ICDL Celebrates 17 Million Candidates Worldwide: Empowering Digital Competence in the Workforce, Education and Society 


ICDL has recently marked a significant milestone in our mission to raise digital competency standards through the development, promotion, and delivery of quality certification programmes worldwide. With over two decades of experience, ICDL has successfully delivered our certification programmes to over 17 million candidates across more than 100 countries in the world. 

The ICDL 17 million candidates worldwide milestone achievement was officially revealed by Ms. Tina Wu, General Manager of ICDL Asia in Shanghai during the official launch of ICDL China, witnessed by distinguished figures such as Mr. Eamon Ryan, the Irish Minister for Environment, Climate & Communications and Transport, Ms. Ann Derwin, the Irish Ambassador to China, Ms. Wendy Dorman-Smith, Consul General of Ireland in Shanghai, Mr. Patrick O’Riordan, Enterprise Ireland China Director and Mr. Lan Xiaoyu, General Manager of ICDL China. 

This achievement is a testament to ICDL’s unwavering dedication to delivering high-quality digital education and certification programmes that drive global digital literacy standards forward. With an extensive network of 20,000 Test Centres and over 2.5 million tests administered annually in more than 40 languages worldwide, we take great pride in delivering globally recognised certification programmes for digital literacy. These empower individuals to enhance their digital skills and competencies, enabling them to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape in the Workforce, Education and Society.  

As a non-profit social enterprise, ICDL benefits from the unique support of experts from national computer societies and global partners to develop vendor-independent standards programmes that define the skills and knowledge required to use digital technology effectively. 

Our organisation collaborates with various education and training partners, local and regional authorities, national governments, international development organisations as well as public and private sector employers across all industries in delivering our programmes.  

By working closely with these entities, ICDL is committed to offering high-quality digital skills and certification programmes that are in line with the latest industry developments and requirements. Our comprehensive approach to digital skills development has helped to establish a strong reputation as a trusted partner in the delivery of digital education and certifications. ICDL’s dedication to providing relevant and up-to-date certification programmes has made it a valuable partner for individuals and organisations seeking to enhance their digital capabilities and competitiveness. 

At ICDL Asia, we reaffirm our commitment to work closely with our partners and stakeholders to provide high-quality digital skills and certification programmes that meet industry standards and remain current. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, ICDL will continue to remain committed to empowering individuals and organisations with the necessary skills and competencies to thrive in today’s digital-driven world. 

ICDL Quality standards 

ICDL is committed to the development, promotion, and delivery of quality certification programmes to enable the proficient use of ICT that empowers individuals, organisations and society throughout the world. To meet the needs of all our stakeholders, ICDL has established a Quality Management System based on the internationally recognised quality standard ISO 9001:2015. Adherence to this standard ensures that the processes used by ICDL to develop and support its certification programmes are effective, efficient, and subject to continuous evaluation and improvement. 

To learn more about the internationally recognised ICDL Standards, visit https://icdlasia.org/policy-and-publications/recognitions/  

ICDL – The Digital Skills Standard

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