The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) is the premiere practical computer skills certification recognized in the world.  It is actually a test of proficiency in performing several computer tasks that are commonly used at the workplace.  There are seven ECDL modules which cover theoretical and practical knowledge on computing.

ECDL module 1 is the theoretical aspect of the certification test.  It tackles the basic precepts of information technology as well as conceptual knowledge of computer use, applications, and functions.

ECDL module 2 tests knowledge on general computer utility as well as the ability to manage files and folders.  This serves as an introduction to the more practical modules of the ECDL.

ECDL modules 3 to 7 test practical skills in Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database Management, Presentation, and Information and Communication.

Those who wish to be certified as proficient in the use of these applications must undergo skills training and take the certification exam provided by the ECDL Foundation through several accredited training and testing centers. If candidates are confident that they have sufficient knowledge of the applications, they can skip the trainings and take the certification tests instead. 

On the other hand, those that need skills enhancement can undergo intensive training based on the different ECDL modules.  They will be given a skills scorecard by the training provider.  Their proficiency in practical computing can be assessed by the training provider through this scorecard.  After a 30 hour training for each of the ECDL module, candidates can now take the certification examinations.

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