EUCIP Core provides a solid foundation for all types of ICT related work. It gives a broad knowledge of the fundamental aspects of ICT. It encompasses an estimated 300-400 study hours, but this is dependent on the prior experience and knowledge of the candidate. EUCIP Core is divided into three Knowledge Areas: Plan, Build, Operate.

EUCIP Core - European Certification of Informatics Professionals

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EUCIP Core is divided into three Knowledge Areas

A. Plan Area: The Use and Management of Information Systems

The module requires the candidate to have a thorough understanding of organisations, their strategies and their business processes, as well as the global trends and opportunities which are involved.
The candidate shall recognise the main issues related to the management of IT, such as selecting the appropriate technology, or choosing between in-house systems development or outsourcing. The candidate shall also be able to justify IT investments and know about some of the legal and ethical aspects of IT. He / She shall be aware of the requirement for a professional approach to project management and quality assurance.
The candidate shall also appreciate the importance of team building and effective communication when presenting the case for change within the organisation.

B. Build Area: Development and Integration of Information Systems

Module B, Build, encompasses the traditional technical aspects of design, specification, development, testing, integration and deployment of IT systems. It requires the candidate to understand the systems development lifecycle, to know about the typical development process and be aware of recent software development trends. The Candidate shall also be able to apply relevant methodologies and tools. He / She shall appreciate the design principles associated with user interfaces, web pages and hypermedia, as well as those used in relational databases and data warehouses. The candidate will also gain a rudimentary knowledge of query languages and be aware of some important database administration issues. In addition, the candidate shall be able to apply typical data structures and algorithms, to recognise different programming languages and constructs, to evaluate the issues in maintaining, and know about documenting and testing software systems.

C. Operate Area: Operation and Support of Information Systems

Module C, Operate, deals with networks and related communication services of an IT Infrastructure, as well as the maintenance and usage issues in terms of service provision. The module requires the candidate to know about hardware components, computing architectures and different operating systems. The candidate shall also distinguish between the various levels of communication protocols, and their application both to wired and wireless network technologies. In addition, he/she shall understand the simple network management protocol (SNMP), e-mail and web services, and the related security threats and remedies. The candidate shall appreciate the importance of a client-oriented approach to IT support, and apply some of the basic principles of IT service delivery.


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EUCIP IT Administrator

IT Administrator is a standalone certification programme that certifies practical and theoretical knowledge of computer technicians. The certification covers a wide range of Hardware, Software and Networks knowledge areas. The programme is aimed at small to medium-sized companies including educational institutes that require in-house expertise in IT and individuals who wish to broaden IT knowledge and be able to administer networks.

The 3.0 version of the EUCIP IT Administrator certification has introduced a EUCIP IT Administrator Fundamentals module, which requires the candidate to have a broad understanding of hardware, operating systems, networks and IT security. Following completion of this module, candidates can progress to take one, some, or all of the PC Hardware, Operating Systems, Networks, or IT Security modules, all of which have been revised to Syllabus 3.0.)