Basic Information

What is the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)?

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an internationally recognized, objective, standardized method to verify computer literacy. By means of practical tests, it surveys whether the applicant is able to use effectively basic information technologies.


Successful graduates will obtain the ECDL Certificate with international validity. For the content (syllabus) of the test, the owner of the ECDL concept and testing methodology is solely responsible – ECDL Foundation (ECDL F), a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by the association Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS).

ECDL F grants a licence to operate the ECDL tests to national professional associations in the area of informatics, united in CEPIS – guarantors of the ECDL testing quality in their national environment. The licence holder in the Czech Republic is Česká společnost pro kybernetiku a informatiku (ČSKI), the only subject authorized to accredit an institution for the ECDL testing and to issue the ECDL Certificates in the territory of the Czech Republic.

Reasons and arguments


The ECDL project (referred to as ICDL outside Europe) has been originated in the West Europe as a reaction to problems connected with the rapid development of information technologies, leading to the need to define the notion of computer literacy. It means an objective minimum of knowledge needed to use information technologies effectively. In November 2001, a top-level group of experts – representatives of the EU member countries for the issues of employment in the information society ESDIS (Employment and Social Dimension of the Information Society), has recommended the European Commission to adopt the ECDL concept as an European scheme of certification of basic IT skills. The uniform method of testing and internationally valid certificated for computing technology users, represented by the ECDL concept, has quickly become a standard not only in many European countries but also overseas. Many important companies, e.g. Henkel, Shell, Volvo, Siemens, IKEA, many banks in England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden or some telecommunication companies, e.g. Nortel, have integrated ECDL in the education programmes for their employees. By April 2002, more than 2 million applicants for the ECDL Certificate have been registered worldwide.

Guaranty of the ECDL testing quality 

The quality of the ECDL Certificate and entire ECDL testing is guaranteed by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), associating experts in computer science, and by the ECDL Foundation (ECDL F), founded in Ireland in 1997 to coordinate, support and develop the ECDL concept. ECDL F is a sole owner of this concept including the methodology of the ECDL testing, for which it grants licences to national professional associations in the area of informatics, united in CEPIS. These associations are responsible for localization of the ECDL concept in their respective national environments, become guarantors of the ECDL testing quality, are authorized to accredit testing institutions, can issue the ECDL Certificates and are responsible for their activity to ECDL F. The licence to spread the ECDL concept in the Czech Republic has been obtained by Česká společnost pro kybernetiku a informatiku (ČSKI), a member of CEPIS. It is a non-profit organization, which is a sole guarantor of the ECDL testing quality in the Czech Republic, issues the ECDL Certificates and grants the licence rights to perform the ECDL tests to testing institutions meeting the criteria stipulated by ECDL F.

Benefits of the ECDL project

  • creating a uniform platform to compare knowledge in the area of IT
  • integration of the Czech Republic into the EU education programmes and standards
  • pressure on effective and measurable valuation of investments in the area of information technologies
  • mobility and broader applicability of employees of the institutions supporting the ECDL platform, increasing employees’ motivation to use modern technologies
  • involvement of educators in the project will increase the ECDL certification prestige among the new young generation
  • to obtain a European recognized qualification – ECDL Certificate
  • to document officially the achieved level of computing skills
  • to increase their work performance by suing computing technology more effectively
  • to get a better position when choosing their jobs
  • to achieve better mobility and flexibility in the labour market in the Czech Republic and EU countries


  • to evaluate objectively the qualification of job seekers or current employees
  • to valuate investments in computing technology and to ensure a consistent level of IT knowledge throughout the entire company
  • to increase the work efficiency in the company and to cut down the supporting expenses for work with computing technology
  • to increase the company competitiveness in the market