Develop essential skills to use workplace applications effectively.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Office productivity applications
  • Overview
  • Common tasks
Word processing
  • Getting started
  • Formatting and alignment
  • Objects
  • Outputs
  • Getting started
  • Formatting
  • Managing worksheets
  • Formulas
  • Charts
  • Outputs
  • Getting started
  • Text and formatting
  • Objects and effects
  • Outputs

Main learning outcomes

Successful candidates will be able to use computer applications effectively. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident using important office productivity applications, to perform everyday workplace tasks. They will be able to:

  • understand the purpose of different common office productivity applications and carry out common tasks
  • work with text in a document, insert and edit objects and tables, and prepare and print outputs
  • work with numbers and text in a spreadsheet, manipulate spreadsheet data, use formulas, insert charts, and prepare and print outputs
  • build a presentation, insert and format text in slides, insert and edit objects and effects, and create outputs including a slideshow.

Why certify with ICDL?

  • ICDL certification is internationally recognised by employers and institutions.
  • ICDL modules are developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising professionals from all over the world.
  • The regularly updated syllabus content reflects day-to-day tasks and responsibilities typical of job roles.
  • ICDL modules focus on skills acquisition as well as an understanding of concepts.
  • ICDL syllabus content is vendor-independent so that skills and knowledge are transferable.
  • ICDL has rigorous Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) and regular quality audits are conducted internally and externally.


The detailed syllabus for the Application Essentials module is publicly available, so that there is complete clarity about what is covered.

The syllabus document, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.

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