Internet & Computing Core Certification (IC3)

Authorized CenterCertiport’s Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®) is an ideal certification for anyone who wants to demonstrate critical computer and Internet skills valued in today’s academic and professional environments.


IC3 Certification

Computer Basic, Internet & Computing Core Certification (IC3)

IC³ is the world’s first certification program for digital literacy. IC³ is the most commonly recognized standard of digital literacy today. IC³ is both accepted for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) and aligned with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for teachers and students from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Students and teachers who achieve IC³ certification possess the validated skills and knowledge required for basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet. Not only are they given tools for success in the 21st Century classroom but also for higher education, employment, and life. To become IC³ certified, you must pass the following three exams (each exam takes less than an hour to complete):

  • Part A: Computing Fundamental: Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Using an Operating System
  • Part B: Key Applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Part C: Living Online: Networks & Internet, Electronic Mail, Internet, Internet on Society


  • Certification exams feature industry-leading testing technology that is both knowledge- and performance-based
  • Portable credential that is valued anywhere and accessible through online digital transcripts
  • Prepares students with tools for higher education or an industry-recognized credential for employment in the 21st Century
  • Provides teachers with the confidence to integrate computer and Internet technology across the curriculum
  • Creates verifiable proof in reaching state or federal technology requirements for teachers and students

Target Audience

  • Everyone seeking to gain a working knowledge of computers and the Internet
  • Workforce members seeking professional development
  • Teachers
  • Job Corps or other vocational participants
  • Employers looking to validate skills
  • Community or technical college students
  • Continuing education students
  • High school students
  • GED students
  • Small Business


  • None.

Steps For Getting IC3 Certification

The IC3 Certification is a five step process:

  1. Select the product you wish to take the exam
    1. Computing Fundamentals (Hardware, Software, Operating System)
    2. Key Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    3. Living Online (Networking, Email, Internet & Internet Society)
  2. Prepare for the exam
  3. Purchase the voucher for the exam.
  4. Schedule to take the exam
  5. Take the exam

Note: In order to receive IC3 Certification, you must pass all three exams: Computing Fundamental, Key Applications, Living Online. Within four weeks of passing a certification exam, you will receive an official certificate in the mail from Certiport that highlights your accomplishment.

Certiport’s Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®)

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Part A

Part A: Computing Fundamental

Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Using an Operating System

The Computer Basic course is designed for students who have little or no experience with personal computers and want to learn the basics of using a computer. Students will learn about the main components of a typical computer system, including microprocessors, motherboards, flash drives, hard disks, memory and  input/output devices. Students will also learn about the basic elements of the Windows 7, 8 and 10 interface, how to navigate Windows Explorer, organize files and folders, search for items on their computers, personalize Windows and how to protect their computers from malware. Students will also learn to build computers from scratch! Students will learn to install motherboard, format hard drives, load software, eliminate viruses, run and troubleshoot their computer.




  • Introduction to Computer, History of Personal Computer
  • Types of Computer, Parts of a Computer, Input Device, Output Device
  • The Main Computer, Motherboard, Microprocessor, BUS
  • The Front of a Computer, The Back of a Computer, The Inside of a computer
  • Memory, Random Access Memory (RAM), Read Only Memory (ROM)
  • Expansion Slot, Storage, Soundcard and Speaker, Monitors, Keyboarding
  • Software, Printers, Internet, Operating System, Command-Line Interface
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Prompted User Interface, Troubleshooting Problems in Your Computer
  • Printer Problem, Network Problem, Taking Care of Your Computer
  • Antivirus, Tool for Improving Hard Disk Performance
  • Disk Cleanup, Defragmentation, Device Manager
  • Folder & Files, Computer file, File-naming Conventions
  • Previewing your file, Quickly finding a file, Working with NotePad,
  • Create Document, Windows Tools, Using Live Photo Gallery
  • Placing Taskbar, Customizing your clocks, Using Sticky Notes
  • Using Sound Recorder, Using Speech Recognition
  • Introduction to Software, Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Reader, Transferring Photos, Editing a Photo
  • Adding a Picture to a Document, Creating a Brochure

Part B

Part B: Key Applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Introduction to Word

Learn to use Microsoft Word to creating professional and eye-catching documents both for print and online sharing.
The students will learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2013 such as using the File Button, Quick Access toolbar, The Ribbon and Short icons to create and edit electronic documents. The students will also learn to work with the combination of text, picture and WordArt to create flyers.



o Using the Quick Access Toolbar
o Using the Ribbon
o Getting Help
o Changing the Program Options
o Working with Files
o Entering and Editing Text
o Working with Documents
o Selecting Text
o Customizing the View
o Editing Text
o Using Cut, Copy, and Paste
o Formatting Text Characters
o Understanding Tab Settings
o Working with Indents
o Adding Bullets and Numbering
o Checking the Spelling and Grammar
o Using the Thesaurus
o Finding Items
o Replacing Items
o Using Research Tools
o Using Document Statistics
o Changing Line Spacing
o Setting Paragraph Spacing
o Changing the Page Setup
o Adding Special Characters
o Inserting the Date and Time
o Previewing the Document
o Printing a Document
o Manipulating Graphics
o Drawing Objects
o Editing Shapes

Introduction to PowerPoint

Learn to use Microsoft PowerPoint to creating professional and eye-catching presentation for presenting and sharing your ideas.The students will learn the Basic features of PowerPoint to create an eye catching Presentation. The student will learn to set theme, add clip arts, Auto shapes, Word Art scanned images, animation and voice in their presentations.

o What is PowerPoint?
o Using the Quick Access Toolbar
o Using the Ribbon
o Getting Help
o Changing the Program Options
o Working with Files
o Working with Presentations
o Displaying Information in the Presentation
o Selecting Text Objects
o Manipulating Text
o Formatting Text
o Inserting Images
o Creating and Using Tables
o Creating a Chart
o Creating Drawing Objects
o Inserting Multimedia Objects
o Animating Objects
o Applying Slide Transitions
o Preview the Presentation
o Running the Slide Show

Introduction to Excel

The hands-on offers introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013 to using spreadsheet to manage data in Excel and format worksheet. Students will learn to create worksheet, format cell, column & table, customize ribbon, printing & securing worksheet. In this course, you will learn to create and use an Excel spreadsheet. You will learn how to move through the cells; enter data in a cell; set text, cell and page properties; insert and delete column or row; copy and paste or move data from one cell to another cell; automatically fill data in cell using AutoFill; change page orientation, add customized header and footer and modify page margins. You will also learn to set cell formats for date, time, and percentage.


o Using the Quick Access Toolbar
o Using the Ribbon
o Change Program Options
o Working with Files
o Understanding Basic Terminology
o Working with Workbooks
o Selecting Cells
o Formatting Cells
o Entering Data in the Worksheet
o Making Changes to the Contents
o Managing Worksheets
o Creating Simple Formulas
o Proper Use of Formulas
o Using the Spell Checker
o Sorting Data
o Filtering Information
o Previewing the Worksheet
o Adding Page Breaks
o Customizing the Printout
o Printing the Worksheet

Part C

Part C: Living Online: Networks & Internet, Electronic Mail, Internet, Internet on Society

Computer Network, Internet Basic & Email – The hands-on course provides the student the knowledge and skills required to understand the common terminology associated with computer networks and the Internet, components and benefits of networked computers, using Internet for research, and sending and receiving emails.

• Networking Fundamentals
• Benefits of Networking
• Disadvantages of Networking
• Connecting to a Network
• Using Electronic Communication
• Understanding an E-mail Address
• Using Electronic Communications Appropriately
• Introduction to Microsoft Office Outlook
• Composing an email
• Attaching a file to email
• Using Calendar
• Scheduling Appointment
• Using Task List
• Understanding the World Wide Web
• Looking at Web Pages
• Using Microsoft Internet Explorer
• Retrieving Information from a Web Page
• Printing a Web Page
• Downloading Information
• Customizing the Web Browser
• Saving Favorites
• Viewing History
• Finding Items on the Internet
• Evaluating the Information
• Identifying Ethical Issues
• Impacting Society
• Protecting Your Data or Computer
• Understanding Security issues
• Identifying Software Threats
• Restricting Access
• Keeping Up with Technology
• Look at Personal Responsibilities
• Protecting Yourself

IC3 Study Guide