Jargon: European computer driving licence

What is it?  

The European computer driving licence (ECDL) is an internationally recognised qualification through which participants can demonstrate their competence in computer skills.  

Why is it relevant?  

Adopted as standard by the NHS, ECDL is available to health service staff across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is supported by the RCN and CPHVA. It offers basic IT learning materials and testing. Materials have been purchased centrally by the NHS, but delivery of training is organised locally.  

What does it involve?  

No prior IT skills are required to study ECDL. The syllabus covers seven modules, which can be taken in any order within three years.  

Where can you find further information?  

Details are available at www.ecdl.co.uk, which links to a portal for NHS staff at www.ecdl.nhs.uk.

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