ECDL

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), also known as International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) in non European countries, is a computer literacy certification programme provided by ECDL Foundation[1] a not-for-profit organisation.

ECDL / ICDL certification is a globally recognised information and communication technology (ICT) and digital literacy qualification.[2] Other than the name, there is no difference between ECDL and ICDL and they are recognised as equivalent.[3] In 2013, the ECDL Foundation announced that over 13 million people in over 100 countries had registered to use the system.[4]

In 1995, the ECDL certification programme was developed through a task force of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and was recommended by the European Commission High Level Group, ESDIS, to be a Europe-wide certification scheme.[5] In the UK, it is used by the National Health Service as the benchmark IT qualification and as such it is available without charge to all staff.[6]