KiwiSkills and ICDL

Tertiary students trying the KiwiSkills/ICDL tests during a campus event.
Tertiary students trying the KiwiSkills/ICDL tests during a campus event.

KiwiSkills offered support to jobseekers using ICDL, which is an internationally recognised benchmark for digital skills in the workplace.

Read more on the ICDL website or the KiwiSkills website or scroll down for a summary.

This certificate programme is offered in an advanced online learning environment that includes training, diagnostic and certificate testing.  Our popular introductory courses Digital Citizen and Digital Citizen Plus offer foundation digital literacy skills and are workbook based.

International standard training available for jobseekers

Kiwiskills received financial support from a Lottery Grant, which enabled us to offer it free of charge to more than 7,500 jobseekers. That funding has now run out and Kiwiskills is no longer free – but digital skills are still just as vital for job security, jobseekers and career changers and a great investment in yourself.

Digital Skills training using the ICDL products is available from a number of providers – you can visit the ICDL site to find out more.

Participant select modules to customise their self-paced training to match their needs. On successful completion they are awarded the ICDL qualification, recognized and valued by employers, NZQA and internationally.

Kiwiskills is

  • User-friendly and self-paced
  • Can be done at home or in a class
  • several modules give NCEA Level 2 credits

Read more on the KiwiSkills website

KiwiSkills participants can expect similar benefits to those experienced in other 20/20 digital skills programmes. 


ICDL – a qualification recognised nationally and internationallyICDL logo

ICDL is a leading digital literacy programme giving an internationally recognised qualification – the International Computer Driving Licence. For over a decade, ICDL has offered online training and online testing in New Zealand.  The associated KiwiSkills programme makes ICDL freely available to job seekers. 

20/20 is the ICDL national partner in New Zealand

An ICDL student at the computer
Tom An working on a Microsoft Word ICDL module at Lynfield College .

The ICDL Foundation licences national partners around the world to implement its training and certification programmes. In 2012, the 20/20 Trust became the ICDL licensee for New Zealand.  The Trust works in partnership with Accredited Test Centres (ATCs) to deliver the programme. This includes schools, PTEs and tertiary education institutions as well as corporate, government and community organisations.

ICDL has been assessed at level 2 on the New Zealand qualifications framework and several modules carry NCEA Level 2 credits. The programme imparts digital skills needed in the workplace and also provides a good digital foundation for students going on to tertiary education. (Polytechnics typically provide certificate and diploma programmes at level 3 and above.)

Modules include

  • Online essentials
  • Computer essentials
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Using databases
  • Presentations
  • Online collaboration
  • Web editing
  • Image editing
  • Digital Marketing

Read full details of these and more advanced or specialised modules on the ICDL website.

Visit the New Zealand ICDL website for more information and the latest news.