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One-Module ECDL Registration Numbers

Candidates interested in getting certified in one ECDL module ONLY are now able to purchase the ECDL Registration Number at a discounted rate... read more.

ECDL Syllabus 5

Candidates registered on ECDL Syllabus 5 are able to sit for certification tests of Modules 1, 2 & 7 until 30th September 2016. More details available from Test Centres.

ECDL Registration Number

Starting from 01-Feb-13, all candidates starting ECDL are allocated an ECDL Candidate Registration Number instead of the Skills Card. Candidates who have purchased the Skills Card will continue using this.

ECDL Advanced

The European Computer Driving Licence Advanced is a higher-level programme that builds on the skills covered in the ECDL qualification.

ECDL Advanced is the logical progression for candidates who have achieved the ECDL Standard certificate (formerly known as ECDL Core certificate) and who wish to further enhance their ICT skills and to demonstrate their competence in using a computer at a higher level.

The ECDL Advanced programme consists of four modules:

  • Advanced Word Processing
  • Advanced Spreadsheets
  • Advanced Database
  • Advanced Presentation

The ECDL Advanced modules give candidates the opportunity to become expert in the use of these applications, acquiring skills sets over and above the routine features of the software.

Benefits of ECDL Advanced

ECDL Advanced candidates can demonstrate that they are:

  • Organised and efficient
  • More productive
  • Capable of confidently exploiting the full potential of the applications
  • Expert at producing attractive, professional-quality outputs

The ECDL Advanced qualification is:

  • Internationally-recognised
  • A demonstration of certified advanced skills
  • Backed by the reputation of the ECDL certification

How does the ECDL Advanced programme work?

Each Advanced module has been designed as a stand-alone certification in each respective area and candidates who successfully complete a module will be certified as advanced users in that application.

Candidates registering to sit for ECDL Advanced test/s are assigned an ECDL Candidate Registration Number.

Candidates in possession of an ECDL Candidate Registration Number will make use of the same number for Advanced tests. Holders of ECDL Start, Core, Image Editing, Web Editing or 2D CAD certificate will be assigned the ECDL Candidate Registration Number at no cost.

New ECDL candidates will need to purchase the ECDL Candidate Registration Number (that includes one printed certificate).

New ECDL candidates interested in getting certified in ONE Advanced module rather than multiple Advanced modules can purchase the one-module ECDL Registration Number.

ECDL Candidate Registration Numbers are purchased from any accredited ECDL Test Centre. Only an accredited Test Centre can issue ECDL Candidate Registration Numbers and carry out ECDL testing. Test Centres are approved and monitored by ECDL Malta.


Usually the Candidate will undertake training on each ECDL Advanced module prior to taking the test, although this is not compulsory. The amount of training will depend on the Candidate's skills levels and the training provider chosen. Each module typically requires 30 hours of training prior to testing. Some candidates may feel competent enough in one area to forego training and move onto testing immediately, while others may require full training prior to testing. There are various training materials (books, CDs etc.) approved by ECDL Malta.


There are a number of approved ECDL Advanced courseware providers who produce materials for teaching and learning the knowledge and skills prescribed in the ECDL syllabus. Below is a list of approved courseware providers for Malta:

Syllabi & Sample Tests

Syllabi and sample of tests of Adavanced modules are available here.


  • ECDL Advanced tests are undertaken on automated testing software at an accredited ECDL Test Centre. Candidates undertake a test on a computer, which then automatically assesses the candidates' performance, and provides immediate pass/fail feedback to both the centre and the candidates. 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 60 minutes. No books or other help may be used during the tests.

  • The pass mark for each module is set to be 75%.

  • Candidates failing ECDL Advanced tests are allowed to retake different test versions of the same module at the same Test Centre. Candidates are encouraged to attempt the sample test papers before taking tests. Candidates are strongly encouraged to liaise with the ECDL Test Centre to sit for mock/diagnostic tests.

  • Candidates who are not satisfied with the assessment process of their ECDL Advanced test are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the Test Centre. If they are not satisfied with the outcome of these discussions, they are encouraged to send an email/letter to ECDL Malta explaining their concerns.


Candidates can request a certificate for one or more successfully completed Advanced test. Each certificate will be issued at a cost. However, candidates who successfully complete all four (4) Advanced tests will be awarded the ECDL Expert Certificate at no cost. The Expert Certificate is referenced to Level Four of the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning ...more information.

Certificates 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 test was held. Candidates will collect the certificate from the Test Centre where they had sat for the test.

How to get Started

Contact one of the locally accredited ECDL Advanced Test Centres.

Last updated: 10-Sep-17



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