Training and testing info

ICDL training and testing is offered in a sophisticated online environment, which evaluates actual tasks on real office software. Because the programme is online it can take place where ever there is a Internet connection like Broadband. This provides flexibility as study can take place at one of our Test Centres* or in the home.

Click these links for syllabuses of the Base, Intermediate and Advanced courses currently available in New Zealand. We are adding new courses, so check the site periodically if the course you want is not available yet.

To see what software is covered by the online training and testing solutions available, view the Training and Testing Solutions page. You can get also a free demo version of training or testing to get a taste of how it works – just give us a call or drop us an email, details on the Contact Us page.


Training (Courseware)

The online courseware enables you to study and learn in a simulated environment (audio option included). Each module is made up of a number of lessons, with each lesson ending with a quick Knowledge Check to ensure the main points were learned. You can begin ICDL training by contacting a Test Centre near you. When you start may be subject to training and testing schedules set by each test centre.


If you feel you are able to meet the criteria for the tests (as set out in the ICDL syllabus), you can take the tests without the need for training. However, you should be sure that you are ready before sitting the tests. Test Centres in New Zealand use automated test systems which automatically assess and store the candidates performance on completion of each test. Automated tests provide immediate feedback to both the candidate and the test centre.

Diagnostic test

Diagnostic tests allow you to go through the testing environment in the same setting as the certification tests. It enables you to assess your understanding of that particular module. We recommend a passing rate of 80% + for the diagnostic test before any candidate takes their actual ICDL certification test. The diagnostic test can also be used in a recruitment situation where a certain level of skill is required to perform tasks.

Certification test

Candidates are tested in examination conditions supervised by an Accredited Tester in an Accredited Test Centre (ATC). You are given 45 minutes to complete a certification test and must complete one test per module. You are required to purchase a Candidate Registration Number (CRN) before beginning ICDL training or testing. For a list of current Test Centres in New Zealand click this link to view the Test Centre list.

NZQA link

Six of the ICDL modules have been mapped against the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Association) framework and can earn candidates 19 NCEA credits at Level 2. For more information click here to visit the NZQA website.

*Note the ICDL certification tests must be taken at an Accredited Test Centre