For today’s professionals, it is critically important to be able to recognize good information from potentially false or misleading information. Certifying in the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens, or DigComp, shows that you are confident, responsible, and can critically engage with digital technologies for learning, at work, or for participation in society.
The Tosa DigComp certification determines and validates a candidate’s proficiency and skill level in the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens by testing an individual’s knowledge of digital competency. The Tosa DigComp certification supports students, trainees, employees, or jobseekers in their employment, professional, or academic objectives.
There are no eligibility requirements to take a Tosa certification exam. In K-12, we recommend using Tosa DigComp certifications as part of a course or curriculum starting at grade 6.
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Tosa assessments and certification exams on DigComp
Assessments are not required to be proctored when taken remotely, while certification exams must be taken in-person or via our remote proctoring solution.
|Assessment test||Certification exam|
|Number of questions||30||40|
|Exam protocol||Taken online||Taken online under proctored conditions, in-person or via our remote proctoring system|
|Results||Skill level on a 1 to 5 scale. Detailed skills reports||Score on a 1 to 1000 scale. Diploma delivered within 5 business days|
Skills Badging with Credly
We partnered with Credly to help our earners share their new certification, and the skill set associated with it, on their resumes, CVs, or professional social media profiles. You can earn a skills certification badge from Credly when you score "Productive" level or higher on the Tosa DigComp Certification Exam.
Available Badges for DigComp
- Tosa DigComp Certified User – Productive Level
- Tosa DigComp Certified User – Advanced Level
- Tosa DigComp Certified User – Expert Level
Skill Domains Assessed
Information and data literacy
The questions in this domain cover the essential concepts related to search strategies, updating information and content in the digital environment, and identifying different types of websites. They also cover the analysis and assessment of data source reliability, and the organization and treatment of digital content in a structured environment (downloading files, using images and forms, etc.).
Communication and collaboration
This domain covers the proficiency in the use of digital tools and technologies in collaborative processes (social networks, online conference, online discussion, etc.), as well as the collaborative creation of appropriate data and resources. Questions also include referencing, the ability to use public and private digital services, and managing a digital identity.
Digital content creation
Candidates are tested on their ability to understand the enforcement of copyright laws and legal aspects of different types of licenses. They are also tested on making and editing digital content in various formats (social networks, messaging, etc.) and their ability to modify, improve and integrate information into an existing body of knowledge using different operations systems, RSS feed, etc.
This domain covers skills such as protecting devices and digital content with anti-malware applications. Candidates are tested on their ability to limit the risks and take security measures to protect personal data in different contexts (social networks, emails, etc.), as well as their knowledge on the environmental impacts of digital technologies.
This domain includes questions on identifying and solving technical problems when operating devices in digital environments. It also includes questions on technological monitoring tools to improve and develop digital skills, and on the implementation of a lifelong digital skills development.
Certification Exam Detail
The Tosa DigComp Certification Exam relies on a database of more than 300 questions. It is composed of a mix of 40 questions, including multiple-choice, interactive, and live in-the-application questions, and lasts 1 hour. The algorithm adapts to each answer of the candidates to adjust the difficulty level of the questions until they reach the exact definition of the candidates’ level by calculating the limit of their skills. Candidates receive a numeric score out of 1000 points associated to a proficiency level on a five-level scale. Candidates who score between 1 and 350 points don't earn the certification. They will not receive a diploma but a certificate of completion. Candidates who score 351 points or above earn the certification. They will receive a diploma by email within five (5) business days. If candidates score 551 points or above, they will also be eligible to receive a Credly digital badge.
The Tosa DigComp Certification Exam is valid for three (3) years. Once expired, earners must retake the certification to maintain it over time. Earners wishing to demonstrate skills development and personal growth may re-take the exam to improve their score at any time. There is no waiting period between two attempts.
Rules & Technical Requirements
Tosa certifications must be taken under specific proctoring conditions. For Tosa certification exam rules and technical requirements, please consult the downloadable PDFs below.Tosa Certification Exam Technical Requirements (PDF) Tosa Certification Exam Rules (PDF)
Prepare For Your Certification Exam
In order to be well prepared for your exam day, we recommend:
- Taking at least one Tosa assessment test prior to your exam
The Tosa assessment test, like the certification exam, is an adaptive test composed of a mix of multiple-choice, interactive, and live in-the-application questions. It contains 25 questions and lasts 40 minutes. It does not need to be taken under proctored conditions. Results are delivered on the same 1-to-5 proficiency level scale and includes detailed skills reports to help determine student or candidate strengths and weaknesses before taking the certification exam.
- Utilizing the free practice tests available on our website
In addition to our Tosa assessment tests, we offer short practice tests for free. Simply navigate to and click on the “Free practice test” button on the top right of the page, then select which test subject you’d like to practice.
- Taking a Tosa-aligned course
We have partnered with several eLearning providers and publishers to provide online courses that align with the Tosa certification objectives. To achieve a productive level or higher for a Tosa certification, it requires candidates an average of 150 hours of training and hands-on experience with DigComp. This average training time depends on their pre-existing skills or knowledge, the expected outcome for the certification (score/level), and the provider.
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