The Computer & Online Essentials module covers the main concepts and skills needed for using computers and devices, file and application management, networks, online information, online communication, and safety.

Technology is a key element of every modern job. Working with computers and devices, as well as using online tools and applications effectively are requirements for everyone.

This module is suitable for those who use computers to carry out specific tasks but also as a foundation for developing further competences in the effective use of technology
in the workplace. While most people are aware of some common tasks on computers or online, they may also benefit from important additional skills or knowledge relating to managing device settings, browsing, or communication.

Develop essential skills to use a computer and operate online effectively.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Computers and devices
  • Hardware
  • Software
Managing files and applications
  • Introducing file management
  • Organising files and folders
  • Storage
  • Managing applications
Networks
  • Network concepts
  • Network access
Online information
  • Finding information
  • Managing information
  • Web browser settings
  • Outputs
Online communication
  • Communication tools
  • Sending email
  • Receiving email
  • Email tools and settings
  • Organising emails
  • Using calendars
Safety
  • Computers, devices and data
  • Wellbeing and accessibility
  • Environment

Main learning outcomes

Successful candidates will be able to use a computer and operate effectively online. After passing
this module, candidates will feel confident using computers in the workplace, understanding the key concepts around computers, communication and security and safety online. They will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts and carry out key activities relating to hardware and software
  • Manage files and folders, store data, and manage applications
  • Understand network concepts, and connect to a network
  • Find and manage online information effectively, and manage browser settings
  • Understand considerations relating to the effective use of common communication tools
  • Send, receive, and manage emails, and use calendars.
  • Understand potential threats and ways to protect computers, devices, and data.

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 Computer and Online Essentials 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.

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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