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EqualSkills is specially developed to cater for those with no experience whatsoever of computers and the internet. EqualSkills helps to remove the fear of using a computer for complete novices by using a simple, non-threatening approach to educating individuals in the basic skills of using a computer, email and the Internet.

  • It is a fun, informal and uncomplicated introduction to computers and the internet for complete beginners.
  • It is designed to give an appreciation and basic understanding of computers and the Internet.
  • It is designed to build confidence and provide a basis to encourage further exploration and development of computer and Internet skills.

It's never too late to learn...

EqualSkills is designed for complete beginners and is open to everyone regardless of status, education, age, ability or understanding. There are still many people who have never switched on a computer and are only vaguely aware of the internet and its uses. Many of these people would like to know more about computers and the internet but may feel that it’s too complicated or that it’s too late for them to learn. If that sounds like someone you know, EqualSkills is the programme for them to overcome their fears and get started with computers.

How Does it Work?

The EqualSkills programme covers the following four sections:

Computer Basics   Introduction to the Desktop
Parts of the Computer


Getting Started Windows
The Keyboard Creating a Document
Using the Mouse File Types
The World Wide Web   Email
The WWW Email Accounts
Web Browser Messages

How is EqualSkills Taught?

Candidates are taught and assessed using a paper-based workbook. The workbook consists of simple and straightforward exercises and learning information. Candidates have a tutor who works through the workbook and deals with any problems that the candidate encounters. The workbook is a study aid and assessment document which helps the tutor to check the candidate's understanding of an exercise. The candidate also carries out a number of exercises on the internet. On completion of the programme, the candidate keeps the learning section of the workbook as a reminder of the skills they have acquired.

Is there an exam?

As a programme aimed at complete beginners, EqualSkills is designed to be entirely unintimidating in both its format and content. There is no formal exam at the end of the programme, and assessment is carried out by the programme tutor on a continual basis.

Following successful completion of the programme, candidates receive an EqualSkills certificate.

How Long does it take to Complete?

The programme will take between 8 and 15 hours of training, depending on the candidate's ability. The whole programme is designed to be flexible and allows the candidates to learn at their own pace.


ECDL Foundation has recently revised EqualSkills to ensure that it reflects the current needs of learners. The new programme, EqualSkills Syllabus 2.0, is currently being phased in by national operators.

To download a syllabus to your computer, right click on one of the link above and select 'save target as' and press 'save'.

Documents on this site are provided in PDF Format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to display the files on your computer. Please select the icon provided to download Acrobat Reader. Please note, it is important to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, as PDF documents on this site are only viewable in Acrobat versions 5 and later.