Skills You Need Now. Credentials for Your Future.

Technology has become a part of our everyday lives, and understanding how to function in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet is more critical now than ever before. So, whether you plan to pursue a career in IT, or simply become more effective with technology, IC3 Digital Literacy Certification is the place to start.

The IC3 Digital Literacy certification is a credential that is designed to remain relevant in an ever evolving world of technology. With a focus on the most critical elements that drive technology today, IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5) delivers a comprehensive solution for learning how to succeed in any environment that requires the use of computers, devices, or the Internet.

About Certiport

NC3 supports and recognizes Certiport's Digital Literacy certification, therefore, all NC3 schools receive a 30% discount on the IC3 Digital Literacy certification exams, textbooks, test license, and curriculum resources. "The certification is implemented on the Certiport Testing Site, not but the IC3 certifications are still counted and included in NC3's monthly "Certification Race."

Don't Just Use Technology, Succeed with Technology.

Basic computer skills are critical to academic or career pursuits regardless of the career field. IC3 Digital Literacy Certification is the globally-recognized credential that gives students a competitive edge in the job market, as well as confidence and skills validation needed to excel in academics. IC3 Global Standard 5 (GS5) reflects the most current and relevant digital literacy skills.

History of the Partnership

Certiport and NC3 first identified common goals at the 2014 AACC Workforce Development Institute Conference and soon realized they shared complementary solutions.

With digital technology firmly embedded in every aspect of skilled careers, digital literacy has become a pre-requisite for the modern workplace.

NC3 has partnered with Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business, to offer its members a discount on IC3 Digital Literacy Certification courseware, practice tests and exams and practice tests.

Value of the Partnership

The Certiport and NC3 partnership helps to develop a qualified and well-rounded workforce with the right skills to grow and sustain many industries.

Future of the Partnership

To keep up with the growing demands of technical and digital skills industry, Certiport seeks to work closely with schools and students in order to have a positive impact in their desired industry and communities around the country.

List of Certification Exams Recognized by NC3

IC3 Digital Literacy

The IC3 Digital Literacy Certification 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 enhance or 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 50-minute exams, which may be taken in any order:

  • Computing Fundamentals: Foundational understanding of computer hardware, software, operating systems, peripherals, and troubleshooting
  • Key Applications: Familiarity with the most common features of spreadsheets, word processing, and presentation applications and "app culture"
  • Living Online: Skills to use the Internet or work in a networked environment and maximize communication, education, collaboration, and social interactions in a safe and ethical way

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NC3 & Certiport Webinar

Learn more in the following recorded webinar with Dan Ramirez, Director of Strategic Marketing and Development, NC3, and Nich Haber, Director of CTE & STEM.

You'll learn:

  • The importance of IC3 Digital Literacy Certification to you as an NC3 member or certification center
  • Who endorses IC3 Digital Literacy and where the credential is recognized
  • How to implement IC3 Digital Literacy Certification in your current program

Going forward, we would like to ensure that every student coming out of an NC3 program has the skills they need to be work ready for the digital environment.