European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) - Passport de Compétences Informatique Européen (PCIE)

The International Computer Driving Licence

The IST is now a registered test centre for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

Passport de Compétences d'Informatique International

The IST is a registered test centre for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), a course that is recognized throughout the world and shows a person's fundamental knowledge of and ability to use computers. It is not the same as an examination course as there is not as much fact-learning to be done. However, it is recognized by universities and employers in 96 countries and even if you gained only a few modules at IST, you can carry on elsewhere.

The tests have to be taken at school, are 36 (short, multiple-choice) questions in length, with a time limit of 35 minutes and can be taken in English or French. As they are computerized, you know your result straight away.

The full syllabus can be downloaded in English from here .

Le syllabus complet en français peut être téléchargé d'ici.

There are seven modules to choose from, passing the tests for 4 of them within 3 years gets you the preliminary certificate (ECDL Start), passing all 7 within 3 years gets the full licence.

There is an online course from Teach-ICT here .

The Modules

1. Concepts of Information Technology (IT)

Knowledge of the basic physical make-up of a personal computer and understanding of some of the basic concepts of Information Technology (IT):

  • data storage and memory
  • the context for computer-based software
  • applications in society
  • the uses of information networks within computing
  • how IT systems are found in everyday situations
  • how personal computers can affect health
  • some of the security and legal issues associated with computers.

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2. Using the Computer and Managing Files

Knowledge and competence in using the basic functions of a personal computer and its operating system:

  • operate effectively within the desktop environment.
  • manage and organize files and directories/folders
  • know how to copy, move and delete files and directories/folders.
  • ability to work with desktop icons and to manipulate windows.
  • ability to use search features, simple editing tools and print management facilities available within the operating system.

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3. Word Processing

Usage of a word processing application on a personal computer:

  • understand and be able to accomplish basic operations associated with creating, formatting and finishing a word processing document ready for distribution.
  • creating standard tables, using pictures and images within a document,
  • importing objects and using mail merge tools.

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4. Spreadsheets

Understanding of the basic concepts of spreadsheets and usage of a spreadsheet application on a personal computer.:

  • basic operations associated with developing, formatting and using a spreadsheet
  • standard mathematical and logical operations using basic formulas and functions
  • importing objects, and creating graphs and charts.

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5. Databases

Understand the basic concepts of databases and usage of a database on a personal computer:

  • design and plan a simple database using a standard database package
  • retrieve information from an existing database by using the query, select and sort tools available in the database
  • create and modify reports.

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6. Presentations

Usage of presentation tools on a personal computer:

  • basic tasks such as creating, formatting and preparing presentations for distribution and display
  • create a variety of presentations for different target audiences or situations
  • basic operations with graphics and charts
  • various slide show effects.

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7. Information and Communication
- Online course from Teach-ICT


  • basic Web search tasks using a Web browser application and available search engine tools
  • bookmark search results
  • print Web pages and search reports


  • use electronic mail software to send and receive messages
  • attach documents or files to a message
  • organize and manage message folders/ directories within electronic mail software.

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