The Computer Competency Certification is designed as an online certification that teaches and evaluates participants' understanding of computer structure, implementation, and culture. The information learned will give each participant a foundation for computing in their personal and professional lives.

CCC Modules

Module 1 What's in the Box?

Hands-on exploration of the internal hardware of a working computer. Participants will learn of the various parts that make up the computer and then be asked to dismantle and rebuild the computer to an operational state.

Module 2 User Fundamentals

A look beyond the internal parts of the computer and examine computer peripherals and illustrate how hardware and software come together to make a functioning computer. Participants will be introduced to software hierarchy and networked computers with future modules to expand on these subjects.

Module 3 Software and Code

Delve deeper into how software is made, the various options of coding languages, and software development considerations.

Module 4 Internet and Security

Explore the history, structure, communication process, web development languages, and security threats on Internet. The case study of the Estonia cyber attack will be examined.

Module 5 Word Processing

Participants will explore the importance content organization, how to format content, and formatting considerations.

Module 6 Spread Sheets

Learn to use spreadsheets in order to store, manipulate, and express information.

Module 7 Databases

Examine what a database is, parts of a database, types of databases, and real world examples.

Module 8 Visualization and Graphics

Explore how digital media is displayed. Topics covered are resolution, image types, display format types, media options, and video codecs.

Module 9 Presentation Methods

Investigate concepts concerning accessibility, color, contrast, tone, and cultural considerations when producing work that will be presented

Module 10 Mobile Devices

Apprise participants about mobile device hardware, means of communication, and ramifications of their use.

Module 11 Digital Living

Acquaint participants with concepts such as digital footprint, psychological issues computing, and cognitive surplus in order to discuss the quality of life in an advancing digital world.

Module 12 Scholar Works

Introduces scholarly communication, past and present, and how participants can evaluate if a work, or portion of work, may used by them in their own work. Topics such as Open Access, Public Domain, Fair Use, Creative Commons, and Scholarworks@UMassAmherst will be covered.

Module 13 Final Exam

The final test will be a collection of randomly selected questions from all CCC module tests. Participants may only take the final test once.


All software requirements are free and open source. Instructions/ Lessons will be oriented for the use of the listed software and use may differ from other similar software applications.

Learn about open source software at the Open Source Initiative

Office Suite

Word Processing, spread sheets, and datatbases


Image Manipulation

Gimp 2.0