COBIT 5 Licensing 


Licensing and Use of COBIT 5

With the release of COBIT 5, ISACA has changed and expanded its licensing program to account for a variety of COBIT uses. While each individual purchasing a COBIT 5 Family product is still allowed to use it for his/her own personal purposes, providing copies to others, or to otherwise use COBIT 5 except as permitted by ISACA or detailed in ISACA’s COBIT 5 content/use licensing guidelines (“guidelines”) is not permitted.

COBIT 5 licensing is required for training; consulting; corporate internal and commercial uses. The path to licensure is shaped by ISACA’s COBIT 5 content/use licensing guidelines. Pursuant to ISACA’s guidelines, some uses require a lawfully obtained copy or permission from ISACA, other more substantive uses will require a license from ISACA.

To learn more about the value of COBIT 5 or to make inquiries regarding licensure or use, please contact the ISACA Intellectual Property Department at

Individual Use

Each individual purchasing a COBIT 5 publication is allowed to use it for his/her own personal purposes. This includes sharing it with another person or later reselling it. A book purchase or download does not provide license to reproduce, reprint or display any COBIT 5 books.

Corporate Use

Where multiple individuals from the same corporation require a copy or access to COBIT 5 books, multiple copies can be obtained at a discount.

Volume book purchase discount:

Please visit the ISACA bookstore or contact us at for volume discount rates on COBIT 5 books.

Internal Corporate use license:

An organization can purchase an Internal Corporate Use License through COBIT 5 Online to gain access to premium content, COBIT 5 publications and customizable tools. Corporate Use Licenses allow enterprises to use these tools for internal, non-commercial purposes.

Uses include internal implementation and document creation. Under the license, enterprises may not provide or sell the tools or content to third parties. This program is ideal for enterprises that wish to provide access to many employees at a substantial savings. Many packages are available.

Enterprise License packages to COBIT 5 online are now available.

Audit, Advisory and Consulting Service License

When content from COBIT 5 books is used in tools, guidance or other works for commercial (not internal) audit, advisory and consulting services, an annual license from ISACA is required unless the purchaser is an ISACA member. This does not apply to software tools that are sold commercially, as this use requires a commercial software license. Please contact for more information.

Commercial Use

When content from COBIT 5 books is used in software products sold or given to third parties or otherwise offered commercially, a license is required. Please contact for more information.

Single product license for commercial:

A single product license to include the following COBIT 5 publications in a software or other product offered for commercial sale is available: COBIT 5: The Framework, COBIT 5: Enabling Processes, COBIT 5 Implementation and up to two translations of these publications. Please contact for more information.  

Pricing: US $7,200 (annually) 

Unlimited commercial use license:

For companies producing multiple products that incorporate one or all COBIT 5 publications as listed in the commercial product license above, an unlimited commercial license is recommended. This license will also provide internal access to COBIT 5 publications.

Pricing: US $50,000 (annually)

Academic Institutions—Degree-Granting

Colleges and Universities:

When content from COBIT 5 books is used in training and education programs offered by degree-granting colleges or universities, a license is required. To be eligible, the academic institution must offer an education curriculum culminating in the achievement of an associate’s degree or higher. Academic institutions may be granted permission to use materials in the classroom by contacting

Special academic purchase discounts are available to students and instructors by contacting the ISACA Bookstore at or by phone +1.847.660.5650.

Accredited Trainers and Training Organizations

Trainers and training organizations who offer courses leading to a COBIT 5 certificate or certification must be accredited through ISACA’s partner, APMG. Visit APMG International for more information or contact

COBIT 5 Training

If you are interested in COBIT 5 training please visit our COBIT training pages or contact