ECDL Certifications

ECDL Certifications

By the end of 2018, 2 million digital skills assessments leading to certification under ECDL standards will be taken in the EU. This will contribute to reducing the high share of Europeans (45%) who lack basic digital skills and will increase their employability as well as mobility in the labour market. ECDL assessment test is a tool that leads to validation of skills and competences acquired. ECDL certification is a proof to potential employer or education institution that a person has the digital competence required.

Various studies have shown that people, who acquire ECDL certification, work more productively and they are more prone to finding a job or upgrading their position / working conditions in the existing workplace. All ECDL programmes adhere to high quality standards. The ECDL certification modules cover competences outlined in the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp). ECDL certification is also mapped to National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) in numerous countries in Europe and worldwide.

Last update: 19/06/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education
Digital skills for labour force
Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 01/01/2019

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: YES
National Operators of ECDL Foundation are active all across Europe. Funding mechanisms differ from country to country, from project to project. Some of the projects and initiatives implemented by our national operators are co-funded by public funding, for example, in countries where ECDL is part of the national education system (the United Kingdom, Austria). Also, in some countries (Poland, the Czech Republic), regional labour offices provide ECDL for unemployed people. A number of ECDL National Operators carry-out projects co-funded by the EU Structural funds. For example, in 2015, in Romania, 25 high schools in 10 cities in Teleorman and Dolj counties received ECDL training and certification. The project was co-financed by the European Social Fund.

ECDL

ECDL is the world's leading computer skills certification. To date more than 14 million people have engaged with the ECDL programme, in over 100 countries, through our network of over 24,000 ICDL Accredited Test Centres (ATCs).

Qualitative Impact

Two million European citizens will have the opportunity to obtain the internationally recognised ECDL certification. This will increase their employability as well as mobility in the labour market.

ECDL Assessment test is a tool that leads to validation of skills and competences acquired. ECDL certification is a proof to potential employer or education institution that a person has the digital competence required.

ECDL certification is aimed at skills and competences that are highly desired in the labour market (our wide network of over 24,000 ECDL Accredited Test Centres helps us identify the labour market needs). All ECDL programmes adhere to high quality standards.

Various studies have shown that people who acquire ECDL certification work more productively. For example, Institute for Adult Learning in Singapore found out the average time spent in solving computer related problems at work was found to be 151 minutes per week. Time saved after ECDL training was estimated at 26 minutes per employee per week.

ECDL certification facilitates employment and career development. Impact assessment of ECDL programme in Egypt revealed that ECDL programme contributed to employment or job enhancement of 35% of all ECDL certified beneficiaries, with 33% of the unemployed ECDL beneficiaries becoming employed and 39% of the already working beneficiaries upgrading their position and / or working conditions. 79% of beneficiaries indicated that ECDL allowed them to acquire digital skills which they use not only in work but also at home.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
Digital skills assessments Assessments leading to certification under ECDL standards 2,000,000 450000

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

450 000 digital skills assessments leading to certification under ECDL standards have been taken in the EU since January 2017.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
500 000 digital skills assessments will be taken in the EU 01/07/2017 On Track
1 000 000 digital skills assessments will be taken in the EU 01/01/2018 N/A
1 500 000 digital skills assessments will be taken in the EU 01/07/2018 N/A
2 000 000 digital skills assessments will be taken in the EU 01/01/2019 N/A