Why should your institution offer ICDL?

ICDL certification offers a unique cross-disciplinary advantage, benefiting students in various fields of study, including business, sciences, and humanities. Graduates with ICDL certification possess a versatile skill set that aligns seamlessly with the ever-evolving demands of the professional landscape. This strategic approach not only enhances academic success through improved research and presentation skills but also underscores the institution’s commitment to providing a globally recognised and relevant education.

Integrating ICDL for Digital Education in Universities and Colleges

In today’s digital era, equipping university students with essential digital literacy skills is paramount. Implementing ICDL in universities and colleges goes beyond bridging the digital skills gap; it transforms these skills into life essentials crucial for future success and career advancement. Recognised globally, ICDL not only signifies the quality of learning content but also serves as a credential acknowledged by employers worldwide.

Curriculum Integration (Compulsory Route)

Digital Divide and Skills Gap: ICDL addresses the digital divide and empowers students to acquire skills vital for future digital advancements and economies.

Curriculum Integration: Embed ICDL modules into the academic curriculum as a compulsory part, ensuring a standardised approach to digital education across disciplines.

Assessment and Certification: Integrate ICDL tests into course evaluations, allowing successful completion to be highlighted on student transcripts as an internationally recognised certification.

Creating Digital Skills Learning Pathways using Micro-credentials (Elective Route):

Identification of Digital Skills Gaps: Conduct assessments using tools like ICDL Compass, surveys, or collaboration with industry partners to identify digital skills gaps among students.

Design Skills Acquiring Pathways: Develop industry-specific learning pathways based on ICDL modules, tailoring content to meet the needs of business, engineering, humanities, and other disciplines.

Elective Courses: Offer micro-credentials as elective courses, allowing students to customise their learning journey based on their interests and career aspirations.

Recognition of Digital Skills: Recognise prior learning experiences and track students who successfully complete ICDL certification, integrating this recognition into academic transcripts or certificates.

Modes of Learning:

Self-guided E-Learning: ICDL offers self-paced online modules accessible at any time, covering the curriculum comprehensively.

Asynchronous E-Learning: Facilitate asynchronous discussions through discussion forums, allowing collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Physical Face-to-Face Classroom Instruction: Traditional classroom sessions with instructors delivering ICDL content, ensuring engagement and understanding.

Synchronous Learning: Live Online Classes: Real-time, instructor-led classes through video conferencing platforms.

Virtual Labs: Simulate hands-on experiences synchronously, allowing students to practice and apply skills.


Blended Learning: Combine face-to-face sessions with online components for a balanced approach.

Flipped Classroom: Provide instructional content online, reserving in-person time for interactive discussions and application exercises.

  • Digital Proficiency: ICDL imparts key digital skills crucial for academic tasks.
  • Increased Productivity: ICDL proficiency leads to increased productivity in both academic and professional settings
  • Global Employability: Widely recognised globally, ICDL enhances resumes, setting students apart in the competitive job market.
  • Adaptability: ICDL certification showcases adaptability to evolving technologies.
  • Workplace Ready: ICDL ensures students are prepared for the digital demands of the modern workplace.
  • Versatile Impact: ICDL skills apply across disciplines, enhancing research, analysis, and communication abilities.

ICDL’s complete online solution

eLearning & eBooks

E-learning and ebooks have revolutionised education by providing convenient, cost-effective, and flexible learning opportunities. Accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, these digital formats eliminate the need for physical materials, reducing costs and promoting sustainability. Learners benefit from the flexibility to study at their own pace, with interactive features enhancing engagement. The up-to-date content ensures relevance, particularly in fast-evolving fields.
Moreover, e-learning and ebooks transcend geographical constraints, enabling global access to quality educational resources. Their portability on digital devices enhances convenience, and features like customisation and collaboration foster personalised and interactive learning experiences. Overall, ICDL E-learning and ebooks redefine education, providing cost-effective, dynamic, and accessible learning resources tailored to diverse candidate needs.

Diagnostic Assessments

Practice makes perfect. ICDL’s Diagnostic Assessments allow the student to work through test questions, before taking the certification test. It is recommended that students should not progress to the certification test until they have achieved 80% in the diagnostic test.

Certification Tests

Skillsbox, ICDL’s online testing platform is hosted online in a secure environment and provides a complete online solution for student management and administration, making setting up students, assigning modules and running test session easy.

Digital Badges & Certificates

ICDL Digital Badges and certificates are automatically generated when a student passes a module.

Digital credentials bring numerous benefits in the modern era, promoting easy access online and eliminating paper usage for environmental sustainability. These digital badges and certificates, with built-in verification, enhance trust, offer real-time updates on skills, and reduce the risk of fraud. They seamlessly integrate with technology, allowing individuals to showcase skills on various online platforms, contributing to a greener, more efficient, and dynamic representation of qualifications in the digital age.

Remote Invigilation

Remote Invigilation is a method of conducting ICDL certification tests online, allowing students to take the tests remotely while maintaining a secure and monitored environment. Through advanced technology, students are able to complete their ICDL exams from the comfort of their own location, with a remote invigilator overseeing the process. This innovative approach ensures the integrity of the examination process by employing various security measures, including live monitoring, screen recording, and periodic checks, to verify the identity of the student and prevent any potential cheating or unauthorised assistance. ICDL remote invigilation offers flexibility and accessibility, enabling individuals to demonstrate their digital proficiency in a controlled and secure online environment.

Choosing your modules

From an academic standpoint, choosing modules is crucial. Aligning them with industry needs improves education quality, preparing graduates for the job market. This approach enhances the institution’s reputation, attracts students, and fosters industry partnerships, contributing to overall programme success.

ICDL offers complete flexibility for universities and colleges to choose from a wide range of modules to meet the needs of their students. Mix and match any number of modules to enhance existing degree or diploma programmes. Offer ICDL Insights modules to provide students with a conceptual understanding of new and emerging technologies, providing your graduates with the edge when it comes to employability.

Thousands of universities and colleges around the world offer ICDL to their students. Here are some of the most popular combinations of modules being delivered by universities and colleges. Use these as inspiration or customise your own set of modules to suit the needs of your students.

Business, Marketing & Management

Recommended to enhance business, marketing and management degree and diploma programmes, these modules provide students with real-world skills in the use of applications commonly used in business, marketing and management roles.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Science

Recommended to provide Arts, Humanities & Social Science graduates with real world digital skills for the future workplace, this set of modules offers proficiency in research tools, word processing, and collaboration software for academic and professional endeavours. Social media literacy, data analysis skills, and effective communication through various platforms contribute to their versatility. Familiarity with new and emerging technology further enhances their ability to navigate a technology-driven landscape.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM)

Recommended to enhance degrees and diplomas in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, these modules provide students with real-world skills in the use of applications commonly used in STEM roles.

Faculty of Education & Health Science

Enhance degrees in Education and Health Sciences with crucial digital skills for educators and healthcare professionals. Proficiency in data analysis supports student assessment and healthcare research, while effective communication through email and virtual meetings is vital for collaboration and patient or student relationships. These skills are integral for advancing practices in both sectors.

ICDL in Universities and Colleges

Highlighting some best practice examples of successful ICDL implemented in universities and colleges around the world

Irish Further Education and Training Provider, Elevates Skills and Employability with Strategic Integration of ICDL Modules

Donegal Education Training Board (ETB), a leading Further Education and Training (FET) service provider in County Donegal, Ireland, has strategically integrated ICDL modules into its diverse array of programs since 2010. The emphasis on incorporating ICDL modules is particularly notable in the traineeship framework, designed to address the specific needs of Irish industries. By infusing practical, industry-relevant skills through ICDL, Donegal ETB enhances the quality of its traineeships, fostering on-the-job learning and better preparing participants for employment.

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UTB, Rwanda, makes ICDL compulsory for all students in the University

In adherence to the National Digital Talent Policy, the Rwandan Government is integrating Digital Skills and Certification into formal education at all levels. The policy mandates Digital Literacy training and certification for students across primary, secondary, and higher education, with ICDL serving as the recognised standard. Notably, the University of Tourism, Technology, and Business Studies (UTB) is leading this initiative by making ICDL compulsory for all of its 6000+ students, setting a precedent for other institutions in Rwanda. This strategic move underscores Rwanda’s commitment to cultivating a digitally literate workforce for sustained growth and development.

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Leading Singapore IHL offers industry-relevant ICDL courses

In July 2020, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) became the first Singaporean Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) to offer ICDL certification. By December 2021, over 1,400 TP students had benefitted from studying ICDL modules. Established in 1990, TP focuses on providing lifelong skills and digital knowledge to navigate a dynamically changing future. Aligned with Singapore’s Smart Nation strategy, TP and ICDL Asia partnered to enhance students’ digital skills and industry competencies, emphasising self-directed and collaborative learning.

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ICDL collaborates with ACCA to benefit Finance and Accounting professionals

In a significant move towards advancing the digital competencies of accounting and finance professionals, ICDL Asia, ACCA, and Kaplan Learning Institute joined hands in a groundbreaking collaboration. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on March 15, 2018, marked the initiation of a transformative partnership aimed at offering globally-accredited ICT certification programmes to professionals in Singapore and beyond.

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ICDL: Alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals adopted in 2015, aiming to address various social, economic, and environmental challenges by 2030. These goals encompass areas such as poverty, health, education, gender equality, clean energy, climate action, and more, providing a universal framework for global cooperation and progress towards a sustainable future.

ICDL Foundation aligns with several United Nations SDGs by contributing to the development of digital literacy and skills, which are integral to achieving broader societal and economic objectives. Specifically, ICDL supports SDG 4 (Quality Education) by promoting digital skills education, SDG 5 (Gender Equality) by fostering inclusivity in technology, and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) by enhancing employability through digital proficiency. Additionally, ICDL’s focus on digital competence aligns with SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), contributing to a more equitable and technologically advanced global society.

SDG 4Quality EducatioN

ICDL promotes digital literacy and skills development, contributing to the goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education by enhancing students’ proficiency in essential computer skills.

SDG 5Gender Equality

ICDL plays a role in fostering gender equality in the technology sector by providing opportunities for both men and women to acquire and demonstrate digital skills, contributing to a more inclusive workforce.

SDG 8Decent Work and Economic GrowtH

By enhancing employability through digital proficiency, ICDL supports the goal of promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, aligning with efforts to achieve decent work for all.

SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

ICDL’s focus on digital competence contributes to advancements in industry and innovation, supporting the development of modern, technologically advanced infrastructure.

SDG 10Reduced Inequalities

ICDL helps bridge the digital divide by providing standardised digital skills training, contributing to the goal of reducing inequalities in access to technology and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

SDG 17Partnerships for the Goals

ICDL collaborates with various stakeholders, including educational institutions and businesses, fostering partnerships to advance the common goal of building a digitally proficient global community.

Don’t just take our word for it! More than 17 million people are now ICDL certified across the world. Scroll through the testimonials below to understand how ICDL Certification has benefited them.

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