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ECDL - The European Computer Driving Licence

Welcome to our ECDL home page. Here you'll find:

The ECDL programme (known as the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) in countries outside of Europe) is administered on a global basis by the ECDL Foundation (ECDL-F). The ECDL-F offer a range of certifications, from entry-level programmes for complete beginners to specialised programmes for expert end-users.


ECDL - Programme overview and requirements
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) aims to help people develop their IT skills and gain an internationally recognised qualification. Over a million people in the UK are working towards or have already gained the accreditation. ECDL is vendor-neutral and no prior knowledge of IT is necessary before starting the programme.

ECDL Advanced - Programme overview and requirements
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Advanced certification tests competence across four desktop applications.

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New projects & case studies

Npower provides ECDL to staff
Home services provider, npower, are offering European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) training to more than 8,000 staff at their offices across the country, commencing in February 2004.

Trainer Jenny is I.T.
Jenny is a Training and Development Officer with the Manchester Royal Infirmary's Haemodialysis Unit. She is responsible for training nurses and other staff to dialyse renal patients and is an NVQ assessor and verifier. She is also a hip grandmother who writes 'rap' songs for her grandson and wacky verse for friends and colleagues. But fiddling with computers for the joy of it - NO. Not until she took the ECDL course, that is.

Modern skills for Modern Matron
Sheila is Lead Midwife and Modern Matron for Inpatient Services on the Maternity Unit at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester, part of the Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospital NHS Trust. It's a varied and demanding role and Sheila loves it, but she did feel one thing let her down - her IT skills.

NHS e-learning is top of the class
The NHS Information Authority's European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) programme received top marks to pick up the title of 'e-learning project of the year' at the IT Training Awards event on February 5.

Electric Paper brings e-learning to UK prisons
Electric Paper has begun the roll-out of its computer based training and testing solutions to 57 prisons across the UK. The rollout follows a successful pilot project with the Yorkshire & Humberside Prison Services, where materials were made available to inmates to study for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

ECDL initiative for Civil Service staff
As part of its drive to deliver services electronically by 2005, the Cabinet Office is undertaking a training initiative in conjunction with the British Computer Society (BCS) to offer the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification in computer competency to staff in the Civil Service.

Officers fired up to improve computer skills through ECDL
As part of the Mid and West Wales Fire Service's IT implementation programme, fire officers are to be the first in the UK to embark upon a programme to enhance their computer skills by studying and qualifying for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

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Research, studies and reports

New study confirms 'very significant' impact of ECDL in Ireland

Ms Mary Hanafin TD, Government Chief Whip and Minster of State at the Department of the Taoiseach today launched a major new study into the impact of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) in Ireland.

Survey shows rising awareness of ECDL computer skills programme

Three quarters of British companies claim that employee time is being wasted due to inadequate computing skills, according to a new survey from the BCS.

To view more research across a wide range of training and development topics, visit our studies and reports news section.

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ECDL news

BCS develops new ECDL health unit for NHS
This week's HC 2007 event in Harrogate saw the launch of the British Computer Society's ( BCS ) new European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Health Unit.

BCS accredits UK Professional Golf Association as ECDL centre
The British Computer Society (BCS) has accredited the UK Professional Golf Association (PGA) as a European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) learning centre.

Northern Foods signs National Learning Agreement
Northern Foods has signed a multi-union National Learning Agreement designed to give their employees access to a wide range of courses from numeracy and literacy through to languages and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

Academy graduates work on defence project
The Accelerated Trainer Academy has announced that its first graduates are now delivering IT user training on behalf of the ATLAS consortium to help it supply Increment 1 of the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) project.

GTSLearning launches new self-paced study tools for ECDL
GTSLearning has launched two self-paced study tools designed to help prepare students for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification.

BCS launches national search for ECDL tales of success
The British Computer Society (BCS) has launched a competition to find the most inspirational tale of success achieved by a UK candidate of their ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) IT literacy qualification.

ECDL Foundation launches global competition
The ECDL Foundation has launched a global competition entitled "ECDL / ICDL Impacts Lives" for all ECDL and ICDL candidates and certificate holders from around the world.

BCS offers free membership to successful ECDL Expert candidates
An opportunity to acquire free membership of the British Computer Society is being offered to successful candidates of the BCS's core IT skills qualification product - the ECDL Advanced qualification.

BCS extends ECDL offering with ECDL Expert Certificate
The British Computer Society (BCS) has extended its European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) range with the new ECDL Expert Certificate.

ECDL foundation calls for digital literacy to be given priority in European education strategy
The European Computer Driving Licence Foundation (ECDL-F) has called for digital literacy to be placed at the heart of Europe's education strategy.

ECDL project helps prisoners develop IT skills
PS Plus, a Prison Service initiative operating in over 41 UK prisons, is helping prisoners develop IT skills prior to their release.

PepsiCo UK savours e-learning programme
PepsiCo UK today announced that it is partnering with Thomson NETg to provide employees throughout the UK with flexible e-Learning in desktop IT skills, including the European Computer Driving License (ECDL).

ECDL hits the million mark!

The BCS is celebrating reaching its biggest milestone yet, as one million people in the UK are now registered with the Society's European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) international IT qualification.

BCS offers free IT skills assessment for individuals
The British Computer Society (BCS) is offering individuals a free IT skills assessment for anyone wishing to identify their strengths and weaknesses in computing.

Record registrations for ECDL Advanced

A record 1,600 candidates registered for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Advanced qualification in January 2004.

IT instructor first to pass new look ECDL

The latest version of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) IT qualification, launched last year, has seen its first successful candidate pass all modules. Lorraine Dowd from Halton College in Cheshire is the first person in the UK to achieve her ECDL qualification using accredited Version 4 syllabus material.

ECDL selected for new South Yorkshire e-learning programme

The British Computer Society (BCS) is extending its regional ICT literacy campaigns. Its European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification is to be delivered to 149 schools and other educational and training institutions in South Yorkshire over the next four years as part of the county's new e-Learning Programme.

ECDL celebrates fifth birthday

Nearly a million British workers, both young and old, are on course to become computer literate according to the Swindon-based British Computer Society (BCS), whose European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is celebrating its fifth birthday this week.

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