Microsoft ICDL – Computer Essentials


The Computer Essentials Module covers the main concepts and skills related to the use of devices, networks, creation and file management, data security, computers, ICT and use of software effectively thus allowing participants to be able to carry out essential everyday tasks.


Microsoft ICDL – Computer Essentials

Aim: The ICDL Computer Essentials Module aims to teach participants computer and internet skills which are needed for computer based use in schools/ colleges and in everyday workplace.

Delivery:  The Microsoft ICDL Computer Essentials Module is delivered by an Irish Computer Society (ICS) approved tutor.  The class is structured with the use of a power-point presentation, tutorials, workbook material and each participant will have hands-on computer practice.

What award do I receive? At the end of the Microsoft Computer Essentials Module, it is optional for each learner (at an extra cost) to sit the ICDL Computer Essentials Exam. If successful each candidate will receive an ICS-skills awarded certificate.

Course Duration: The Microsoft Computer Essentials Module is run over a 4 mornings 10am-1pm or alternatively over 4 evenings from 6.45-9.45pm. This course can be run as an individual module or as part of the ICDL certification (7 modules in total) or ICDL Essentials certification (4 modules in total) which is also available.

Entry Requirements: Good command of the English language. Intermediate level of computer literacy.

How much does it cost? The course fee is €70. We accept cash or card payments

Course Venue: The course is held in Castleblayney Community Enterprise Centre, Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan A75 WF72


Course Details

Topics covered include:

  • ICT Definition,
  • Types of Computers
  • Computer Terms – Hardware, Software, Ports
  • Copyright & Licensing
  • Computer Process Data – CPU, RAM, Speed, Storage
  • Computer Desktop- Start up, shut down, sleep mode
  • Using Windows, Icons, Shortcuts, Help, The Notification Area,
  • Keyboard, Printer, WordPad, Files and Folders
  • Network, Antivirus Software, Firewall, Malware




After successful completion of the Microsoft Computer Essentials Exam, each participant will receive a certificate awarded by the Irish Computer Society.