Computer proficiency testing serves to prove a standard of skill attained in the field of computer software and hardware. It forms a highly important part of companies’ human resources management strategy.
Internationally recognised forms of demonstrating proficiency
Many firms require proof of their employees’ or job applicants’ qualifications in the form of an internationally valid certificate.
- Computer professionals demonstrate their proficiency by means of software manufacturers’ certificates. Award of these certificates is conditional on the successful completion of exams in an accredited centre, in our case the centres of Prometric and VUE, which provide exams for testing centres, assess them and pass on to manufacturers the information needed for a certificate to be awarded. Successful examinees receive their certificate directly from the software manufacturer.
- Users demonstrate their proficiency by means of a European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), which is a kind of equivalent of a car driving licence. This certificate is currently becoming a genuine standard for proving computer skills. The project, run from Ireland, has quickly become the European standard in all developed western countries.
- Another user certificate is Microsoft Office Specialist. This certificate is harder to acquire than ECDL. Above all, it demonstrates the ability to make effective use of specific applications in the MS Office bundle (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft OneNote).