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 and 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. To become IC³ certified, you must pass the all of the following three exams (each exam takes less than an hour to complete):

  • Part A: Computing Fundamental: Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Operating System, Mobile, Cloud Computing and Security.
  • Part B: Key Applications: Word Processor, Presentation, Spreadsheet, Database and Graphics
  • Part C: Living Online: Internet, Electronic Mail and Social Media.


  • 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

  • Anyone seeking to gain a working knowledge of computers and the Internet
  • Workforce members seeking professional development
  • 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

Steps For Getting IC3 Certification

1. Prepare for following exams:

  • a. IC3 Part A: Computing Fundamentals
  • b. IC3 Part B: Key Applications
  • c. IC3 Part C: Living Online

2. Purchase the three vouchers, one for each of the exams (Part A, B, C).

3. Locate a testing center closest to you ( and call the center to schedule a date and time to take the exam. NRCLC is also authorized testing center for IC3 exam. To schedule the exam with NRCLC, visit or call (714) 505-3475.
4. On the day of the exam, go to the center to take the test. You will need the voucher, unexpired official identification with your picture and signature (Driver’s license will do), and proctoring fee.

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.

Note: Within four weeks of passing IC3 Part A, B and C 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

The IC3 Part A Certification exam consists of following topics:

  • Mobile Devices: Using cell phones, voicemail, SMS and notification features of mobile devices.
  • Hardware: Inside of a computer, the device types, storage, networking, Wi-Fi, platforms, compatibility.
  • Computer Software Architecture: Operating System, setting preferences, user account, file management, folder navigation, software installation, troubleshoot, backup and restore files.
  • Cloud Computing: Basics of cloud computing and web apps.
  • Security: Security credentials, Anti-virus, firewalls and e-commerce safety.



Part B

Part B: Key Applications – WordProcessor, Presentation & Spreadsheet

The IC3 Part B Certification exam consists of following topics related to key applications:

  • Common Application Features: Shortcuts, reviewing, viewing, selecting, cutting, copying and pasting text and images.
  • Word Processing: Formatting document, its layout, font, saving the changes, printing a file, working with tables, combining text and pictures, creating flyer and professional documents.
  • Presentations: Managing slides, adding effects, creating animation and adding text and pictures.
  • Spreadsheets: Formatting cell & column, printing spreadsheet, adding formula and creating a chart.
  • Databases: Basic concepts of a storing data in a database.
  • Graphics: Using graphic tools to edit an image.



Part C

Part C: Living Online: Networks, Internet & E-Mail

The IC3 Part C Certification exam consists of following topics related to Living Online:

  • Computer Network, Internet Basic & Email – basic features of computer networks and the Internet, components and benefits of networked computers, using Internet for research, and sending and receiving emails.
  • Internet Navigation – navigating Internet, using search feature, understanding common terms and license to use.
  • Email – Using the basic features of an email application to send and receive emails, email etiquette, email management, attachments and managing contacts.
  • Social Media – Digital identity, site types and cyber bullying.
  • Communication – Using communication tool for using SMS and online chart, online conferencing, and streaming.
  • Digital principles & ethics: Using technology for personal versus professional us



IC3 Study Guide