FAQ: Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

1. What is the Internet and Computing Core (IC3) Certification?

Certiport’s IC3 is an ideal certification for those who want to demonstrate critical computer and Internet skills valued in today’s academic and professional environments. It is the world’s first certification program for digital literacy. IC3 is 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 the basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet.

The IC³ certification consists of the following three-part exam (each exam takes less than an hour to complete):

  • Part A: Computing Fundamentals – Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Using an Operating System
  • Part B: Key Applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Part C: Living Online – Networks, Electronic Mail, Internet and impact of the Internet on Society

2. What are the benefits of the IC3 Certification?

Following is a list of advantages of an IC3 Certification:

  • Portable credential accessible anywhere through online transcripts
  • Provides the confidence to integrate computer and Internet technology
  • Validates the skills of job seekers
  • Differentiate the candidate from their competitors
  • Gain recognition from an employer
  • Help get a raise, find a job and promote your expertise.
  • Demonstrate competence with basic computer skill and add value to the workplace

3. What is the process for getting an IC3 Certification?

The IC3 Certification is a three-step process:

Step 1. Prepare for the following exam:

  • Computing Fundamentals (Hardware, Software, Operating System)
  • Key Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Living Online (Networking, Email, Internet & Internet Society)

Step 2. Purchase a voucher for each part of the exam.

Step 3. Schedule for an exam

If you are located in Southern California (close to 1820 E. 1st Street, Suite 550, Santa Ana, CA 92705), you can schedule to take the exam at NR Computer Learning Center (NRCLC). NRCLC is an Authorized Testing Center for the IC3 exam. NRCLC is located in Orange County (California) and provides service to anyone interested in the IC3 Certification exam to certify their fundamental knowledge in the hardware, software, operating system, popular word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, email, and the Internet. Click here or call (714) 505-3475 to register to take an exam. Or use the Certiport Locator to find a Certiport Authorized Test Center near you.

4. What is covered in the IC3 Certification exam?

Following are the list of topics that are covered in Part A (Computing Fundamentals) exam:

  1. What is an OS and what does it do?
  2. Manage computer files and folders
  3. PC configuration, Control Panel, OS drivers
  4. Common computer terminology
  5. Types of Computers & Mobile d=Devices
  6. Computer performance
  7. Installing/Uninstalling Software
  8. Understanding SW licenses
  9. Types of software applications & tools
  10. Troubleshooting basic software problems
  11. Troubleshooting basic hardware problems
  12. Devices and Peripherals
  13. Backup and Restore

Following are the list of topics that are covered in Part B (Key Applications) exam:

  1. Common Application Features
  2. Basic Text Formatting
  3. Navigating Files and Folders
  4. Working with multimedia files
  5. Word processing activities and methods
  6. Tables & Lists
  7. Page Layout
  8. Spreadsheet components
  9. Worksheet Layout
  10. Working with Data
  11. Presentation activities
  12. Inserting content
  13. Slide Management
  14. Slide Design
  15. Basic Database Interactions
  16. Record Management
  17. Collaboration
  18. Sharing files

Following are the list of topics that are covered in Part C (Living Online) exam:

  1. The Internet, Browsers, and WWW
  2. Navigation on the Internet using a browser
  3. Internet Connection
  4. Network types and features, capabilities
  5. Network connection troubleshooting
  6. E-mail communication
  7. Real-Time Communication
  8. Digital citizenship
  9. Communication standards
  10. Legal and responsible use of computers
  11. Secure online communication or activity
  12. Ergonomics
  13. Research fluency
  14. Using Search Engines
  15. Evaluate search results
  16. Using advanced features of search engines

5. How do I register for an IC3 Certification exam?

To register for an IC3 certification exam, follow the steps listed on the IC3 test registration page (https://www.nrclc.com/testing_center/ic3/).

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

6. Does NRCLC assist in preparing for the IC3 Exam?

NR Computer Learning Center provides the following options for preparing for the IC3 exam:

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If you have a question or would like to book an appointment for further clarification, please click here to schedule an appointment online or call (714) 505-3475.

7. How do I register for a hands-on training course at NR Computer Learning Center?

There are several ways to register for hands-on instructor-led classroom training:

  • You can call our office at (714) 505-3475
  • You can email your registration form to info@nrclc.com
  • You can mail your registration form with a check (made payable to payable to NR Computer Learning Center) at NR Computer Learning Center, 1820 E. 1st Street, Suite 550, Santa Ana, CA 92705 
  • You can book an appointment with and complete your registration in person

Click here to download the registration form.