In order to understand what the key elements of digital competence are and how to assess it, the European Commission developed DigComp. The framework defines digital competence in a structured way, with 21 individual competences over 8 different competence levels. ICDL is compatible with DigComp, with ICDL modules covering all of the 5 DigComp ‘competence areas’.
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ICDL in Poland highlighted in EU DigComp guide
A detailed mapping of ICDL to DigComp was carried out in Poland, resulting in the initiative being featured in the EU’s Joint Research Centre DigComp Guidelines as an implementation example. ICDL is the only truly international digital skills certification to be featured in this way.
A UNESCO report used DigComp to assess a range of digital competence tools. For each tool, it compared the learning outcomes against the 21 DigComp competence areas. Of all the tools assessed, ICDL had the highest number of learning outcomes mapped to DigComp.