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Record registrations for ECDL Advanced
A record 1,600 candidates registered for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Advanced qualification in January 2004.
ECDL Advanced was initially launched in 2002 by the British Computer Society with just two modules, word processing and spreadsheets. Since the later addition of the database and presentation modules in summer 2003, candidate numbers have accelerated to 20,000 registrations which are increasing each month.
ECDL Advanced, like ECDL, is a task-based qualification designed to measure an individual's skills in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation applications. The programme operates in the same way as ECDL where candidates must sit the test at an Accredited Test Centre. There are currently 450 ECDL Advanced sites nationwide.
The ECDL Advanced qualification.is aimed at power users' who want to illustrate their ability to solve real problems and to use word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation packages at a much higher level.
Pete Bayley, director of ECDL in the UK, said, "We are very pleased with the rapid adoption of the ECDL Advanced qualification in such a short amount of time. These figures reveal just how important individual's feel it is to continue to improve on and demonstrate their ICT knowledge. Anyone is possession of an ECDL Advanced certificate can prove they have the competence to effectively and efficiently use computers to an accomplished level which will benefit any workplace, school or home."
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