Began in Finland in 1993. Quickly spread to a number of European countries.
Formalized in 1997 as European Computer Driving License (ECDL).
Now, the UNESCO is the ICDL licensee in the Arab World.
What is the ICDL?
The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is the world's leading end-user computer skills certification program offering youth an internationally accredited certification. The program raises candidates' level of ICT and computer skills and increases their level of competency in using personal computers and common computer applications. ICDL also improves job prospects by providing an internationally recognized qualification. Furthermore, the ICDL has gained a worldwide reputation.
The ICDL certification objectively proves that candidates boast a wide array of skills. This provides a benchmark for measuring the quality of training.
The ICDL has become the world's leading end-user computer skills certification program. The quality and relevance of the ICDL Syllabus documents is guaranteed by the ECDL Foundation development processes and by an outstanding range of expert input from the world's leading computer societies and independent subject matter experts.
It has become a benchmark adopted by governments, international organizations and educational institutions alike.