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European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp)

European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp)

The Commission, together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has developed the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens — known as DigComp.

What is DigComp?

DigComp is a tool to support a common understanding of digital competences and to enable people to develop digital competences to support their life chances and employability

DigComp is a common reference framework that sets out 21 competences, grouped in 5 key areas, to describe what it means to be digitally competent.

Being digitally competent is more than being able to use the latest device or software. Digital competence is a key transversal competence that means being able to use digital technologies in a critical, collaborative and creative way. DigComp asks people to think about a range of issues such as storing information, protecting digital identity, developing digital content and behaviour online.

Using DigComp

Since its launch in 2015, DigComp has been used in a variety of ways including:

  • developing education and training curricula, programmes, and parts of programmes on digital competences;
  • developing non-formal and work based programmes and training to support the development of digital competences;
  • policy making and target setting for digital education and training to support digital skills and competences;
  • developing tools for assessment of digital skills and competences, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning, as well as self-assessment.

DigComp can be used across sectors and be a key support for collaboration and development work by educators, trainers, employers, professional bodies and policy-makers.

Get involved!

The Commission wishes to explore and widen the use of DigComp by all potential stakeholders.

You can also access a helpful brochure with further information on the structure and use of DigComp.

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