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IT Certification @ Cardiff University

As part of the insrvEducation brand, Information Services (INSRV) provides the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) and the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification schemes.  On behalf of the university, insrvEducation manages testing centres for both qualifications.


The BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT administers ECDL in the UK offering a range of ways of achieving this internationally recognised qualification.  Here at Cardiff University we offer the full 7 unit ECDL qualification to help learners’ improve their understanding of computers and promote efficient use of commonly used software.  This core-level qualification is widely accepted by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT.

ECDL is an excellent choice for new users of IT, or anyone who has never had formal tuition in the use of IT before, offering an introduction to the fundamentals of secure and effective computer use.  As you progress through the qualification you will build an understanding of everyday office-based software as you study the 7 ECDL units:

  • IT User Fundamentals
  • Using Email and the Internet
  • Security for IT Users
  • Word-processing
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Presentations Software
  • Database Software


Unlike the broad range of modules offered by the ECDL, Microsoft offers a range of individual certification tests designed to prove your ability in the specific use of their Office applications.  Like ECDL, MOS tests are internationally recognised qualifications but unlike ECDL they are designed to test your knowledge to a more in-depth level and should therefore not be seen as an alternative but as an additional (higher) level of certification.

MOS is therefore suitable for anyone who has already completed their ECDL and through practical experience has developed their use of Microsoft Office applications or anyone who uses Microsoft Office applications as part of their everyday work and wants proof of their ability.