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By  Published  September 1, 2006

Dear Editor,

I read with considerable alarm your piece about “non approved” training centres offering unapproved ICDL courses across the region.

The ICDL certificate is rapidly becoming an essential requirement of many employers, both in the private and public sector.

Thousands of students across the Middle East are enrolling on such courses in good faith and paying their hard earned cash to get what they think is a legitimate qualification that will help them to gain better employment prospects.

To think that many of those students will end up with a certificate that is
worth less than the paper it is printed on because of these non-approved training centres is really terrible.

I would urge any students who are considering enrolling on the ICDL course to log onto the ICDL GCC Foundation website to find a list of approved centres that are offering the courses.

The ICDL is a superb course and one that is internationally recognised.

These unapproved centres are giving the course a bad name.

The only way to stop them from operating is to stop them from making a profit by not being fooled into availing of their services.

And it is up to the students themselves to do this.


IT trainer, Qatar.

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