General Computer Practice (GCP)


  • The General Computer Practice course (GCP) is aimed at learners who are not entirely new to computers but need a formal course that also includes certification.
  • This course includes basic operations, windows, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and Internet email., but only word processing, spreadsheets, presentations skills are assessed formally.
  • The course is generally presented in 14 lessons of 2 hours over 3 months’ time.
  • Candidates are required to complete all the Assignments and the Final Assessment Exercise as set out in the GCP manual.
  • It is a practical, hands-on course, fully accredited.
  • Accreditation is under the MICT SETA authority.
Length Unit Standards NQF Level SAQA Credits
28 hrs contact time

+ 28 hrs practice time

117924: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents 2 5
116937: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based spreadsheet application to create and edit spreadsheets 2 4
117923: Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based presentation application to prepare and produce a presentation according to a given brief 2 5

ICDL Base and Standard

icdlThe ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) is the world’s leading end user computer skills certification programme and is an internationally recognized qualification. The new ICDL is made up of a range of modules – each module provides a practical program of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas, which are validated by a test. New ICDL enables you to develop and certify your computer skills in the subject areas of your choice, and to the level that you need – either for work, or for day-to-day life. Through the module combination that you choose, you create your own individual ICDL Profile.

  • An ICDL certificate is issued when the candidate has passed any one of the modules, or any combination of the available modules. This combination is called a profile. Example of a profile: Online Essentials + Word Processing + Presentation + Image Editing + Online Collaboration (5 modules)
  • Candidates register once with the ICDL Foundation and keep this logbook for life. Exams can be written any time at any registered ICDL Centre worldwide.
  • CS4A has been a registered ICDL training and testing centre since 2001 (Centre nr ZA 60614T).



  • Computer Essentials
  • Essential concepts and skills relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks, and data security.
  • Online Essentials
  • Essential concepts and skills relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication and e-mail.
  • Word Processing
  • Use of a word processing application to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting, and finishing small-sized word processing documents, such as letters and other everyday documents.
  • Spreadsheets
  • Understand the concept of spreadsheets and demonstrate an ability to use a spreadsheet to produce accurate work outputs.


  • Presentation
  • Understand the concept of presentations and to demonstrate competence in using presentation software.
  • Using Databases
  • Understand the concept of a database and demonstrate competence in using a database.
  • IT Security
  • Understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.
  • Image Editing
  • Understand the main concepts underlying digital images and use an image editing application to enhance images, apply effects, and prepare an image for printing and publishing.
  • Web Editing
  • Understand key web publishing concepts and create, upload, and maintain a web site.
  • Project Planning
  • Use of project management software to prepare project plans and monitor projects, including planning and managing time, costs, tasks, and resources.
  • Online Collaboration
  • Concepts and skills relating to the setup and use of online collaborative tools, such as storage, productivity applications, calendars, social media, web meetings, learning environments, and mobile technology.
  • 2D Computer Aided Design
  • Suitable for second-level and third-level students commencing study in fields related to the architectural, engineering, and construction sectors, who wish to certify their 2D CAD skills to an independent international standard. It is also suited to those who may already work in these sectors in a non-technical capacity and who wish to acquire or certify 2D CAD skills.