Office Application Essentials

This module sets out the essential concepts and skills needed to start using common office productivity applications – word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations – effectively. The ICDL Office Application Essentials module certifies these essential skills and knowledge, and allows you to demonstrate your proficiency against an international standard.

15-20 hours per module
45 minutes per module
Arabic and English

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of different common office productivity applications and carry out common tasks.
  • Work with text in a document, inert and edit objects and tables, and prepare and print outputs.
  • Work with numbers and text in a spreadsheet, manipulate spreadsheet data, use formulas, insert charts, and prepare and print outputs.
  • Build a presentation, insert and format text in slides, inert and edit objects and effects, and create outputs including a slideshow.

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Presents the key underlying concepts around office productivity applications, Word Processing and spreadsheets.
  • Covers practical skills relating to creating and formatting documents, using spreadsheets to enter and analyse date, and building and delivering a presentation.
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practicing computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content.

Who is it for?

Technology is a key element of every modern job role. Working with computers and devices, as well as using Office Productivity Applications effectively and creating Word Processing, spreadsheets and presentation are requirements for everyone that works with computers. These skills and knowledge are essential not only to carry out specific tasks but also as a foundation for developing further competences in the effective use of technology in the workplace.

Syllabus Overview

Office Productivity Applications
  • Overview
  • Common Tasks
Word Processing
  • Getting Started
  • Formatting and Alignment
  • Objects
  • Outputs
  • Getting Started
  • Formatting
  • Managing Worksheets
  • Formulas
  • Charts
  • Outputs
  • Getting Started
  • Text and Formatting
  • Objects and Effects
  • Outputs


The module sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.



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