Certification levels
Certification levels


Our comprehensive learning levels guide you from beginner to advanced proficiency, ensuring a tailored and effective Italian learning experience.
Read the table to find out the specific characteristics of each certification level!

Common European FrameworkLinguaviva Levels
Description of Italian Proficiency
Cils and Plida CertificateAchievements
C1Advanced1280You have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast. You can participate fluently in discussion on a wide variety of topics and use idiomatic expressions and any colloquialism.CILS 3 PLIDA C1This level is required to enter the Italian speaking job market.


You can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have
a good level of familiarity with some idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.



You can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate your contribution skilfully to those of other speakers. You can present
clear and detailed descriptions of complex subjects. You can understand specialised articles even when they are not related to your field.

B2Upper Intermediate980You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.You can use the language flexibly
and effectively for social and professional purposes.
You can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.
CILS 2 PLIDA B2This level is required toattend graduate and post-graduate Academic


You can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to your field of interest. You can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue.
You can understand most TV news, current affairs programmes and the majority of films in standard language.



You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers.
You can take an active part in discussions in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining your views.

B1Intermediate680You can enter unprepared into a conversation on familiar and personal interest topics. You can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe your reactions. You can understand the main points of many radio
or TV programmes on current affairs.
CILS 1 PLIDA B1This level is required to attend the Internship Programme,
the Preparatory Course for University Admission, Culinary Arts for professionals and vocational programmes
in Fashion and Design.


You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can understand most of the conversations on topics that are familiar, or of personal interest. You can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters: work, school, leisure, etc.



You can handle very short social exchanges, participate in a communicative situation, even though you can’t usually understand enough to keep the conversation going yourself.

A2Elementary380You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. You can
describe in simple terms your family and other people, living conditions and job.
CILS A2 PLIDA A2This level is required to attend practical courses in Arts & Design, Art History and Culinary Arts for amateurs.


You can use simple phrases and sentences to describe or to ask for some things. You can write a postcard or brief messages and read very short and simple texts.

A1Beginner180You don’t know the language or you can recognize familiar words.CILS A1 PLIDA A1