Computer Literacy Standard Introduced

Certiport Inc. has released a vendor-independent certification program called the Internet and Computing Core Certification program, also known as IC3. The certification program was developed in response to a certification gap identified through extensive statewide academic programs administered by Certiport. The exams integrate performance- and knowledge-based modules.

The certification program is comprised of three sections: computing fundamentals, key applications and living online. Students and educators earn certificates once knowledge and skills in specific key areas have been demonstrated through the successful completion of the three exams. The IC3 certification is easily portable and can be used globally as a benchmark for required knowledge and skills. The program is available in English at authorized testing centers throughout North America, with plans for additional language availability in 2002.

In addition, the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda recently partnered with Certiport to create a national initiative to certify more than 13,000 administrators and teachers in computing and Internet literacy, as well as software proficiency. This joint initiative will promote FBLA administrator and teacher testing for IC3 and Microsoft Office User Specialist, industry leading computer certifications for literacy and proficiency, respectively. Certiport, American Fork, UT, (800)572-9250,

This article originally appeared in the 02/01/2002 issue of THE Journal.