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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ACE CREDIT Recommendation

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for five of…

ISTE Seal of Alignment

The ISTE Seal of Alignment shows that ICDL has been independently reviewed by ISTE and was found to be aligned…

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ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2024

ICDL Asia Digital Challenge is an annual digital competition targeted to students in Asia who are eager to compete and demonstrate how digital skills may be applied in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy. First held in 2017, the competition has garnered tremendous support, with over 28,800 students, 500 schools, and 18 countries participating to date. The competition is geared towards practical digital skills required for various professional fields in the marketplace today and in the future. Take this chance to challenge yourself and get recognised for your digital skills at ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2024!

Singapore National Digital Explorer 2024

A nationwide digital literacy initiative designed to empower Singapore students to learn real-world skills that enable them to think critically and be more productive learners. Aligned to the latest Ministry of Education, Singapore’s EdTech Plan, this Student-Initiated Learning (SIL) initiative will focus on equipping students with key skills and knowledge on the effective use of office productivity tools, online collaboration and emerging technologies. The NDE 2024 programme is targeted at primary, secondary and JC students.

ICDL Africa Forum 2023

The prestigious ICDL Africa Annual Forum, set to take place in the vibrant city of Kigali, Rwanda, scheduled for Wednesday, 25th October 2023. In today’s digital age, digital literacy has become a necessary skill for everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the necessary resources and training to acquire these skills. The ICDL Africa Forum …

ICDL Africa Digital Explorer 2023

The ICDL Africa Digital Explorer 2023 is an exciting student competition designed to promote ICDL and its comprehensive programs. Initially launching in Kenya and Uganda in the second quarter of 2023, this competition aims to raise digital competency and skills awareness among schools in these territories. The campaign’s central message revolves around “The importance of …

ICDL Asia Digital Challenge 2023

ICDL Asia Digital Challenge is an annual student competition targeted at secondary and tertiary school students in Asia who are eager to compete and demonstrate how digital skills may be applied in today’s rapidly evolving digital economy. Geared towards practical digital skills required for various professional fields in the marketplace today and for the future. Given the increasing importance of the digital economy around the world, the competition will expose contestants to emerging technologies, design, and the use of office application tools.


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