ICDL (previously ECDL)

ICDL is the International Certification of Digital Literacy, recognised by employers across the globe as the benchmark in digital and IT user skills.

Qualification Structure

The ICDL syllabus is made up of 7 units, as follows:

Unit 1: Basic Concepts of Information Technology (IT)

Unit 2: Using the Computer and Managing Files

Unit 3: Word Processing (Microsoft Word)

Unit 4: Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel)

Unit 5: Databases (Microsoft Access)

Unit 6: Presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Unit 7: Information and Communication

All units are suitable for complete beginners to computing but are also suitable for people who wish to improve their current knowledge in order to take the ICDL tests.

ICDL Essentials Course

This course consists of Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 7 of the ICDL syllabus.

ICDL Core Course

This course contains training on all 7 units of the ICDL syllabus.

Features of the courses

The courses are taught through an interactive learning programme.

  • Audio instructions with face-to-face support when required
  • End of module progress assessments
  • Easy module navigation

Course Durations

30 hours: ICDL Essentials
70 hours: ICDL Core (7 units)

Study Methods Available

Individual Tuition

Distance Learning


Act Training is approved by BCS (The British Computer Society) as an ICDL testing centre. We use a fully automated computerised testing system that gives instant feedback of results. Each test is 45 minutes long with a pass mark of 75%.
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You can choose to enrol on either the 3 unit ICDL Essentials course or the full ICDL Core (7 units) course. For both courses, enrolment can be for the training only or for the training plus the relevant testing (at our Coventry testing centre only):

  • ICDL Essentials training: £85
  • ICDL Essentials training plus 3 tests: £210*
  • ICDL Core (7 units) training: £150
  • ICDL Core (7 units) training plus 7 tests: £375*

* These prices include the cost of registering with BCS as a test candidate and the relevant certificate.


The easiest way to enrol is to use the link to the PayPal secure payments facility below. You don't need a PayPal account, you can checkout as a PayPal Guest.

ICDL Training and Testing options. Please select one.

If you would prefer to pay by making a bank transfer, please contact us and we'll send you our bank details.

After enrolling

Your enrollment will be processed by a person, not a computer. It may be the next working day before we contact you.

Follow-on Courses

Access Level 3

Excel Level 3

Word Level 3

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