The Presentations (Advanced) module sets out advanced skills in planning and creating effective presentations, managing and protecting presentations, as well as the technical considerations of giving presentations.

Presentations are helpful in a wide range of business settings and are now a standard communication tool. At the same time, how information is presented has a big impact on how well that information is understood. Workers need to be able to communicate complex information in ways that suit different types of audience and for different purposes.

This module is suitable for a wide range of candidates; for example, employees who need to share knowledge with others, entrepreneurs pitching for support or investment, businesspeople selling a product or service, or academics presenting research findings or new projects.

Module overview

Skill set
Presentation planning
  • Audience and environment
  • Design, content and layout
Slide masters and templates
  • Slide masters
  • Templates
Graphical objects
  • Formatting drawn objects
  • Formatting pictures, images
  • Handling graphical objects
Charts and diagrams
  • Using charts
  • Using diagrams
  • Audio, Vídeo
  • Animation
  • Spelling, thesaurus
Enhancing productivity
  • Linking, embedding
  • Importing, exporting, securing
Managing presentations
  • Custom shows
  • Slide show settings
  • Slide show delivery

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Understand and adapt to the demographics of the audience
  • Recognise the importance of graphical elements and when to use them
  • Identify where and how multimedia elements can enhance a presentation
  • Apply settings to improve the attractiveness and delivery of presentations
  • Understand technical considerations such as equipment, lighting, and accessibility

The goals of this module

Successful candidates will be able to plan and design complex presentations that communicate effectively with the target audience in the chosen venue. ICDL modules focus as much on skill acquisition as on the understanding of concepts. Having successfully completed this module, candidates will feel confident creating advanced presentations from scratch. The syllabus is standardised and vendor-independent, so skills are always transferrable.

This module answers key questions such as:

  • What are slide master layouts, and how can presentations be made efficiently using templates and themes?
  • What are the built-in drawing and image tools, and how are they used to modify graphical objects? 
  • What are the different types of chart for presenting data and how are they formatted? 
  • How are multimedia elements created and added to presentations? 
  • How can animations improve the visual impact of a presentation and make it more interactive?
  • What are the different ways of importing, exporting, and securing presentations? 
  • What are the technical aspects involved in delivering a presentation or slide show? 
  • How do content, timing, tone of voice, body language, posture, and narrative affect presentation delivery?

Why choose ICDL?

  • Modules cover the key skills and main concepts of marketing and communications roles
  • Certification is internationally recognised
  • ICDL modules are developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising computer professionals from all over the world
  • Syllabus content reflects day-to-day tasks and responsibilities in this sector
  • Consistency is maintained by our rigorous quality assurance standards

Other ICDL Professional modules supporting Marketing & Communication include:

Digital MarketingAdvanced Word Processing – Advanced Presentation

Modules can be combined in any way to create a unique ICDL Profile.


The detailed syllabus for the Advanced Presentation module is publicly available, so that there is complete clarity about what is covered.

The syllabus document, which sets out the specific skills and knowledge that you will learn and against which you will be certified, can be downloaded here.

Sample tests

Do you want to better understand the Advanced Presentation module and how we test skills and knowledge?

Try out the Advanced Presentation sample tests here to get a feel for the coverage of the module, or practice before your certification test.

ICDL Professional

Digital skills for occupational effectiveness

ICDL Professional is designed to meet the needs of modern professionals in a range of sectors and develops an advanced level of skills for those with technology reliant roles. From the use of business applications to the fundamentals of advanced technologies, these skills allow them to manage different types of workload as well as collaborate with technical teams.

ICDL Professional contains a range of modules which can be combined in any way to create a unique ICDL Profile. The syllabus content of each module is supported by learning materials that mirror day-to-day tasks and responsibilities typical of a role in the sector or industry.

The modules in ICDL Professional are:


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