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ECDL Foundation today launched New ECDL at its annual forum hosted in London

New ECDL Launched

LONDON, 16 MAY 2013

ECDL Foundation today launched New ECDL at its annual forum hosted in London.

ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), known as ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) outside Europe, has been chosen by over 13 million people in over 100 countries to certify their digital skills since its establishment in 1996.

New ECDL is a major revision of the programme, developed to reflect technology changes and labour market requirements.

CEO and Chairman Launch New ECDL

The key changes to the programme include more flexibility, more suitability to lifelong learning and a wider range of modules.

1.     More flexibility

New ECDL offers more flexible certification with the introduction of ECDL Profile. ECDL Profile allows candidates to build a profile of modules best suited to them. In this way, it is possible to get certified in the skills that a particular job or study requires. By studying the modules and passing the exam, these will represent an ECDL Profile.

2.     Lifelong learning

ECDL Profile certification is for life: it never expires. An ECDL Profile can be built on over time, when a candidate wants to update his or her skills, keep up with technology or when new modules are developed. ECDL Profile encourages lifelong learning and the continuous development of digital competence

3.     New modules

New modules and a new module structure have been created to allow candidates choose from a range of 15 modules which now includes Online Collaboration and IT Security.

Speaking at the launch, ECDL Foundation Chief Executive Damien O’Sullivan explained:

“New ECDL is our commitment to changing with the needs of our candidates and the requirements of the workplace.”

Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes commented on the pledge ECDL Foundation made to support the Digital Agenda for Europe through launching New ECDL:

“The ECDL Foundation has worked for a long time to boost Europe’s ICT skills and has done a great job.”


Chairman of ECDL Foundation Jim Friars added:

“The programme has evolved many times since it began in 1996, and I believe it continues to stay true to its intended and original purpose: to provide skills for work, and skills that work.”

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About ECDL Foundation
ECDL Foundation is the not-for-profit certifying authority for ECDL / ICDL; the leading international computer skills certification programme. ECDL Foundation's mission is to enable proficient use of ICT that empowers individuals and organisations, through the development and delivery of quality certification programmes throughout the world. With over 13 million candidates participating in a range of programmes, ECDL Foundation has set the global benchmark in end-user skills certification. For more information about ECDL Foundation, and about the ECDL / ICDL programme, visit:


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