Syllabus Version 5.

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1. What is ICDL Syllabus Version 5.0? 2. Why was Syllabus 5.0 developed? 3. What is new in Syllabus 5.0? 4. Who developed Syllabus 5.0? 5. Will the certification based on Syllabus 4.0 remain valid after launching Syllabus 5.0? 6. How does the new Syllabus 5.0 affect the current Skills Card? 7. When will Syllabus 4.0 be phased out? 8. What if Candidates have already passed tests for some modules of Syllabus 4.0 and are about to take tests for other modules soon? 9. Can Syllabus 4.0 tests be used as primer tests once Syllabus 5.0 is in use? 10. When will automated tests be ready? 11. When do centers start offering ICDL testing in Syllabus 5.0? 12. How long is the Transition Period? 13. Are primer tests available for Syllabus 5.0? 14. Must already ICDL Approved trainers and testers attend special training to offer Syllabus 5.0?

Syllabus Version 5 FAQ 2009

0 in my centre? 16. How do I prepare to introduce Syllabus 5. What are the implications for an existing Test centre? Syllabus Version 5 FAQ 2009 .15.

0? Syllabus 5. podcasting). while still retaining important practical elements. Syllabus Version 5 FAQ 2009 . 2. Enhancement: Good practice items that address generally accepted ways of approaching particular tasks have been added to the Syllabus. 4. Who developed Syllabus 5.0 Overview of Changes’) is available to download. or repositioned to ensure a more logical flow.0 were integral to the development process. 3. What is ICDL Syllabus Version 5. and practicing computer professionals from all over the world. In line with this.g.ECDL/ICDL) through a rigorous development process that incorporated inputs from computer users. typical interactions with databases are now focused more on usage than creation.1.0 also provides answers on how to manage newly emerged security threats.0? ICDL Syllabus Version 5.0 are: Technological change: Syllabus 5. edited. The main changes in Syllabus 5. Why was Syllabus 5.g.0 was developed by ECDL Foundation (the certifying authority of the leading international computer skills certification program .0) is a revision of the ICDL Core Syllabus which reflects the ongoing advances in technologies and relevant practices. an overview of changes document (‘Syllabus Version 5. Some Category and Skill Set names have been changed or deleted. It lists the skills that must be mastered and the knowledge that must be attained for a Candidate to receive the ICDL Core certification. and some task items have been added.0 definitions and add new structures. Comments and feedback made by Candidates. It covers innovations in mobile computing and considers new areas in communications (e. improve Syllabus 4. In addition. Voice over IP) and new media (e.0 (Syllabus 5.0? The essential structure of seven (7) modules remains. please review the Frequently Asked Questions in this document. What is new in Syllabus 5. Test Centers and Courseware developers involved in Syllabus 4. Syllabus 5. and the ‘Database’ module has changed to reflect this. and plain language being used in both the Syllabus and the tests. New areas accommodated include understanding key features of personal devices and new communication technologies.0 reflects the uses of new applications and devices.0 developed? The main principles underlying the revision of the Syllabus were the need to accommodate technological advancements in today’s fast developing ICT world. such as ‘phishing’ and ‘spy ware’. subject matter experts. Accessibility was an important consideration in developing the Syllabus with assistive technology being addressed. For more information on the changes in the Syllabus. this module has been renamed ‘Using Databases’. In addition.

Once all 7 modules are successfully completed by the candidate. 8.0 is in use? To ensure that candidates are well prepared for the ICDL test based on Syllabus 5.0 must do so by this date. Can Syllabus 4.0? Yes.0 will remain valid. Candidates can use the same skills card to complete the remaining modules by taking the tests based on the new Syllabus.0 and are about to take tests for other modules soon? A Skills Card remains valid for three (3) years from the date the first test is passed. Certificates issued will reflect the majority of modules completed (i. a candidate who completes 4 modules with Syllabus 5.0 will be available. 7. Syllabus Version 5 FAQ 2009 . the Skills Card is then submitted by the Approved Center to ICDL GCC Foundation for validation and certification. What if Candidates have already passed tests for some modules of Syllabus 4. candidates must be made aware of the changes to the Syllabus so that they are well prepared for the Syllabus 5. However. 2009. even new candidates that are starting their certification process based on Syllabus 5.e.0 will use the same exact Skills Card.0 will be phased out on 30th June 2010 and only Syllabus 5. a Syllabus 5. the certification based on Syllabus 4. Will the certification based on Syllabus 4. In fact. The current Skills Card is not affected by the introduction of Syllabus 5.0 Primer version has been developed and will be readily available on December 1st.0 remain valid after launching Syllabus 5. Candidates that wish to complete their certification based on Syllabus 4.5.0 affect the current Skills Card? Each ICDL Candidate receives or assigned a Skills Card when enrolled in the ICDL program to record their progress while going through the certification process. 6.0. 9.0 tests be used as primer tests once Syllabus 5.0 be phased out? Syllabus 4. This certification proves that a Candidate has demonstrated particular core skills at a certain point in time.0. Candidates that have started their certification process based in Syllabus 4. How does the new Syllabus 5.0 tests.0 will be awarded an ICDL Syllabus 5.0 can continue using the same Skills Card. When will Syllabus 4.0 certificate).

12.0 testing effective December 1st 2009 and make it available to those candidates that wish to complete their certification in Syllabus 5.0.0 to candidates. When do centers start offering ICDL testing in Syllabus 5.10.0 and the tests Syllabus Version 5 FAQ 2009 .0.0 as long as the candidate’s Skills Card is compliant with the (3) years rule. 2009.0? Yes primer tests will be available from December 1st. Provided that the already ICDL Approved trainers and testers have been certified within the last 5 years. When will automated tests be ready? Automated tests will be ready December 1st. 2009.0? No. trainers must become familiar with the new Syllabus changes/additions in order to prepare candidates adequately for Syllabus 5. December 1st 2009 until June 30th 2010 – all exams purchased during the transition period may be used for either Syllabus 4. Transition Period December 1st.0 in my centre? Ensure that all trainers and testers are familiar with the changes in Syllabus 5.0 available December 1st 2009 until June 30th 2010 – centers that have already purchased Skills Cards and courseware are able to continue to offer Syllabus 4.0 exams June 30th 2010 – Any candidate who completed less than four modules in Syllabus 4.0 will be certified in Syllabus 5.0 however are able to continue testing in Syllabus 4. 14. they do not have to attend any special training. 11.0 13.0 once the certification requirements have been successfully achieved.0 only.0 as long as they are compliant with the 3 year rule July 1st 2010 – All training and testing can only be taken in Syllabus 5. 2009 – Syllabus 5. Centers that have already purchased training materials for Syllabus 4. until the cutoff date for Syllabus V4. How do I prepare to introduce Syllabus 5. All new purchases of training and testing materials will be based on Syllabus 5.0 tests. 15. However.0 exams. Must already ICDL Approved trainers and testers attend special training to offer Syllabus 5. Are primer tests available for Syllabus 5. However if a candidate has completed four or more modules in Syllabus 4.0? Centers can start offering Syllabus 5.0 or Syllabus 5. they will be certified in Syllabus 4.

16. Box 500396 Building 2 Office 306 Dubai Internet City Dubai . which will end on 30th June 2010. What are the implications for an existing test centre? An existing test centre that has already purchased courseware and Skills Cards can continue to offer Syllabus 4.0 training and testing material.5.icdlgcc. O.org URL: www.org Syllabus Version 5 FAQ 2009 .0 throughout the transition period.United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 391 4335 Fax: +971 4 390 4457 E-mail: info@icdlgcc.5.0 by using the Syllabus . From July 1st. ICDL GCC Foundation P.0 and that training materials are adjusted accordingly. all candidates can only be trained and tested in Syllabus .Ensure that trainers are covering the full content of Syllabus 5.

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