If you are interested in taking a certification for European Computer Driving License or ECDL, make sure to pass each of the tests taken from its 7 modules, namely: (1) Basic Concepts of Information Technology, (2) Using the Computer and Managing Files, (3) Word Processing, (4) Spreadsheets, (5) Databases, (6) Presentation and (7) Information and Communication. To aid in enhancing one’s skills of computers and fill any knowledge gaps, an ECDL course is developed and administered by most training institutions nowadays. ECDL is subdivided into two parts: ECDL Part 1 and ECDL Part 2.
If ECDL Part 1 (also referred to as Level 1 qualification) is designed to give a fundamental overview of computers for candidates who would like to obtain accreditation for their existing skills, ECDL Part 2 (or Level 2 qualification) is more comprehensive as it is intended to give a more in depth understanding of computer functions and applications. ECDL Part 1 covers the basic modules that include Modules 1, 2 and 7. ECDL Part 2, on the other hand, consists of Modules 3, 4, 5, 6 and E (General IT Knowledge).
Before a candidate or a student will be able to take up ECDL Part 2, there is a need to successfully complete ECDL Part 1 first as this will serve as an entry requirement. ECDL Part 2 is a mixture of theories and practical computer exercises, with a greater weight given to the latter. This will result to a much greater understanding of computer functions and applications as hands-on exercises are far better than written exams. After completing ECDL Part 2, the candidate has the option to take on ECDL Advanced.