The Department of Skills Development (DSD), Malaysia is the national and certification body that responds to manage, coordinate and promote skills training program and career development based on skills competencies for all types of skills sectors in Malaysia. The department is under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR), Malaysia and regulated under the National Skills Development Act (ACT 652).
DSD officially recognise 5 ICDL modules in the NCS Digital Essentials, which will be widely used by all DSD accredited institutes, government agencies, organisations (public and private companies) and individuals in Malaysia. The 5 modules are: Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation.
The strategic collaboration between ICDL Asia and DSD aims to improve the digital literacy, competency and qualification for Malaysia through the ICDL programmes (the international digital skills standard). This collaboration helps in supporting the National Transformation Program (NTP) under the Malaysia Plan 11 (RM-11) in developing highly digital skilled talents of the workforce before the year 2020. Eventually, this joint effort will close or reduce the gaps to achieve the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) challenge in Malaysia.