ECDL Training Courses

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What is ECDL?

The ECDL or European Computer Drivers Licence is a globally recognised computer literacy certification programme. The ECDL will teach students IT skills and abilities that they might need to build on existing knowledge, motivate further learning, and improve their employability across a wide range of fields and industries.

The ECDL is accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) as an ITQ and is classed as a flexible qualification.

The New ECDL

According to REED recruitment, what is now known as the new ECDL was introduced in 2013. The new ECDL framework is made up of three different levels and has a total of 18 modules.

These three levels include:

  • Base modules. Teaches fundamental tech skills, including computer and online essentials, as well as word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Intermediate modules. This level has nine modules to choose from, which teach everything from databases and IT security to image/web editing and digital marketing. It’s classed as the equivalent to a GCSE A*-C.
  • Advanced modules. Allows students to build on basic skills, with modules based around advanced word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation. It’s classed as the equivalent to an A level.

The three separate modules each count as their own separate qualifications. The modules chosen are entirely up to the student, however, three combinations are recommended and designed to suit different skill levels, interests, and needs.

These combinations include:

  • Base profile. Includes 4 base modules.
  • Standard profile (equivalent to a GCSE A*-C). Includes 4 base modules and 3 intermediate modules.
  • Expert profile (equivalent to an A level). Includes 4 advanced modules.

The Original ECDL  

Even though the syllabus has now changed, there are still some providers that are using the previous format. This is made up of a total of seven separate modules.

Generally, the original ECDL syllabus is separated into the following units:

  • ECDL Essentials. This level 1 ITQ introduction to IT teaches the basics of computing – including security for IT users (module 1), IT user fundamentals (module 2), and internet and email (module 7).
  • ECDL Extra. Builds on basic knowledge, and helps to improve students’ understanding of a variety of software packages – as well as improving productivity using IT (module 8). The course also includes word processing (module 3), spreadsheets (module 4), and presentations (module 6), and is a level 2 ITQ award.
  • ECDL Core. This course includes modules 1-7, teaching everything from word processing to database software. As it is the most comprehensive unit, it’s recognised by employers as proof of IT competency.

What Is ICDL?

ICDL is what ECDL is referred to outside of Europe, and stands for International Computer Driving License. The course contents and qualification are equivalent to each other.

 Are There Any Entry Requirements To Study ECDL?

No, there aren’t any specific entry requirements needed for a student to study ECDL. Learners can be at any age. The only requirement is a very basic understanding of computers. 

What Are The Benefits Of Gaining An ECDL?

According to Reed Recruitment, Over 14 million people have enrolled on an ECDL course, proving it a popular way to gain and develop essential IT skills.

Here are a few of the key benefits of studying:

  • It’s the world’s leading computer skills programme
  • It offers a flexible working programme, allowing you to pick the topics suitable to your needs
  • It requires no previous expertise
  • It’s widely recognised by employers
  • It could open up new opportunities

Career Benefits

There are several benefits to you and your career trajectory by engaging in an ECDL qualification. The ECDL is the fastest growing IT user qualification globally. This means that gaining an ECDL will provide learners with a huge boost in their employability (both in Ireland and abroad). The higher the ECDL Level you take, the more beneficial the qualification becomes when added to your CV.

Employers Look For ECDL Qualified Candidates

Employers from all sectors have been known to be preferential towards applicants who possess an ECDL certificate. This is because they know that these candidates have a good all-round knowledge of basic software applications. According to Lucy Ireland, Managing Director for BCS Learning & Development; “Employers need people who can contribute to achieving goals most efficiently and productively. ECDL gives you the computer skills to do this. That’s why it is recognized and valued by companies around the world as the benchmark in IT user competence… ”

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