When we heard about the OpenICDL exams from the Geek Freedom League we decided to see if we can take the exams here in Potchefstroom.
We have encountered lots of problems while trying to find out all the info necessary – since we didn’t want to take the “normal route” and write the Windows version of the exam. Most ICDL examiners are not familiar with the open source materials – which are based on Ubuntu, OpenOffice & Mozilla.
Eventually we did find an examiner who was ready to help me take the exam using the OpenOffice and Firefox based materials. I did the exams at the local ICDL center – I did have to bring my own laptop with OpenOffice and Firefox installed. Unfortunately I did have to write Module 2 (File management) using Windows XP – but all other exam modules were based on OpenOffice Writer, Calc, Base, Impress and Firefox.
The OpenCafe team will help anyone that plans to take the OpenICDL exams so if you are interested, send a mail (anna at opencafe.co.za ), or visit us at the cafe and we will explain the process and help you prepare.