The Goals of the ECDL Programme

  • To improve the IT skills of all Europeans, whether for use in the workplace, in finding employment, for study or simply for people using the computer at home.
  • To increase the productivity of all workers who use a computer as part of their job.
  • To increase the usage of existing IT infrastructure.
  • To make sure that all computer users are aware of how best to use the computer and the benefits of computer use.

The Target Group

The target group includes anyone who is interested in using computers effectively or needs to prove they have basic or specialised knowledge of IT. It is suitable for people in all sectors of the economy: whether they are seeking to join the employment market for the first time or whether they are already in the work process.

The ECDL Standard Certificate

The ECDL “Standard” (formerly “Core”) is an internationally recognised, standardised IT certificate. It gives students a major competitive advantage in the employment market. As before, the ECDL “Standard” still consists of seven modules. There are nine modules to choose from. Six of the modules are compulsory for the Standard and must therefore be completed. The seventh module can be chosen from the remaining three modules. Therefore, seven modules are required to obtain the certificate. In principle, it does not matter in what order you take the modules, although from an educational perspective, it is recommended to complete the two new “Foundation Modules” and the “Word Processing” module first.

ECDL Standard in Education in Austria: 6 compulsory modules + 1 elective module


There is a one-time cost of €46 for the Skills Card and then €13 for each module exam.

You can find further information on the association’s website  ECDL in Schools.