Digital transformation is affecting every level of work. Many roles have evolved to rely closely on technology, while new sectors and new categories of work are emerging that are entirely technology dependent. Around the world, most professional roles now require digital skills.
To remain relevant and competitive, organisations of every type are integrating technology into their working practices. These organisations require working professionals that are digitally literate and can collaborate in an international setting, with easily transferrable skills.
ICDL Professional modules
Designed to meet the needs of modern professionals in a range of sectors, ICDL Professional develops advanced level skills for those with technology-reliant roles. From the use of business applications to the fundamentals of advanced technologies, these skills allow them to manage different types of workload as well as collaborate with technical teams.
ICDL Professional contains a range of modules which can be combined in any way to create a unique ICDL Profile. The syllabus content of each module is supported by learning materials that mirror day-to-day tasks and responsibilities typical of a role in the sector or industry.
The modules in ICDL Professional are:
“Estimates indicate that 75 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines, while 133 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms”—Future of Jobs Report, 2018 World Economic Forum
A career progression tool
Using standardised certification is key to purposeful professional growth. Industry experts from around the world contribute to the creation of ICDL modules. It’s this expert approach, combined with our rigorous testing methodologies and quality assurance, that makes ICDL the clear choice for career development frameworks supporting continuing professional development.
Building knowledge economies
Economies all around the world are implementing policies to develop labour markets based on skills. Competency-based models such as ICDL offer an alternative to other training approaches, as they measure demonstrated proficiency rather than completion rates.
Professional bodies recognise the importance of formal competence development. Around the world, organisations are using ICDL in their modernisation strategies. Two examples are the accountants’ association in Singapore (ACCA), which uses ICDL and the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), which is developing a special ICDL Professional Legal programme for members.
Did you know?
The media often reports that technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will destroy jobs. In fact, technology is likely to replace repetitive tasks, not jobs. Experts believe that there will be a net gain in jobs, but they will be higher-value roles that focus more on human capabilities.
ICDL Professional around the world
Singapore Academy of Law develops ICDL professional legal programme
Three ICDL modules – Application Essentials, IT Security, and Online Collaboration – have been identified for contextualisation to suit the training needs of the legal profession.
AICA, the ICDL National Operator in Italy, launches a course for teachers
The online course supports those who want to teach the ECDL Computing module to their students and promote the introduction of computational thinking to their schools.
Launch of the second edition of the ICDL 3D printing campaign
This campaign gives young people the chance to develop 3D printing skills that are in demand in the labour market. 3D printing hubs are also being set up in 10 schools across the country.