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The IC3® (Internet and Computing Core Certification) gives you a Clear Advantage. If you're focusing on a future in computers, or any field that requires the use of computers, one certification can set you apart from the crowd. The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3®) provides students and job seekers with the foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet. The Global Standard 3 is an internationally recognized standard for digital literacy and reflects the most relevant skills needed in today's academic and business environments.


  • Validate your Internet and computing skills
  • Highlight your unique talents
  • Demonstrate your qualifications in emerging fields
    • Provides objective evaluation of student performance
    • Ensures consistency of results from school to school
    • Measure teaching efficacy (accountability)
    • Measurement is required to receive grant money
    • Professional development tool
    • Improves confidence in integrating technology in the classroom
    • Proves that you have fundamental knowledge in key computing concepts and applications
    • Ensures you have validate and can apply what you have learned
    • Valuable, portable credential
    • Objective evaluation of potential employees
    • Validation of employees that employees are proficient at important skills and technologies
    • Fundamental computing knowledge, skills, and abilities directly effects employee efficiency

The IC3® Certification comprises of three individual examinations:


The Computing Fundamentals examination covers a foundational understanding of computer hardware, software, operating systems, peripherals, and troubleshooting to help you get the most value and impact from computer technology.


The Key Applications examination covers popular word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications and the common features of all applications to help you learn faster, work smarter, and present yourself better.


The Living Online examination covers skills for working in an Internet or networked environment and maximizing your communication, education, collaboration and social interaction in a safe and ethical way.



The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3 Digital Literacy) suite of products includes solutions that range from assessment to certification. In addition, as a truly global standard, IC3 is as comprehensive as it is diverse. With learning and practice solutions, assessment tools, and certifications specifically designed for a variety of ages and occupations, the IC3 Digital Literacy program is simply the best way to ensure that students and employees are prepared to succeed in a technology-based world. IC3 Certifications are available in the following:


IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5) is the newest addition to the IC3 Digital Literacy program. Like its predecessors, the GS5 certification is comprised of three exams: Computing Fundamentals, Living Online, and Key Applications.  Certiport is committed to providing a truly global standard, and as digital standards and requirements advance, so does IC3. Best of all, because IC3 includes concepts and skills that apply to almost any school or career pathway, it's the ideal solution for any student or jobseeker looking to validate their digital skills. Like its predecessors, IC3 GS5 validates a candidate’s ability to effectively use some of the world’s most current and prominent technologies, and is comprised of three individual exams:

  • Key Applications:

The Key Applications examination covers the most common features of the world’s best spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation applications. And, with the release of IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5), this domain now includes app culture elements that will help the examinee understand how to obtain and maximize the use of some of today’s most popular apps.

  • Computing Fundamentals:

Designed to help the user get the most out of technology, the Computing Fundamentals examination covers a foundational understanding of computer hardware, software, operating systems, peripherals, and troubleshooting. And new to the Global Standard 5 exams (GS5), Computing Fundamentals will now also include Mobile Device and Cloud Computing concepts.

  • Living Online:

The Living Online exam is designed to help users understand how to effectively use the Internet or work in a networked environment and maximize communication, education, collaboration, and social interactions in a safe and ethical way. The Global Standard 5 (GS5) release of this exam ıntroduces various new and enhanced modules including social media, calendaring, streaming, and online conferencing elements that truly measure a candidate’s ability to succeed in an increasingly digital world.


IC3 Global Standard 4 (GS4) exam objectives are aligned with today's most current technologies and relevant digital literacy requirements, including social media, collaboration, and cloud computing concepts. The GS4 certification is comprised of three individual exams and is designed to validate competency in three key areas:

  • Key Applications:

Covers popular word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications and the common features of all applications.

  • Computing Fundamentals:

Covers a foundational understanding of computing.

  • Living Online:

Covers skills for working in an Internet or networked environment.


With a focus on younger demographics, the IC3 Spark certification addresses the same foundational concepts as its precursor - the IC3 Digital Literacy Certification. While both certifications target issues arising from the increasing demands of technology, IC3 Spark is created for younger children who may be new to computers and the Internet, or who lack a solid foundation in digital concepts.

IC3 Spark covers objectives spanning basic computing skills, key applications, and use of the Internet. However, as a single, 50 minute exam IC3 Spark is specifically designed for a younger audience and validates skills from three major objective domains: Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online.


C3 Fast Track is a digital literacy skills assessment that can be used to gauge the skill set of incoming students or job candidates. Based on the globally recognized IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, IC3 Fast Track can help assess an individual's ability to perform in any environment where the use of technology is required. Rather than individual pass or fail scores, the IC3 Fast Track exam reports on how the candidate performed on each question, allowing teachers to determine what they feel is a valid cut score or passing grade depending on the requirements of the institution.

  • IC PHP Developer Fundamentals

The IC PHP Developer Fundamentals exam is an entry-level certification designed to validate the fundamental knowledge of technology that candidates will need to pursue a career in software development. IC PHP covers all subjects needed for a solid foundational understanding of the PHP language, including substantial practice in coding parts of a fully functional application, and use of computer hardware, software, and operating systems.