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ICDL Certification for Education Officials in South Africa

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Staff at the Western Cape Education Department are to receive an internationally recognised computer training course. Almost 100 staff members will be trained on the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), which is an internationally recognised qualification in information technology.

The Chief Executive Officer of the ICDL in South Africa, Jennifer van Niekerk said studies had proven that by completing this course users save time and money for their employers, which in this case translates to saving tax payers' money.

The certificate comprises seven modules namely: basic concepts of Information Technology (IT); using a computer and managing files; word processing; spreadsheets; database; presentations and information and communications. Obtaining the ICDL certification is not easy. The candidate has to pass four modules to obtain the Start Certificate and all seven modules for a Full Certificate with a 75 % pass mark.

The ICDL in South Africa is a non-profit organisation established to promote digital literacy to all and to administer the global quality standard in end user computing. ICDL certification also known as the European Computer Driving Licence in Europe, is available in 150 countries globally and has been translated into 38 languages. The ICDL has been adopted by governments, international organisations, the international business community and more recently the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) here in South Africa.

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