ACS launches computer driving licence

A new computer training initiative was launched by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) today, with the hope that it will raise the level of computer literacy across all Australians, young and old.

Called the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), the program will introduce a standardised syllabus for basic PC skills and aims to provide an effective benchmark for PC training, said ACS president Prins Ralston, at the launch today.

Training will cover seven modules including word processing, spreadsheets, managing PC files, information network services and databases. The training will be provided by accredited training institutions across Australia, none of which have been finalised as of today, an ACS spokeswoman said.

Based on the European Computer Driving Licence, an international program operating in 21 countries, the ICDL program is flexible, and will allow students to complete each module at their own pace. A $60 "Skills Card" will be used to record their progress through the course, and once completed will be exchanged for an ICDL Driving Licence, the ACS announced.

Pricing for the courses will vary with each accredited training provider, the ACS said.

Ralston claims the new program will assist PC users on a number of fronts including an internationally recognised qualification. Employers will also have a standard to look for when hiring and home users will be able to explore the full potential of their PC and the Internet, he said.

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