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Digital competence frameworks for teachers, learners and citizens

These pages are dedicated to defining and discussing the digital knowledge, skills and attitudes viewed as inherent to being digitally 'competent'. There are two main components to this work:

1) a database of digital competence frameworks. This database provides a global reference point for information on how digital competencies are being defined for citizens, learners and educators through the use of competence frameworks. The content is relevant to all types of UNEVOC Network members (national and international policy-makers, researchers and practitioners).

2) links to articles and think-pieces discussing the many implications of changing digital skills needs on TVET provision:

2 webinars were held on the topic:

The database will be expanded to include digital strategies developed at continental, national and regional level, and occupational digital competence frameworks. Please check back regularly!

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International Computer Driving License (ICDL)

The International Computer Driving License has been developed by the ICDL Foundation. ICDL aims to raise digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society. It provides certification in over 100 countries through many test centres.



PUBLISHER: ICDL Global, 2000

BACKGROUND: ICDL Certification is available in over 100 countries, with more than 20,000 Test Centres. Over 70 million ICDL Certification Tests have been provided to more than 16 million people worldwide. ICDL is used in particular as a form of national digital competence framework in many developing countries.


The ICDL standard is recognised by a number of countries and has been used to support the development of national digital strategies in education and training and digital competence frameworks (see: https://icdl.org/app/uploads/2021/11/ICDL-References-Brochure-English-2021-Web-.pdf). ICDL certificates are also mapped to National Qualification Frameworks in some countries and can be recognised as credits for, for example, access to further and higher education. Courses are structured by:

- ICDL Workforce (digital skills for employability and productivity)

- ICDL Professional (digital skills for occupational effectiveness)

- ICDL Insights (digital understanding for business managers)

- ICDL Digital Student (digital skills to design and develop, share and protect)

- ICDL Digital Citizen (digital skills to access, engage and build computer confidence)

Each area is split into training modules and suggested courses with full and open access to curricula. Certificates validate that the learners across the domains have achieved the relevant computer skills. The programmes are flexible, cover a range of levels and allow user organisations to choose the modules that are aligned with the particular needs of their leaners. The training programmes consists of a series of modules that include documents, presentations, multimedia and collaboration. These can be integrated into existing curricula if required. ICDL state that the programmes include rigorous test design methodologies, and consistently comply with quality assurance standards. In education, the programmes cater for the development of computer skills for both teachers and students.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The training programmes are offered in English and a range of other languages, including certification tests in more than 40 different languages. The alignment of the programmes with the qualifications frameworks enables certification comparison across different countries.

TARGET GROUP(S): Learners; Teachers/trainers; Sector: IT Professionals; Citizens; Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

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