In Europe, the role of ICDL is pivotal, serving as a driving force behind digital literacy, economic advancement, and social cohesion. With backing from international organisations, businesses, and governmental bodies, ICDL prepares individuals to excel in the digital age. Through strategic partnerships and unwavering advocacy, ICDL actively contributes to the cultivation of a digitally skilled and empowered Europe.

ICDL’s significance in Europe is exemplified by its adoption by several governments and institutions across the region and alignment with digital competence frameworks across the region.

  • ICDL seamlessly aligns with the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp). This strategic partnership ensures that individuals certified by ICDL not only receive international recognition for their digital skills but also adhere to the proficiency benchmarks established by European institutions.
  • In France, ICDL’s influence is evident as the certification is aligned with the French National Register of Professional Qualifications (CPF), enabling employees and job seekers to access funding for digital skills development across diverse professional sectors.
  • In Italy, the recognition of ICDL by the Ministry of Education as the official standard for evaluating computer skills highlights its significance in the country’s education system. The agreement emphasises the promotion of ICT skills certification, excellence validation, and multimedia project realisation.
  • In Ireland, ICDL certification serves as an exemption towards QQI awards within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), showcasing its value in facilitating educational progress for post-primary students pursuing Further Education and Training.
  • In Poland, the ICDL (formerly ECDL) certification is the sole digital skills qualification explicitly mentioned in the funding guidelines published by the Ministry of Education for projects funded from the Polish allocation of European Social Funds ESF.
  • In Romania, since 2010, ICDL (formerly ECDL) has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Education as equivalent to the Baccalaureate test in digital literacy, granting students the choice between the traditional state exam or the internationally recognised ICDL qualification.
  • In the UK, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has aligned ICDL (formerly ECDL) with the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), recognising an ICDL Profile comprising four modules as a partial Level 2 RQF qualification named BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills, listed for delivery to pre-16s.
  • In Malta, the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) has mapped ICDL (formerly ECDL) to the Maltese Qualifications Framework since 2010.
  • In Portugal, ECDL is identified as a key qualification supporting access to teaching and training positions, particularly in adult education teaching ICT.

These are just some of the examples of ICDL’s collaborations with national frameworks across Europe which emphasise its commitment to fostering digital competence and solidify its position as a cornerstone in the region’s digital education landscape.

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ICDL and DigComp

ICDL Foundation plays an active role in the development of DigComp, The European Commission’s Digital Competence Framework.

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