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EqualSkills is specially developed to cater for those with no experience whatsoever of computers and the Internet. EqualSkills helps to remove the fear of using a computer for complete novices by using a simple, non-threatening approach to educating individuals in the basic skills of using a computer, email and the Internet.

  • It is a fun, informal and uncomplicated introduction to computers and the Internet for complete beginners.
  • It is designed to give an appreciation and basic understanding of computers and the Internet.
  • It is designed to build confidence and provide a basis to encourage further exploration and development of computer and Internet skills.

Who is EqualSkills for?

EqualSkills is designed for complete beginners and is open to everyone regardless of status, education, age, ability or understanding. There are still many people who have never switched on a computer and are only vaguely aware of the Internet and its uses. Many of these people would like to know more about computers and the Internet but may feel that it’s too complicated or that it’s too late for them to learn. If that sounds like someone you know, EqualSkills is the programme for them to overcome their fears and get started with computers.


The EqualSkills programme covers the following four sections:

Computer Basics

  • Parts of the Computer
  • Getting Started
  • The Keyboard
  • Using the Mouse

Introduction to the Desktop

  • Desktop
  • Windows
  • Creating a document
  • File types

The World Wide Web

  • The World Wide Web
  • Web Browser
  • Searching


  • Email Accounts
  • Messages

The EqualSkills syllabus is available here.


Candidates are taught and assessed using a paper-based workbook. The workbook consists of simple and straightforward exercises and learning information. Candidates have a tutor who works through the workbook and deals with any problems that the candidate encounters. The workbook is a study aid and assessment document which helps the tutor to check the candidate's understanding of an exercise. The candidate also carries out a number of exercises on the Internet. On completion of the programme, the candidate keeps the learning section of the workbook as a reminder of the skills they have acquired.

The programme will take between 8 and 15 hours of training, depending on the candidate's ability. The whole programme is designed to be flexible and allows one to learn at their own pace.

Is there an exam?

As a programme aimed at complete beginners, EqualSkills is designed to be entirely unintimidating in both its format and content. There is no formal exam at the end of the programme, and assessment is carried out by the programme tutor on a continual basis.

Following successful completion of the programme, candidates receive an EqualSkills certificate. Once completed, the Candidate can move on to more advanced programmes and eventually to full ECDL certification!

How to get started

Contact one of the locally accredited ECDL Accredited Test Centres.

Last updated: 18-Mar-22