The Documents (Advanced) module covers the concepts and skills needed to produce complex documents. It looks at areas such as creating long reports, formatting documents so they are attractive and easy to read, structuring information and creating templates, as well as improving productivity.

Employers expect professional workers to be able to produce complex written documents that communicate effectively no matter the topic. Word processing software has become very sophisticated, so it is vital to have the skills that take advantage of the features available to produce well-structured and attractive documents efficiently.

This module is suitable for a wide range of candidates who want to go beyond basic word processing skills and produce sophisticated documents. The skills developed in this module are applicable in any work or academic setting. Candidates will also see an improvement in productivity and learn to collaborate with others on documents.

Develop the skills needed to create complex documents that are attractive and easy to read.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Formatting
  • Text
  • Paragraphs
  • Styles
  • Columns
  • Tables
Referencing
  • Captions, footnotes and endnotes
  • Citations and bibliography
  • Reference tables and indexes
  • Bookmarks and cross-references
Enhancing productivity
  • Using fields
  • Forms, templates
  • Mail merge
  • Linking, embedding
  • Automation
Collaborative editing
  • Tracking and reviewing
  • Security
Preparing outputs
  • Sections
  • Documents setup
  • Spelling, thesaurus

Main learning outcomes

Successful candidates will be able to create long and complex documents that could include advanced elements such as reference tables, graphs, links, or forms. After passing this module, candidates will also feel confident managing and collaborating on documents with others. They will be able to:

  • work collaboratively with others to securely create and review documents
  • recognise good practice in design and the importance of consistent formatting and styling
  • know how to create a structure and apply the correct formatting to the elements on the page
  • understand the importance of referencing and how to include it
  • know how to enhance documents with automation and dynamic information.

Why certify with ICDL?

  • ICDL certification is internationally recognised by employers and institutions.
  • ICDL modules are developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising professionals from all over the world.
  • The regularly updated syllabus content reflects day- to-day tasks and responsibilities typical of job roles.
  • ICDL modules focus on skills acquisition as well as an understanding of concepts.
  • ICDL syllabus content is vendor-independent so that skills and knowledge are transferable.
  • ICDL has rigorous Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) and regular quality audits are conducted internally and externally.

Syllabus

The detailed syllabus for the Documents (Advanced) module is publicly available, so that there is complete clarity about what is covered.

The syllabus document, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.


Sample tests

Do you want to better understand the Documents (Advanced) module and how we test skills and knowledge?

Try out the Documents (Advanced) sample tests here to get a feel for the coverage of the module, or practice before your certification test.

Offer ICDL in your organisation

You can use ICDL as a training centre, a school or college, or for your own staff within your organisation.

To offer ICDL certification, you should contact the local ICDL operator in your country.

You can find contact details for all ICDL operators on our ‘ICDL in your country‘ page.

Find an ICDL course near you

Certifying your digital skills with ICDL is simple:

  1. Assess your existing skills with a Diagnostic Test
  2. Build your skills during a course or through learning in your own time
  3. Certify your skills and earn an ICDL certificate

ICDL Diagnostic Tests, Certification Tests, and courses are available through a network of test centres around Europe.

To get started, find an ICDL Accredited Test Centre near you

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