What is ECDL?

The European Computer Driving Licence, or ECDL, establishes standards for everyone using a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It provides documentation to show that the holder can use a computer in practice and has some basic IT knowledge.
Started in Finland, ECDL is now recognised in 17 European Countries, as well as Canada and Australia. It is governed worldwide by the ECDL Foundation, which is based in Ireland. See the website at

Completing ECDL in UCC

In order to complete the ECDL in UCC you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Access and enrol in the online training via Blackboard - ECDL training in provided free of charge
  2. Register for the ECDL Exams and pay the registration fee
  3. Book your ECDL testing time 

Access ECDL Online Training

The ECDL online training is now available through your UCC Canvas account.

  • Click here and click Login to Canvas
    • UCC Student login details are:
      • Username: Student Number
      • Password: Student IT Account Password
    • UCC Staff login details are:
      • Username: UCC email address
      • Password:  Staff IT Account Password
  • Click on the Courses button on the left hand side of the screen
  • Click on the All Courses link
  • Click Browse more courses button and type ECDL in the search box
  • Click Join this Course
  • The course should now appear in your Canvas Dashbooard

ECDL training is available free of charge, however there is a cost for sitting the exams.

Please Note:

  • If you get an error saying you do not have permission to access the training please ensure that you clicked on the arrow to the right of the course name and not the course name. 
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  • Allow Pop Ups on the site ‌

ECDL 2016 Error Note:

ECDL 2016 may encounter a content issue the first time you run a module which results in the module being blank.

To rectify this, click the small red icon in the top right of the browser window, shown below:

From the popup which displays, click 'Load Unsafe Scripts'.

The module will re-load and display the content, and all other modules should now also function without issue.

Exam Registration and Costs

  • Candidates wishing to sit their ECDL exams must register in the Computer Training Centre.  
  • Registrationl takes place in Training Room 2, located 4th Floor, Kane Building
  • NO NEW ECDL REGISTRATONS AT PRESENT Due to high volumes of students currently on our testing system no additional students can register until we are no longer at full capacity.  Check back for future updates.
    The registration process will take approximately 10 minutes
  • On registration the following payment is required:
    • Students - €130 CASH ONLY - covers skills card and 4 exams (subsequent exams cost €20 each payable on the day of exam) 
    • Staff 
      • Total ECDL Cost €190 Payment by Dept - if your department is paying the individual department should contact either their College Accountant of Management Accounting to organise a journal transfer i.e. to transfer funds from your budget to ours. Please email for the Test Centre Cost Code.
      • Cash Payments - €130 initially covering the skills card and the first 4 exams (subsequent exams cost €20 each payable on the day of exam)
  • Please bring your Student/Staff ID Card
  • Please note exam modules may be taken in whichever order you wish, however for candidates wishing to complete ECDL certification we do recommend that they complete the 4 ECDL Essential Modules first. Scroll down to Syllabus Update below for further information.



Cheques or Debit/Visa Card payments CANNOT be processed.

ECDL Costs

Skills Card : €50

Exams: €20 each

ECDL Essentials Certifcate consists of 4 essentials module exams. 

For FULL ECDL Certification you must complete th 4 essential modules exams + 3 others.

If  a candidate is unsuccessful in an exam there is a charge of €20 for repeat exams.

ECDL Training

ECDL training is available online via Blackboard 

Testing Times

ECDL Testing is held in Training Room 2 of IT Services, 4th Floor Kane Building.  There is 45 minutes allocated on the testing system for an exam. 

Check here for availability in the coming weeks. 

Test Booking

Email with your name, student/staff number, date, time .

All exams must be pre-booked by the Wednesday afternoon of that testing week. Candidates cannot book for exams unless they have registered for exams first.

When attending a testing session please have you student/Staff ID card with you.

Syllabus Update

NEW ECDL Syllabus - All Candidates that register after Sep 2014

Older versions of ECDL consisted of 7 ECDL module exams to attain an ECDL Certificate.  With New ECDL candidates will have up to 11 modules to choose from and can either attain ECDL Essentials Certificate (pass a min of 4 modules) or ECDL Award (pass a min of 7 modules).   Cadidates will receive an ECDL profile once they have registered and passed one ECDL module.  The three year limit to complete ECDL has been removed, meaning candidates can add additional modules whenever they wish.   Put simply there will be more choice and flexibility.  

ECDL Essentials Cert

  • Computer Essentials 
  • Online Essentials
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets

ECDL Award

  • the above 4 from ECDL Essentials 
  • + any 3 of the following:
    • Presentations
    • Using Databases
    • IT Security 
    • Online Collaboration - using Google Drive 


Note: The UCC ECDL Test Centre only offers training in the Online Colllaboration - iusing Sky Drive & Project Planning  modules. No testing currently available in these modules in our Test Centre



ECDL Syllabus 5 - Candidates that have registered and have already sat at least one ECDL exam before Sep 2014

ECDL Syllabus 5 consists of the seven modules listed below. Individuals prove their proficiency by passing a test within each module and the corresponding skill is noted in their skills card. All tests are carried out using the Automated ECDL Testing System in the Computer Training Centre. An ECDL Certificate is awarded once all seven module tests have been passed successfully. With the exception of one theoretical module, (Module 1) the tests are task orientated. ECDL is currently being offered on a self study basis through your blackboard account. All registered UCC student already have a blackboard account. If you are a UCC staff member you can have an account set up for ECDL training, email ltu@ucc.iewith the subject ECDL Account Registration. Candidates have 3 years to complete ECDL from the date the first exam has been sat. However, to complete ECDL in our Test Centre candidates must be a registered student or staff member.

  • Module 1 - Basic Concepts of Information Technology 
  • Module 2 - Using the Computer and Managing Files
  • Module 3 - Word Processing
  • Module 4 - Spreadsheets
  • Module 5 - Databases/Filing Systems
  • Module 6 - Presentation and Drawing
  • Module 7 - Information Network Services

IT Training Centre

Ionad Oiliúna TF

4th Floor floor,