Press Releases

European Commission Staff Receive ECDL Certification... read more.

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.

New ECDL: Frequently Asked Questions

New ECDL banner

General information about the New ECDL

Q1. I am already registered on the ECDL Core programme. What will happen after 1st October 2013?
A1. There will be no change. Existing candidates and new candidates registered into the ECDL Core programme until 30th September 2013, will continue working on Syllabus 5 modules:

  • Module 1 - Concepts of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) - available until 30th September 2016
  • Module 2 - Using the Computer and Managing Files - available until 30th September 2016
  • Module 3 - Word Processing
  • Module 4 - Spreadsheets
  • Module 5 - Using Databases
  • Module 6 - Presentation
  • Module 7 - Web Browsing & Communication - available until 30th September 2016

All seven (7) module tests must be successfully completed within 3 years. However, please note that tests for modules 1, 2 & 7 will not be available as from 1st October 2016.

Candidates who have a manual Skills Card will continue making use of this and the ECDL certificate is only issued against presentation of a properly filled-in and signed Skills Card.

More information on the ECDL Core Syllabus 5 programme is available here.

Q2. I have a manual Skills Card and have not completed my ECDL certification yet. What will happen after 1st October 2013?
A2. In this case you will continue on ECDL Syllabus 5 and continue using your Skills Card. Please note that tests for modules 1, 2 & 7 will not be available as from 1st October 2016. More information on the ECDL Core Syllabus 5 programme is available here.


Q3. I am a registered ECDL candidate and have not completed Modules 1, 2 and 7. Will these modules be available after 1st October 2013?
A3. These modules will be available until 30th September 2016. More information on the ECDL Core Syllabus 5 programme is available here.


Q4. Why does the New ECDL include a greater range of Standard modules compared to ECDL Syllabus 5.0?
A4. The New ECDL programme offers more flexibility compared to ECDL Syllabus 5. Candidates are no longer constrained to sit a specific set of seven (7) module tests to achieve the ECDL certificate. Candidates are now able to choose three (3) out of six (6) available Standard modules.


Q5. Are training centres and schools going to offer training in all the available Standard modules?
A5. To obtain the ECDL Standard certificate, candidates must successfully complete all four (4) Base module tests and any three (3) Standard module tests. At present there are six (6) available Standard module tests. Training centres and schools are free to decide which Standard modules to include in their training schedule/curriculum. If you are interested in a specific Standard module which is not offered at a training centre or your school, you can contact another ECDL accredited Test Centre to follow training in this module.


Q6. Does the New ECDL programme feature new modules?
A6. The New ECDL includes the following new modules:

  • Computer Essentials - essential knowledge and skills relating to the use of computers and devices (replaces ECDL Syllabus 5 module 2 & part of module 1).
  • Online Essentials - knowledge and skills underpinning the use of the Internet to identify and retrieve information, to engage in online activities, and to communicate effectively (replaces ECDL Syllabus 5 module 7 and part of module 1).
  • IT Security – knowledge and skills to identify and deal with IT security threats such as viruses, phishing, hacking, transaction fraud, and general identity theft.
  • Online Collaboration – knowledge and skills relating to the setup and use of online collaborative tools, such as storage, productivity applications, calendars, social media, web meetings, learning environments, and mobile technology.

The underlying modules did not change from ECDL Syllabus 5.

Base Modules:
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
Standard Modules:
  • Presentation
  • Using Databases
  • Image Editing
  • Web Editing

Q7. From where can I download the syllabi and sample tests for the individual modules for ECDL Base & Standard?
A7. Syllabi and sample tests are available here.


Q8. Candidates must successfully complete all four (4) Base module tests and any three (3) Standard module tests to obtain the ECDL Standard Certificate. Can I sit for other Standard module tests after I obtain the ECDL Standard certificate?
A8. You can sit for other Standard module tests at an ECDL accredited Test Centre. Certificates issued for successful completions of additional Standard module tests incur a fee.


Q9. I have completed the ECDL Core certification. Can I sit for Image Editing, Web Editing, IT Security, Online Collaboration and/or 2D CAD?
A9. You can sit for these tests at an ECDL accredited Test Centre. You will be provided with an ECDL Candidate Registration Number for free. You will need to purchase the test/s and pay for the issue of the certificate/s.


Q10. Is courseware available for the modules in the New ECDL programme?
A10. Courseware is already available for the underlying modules which did not change from ECDL Syllabus 5.

Base Modules:
  • Computer Essentials
  • Online Essentials
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
Standard Modules:
  • Using Databases
  • Presentation
  • IT Security
  • Online Collaboration

Courseware providers are currently developing instructional material for the other modules. Visit this page for updates about available courseware.


Q11. How do I know what software is used for Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Image Editing, Web Editing tests, IT Security, Online Collaboration etc?
A11. Contact the ECDL accredited Test Centre where you plan to sit for ECDL tests.


Q12. Will the 3 year time window apply for New ECDL?
A12. No, with New ECDL candidates are free to finish the modules in the time they deem fit but the ECDL Standard certificate is only issued following the successful completion of the all four (4) Base module tests and any three (3) Standard module tests.


Q13. Is the New ECDL certificate referenced to the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning?
A13. The ECDL Base certificate is referenced to Level Two of the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

The ECDL Standard certificate is referenced to Level Three of the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

More details available here.


The New ECDL is now available. Contact one of the locally accredited ECDL Test Centres for more information.

Last updated: 10-Sep-17

ECDL Logo
 

Certifications

Approved Courseware