The COBIT® 5 Foundation course is an interactive, classroom-based learning experience. Participants learn about the need for an IT governance framework and how COBIT addresses this need by providing the latest thinking in enterprise wide governance of IT.

This course explains the elements and supporting materials of the COBIT framework using a logical and example-driven approach for everyone interested in obtaining Foundation-level knowledge of COBIT.

COBIT 5 provides the next generation of ISACA’s guidance on the enterprise governance and management of IT. It builds on more than 15 years of practical usage and application of COBIT by many enterprises and users from business, IT, risk, security and assurance communities. Today, more than ever, information and related technologies need to be governed, managed and operated in a holistic manner with a single, integrated process model that provides end-to-end coverage of the roles, responsibilities and practices required. COBIT 5 provides a comprehensive framework that assists enterprises in achieving their objectives for the governance and management of enterprise IT. It helps enterprises create optimal value from IT by main-training a balance between realizing benefits and optimizing risk levels and resource use. COBIT 5 enables IT to be governed and managed in a holistic manner for the entire enterprise, taking in the full end-to-end business and IT functional areas of responsibility, considering the IT-related interests of internal and external stakeholders. COBIT 5 is generic and useful for enterprises of all sizes, whether commercial, not-for-profit or in the public sector.

Intended for

The COBIT Foundation course and the COBIT Foundation exam will be of interest to:

  • A wide range of business managers
  • IT management
  • IT consultants
  • IT governance professionals
  • IT auditors


There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended that the participants have some experience in the IT governance.

Course Content

  • Introduction to COBIT 5

    • New COBIT 5 Framework components and new process model
    • COBIT Processes Reference Guide and new processes
  • COBIT 5 Framework

    • Principles
    • Drivers
    • Architecture
    • Goals Cascade
    • Enablers
    • Governance and Management
    • Process Reference Model
    • Implementation Guidance
    • Process Capability Model
    • Information Model
    • Organizational Structures Model
    • Skills and Competencies Model
    • Principles and Policies Model
  • COBIT 5 Process Reference Model

    • Process identification
    • Process description
    • Process purpose statement
      • Goals cascade information IT-related goals
      • Process goals and metrics
    • RACI chart
    • Detailed description of the process practices
      • Practice title and description
      • Practice inputs and outputs
      • Process activities
  • Processes Reference Model

    • Governance processes
      • Evaluate, Direct and Monitor
    • Management processes
      • Align, Plan and Organize
      • Build, Acquire and Implement
      • Deliver, Service and Support
      • Monitor, Evaluate and Assure
  • Foundation Exam

    • About the Exam
      • Multiple Choice format
      • 50 questions per paper
      • 25 mark or more required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%
      • 40 minute duration/Closed book
    • Learning Outcomes
      • Key challenges of using IT
      • IT governance concepts and benefits
      • COBIT 5 framework, principles, and enablers
      • Relationship between stakeholder needs and governance
      • Implementation approach for using COBIT 5
      • Structure of COBIT 5 process reference model
      • Governance and management domains
      • Components of COBIT 5 processes
      • Need for capability assessments
      • COBIT 5 ISO/IEC 15504 approach
      • Application of COBIT 4 maturity model approach with COBIT 5
      • Other COBIT 5 enablers for IT governance and management
      • Application of COBIT 4 maturity model approach with COBIT 5
      • Other COBIT 5 enablers for IT governance and management
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