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April 2003 - ECDL Foundation Unveils Syllabus Version 4.0

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ECDL Foundation Unveils Syllabus Version 4.0
April 2003, Dublin, Ireland

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation Ltd., the global governing body of the European / International Computer Driving Licence, the world's leading computer skills certification programme, today announced the launch of Syllabus Version 4.0 at an event in Croke Park, Dublin.

Syllabus Version 4.0 (SV4) lists the facts to be known and the skills that must be mastered for a candidate to achieve ECDL/ICDL certification. It builds on the success of the previous Syllabus Version 3.0 to ensure that the ECDL/ICDL computer skills certification programme continues to reflect current trends and practices.

The updated Syllabus was developed by the ECDL Foundation with input from practicing computer professionals, computer societies and IT expert groups from around the world. SV4 is designed to provide a stronger awareness of using a computer in society today, both in personal and working life.

Mary Hanafin, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach who has special responsibility for the Information Society, was guest speaker at the launch. The Minister emphasised the Irish government’s commitment to IT literacy and its support of the ECDL/ICDL programme which it sees as being consistent with its aim of ensuring that the new knowledge economy brings opportunity, prosperity and information to all.

Key concepts of SV4 include security issues such as viruses and downloading from the Internet, the use of e-commerce for everyday transactions and user awareness of content copyright from the Internet. The use of lifestyle technologies including digital cameras and personal digital assistants (PDAs) is also covered as are environmental issues for the user such as recycling printed documents and printer cartridges.

SV4 will be translated into 25 different languages and made available in over 100 countries where the ECDL/ICDL programme is already being delivered. Currently, close to three million people participate in ECDL/ICDL worldwide representing the delivery of some 12 million tests taken through a network of 15,000 Test Centres.

Speaking at the launch, David Carpenter, CEO, ECDL Foundation said “Syllabus Version 4.0 is unique in its relevance to today’s computer users across the globe. The updated Syllabus features a strong focus on the up-to-date computer skills and knowledge areas required to meet advances in technologies and the progression of the e-Society. It reflects current trends in many new technology areas such as security, file compression, e-Government, netiquette and lifestyle technology devices such as digital cameras.

SV4 is the result of two years of development by the ECDL Foundation and computer experts from around the world to ensure that the ECDL/ICDL programme remains at the forefront as the global standard for computer skills certification.”

For more information please contact:
Marketing department of the ECDL Foundation
T: +353 1 630 6000