Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

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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