What is ICDL ?

ICDL is the world’s leading computer skills certification. To date more than 14 million people have engaged with the ICDL programme, in over 150 countries, through our network of over 24,000 ICDL Accredited Test Centres (ATCs). The ICDL programme defines the skills and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications. It offers a wide range of modules including Computer Essentials, Word Processing and IT Security. Candidates take tests in the modules which are most relevant to their educational and professional requirements, thereby creating their ICDL Profile. Whether in school, university or in the workplace, ICDL offers the skills you need to succeed.  Create your ICDL Profile today by joining other ICDL candidates from around the world in certifying your computer skills to the international standard.


ICDL programmes are for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of a computer and common applications. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. ICDL modules provide a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas which are validated by a test.

What is a ICDL Profile?

Customisation and flexibility have become an essential element of today’s digital environment.  People use technology for different reasons, in different settings and at different levels, which is why we have developed ICDL Profiles. With a ICDL Profile, you can become certified in the skills you require for your educational and professional needs. You choose the module combinations best suited to you which then represent your ICDL Profile.  While we recommend certain combinations of modules to create specific ICDL Profiles it is possible for candidates to choose the module combination which best suits their own individual educational and professional needs.

Recommended Profiles

We recommend three ICDL Profiles – BaseStandard and Expert – each represents a different level of digital proficiency, and proof of the skill level that you have.

certifies essential skills. Because the skills covered in this 4-module certification are essential to anyone who uses computers and other devices on a daily basis, it is recommended that everyone should certify their skills to this level.

 is the most flexible of the recommended ICDL profiles. It consists of the four Base modules, plus any other three Intermediate modules from a wide range. This structure ensures that you can certify your essential ICT skills, and then demonstrate your competence in other modules that are suited to your career or your interests. 

enables you to become (and prove that you are) a ‘power user’ in commonly used computer applications. It is aimed at workers who want to be recognised as experts in these applications by being able to perform advanced functions in them. You achieve your ICDL Expert Profile by successfully completing 3 of the 4 ICDL Advanced modules.