EqualSkills is for those with no experience whatsoever of computers and the Internet. EqualSkills helps to remove the fear of using a computer by using a simple, non-threatening approach to educating individuals in the basic skills of using a computer, email and the Internet.

Completing the EqualSkills programme enables learners to demonstrate they have a fundamental level of knowledge and skills in four areas:

Computer Basics

  • Parts of the Computer
  • Getting Started
  • The Keyboard
  • Using the Mouse

The World Wide Web

  • The WWW
  • Web Browser
  • Searching

Introduction to the Desktop

  • Desktop
  • Windows
  • Creating a Document
  • File Types


  • Email accounts
  • Messages

The following outlines the benefits of the EqualSkills programme:

  • Provides complete beginners with a fun, informal and uncomplicated introduction to computers and the Internet for.
  • Gives an appreciation and basic understanding of computers and the Internet.
  • Builds confidence – and provide a basis to encourage further exploration and development of computer and Internet skills

How long does it take to complete?
The programme takes between 8 and 15 hours of training, depending on the learner's ability. The whole programme is designed to be flexible and allows individuals to learn at their own pace.

Learners are taught and assessed using a paper-based workbook.

  • The workbook consists of simple and straightforward exercises and learning information.
  • Candidates have a tutor who works through the workbook and deals with any problems that the candidate encounters.
  • The workbook is a study aid and assessment document which helps the tutor to check the candidate's understanding of an exercise.

As a programme aimed at complete beginners, EqualSkills is designed to be entirely unintimidating in both its format and content.

  • There is no formal exam at the end of the programme, and assessment is carried out by the programme tutor on a continual basis.
  • Following successful completion of the programme, candidates receive an EqualSkills certificate.

Information Sheet

Click the link below to view or download an Information Sheet for EqualSkills in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Information Sheet


Click the link below to view or download the official ECDL Foundation Syllabus for the EqualSkills in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

EqualSkills Syllabus 2.0



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EqualSkills Centres

EqualSkills is offered at almost 200 ECDL centres around Ireland.

Apply here to offer EqualSkills at your organisation.