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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • "What is ECDL?"
  • ECDL is an internationally recognised qualification that enables people to certify their computer skills to an internationally recognised standard.

  • "Can I complete a module in a different location from where I started?"
  • Yes. Each candidate is given a unique Candidate Registration Number (CRN). This number allows a candidate to complete their ECDL certification at any ECDL Accredited Test Centre worldwide.

  • "Do I have to undergo training prior to taking the tests?"
  • If a candidate feels that he/she will be able to meet the criteria for the tests as set down in the Syllabus he/she can take the tests without the need for training. However, you should be sure that you are ready before sitting the tests.

  • "How are candidates tested?"
  • Candidates are tested in examination conditions supervised by an ECDL Accredited Tester. Test centres in Africa use automated test systems which automatically assess the candidates performance on completion of each test. Automated Tests provide immediate feedback to both the centre and the candidate. Candidates must complete one test for each module.

  • "How do I get a copy of the ECDL Syllabus?"
  • The syllabus for every ECDL module is available for download from the Modules section of this site.

  • "How much do the tests cost?"
  • The exact cost for testing (and for training, if needed), is set by the ECDL Accredited Test Centre itself. Please contact your local test centre directly for pricing information.

  • "If I fail a module, when can I re-sit the test?"
  • You can re-sit the test at the next available time at your chosen ECDL Accredited Test Centre (please contact your local test centre as additional fees will be required).

  • "Is training compulsory?"
  • No. If you believe that you already have appropriate IT skills and are sufficiently experienced, candidates can register i.e. purchase a Candidate Registration Number (CRN) and start to take the certification tests. Everyone will have various levels of knowledge and experience and many want to undergo training for the areas where their background may be inadequate. It is recommended that candidates review the ECDL syllabus for more detailed information on the modules and the knowledge needed to pass them.

  • "What amount of training is required to prepare for ECDL examinations?"
  • There is no set recommended number of teaching hours as this will be dependent on the needs of an individual candidate.

  • "What are Diagnostic Tests?"
  • Diagnostic Tests allow a candidate to go through the testing environment in the same setting as the certification test and assess a candidate's understanding of the particular ECDL module. We recommend a passing rate of 80%+ for the diagnostic test before a candidate is encouraged to sit for the actual ECDL certification test.

  • "What are Recommended Profiles?"
  • ECDL Foundation recommends certain combinations of modules as globally applicable standards in digital proficiency, these are the ECDL Base, ECDL Standard and ECDL Advanced recommended profiles.

  • "What is an ECDL Profile Certificate?"
  • You can obtain an ECDL Profile Certificate when you've passed any mix of modules.The different modules that you choose represent your individual ECDL Profile, and when successfully completed, these modules are then listed on your ECDL Profile Certificate.  

  • "What is ECDL Profile?"
  • ECDL Profile is the name of ECDL's most flexible programme. It allows you to choose the module combinations best suited to your needs and interests. For more see ECDL Profile

  • "What is ICDL?"
  • ICDL is the name given to the ECDL programme outside Europe. 

  • "What is the grade required to successfully pass each module?"
  • The pass mark is 75% for all modules.

  • "When can I start ECDL?"
  • You can start ECDL at any time by contacting any of the ECDL Accredited Test Centres near you. You are encouraged to undertake training at an ECDL Centre if required. Once you are ready, you may take a test for any of the modules in any order you choose. This may be subject to training or testing schedules set by each test centre.

  • "Where can I complete my ECDL training tests?"
  • At any ECDL Accredited Test Centre. While most ECDL Accredited Test Centres provide both training and testing, some provide testing only.