Why should your school offer ICDL?

ICDL offers schools a complete online solution, designed to empower students to learn real-world skills, that enables them to think critically and be more productive learners. 

Embedding ICDL into a school’s curriculum equips students with essential digital skills, preparing them for academic and career success.

ICDL benefits for students 

  • Provides students with the skills they need to succeed at school and prepares them for future studies and the workplace 
  • Develops skills for students to learn in a more self-directed way 
  • Develops communication skills, self-confidence, and a sense of responsibility 
  • Broadens students’ horizons – exploring new subject areas, gaining confidence and an understanding in the potential of digital technologies 
  • ICDL is an international certification, a marker of quality in the learning content and a certification to take with them recognised by employers worldwide 

ICDL benefits for providers

  • Self-guided learning in recommended modules 
  • Bespoke system makes it easy to set up courses and get students learning 
  • No training needed in specialised subjects – eLearning covers our curriculum fully 
  • Packages available no matter how much time you have in your timetable 
  • One easy price per student, no hidden or extra costs 
  • Digital Literacy: Digital literacy has become an essential competence, alongside traditional skills like reading, writing, and arithmetic, crucial for academic success and future careers.
  • Future Readiness: By attaining ICDL certification, students gain practical, job-relevant skills, making them more marketable and ready for the evolving workforce landscape.
  • Global Recognition: ICDL’s internationally recognised certification provides students with a credential acknowledged worldwide, enhancing their profile for higher education and employment opportunities.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: ICDL modules emphasise critical thinking and problem-solving skills, empowering students to navigate complex digital challenges and approach problem-solving in innovative ways.
  • Curriculum Integration: ICDL seamlessly integrates into school curricula, offering a structured framework that aligns with educational goals and ensures students are well-prepared for the digital demands of the modern world.
  • Preparation for Lifelong Learning: ICDL not only addresses immediate digital skill needs but also instills a foundation for continuous learning, preparing students for a lifetime of adapting to emerging technologies and evolving digital landscapes

ICDL’s complete online solution

eLearning & eBooks

E-learning and ebooks have revolutionized 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 customization and collaboration foster personalized and interactive learning experiences. Overall, ICDL E-learning and ebooks redefine school education, providing cost-effective, dynamic, and accessible learning resources tailored to diverse student 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.

For schools, picking the right modules is key. Aligning them with educational goals ensures quality learning and relevant skills for students. This approach enhances the school’s reputation, attracts students looking for practical education, and fosters partnerships with educational stakeholders, contributing to overall success. Thousands of schools around the world offer ICDL to their students. Here are some of the most popular combinations of modules being delivered by schools. Use these as inspiration or customise your own set of modules to suit the needs of your students.

ICDL Digital Student is a programme for schools, comprising of a range of modules, tailored to a younger audience. Recommended for students 15 years and younger, these modules include age appropriate content, developed to engage and empower school students to learn real-world skills that enable them to think critically and be more productive learners.

For students 14 and over, emphasis moves towards preparing students for future study and/or the workplace. ICDL offers complete flexibility for teachers to choose from a wide range of modules from any of our programmes, to meet the needs of their students. Mix and match any number of modules to create your own ICDL Profile in order to meet curriculum objectives or complement school projects. Group modules to fit into a timetable or offer our brand new ICDL Insights modules to generate interest in further study or a career in STEM. Our modules are the perfect length for short courses too.

ICDL Digital Student Essentials

Recommended for younger learners aged 15 years and under, Digital Student Essentials has been specially designed to give students the essential digital skills required for school and life, and providing them with a digital skills foundation for future progression. Often embedded into a school curriculum, these modules can easily fit into any timetable, whether an academic year, a semester or a short course. For more information on offering ICDL at your school click here.


Recommended for younger learners aged 14 years and over, the Future Ready modules have been specially selected to ensure younger learners achieve the level of digital literacy required for further study and the future workforce. Schools often embed the Future Ready profile into their curriculum as modules can easily fit into any timetable, whether a full academic year, a semester or a short course.

*Complete all 6 modules to achieve the ICDL Digital Skills Standard

STEM Pathways

Recommended for younger learners aged 14 years and over, the STEM modules have been specially selected to encourage younger learners to pursue further study and a future career in science, technology, engineering and maths. Schools often embed the STEM Profile into their curriculum as modules can easily fit into any timetable, whether a full academic year, a semester or a short course.

To offer ICDL at your school, simply contact us, and your school will join the thousands of schools offering ICDL across the globe. 

ICDL in Schools

Highlighting some best practice examples of successful ICDL implemented in schools around the world

Digital Competition for Students in School

The Singapore National Digital Explorer (NDE) digital skills competition has made a profound impact, with Singapore’s NDE 2023 showcasing exceptional digital skills in over 64 schools. In East Africa, the launch of the ICDL Africa Digital Explorer in Kenya and Uganda signifies a commitment to raising digital competency standards. Both initiatives highlight the global push for digital literacy, empowering students for success in the digital age.

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ICDL: Essential Digital Skills Transforming Irish School Education

In Ireland, ICDL certification has become a cornerstone in fostering lifelong learning, starting with the Junior Cycle and progressing seamlessly through Transition year to Senior Cycle.

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Empowering Vietnam’s Digital Future with ICDL

In the era of digital transformation, Vietnam stands at the forefront of embracing digital literacy to propel its educational landscape forward. This case study explores the significant role played by ICDL in collaboration with key educational entities in Vietnam, including the Ministry of Information & Communications, Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), and Ho Chi Minh City DOET.

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Integrating ICDL in Ugandan ACE Schools

Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) schools in Uganda have recognised the importance of digital literacy in today’s educational landscape. Several institutions, including Asifiwe International Academy (AIA), Friends International Christian Academy (FICA), Orchard International Christian School (OICS), Shoma Christian Academy, and Chum International School, have embraced ICDL as a standard for enhancing their students’ digital skills.

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Commonly asked questions for schools

If you are interested in offering ICDL at your school and have a question, please check our FAQs for schools below and if you can’t find the information you are looking for, submit a contact form and we will be in touch.

If you’re currently enrolled in an ICDL module or programme at your school and encounter questions or technical issues regarding ICDL tests, learning materials, or any aspect of your learning experience, we recommend reaching out directly to your school. Your teachers are equipped to assist you promptly and effectively with your issues, ensuring you receive the support you need.

ICDL stands for International Certification of Digital Literacy. It is a globally recognised certification that validates essential digital skills and competence in using computer applications.

ICDL certification ensures that students acquire the fundamental digital skills required in school, as well as enhancing their employability and preparing them for further study and the digital demands of the modern workplace.

ICDL is suitable for students of various age groups and educational levels, from primary to higher education. It is designed to cater to individuals with varying levels of digital proficiency.

ICDL offers complete flexibility for teachers to choose from a wide range of modules to meet the needs of their students. Mix and match any number of modules from any programmes to meet curriculum objectives or complement school projects.

Group modules to fit into a timetable or offer our brand new ICDL Insights modules to generate interest in further study or a career in computer science. Our modules are the perfect length for short courses too.

ICDL certification tests are typically conducted online via our custom-built automated test system, Skillsbox. Skillsbox manages the whole process, from assessments, learning and certification and is easy to set up and manage ICDL tests are designed to evaluate both theoretical knowledge and practical application of digital skills.

Yes, ICDL is recognised and accepted globally. It provides a standardised measure of digital competence that is acknowledged by employers and educational institutions around the world.

Yes, ICDL is flexible and can be integrated into existing curricula. Schools can choose to offer ICDL as a standalone programme or incorporate specific modules into relevant subjects.

ICDL provides schools with comprehensive resources, including curriculum materials, teacher training, and ongoing support to ensure a smooth implementation process.

The duration depends on the specific modules chosen and the pace of the students. We have provided some example class schedules which fit easily into 1 semester or 1 academic year however modules can be spread across multiple years depending on your school’s requirements and timetable. Contact us for more details.

Students will need an internet-enabled device (laptop, Chromebook etc.) with internet browser to access the eLearning portal to complete the eLearning modules.

Students will need an internet-enabled Windows computer or laptop with internet browser to successfully complete the certification tests.

Skillsbox, ICDL’s automated testing system, makes it easy for teachers to monitor student progress. Schools can view individual and class progress with learning materials, diagnostic assessment scores and certification test scores in the Skillsbox dashboard.

Yes, ICDL offers professional development opportunities for teachers, including training sessions, workshops, and access to online resources to ensure that educators are well-equipped to deliver the programme effectively.

Skillsbox, ICDL’s automated testing System, makes student management easy. Schools can easily assign modules to students and allocate learning materials from the online dashboard. Certification test sessions are also set up and managed in Skillsbox. Training is provided to schools prior to commencing ICDL with students.

Students who successfully complete the required modules receive an ICDL digital badge and certificate, officially recognising their digital competence. The certification process involves passing a certification test for each selected module. The pass mark is 75% and over.

ICDL does not have a strict minimum age requirement. The certification is designed to accommodate students of varying age groups, starting from primary school students.

There is one simple fee per student based on the number of modules selected. Schools can contact us for detailed pricing information.

Schools can initiate the process by contacting us. We will provide guidance on program options, resources, and the steps required to integrate ICDL into the school curriculum.

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ICDL Global References and Endorsements

Since our launch over 25 years ago, ICDL has been endorsed by Governments, Industry Associations and Academic Institutions and is mapped to multiple qualification frameworks across the world.

Take a look at our references and endorsements relating to Academic Institutions below.

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