Today Certiport announced Global Standard 4, the newest release of the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Ratified by more than 400 educators, industry experts and government officials on the Global Digital Literacy Council, IC³ provides the most relevant foundational computing skills for today’s academic and business environments.

The IC³ Certification is comprised of three individual examinations: Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online. Some of the new topics addressed in the IC³ GS4 include:

• Social media
• Collaboration
• Digital devices
• Research fluency
• Cloud computing
• Critical thinking

Approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) for college credit and endorsed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), IC3 is the fastest growing digital literacy program in the world. Today more than one million students are certified.

“Individuals have a hard time proving their critical entry-level computer skills, which can hinder their ability to advance in school, hold government jobs, or be productive in the workplace,” said Gary Fluitt, Vice President and IC3 Credential Manager, Certiport. “IC3 provides a clear and measureable standard to validate those skills by demonstrating they can perform basic computing functions. With IC³ certification, individuals are instantly recognized as someone with the critical entry-level skills needed to achieve business objectives and expand productivity immediately in the workplace.”

With a full pathway of supporting materials including instructor guides, lesson plans and practice exams, the IC3 credential provides schools and learning organizations with the necessary tools to support students in their goal to get certified. The updated IC3 GS4 exams will be available in late August.

“Computer technology and key applications change rapidly, which is why Certiport has once again updated the Global Standard to ensure IC3 is validating the most relevant skills for students and workers,” said Ray Kelly, CEO, Certiport. “Cloud computing, for instance, has gone from an abstract concept a few years ago to one of the most in-demand job skills in the technology industry today. We added cloud computing to the new Global Standard so employers know anyone who has earned IC3 certification has learned the fundamentals important for today’s workforce.”

Certiport offers flexible pricing plans that include classroom vouchers, site licenses, and individual exam vouchers. Academic institutions can find more information on becoming a Certiport Authorized Testing Center to deliver the IC3 program at www.certiport.com/go.

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