COBIT® 5 Foundation

Properly managed and curated knowledge is key to realising business benefits.

This course is the starting point for anybody looking to use COBIT to manage and control information within their organisation. It covers all the core principles needed to understand what COBIT is all about and prepares delegates for the COBIT Foundation exam.

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2 Days
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Purpose of this course

This is the initial course for anybody that wants to know what the COBIT Framework contains, what its goals are and what the core principles that it is based on can do for them. It is a general course aimed at giving awareness as most ‘Foundation’ courses are.



Who is this course for

Anybody that is involved in the management and governance of information within their organisation. Individuals that are looking to achieve higher levels of COBIT qualifications will need to start with the Foundation course as well. This is not an IT course but may refer to aspects of IT as a key enabler of information management.



You will learn how to
  • Recognise the COBIT core principles
  • Identify  the process domains and how to use the process cascade
  • Learn about the COBIT enablers and how they are used within COBIT
  • Differentiate between different versions of COBIT
  • Understand the benefits that adopting COBIT can deliver within the organisation
  • Prepare for further COBIT training
  • Achieve your COBIT Foundation certificate and demonstrate your knowledge in the area of information governance
Benefits for your organisation

Employees attending COBIT Foundation will have a greater appreciation of the importance of information management, of governance and their role within it and insight into how information management can be delivered alongside ITIL, PRINCE2 and other initiatives that require the management and governance of information throughout.



Benefits for you as an individual

Achieve a recognised industry qualification that shows you understand not just IT but a framework to deliver the main product of IT – information and can demonstrate how COBIT can help ensure it is leveraged correctly.





COBIT Overview
  • Reasons for developing COBIT5
  • History of COBIT
  • Drivers for developing a framework
  • Benefits of using COBIT5
  • COBIT 5 format and product architecture
  • COBIT 5 and other frameworks
COBIT Principles
  • Introducing the 5 principles
  • Principle 1 – Meeting Stakeholder needs
  • Principle 2 – Covering the Enterprise
  • Principle 3 – Applying the integrated framework
  • Principle 4 – Enabling a holistic approach
  • Principle 5 – Separating governance from management
COBIT Enablers
  • Overview of Enablers
  • Enabler 1 – Principles, policies and frameworks
  • Enabler 2 – Processes
  • Enabler 3 – Organisational Structures
  • Enabler 4 – Culture, ethics and behaviour
  • Enabler 5 – Information
  • Enabler 6 – Services, infrastructure and applications
  • Enabler 7 – People, skills and competencies
Introduction to Implementation
  • The COBIT lifecycle approach
  • Inter-related components
  • Internal and external enterprise factors
  • Key success factors
  • 7 phases of implementation
  • Making the business case
Differences between COBIT 4.1 and COBIT 5
  • New principles Focus on enablers
  • New process reference model
  • New and modified processes
  • Practices and activities
  • Enhanced goals and metrics
  • Revised inputs and outputs
  • Expanded RACI charts
  • New process capability maturity assessments and models



There are no specific pre-requisites for this course but a basic understanding of the role of information in a business context and how it is managed within their own organisation may prove beneficial.


Pre-course work required

You must obtain a free, downloadable, PDF copy of the COBIT 5 Introductory book from the ISACA website. It would be extremely useful to bring a printed copy to the course as a reference as well. As each copy is individually registered to delegates you must do this yourself, we are not allowed to reproduce the copyright material under the ISACA licence.

You should pay special attention to the 5 principles, the 7 enablers and, within the process enabler, the 5 process areas. It is anticipated that could take 5 hours of pre-course study.

You can download your free pre-course reading here:

More about the exam

If taken as online proctored exam there is an additional £25 fee payable per exam.