The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), in collaboration with registered centre Work Skills Resources (WSR), has successfully mapped the ICDL Core Programme to a South African Recognised Qualification.
The pilot project, launched by WSR on 25 March and concluded on 8 May last year, involved 13 learners from various organisations. Learners received practical face-to-face training and were assessed using the integrated assessment methodology. The project was monitored by ISETT SETA and verification was completed in November last year.
The ICDL programme, comprising 66 of the total 130 credits, was mapped to the Core Unit Standards of the National Certificate for Information Technology in End-User Computing (SAQA QUAL ID: 61591). As a result ISETT SETA has fully endorsed this programme and methodology.
The Core Unit Standards were scrutinised by WSR who in turn developed Learner Guides and Assessment Instruments. As a result, both the ICDL and ISETT SETA methodologies have been accommodated into a single delivery methodology that will add value to the skills development marketplace.
The project was a tremendous success and resulted in numerous benefits for both learners and training providers. These include recognition of prior learning – now being conducted in a practical and cost effective way as well as a substantial decrease in the assessment hours usually associated with the current methodologies. In addition students now have a quick and effective way of obtaining the ICDL qualification while at the same time automatically being registered on the NLRD (National Learner Registration Database).
Jennifer van Niekerk, CEO of ICDL South Africa, said the project had netted significant results.
“The standing of the ICDL programme has been enhanced in terms of the South African Skills Development objectives; we have shown a cost reduction in the assessment process by using an automated system and we have created content that is ICDL complaint and includes ISETT complaint instruments,” says Van Niekerk.
The new approach to e-skills training and certification is in line with the goals of the government e-Skills Initiative, which calls for the creation of the appropriate e-skills development strategy in order to benefit the total population of South Africa.
The ICDL in South Africa is a non-profit organisation and was established to promote digital literacy to all and to administer the global quality standard in end user computing. Internationally, the ICDL Certification is available in 148 countries, in 41 different languages, with more than nine million candidates having registered to date.