The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Foundation has issued its 7-millionth candidate registration.
ICDL certification (known as the European Computer Driving Licence in Europe) is available in 150 countries globally and has been translated into 38 languages. It is internationally recognised as the global standard in end-user computer skills and has been adopted by governments, international organisations, the international business community and more recently, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) here in South Africa
“For the past 10 years the ICDL Foundation has worked to raise the level of ICT skills in society, to increase users’ confidence in computer usage and to enable access to the information society for all citizens,” says Jennifer van Niekerk, CEO of the ICDL in South Africa.
“7-million candidates being registered with the ICDL certification programme is a significant achievement which shows that we set the global benchmark in end-user computer skills programmes. Nevertheless, this achievement also indicates that the public’s awareness of the importance of ICT certification has increased over the past few years."
In August this year, 40 offenders from Pollsmoor and Malmesbury Prisons obtained their ICDL certification after completing their ICDL examinations as part of the offender development program.
To obtain the ICDL certificate a candidate must demonstrate practical proficiency in each of the most commonly used software tools. The candidate has to pass all seven modules with a 75% pass mark.
ICDL in South Africa is a non-profit organisation established to promote digital literacy to all and to administer the global quality standard in end user computing, the ICDL.