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Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate

COL launched this programme to widen access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) skills training using free software. Sir John Daniel, President of COL, announced the initiation of the Commonwealth Computer Navigator's Certificate (CCNC) on 16 September to coincide with Software Freedom Day 2006.

The CCNC allows learners to acquire ICTs skills in the tools of their choice. COL will add value to the existing materials of the Open International Computer Drivers License created by the Go Open Source campaign in South Africa and distribute the training as free content for anyone to use, modify and distribute. By using free content, the CCNC will create more opportunities to acquire the prerequisite ICTs skills, throwing a wide bridge across the digital divide. The Certificate will be awarded by participating institutions around the Commonwealth. For more information, contact COL at


The people and institutions are warmly thanked for their contribution to the CCNC materials.


The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) conceptualised the Computer Navigator's Certificate (CCNC) in 2006. The CCNC widens the available learning and training options in the Commonwealth by acquiring ICT skills using free open-source software. It furthermore eliminates concerns about the illegal use of proprietary software.

The CCNC materials (Version 1.0) have been developed to the International Computer Driver’s Licence (ICDL) International Standard using Open Office on either a Linux or Windows Platform. The materials are based on the ECDL/ICDL Syllabus Version 5.0.

The following 7 modules have been developed:

  • Module 1 - Basic Concepts of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Module 2 - Using a Computer and Managing Files
  • Module 3 - Word Processing
  • Module 4 - Spreadsheets
  • Module 5 - Database
  • Module 6 - Presentation
  • Module 7 - Information and Communication

The CCNC is open to participation from local tertiary education institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private-sector training institutions throughout the Commonwealth interested in adopting the certificate in their own offerings. Alternatively, they can use the materials to obtain the full Core OpenICDL Qualification.
COL envisages taking these modules further and developing e-learning formats using a share-alike rights licence(CC-BY-SA)PDF down.png
The CCNC materials (Version 1.0) are also available on the COL website
For more information contact:

Trudi van Wyk
Education Specialist: eLearning
Commonwealth of Learning
1055 West Hastings Street, Suite 1200
Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9 Canada
Tel: +1 604 775 8261
Fax: +1 604 775 8210

The Use of Icons in the Materials

While working through the modules, you will notice the frequent use of margin icons. These icons serve to “signpost” a particular piece of text, a new task or change in activity - they have been included to help you to find your way around these materials.


CCNC Module 2 - Using the computer and managing files

CCNC Module 3 - Word processing

Section 3.1 - Using the application
Section 3.2 - Document Creation
Section 3.3 - Formatting
Section 3.4 - Objects
Section 3.5 - Mail Merge
Section 3.6 - Prepare Outputs

Wordprocessing Using Microsoft Word 2003

CCNC Module 4 - Spreadsheets

CCNC Module 5 - Database

CCNC Module 6 - Presentation

CCNC Module 7 - Information and communication

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