European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) - Core Modules

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Code Course Description Duration Cost
ECDL1 ECDL ALL Core Modules - large groups (more . . .)
   › 10 weeks over a 3 Month Programme
   › 2 sessions of 2 hours a week
40 hours € 100
ECDL2 ECDL ALL Core Modules maximum 10 in class (more . . .)
   › 10 weeks over a 3 Month Programme
   › 2 sessions of 2 hours a week
40 hours € 180
ECDLT ECDL Module Test N/A € 10
ECDLM ECDL Mock Test N/A € 10
ECDLS ECDL Skill Card N/A €35

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), known as ICDL outside Europe, is the global standard in end-user computer skills, offering Candidates an internationally recognised certification that is supported by governments, computer societies, international organisations and commercial corporations globally.

ECDL is the world's largest end-user computer skills certification programme, with more than 7 million Candidates in 148 countries.

ECDL raises the level of ICT and computer skills and allows Candidates to be more productive at home and at work. ECDL also improves job prospects by providing an internationally recognised qualification. With a superior syllabus - uniquely validated to ensure that it is always relevant, up-to-date and meaningful - Candidates can be confident that ECDL offers a certification of unrivalled quality.

What is it?

ECDL is a test of practical skills and competencies and consists of seven separate modules covering computer theory and practice. To achieve an ECDL / ICDL certification, the Candidate must successfully pass a test in all seven modules.

ECDL Module 1 is a theoretical test of computing knowledge at a general level and modules 2-7 are practical skills tests, as follows:

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Who is ECDL for?

The ECDL programme is for anyone who needs to demonstrate to an international standard that they are fully competent in the use of a personal computer and common computer applications and that they know the essential concepts of Information Technology.

Prospective Candidates should ideally have used computers and the common software applications before. Other programmes are also available for those with other requirements. Alternatively, Candidates who have never used computers before, may be interested in our EqualSkills programme.

Benefits of ECDL

Today, computer skills are increasingly important to people in all walks of life. ECDL is an information technology certificate for all citizens. It is intended for those who need to, or wish to, know how to use a personal computer. It is suitable for people from every work discipline, for people entering the job market, and for all ages.

Benefits for Candidates:

  • Increases essential ICT knowlege/skills
  • Increases confidence in computer use
  • Provides internationally-recognised qualification
  • Improves job prospects and job mobility
  • Provides a platform from which to move on to higher-level ICT education

Benefits for Employers:

  • Increases productivity
  • Reduces costs
  • Increases the quality of employee output
  • Reduces time wasted
  • Makes better use of ICT resources
  • Provides a better return on ICT investment

Registering to start ECDL

When Candidates register to start the ECDL certification process they purchase a Skills Card. The Skills Card is an A4 sheet that is used to record all successfully completed modules. Skills Cards may be purchased from any accredited ECDL Test Centre. Only an accredited Test Centre can carry out testing and issue Skills Cards. Test Centres are approved and monitored by ECDL Malta.


ECDL training is delivered through a variety of media, including traditional classroom based, instructor-led methods, and self-directed, assignment or multimedia based training (CBT), which is usually a home study option. This latter method has proved to be most successful when learners are supported by a tutor or mentor to help with any queries.

Candidates are not however, required to do any training in order to achieve their ECDL. If they are competent in the syllabus content, they can contact an accredited ECDL test centre, purchase a skills card and sit the tests


As with training there are a number of different options available when it comes to ECDL testing.

  • ECDL Core tests fall in two categories both of which are approved by the ECDL Foundation:

    1. Manual Testing - Under this mode of testing, Candidates receive a test paper, and work files which they edit and modify on the computer as required. Accredited ECDL testers mark the tests and issue the results.

    2. Automated Testing - Many centres use an automated testing software, where Candidates undertake a test on a computer, which then automatically assesses the candidate's performance, and provides immediate pass/fail feedback to both the centre and the candidate. The use of automated testing simplifies the testing and administration procedures in a test centre, and makes it very efficient.
  • The duration of each test is 45 minutes. No books or other help may be used during the tests.
  • The pass mark for each test is set to be 75%.
  • The seven tests may be taken in any sequence and at any time in any accredited ECDL Test Centre within 3 years, from the date of the first successful test. Candidates will need to purchase a new Skills Card and resit all tests if they do not manage to do all tests within the 3 year period.
  • Candidates failing ECDL tests are allowed to retake different test versions of the same module. Candidates are encouraged to attempt the sample test papers before taking tests. For automated tests, Candidates are strongly encouraged to liaise with the ECDL Test Centre to sit for mock/diagnostic tests.
  • Any candidate who is not satisfied with any aspect of the assessment process of his/her ECDL module test is encouraged to discuss his/her concerns with the Test Centre. If s/he is not satisfied with the outcome of these discussions, s/he is encouraged to invoke the Complaints and Appeals Procedure with ECDL Malta. The Candidate will be requested to send an email/letter to ECDL Malta explaining his/her concerns and any actions that have been taken.

Syllabus 4.0 & Syllabus 5.0

Currently there are two ECDL Core Syllabi: V4.0 and V5.0. The most recent Syllabus V5.0 was launched in Malta in September 2008.

Starting from October 2008, all Test Centres operating manual testing can offer Syllabus V5.0 tests. Candidates are able to sit tests based on Syllabus V4.0 until 30th September 2009. After this date only tests based on Syllabus V5.0 will be allowed. The syllabus version printed on the ECDL Core certificate will reflect the majority of modules completed i.e. a candidate that completes 4 modules with Syllabus 5.0, will be awarded an ECDL Syllabus 5.0 certificate.

ECDL Core Syllabus V4.0 and ECDL Core Syllabus V5.0 are available in PDF format.


The ECDL Core Certificate is awarded when all seven module tests have been successfully completed. The certificate will NOT be issued immediately by the Test Centre. ECDL Malta will issue the certificate and pass this on to the Test Centre where the last test was held. The Candidate will collect the certificate from the Test Centre where s/he had sat for her/his last test. The fee involved in issuing the ECDL Core certificate is incorporated in the cost of the Skills Card.

Candidates have the option of requesting an ECDL Start certificate after having successfully completed any four modules of the ECDL Core programme. The Candidate will still have the option of obtaining the full certificate once all modules have been passed. However, this will only be issued against payment of an additional charge as indicated by the Test Centre.

ECDL Module 1 - Concepts of Information and Communication Technology

Concepts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) requires the candidate to understand the main concepts of ICT at a general level, and to know about the different parts of a computer.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Understand what hardware is, know about factors that affect computer performance and know about peripheral devices.
  • Understand what software is and give examples of common applications software and operating system software.
  • Understand how information networks are used within computing, and be aware of the different options to connect to the Internet.
  • Understand what Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is and give examples of its practical applications in everyday life.
  • Understand health and safety and environmental issues in relation to using computers.
  • Recognize important security issues associated with using computers.
  • Recognize important legal issues in relation to copyright and data protection
    associated with using computers.

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ECDL Module 2 - Using the Computer and Managing Files

Using the Computer and Managing Files requires the candidate to demonstrate competence in running and managing a personal computer.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Use the main features of the operating system including adjusting the main
    computer settings and using built-in help features.
  • Operate effectively around the computer desktop and work effectively in a
    graphical user environment.
  • Know about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently
    organize files and folders so that they are easy to identify and find.
  • Use utility software to compress and extract large files and use anti-virus
    software to protect against computer viruses.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use simple text editing and print tools available
    within the operating system.

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ECDL Module 3 - Word Processing

Word Processing requires the candidate to demonstrate the ability to use a word
processing application to create everyday letters and documents.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Work with documents and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function to enhance productivity.
  • Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to
    share and distribute.
  • Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution
    and recognize good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options.
  • Insert tables, images and drawn objects into documents.
  • Prepare documents for mail merge operations.
  • Adjust document page settings and check and correct spelling before finally
    printing documents.

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ECDL Module 4 - Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets requires the candidate to understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate an ability to use a spreadsheet to produce accurate work outputs.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Work with spreadsheets and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Enter data into cells and use good practice in creating lists. Select, sort and copy, move and delete data.
  • Edit rows and columns in a worksheet. Copy, move, delete and appropriately rename worksheets.
  • Create mathematical and logical formulas using standard spreadsheet
    functions. Use good practice in formula creation and recognize error values
    in formulas.
  • Format numbers and text content in a spreadsheet.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Adjust spreadsheet page settings and check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets.

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ECDL Module 5 - Using Databases

Using Databases requires the candidate to understand the concept of a database and demonstrate competence in using a database.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Understand what a database is and how it is organized and operated.
  • Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes.
  • Create a table, define and modify fields and their properties; enter and edit data in a table.
  • Sort and filter a table or form; create, modify and run queries to retrieve specific information from a database.
  • Understand what a form is and create a form to enter, modify and delete records and data in records.
  • Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution.

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ECDL Module 6 - Presentation

Presentation requires the candidate to demonstrate competence in using presentation software.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Work with presentations and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to
    enhance productivity.
  • Understand different presentation views and when to use them, choose
    different slide layouts and designs.
  • Enter, edit and format text in presentations. Recognize good practise in
    applying unique titles to slides.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Insert and edit pictures, images and drawn objects.
  • Apply animation and transition effects to presentations and check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations.

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ECDL Module 7 - Web Browsing and Communication

Web Browsing and Communication is divided into two sections. The first section, Web Browsing, requires the candidate to know about the Internet and to use a web browsing application.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Understand what the Internet is and common terms associated with it. Be aware of some security considerations when using the Internet.
  • Accomplish everyday web browsing tasks including changing browser settings.
  • Search for information and complete and submit web-based forms.
  • Save web pages and download files from the web. Copy web content into a

The second section, Communication, requires the candidate to understand some of the concepts of electronic mail (e-mail) and know about other communication options.
The candidate shall be able to:

  • Understand what e-mail is and know some advantages and disadvantages of its use. Be aware of other communication options.
  • Be aware of network etiquette and security considerations when using e-mail.
  • Create, spell check and send e-mail. Reply to and forward e-mail, handle file attachments and print an e-mail.
  • Be aware of ways to enhance productivity when working with e-mail
    software. Organize and manage e-mail.

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Source: ECDL Malta website