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The IC3 program is the world’s first validated, standards-based training and certification program for basic computing and Internet knowledge and skills.  Successful completion of IC3 ensures you have the knowledge and skills required for basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet.  Individuals seeking IC3 certification are required to take and pass all three IC3 exams:

  • IC3 Computing Fundamentals covers Computer Hardware, Software, and Using an Operating System.
  • IC3 Key Applications covers Common Program Functions, Word-Processing Functions, and Spreadsheet Functions.

  • IC3 Living Online covers Networks and the Internet, Electronic Mail, using the Internet, and the Impact of Computing and the Internet on Society.

Course Information
HCC offers the following course to help students earn IC3 certification. To see a course description, click the course number from the following list. To view exam objectives, click the exam name.

Course #
Course Name

Computer and Internet Basics

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Career Options
With the IC3 credential, individuals validate their skills and demonstrate computer and Internet literacy. IC3 is a starting point for jobs in the field of information technology and office administration.   Some career options are:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Help Desk Assistant
  • Computer Tutor
  • Lab Tech, Academic Computer Lab

For more information, please contact Betty Logan at (443-518-4785).