qualification - the International Computer Driving Licence - is set to meet these needs - and more.
Colleges, schools, training companies, etc. may offer courses designed to lead to the passing of the individual parts and the awarding of the certificate. However ICDL tests may only be sat at testing centres accredited by the CSZ.
Need more info?
For further info about the ICDL modules and associated syllabi and sample tests please visit www.icdlafrica.org