COBIT® 5 Certified-Foundation Program – 3 Days

All courses listed are available in a Self-Paced Study Format. Courses are also available On Demand, meaning the course can be scheduled and delivered as a dedicated corporate group session, based on a minimum number of students per session. For On Demand courses, please contact us for more information.

Course Summary

The COBIT® 5 Foundation program provides the basic knowledge and understanding to understand the techniques around governance and management of Enterprise IT. This knowledge helps to create governance awareness with business executives and senior IT Management and introduces the approach to assess Enterprise IT’s current state in your organization to plan the most appropriate implementation strategies.

This certification is useful for Business Management, Chief Executives, IT/IS Auditors, Internal Auditors, Information Security and IT Practitioners, IT Consultants, and IT/IS Management looking to gain an insight into the Enterprise governance of IT or looking to be certified as a COBIT® Implementer or Assessor.

This course introduces topics such as: COBIT® 5 Key Features and Product Architecture, COBIT® 5 and Other Frameworks, COBIT® 5 Principles, (such as Meeting Stakeholder Needs and Separating Governance from Management), COBIT® 5 Enablers, (such as Organizational Structures, Culture, Ethics and Behaviours and People, Skills and Competencies), Change Enablement Relationships to the Life Cycle and Continual Improvement, Key Success Factors for Implementation, Making the Business Case, Process Capability Assessment Model, COBIT® Assessment Program and the Process Reference Model (PRM).


Although no pre-requisites are needed for Foundation level; It is highly recommended for course participants to obtain the following publication as it is critical to their success in the foundation course:

  • COBIT® 5 – A Business Framework for the Governance and Management of Enterprise IT
  • The Process Capability Supplementary Guide (it supplements chapter 8 of the framework. This utilizes extracts from the Process Assessment Model (PAM using COBIT® 1 and COBIT® 5).

This material could be acquired from the ISACA website at Also, course participants should study the syllabus related topics that reference items from these books, prior to attending the course.

Course Features

  • On Location

    3 day in-class program

  • Your Preference

    Exam is comprised of multiple choice questions, and could be performed in paper based or web based at on the afternoon of the third day.

  • Length

    Examination period if for one hour

  • Exam

    Includes a 60 minutes’ exam, consisting of multiple-choice questions*

* The passing mark is 25/50 (50%) to pass.


The target group for this program is:
  • Business Management
  • Chief Executives, IT /IS Auditors, Internal Auditors
  • Information Security and IT Practitioners; Consultants
  • IT/IS Management looking to gain an insight into the Enterprise Governance of IT and looking to be certified as a COBIT® Implementer or Assessor.

Program Material

  • Student binder
  • Instructor presentation
  • COBIT® 5 material
  • Quiz questions
  • Added value information
  • Added value information
  • Acronyms and glossary

Program Content & Objectives

The learning objectives for this program include an understanding of:

  • The course will provide the participants with the understanding of the key principles and terminology within COBIT® Specifically, the candidate shall know and understand:
  • The major drivers for the development of COBIT® 5.
  • The business benefits of using COBIT® 5.
  • The COBIT® 5 Product Architecture.
  • The IT management issues and challenges that affect enterprises.
  • The 5 Key Principles of COBIT® 5 for the governance and management of Enterprise IT.
  • How COBIT® 5 enables IT to be governed and managed in a holistic manner for the entire enterprise.
  • How the COBIT® 5 processes and the Process Reference Model (PRM) help guide the creation of the 5 Principles and the 7 Governance and Management Enablers.
  • The basic concepts for the Implementation of COBIT® 5.
  • The basic concepts of the new Process Assessment Model.
  • The COBIT® 5 guides and how they interrelate.
  • The COBIT® 5 Business Framework for the Governance and Management of Enterprise IT course introduces the candidate to the five basic principles covered in detail and includes extensive guidance on enablers for governance and management of enterprise IT. Also included is a supplementary guide outlining the foundation concepts of a process assessment model (PAM) based on the ISO 15504 approach which replaces the previous CMM (Capability Maturity Model).

The COBIT® 5 Foundation Outline

  • General Introduction
  • Purpose of the training
  • High level learning outcomes
  • Structure of the material
  • Exam requirements and preparation
  • Overview & Key Features of COBIT® 5
  • The Reasons for the Development of COBIT® 5
  • The Evolution of COBIT®
  • The Drivers for developing a Framework
  • The benefits of using COBIT® 5
  • The COBIT® 5 Format & product Architecture
  • COBIT® 5 and Other Frameworks
  • The COBIT® 5 Principles
  • Principles model
  • Principle 1 – Meeting Stakeholder Needs
  • Principle 2 – Covering the Enterprise End-to-End
  • Principle 3 – Applying a Single Integrated Framework
  • Principle 4 – Enabling a Holistic Approach
  • Principle 5 – Separating Governance from Management
  • The COBIT® 5 Enablers
  • Enabler 1 – Principles, Policies and Frameworks
  • Enabler 2 – Processes
  • Enabler 3 – Organizational Structures
  • Enabler 4 – Culture, Ethics and Behaviour
  • Enabler 5 – Information
  • Enabler 6 – Services, Infrastructure and Applications
  • Enabler 7 – People, Skills and Competencies
  • Introduction to COBIT® 5 Implementation
  • The Life cycle Approach
  • Inter related components of the life cycle
  • Understanding the enterprise internal and external factors
  • Key success factors for implementation
  • The seven phases of the Life Cycle model explained
  • The seven Change Enablement characteristics used in the life cycle.
  • Change Enablement relationships to the Continual Improvement Life Cycle
  • Making the Business case
  • Process Capability Assessment Model
  • What is a process assessment
  • What is the COBIT® Assessment Program
  • The differences between a capability and maturity assessment
  • Differences to the COBIT® 4.1 CMM
  • Differences between the COBIT® 1 and COBIT® 5 PAMs’
  • Overview of the COBIT® Capability Model & Assessments
  • The Process Reference Model (PRM)
  • Important definitions

Simulation and practical application

We provide the students with real life experiences; for the purpose of discussion and to show the value of using best practice, we could use the client organization as “Case study” example (where private course is delivered).

Special Requirements

Any facility access, class or exam or material or other special requirements should be communicated ahead of time so that we can accommodate you.