COBIT 5 Training and Accreditation FAQs 

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Licensees  (also view FAQs for Learners)

  1. How can my training organization offer COBIT 5 courses and exams?
  2. What is the process to become accredited?
  3. What are the benefits of becoming accredited?
  4. What is the cost of becoming accredited?
  5. What if my training organization wants to offer COBIT 4.1 courses and exams?
  6. When will ISACA discontinue support of COBIT 4.1?


1. How can my training organization offer COBIT 5 courses and exams?

Training organizations must go through an accreditation process and obtain a license prior to offering COBIT 5 courses. ISACA has partnered with APMG International to assist with this accreditation process. APMG is a leading examination institute that accredits training and consulting organizations, and manages certification schemes for professionals.


2. What is the process to become accredited?

To begin the accreditation process, email servicedesk@apmg-international.com for initial setup. From there, you will be appointed to one of APMG’s operational offices as your main relationship holder. This will be the office that will coordinate accreditation and exam bookings, and will be the point of contact for any queries you have.


3. What are the benefits of becoming accredited?

As a COBIT 5 Accredited Trainer or Training Organization, you will benefit from the following:

  • Consistent standards, quality and control
  • Licensed use of intellectual property
  • A seamless process for delivering and ordering exams globally
  • Promotion on ISACA’s and APMG's web sites as an accredited trainer or training organization


4. What is the cost of becoming accredited?

Pricing may be obtained by contacting servicedesk@apmg-international.com.


5. What if my training organization wants to offer COBIT 4.1 courses and exams?

COBIT 4.1 is a separate licensing program that is administered solely through ISACA. COBIT 4.1 Foundation and COBIT 4.1 Implementation licenses are available and must be obtained prior to offering training. Please contact cobittraining@isaca.org for additional information.


6. When will ISACA discontinue support of COBIT 4.1?

ISACA will continue to support COBIT 4.1 and no end date has been announced.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Learners

  1. What COBIT 5 courses and exams are available?
  2. What training options are available for COBIT 5 exams?
  3. Is training mandatory prior to taking an exam?
  4. How can I take an exam?
  5. How much does it cost to take a COBIT 5 exam?
  6. Are there any prerequisites for the COBIT 5 exams?
  7. What study material is available for COBIT 5 and where can I purchase it?
  8. In what languages are the COBIT 5 exams available?
  9. How long will it take to learn the COBIT 5 material?
  10. What is the structure of the COBIT 5 exam?
  11. When can I expect the results of my COBIT 5 exam?
  12. When will I receive my certificate?
  13. What are the pass marks for the COBIT 5 exams?
  14. What are the requirements needed to become a COBIT 5 Certified Assessor?
  15. How do I apply to become a COBIT 5 Certified Assessor?
  16. Once a person becomes a COBIT 5 Certified Assessor, what is the preferred designation to list after one’s name?


1. What COBIT 5 courses and exams are available?

TThe COBIT 5 Foundation, COBIT 5 Implementation and COBIT 5 Assessor courses and exams are currently available. Please visit http://www.apmg-international.com/en/search/ao-search-en.aspx for a full list of COBIT 5 accredited trainers.


2. What training options are available for COBIT 5 exams?

Training for COBIT 5 is available through ISACA’s training programs, and network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) and Accredited Trainers, which are assessed and certified by APMG. View the full list of COBIT 5 ATOs at:


3. Is training mandatory prior to taking an exam?

You do not need to attend a COBIT 5 Foundation training course before taking the COBIT 5 Foundation exam. If you are interested in the COBIT 5 Implementation exam, you must first pass the Foundation exam and take the Implementation Course. If you are interested in the COBIT 5 Assessor exam, you must first pass the Foundation exam and take the Assessor. Exams are available through APMG’s network of public exam centers. For further information: www.apmg-international.com/en/exams/public-exams.aspx.


4. How can I take an exam?

The COBIT 5 Foundation exam can be taken through ISACA or via an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) or Accredited Trainer, as part of an accredited training course. Candidates who would prefer to self-study can take the exam through one of APMG’s public exam centers.

The full list of COBIT 5 ATOs can be found at:

For further information: www.apmg-international.com/en/exams/public-exams.aspx


5. How much does it cost to take a COBIT 5 exam?

The cost of the exam is typically included in the course fee. Pricing for exams taken at a public exam center is dependent on location. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG Service Desk at +44 (0)1494 452450 or servicedesk@apmg-international.com.


6. Are there any prerequisites for the COBIT 5 exams?

COBIT 5 Foundation exam: None

COBIT 5 Implementation exam:

  • Successful completion of the COBIT 5 Foundation Exam
  • Successful completion of the COBIT 5 Implementation Course

COBIT 5 Assessor exam:

  • Successful completion of the COBIT 5 Foundation Exam
  • Successful completion of the COBIT 5 Assessor Course


7. What study material is available for COBIT 5 and where can I purchase it?

The COBIT 5 Foundation exam is the only self-study exam available and is based on the ISACA publication: COBIT 5: A Business Framework for the Governance and Management of Enterprise IT and the PAM supplemental guide. These can be purchased or downloaded at www.isaca.org/COBIT/Pages/Product-Family.aspx.

The COBIT 5 Implementation exam and COBIT 5 Assessor exam do not have self-study options. The Implementation and Assessor Courses can be taken through an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) or Accredited Trainer, ISACA’s training and educational programs including on-site training, conferences and training weeks.

Please visit http://www.apmg-international.com/en/search/ao-search-en.aspx for a full list of COBIT 5 accredited trainers.


8. In what languages are the COBIT 5 exams available?

The COBIT 5 Foundation exam is currently available in English. Translations will evolve dependent on market demand.


9. How long will it take to learn the COBIT 5 material?

Training courses are generally delivered over three days. It is worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions. If you are self-studying for the exam, the amount of time required to learn the material will depend on the individual.


10. What is the structure of the COBIT 5 exams?

A summary of the structure of the COBIT 5 exams can be found at www.apmg-international.com/en/qualifications/cobit5/cobit5.aspx.


11. When can I expect the results of my COBIT 5 exam?

Exam results are sent by APMG directly to ATOs within 48 hours of receipt of your exam paper. Please contact the training provider for further details regarding this. Candidates who take an exam through a public center will be issued results within one week of APMG receiving the completed exam pack from the exam venue.


12. When will I receive my certificate?

Certificates are mailed two weeks after results have been released.


13. What are the pass marks for the COBIT 5 exams?

COBIT 5 Foundation exam: Candidates must achieve a score of 25/50 (50%) to pass.
COBIT 5 Implementation exam: Candidates must achieve a score of 40/80 (50%) to pass
COBIT 5 Assessor exam: Candidates must achieve a score of 40/80 (50%) to pass


14. What are the requirements needed to become a COBIT 5 Certified Assessor?

The COBIT 5 Certified Assessor designation is proof of your achievement and capabilities.

Requirements:

Once you have submitted the required documents and fee, ISACA will review your application to confirm all the necessary requirements have been met for COBIT Certified Assessor designation.


15. How do I apply to become a COBIT 5 Certified Assessor?

Please visit the following ISACA webpage to obtain the COBIT Certified Assessor application form and additional details; http://www.isaca.org/COBIT/Pages/COBIT-5-Certified-Assessor-Program.aspx.


16. Once a person becomes a COBIT 5 Certified Assessor, what is the preferred designation to list after one’s name?

The designation that individuals may use is COBIT Certified Assessor. There is not an acronym associated with this.