PLIDA Courses

(Project Italian Language Dante Alighieri)

The PLIDA certificate attests proficiency in Italian as a foreign language on the basis of 6-level scale established by the Council of Europe in the Common European Framework for Languages: from level A1, the most elementary, documenting the ability to use Italian in everyday situations, to level C2, the most qualified, guaranteeing expertise comparable to that of an educated mother-tongue speaker, and which can be used in all professional contexts.

Those who gain a PLIDA Certificate can:

  • enrol in an Italian university without taking mandatory Italian Language Exams;
  • obtain a long stay Residence Permit in Italy;
  • clearly show their level of Italian proficiency on their CV.

It is also important to note that the PLIDA certification level B1 is required for Italian citizenship applications.

The course includes a brief analysis of the exam structure and the development of exam technique strategies. During the course, students will have the opportunity to do one practice exam. Students are supported by experienced teachers giving them the possibility to see exactly what the tests entail and get a precise idea of the timing needed to complete all of the skills tested (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

The PLIDA certification evaluates skills in Italian as a foreign language according to a six-tier scale, from A1 to C2 in ascending order of difficulty.  The level A2 certification or above is valid for the issue of a long-term residence permit.

Level of Italian – Beginners

  • PLIDA Certification A1 – Initial Contact
  • PLIDA Certification A2 – Survival

Level of Italian – Foundation

  • PLIDA Certification B1 – Threshold
  • PLIDA Certification B2 – Progress

Level of Italian – Professional

  • PLIDA Certification C1 – Efficacy
  • PLIDA Certification C2 – Mastery

Course eligibility

Candidates are required to sit for an entry examination. These are designed to ascertaining candidates’ language knowledge in order to enrol in the course appropriate to their level of skills. Entry examinations are open to all as long as they are not Italian mother-tongue speakers. The entry level examination is free when you enroll in the PLIDA Course. Candidates who are eligible to sit for the B1 Examination will have to pay the exam fees charged by the Central Office (Rome) plus administrative fees.

Examination sessions

Examinations are organized to take place on predetermined dates, which apply to all Centres. For 2021 dates click here

End of Course Examination structure

The examination consists of four tests that verify the candidate’s competence in the four fundamental areas of linguistic skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Passing the examination, marks

For each test, marks are expressed in terms of a maximum of thirty.
To pass the examination, the candidate has to obtain a pass mark (minimum 18/30) in each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). The minimum overall score for a pass in the examination is therefore 72/120, while the maximum possible score is 120/120.
A candidate who obtains a pass mark in at least one of the four skills obtains a credit in the skill passed, which can be used in the following 18 months to sit for those that were not previously passed.

Examination results and certificate issue

Examination papers are sent from the various Certification Centres to the Central Office (Rome), where they are marked and evaluated within 60 days from the date of receipt. The Central Office sends Certificates for all the candidates who pass the examination.
The certificate indicates the candidate’s details, the level, the marks obtained in the four language skills, and the overall mark.
Candidates’ personal data is used solely for issuing the certificate, and this data will not be published in any form in accordance with Italian privacy legislation (law 675/96).

Content of levels


Indicates skills in using simple, everyday expressions in order to perform a number of basic tasks, presenting personal information relating to oneself or other people.
At this level of skill, interaction with Italian speakers can be conducted only with direct cooperation from the other interlocutors.


Offers independence in basic communications contexts. The person at this level is capable of performing tasks regarding certain primary needs, namely the private sphere, local geography, work, purchases and so forth.


Indicates an ability to understand spoken and written texts linked to familiar subjects.
A person at this level can interact in an Italian-speaking context for purposes of tourism, and use the Italian language to express opinions and give explanations in a simple form.


Corresponds to a level of Italian language that can be used in educational contexts (enrolment in schools and universities) and other analogous situations (professional training courses, work experience courses), as well as in professional activities requiring interaction with the public (trade, crafts).
A person at this level can socialise freely in an Italian- speaking environment, and can use the Italian language for professional activities in his or her respective field.


Indicates an extensive knowledge of Italian language and society, that can be exploited in complex work activities (professional functions in trade, industry and public administration).
A person at this level can understand and compile complex texts, identifying their superior levels of meaning, such as those typical of literary texts.


Certifies a high level of linguistic skill, comparable to that of a mother-tongue person with a relatively high level of general culture. At this level, it is possible to operate in all professional environments.
This is the level required for teaching Italian as a foreign language, and for accepting high-level professional commissions.

 Please contact the PLIDA Coordinator at  for more info.

Other Course Information

From 2021 all students are required to become members of the Society. The Membership form can be downloaded from here.

Enrollment must be finalised before classes commence. Please check with the office for the relevant dates. The Enrolment form can be downloaded from here.

Classes will run on Mondays regardless of Public Holidays.