ICDL certification has gained significant recognition in the United States and Canada, with notable endorsements and alignments that emphasize its value in the education and professional landscape.
One key recognition comes from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a prominent not-for-profit organisation that sets standards for rethinking education and fostering innovative learning environments. Since 2017, the ICDL Foundation Programmes have been awarded a “seal of alignment” from ISTE, indicating that the certifications align with the Digital Skills level outlined by ISTE. This recognition underscores the program’s relevance and utility in the United States and beyond.
The American Council on Education (ACE) further strengthens the standing of ICDL in the U.S. by recommending college credit for five specific ICDL modules. ACE, founded in 1918, serves as a major coordinating body for higher education institutions in the United States, representing a substantial number of college and university leaders and associations nationwide. The ACE CREDIT® programme evaluates and endorses the college creditworthiness of various educational programmes, including ICDL Foundation’s modules.
Prospective students who have achieved ECDL/ICDL certification in the following modules – Advanced Spreadsheets, Computing, Presentation, Spreadsheets, and Word Processing – can request recognition of their accomplishment in the form of academic credit at numerous universities across the U.S. This endorsement by ACE facilitates the integration of ICDL certifications into the higher education system, providing individuals with opportunities to further their education based on their digital skills proficiency.
In summary, ICDL’s alignment with ISTE standards and the ACE recommendation for college credit significantly contribute to its credibility and acceptance in the United States. The recognition not only underscores the program’s relevance in the evolving landscape of digital skills but also highlights its potential to impact education and career pathways for individuals across the country.
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