Launched in April 2012, COBIT 5 helps enterprises maximize the value of their information—the currency of the 21st century. COBIT 5 publications have been downloaded more than 70,000 times in the four months since its release.
Under the agreement, ISACA and APMG will develop the training courses and exams that will lead to the achievement of individual course certificates and/or the achievement of a COBIT based certification for IT professionals who carry out COBIT 5 process-based assessments. APMG will also assess and accredit trainers and manage the examination process for the courses.
“ISACA’s new COBIT 5 accreditation program for trainers and training entities will ensure high standards, consistent quality and a seamless process for conducting courses and exams on a global scale,” said Thomas Borton, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP, chair of ISACA’s Education and Dissemination Committee. “This is an exciting and globally anticipated development of COBIT training.”
Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG, said, “This is a very significant announcement for APMG. Naturally we are delighted that ISACA has appointed us as its accreditation partner. We are very experienced at rolling out accreditation and qualification schemes globally. We aim to encourage candidates to engage with the COBIT 5 qualifications and assessments, so their organizations will in turn benefit from better governance and management of enterprise IT.”
The COBIT 5 courses and expected availability dates include:
· Foundation Level Training and Certificate—November 2012
· Process Level Training and Certificate—December 2012
· Implementation Level Training and Certificate—January 2013
· Assessment Level Training and Certification—January 2013
ISACA’s own subject matter experts will be collaborating with APMG to create course syllabi, exam items and accreditation standards. ISACA will also continue to support COBIT 4.1.
To meet demand, current COBIT 4.1 licensed trainers and training companies can apply for a syllabus to deliver the COBIT 5 Foundation course until the formal course and accreditation requirements are completed. After that time, license holders will be required to be accredited by APMG to continue Foundation Level training.