Paradigm Training

COBIT®5 Foundation



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Course Description

This course explains the elements and supporting materials of the COBIT framework, using a logical and example-driven approach to Cobit 5 Foundation competencies level

Course Summary

COBIT® 5 Foundation
Duration: 16 hours
Delivery: E-Learning
Accreditor: APMG, ISACA
Language: English
Professional Development Units: No

Learning Outcomes

Participants learn about the need for an IT governance framework, and how COBIT addresses this need by providing the latest insights into enterprise-wide governance of IT.

The COBIT® 5 Foundation eLearning course is an online, self-paced interactive training course. Participants learn about the need for an IT governance framework, and how COBIT addresses this need by providing the latest insights into enterprise-wide governance of IT.


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 the 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 maintaining a balance between realizing benefits and optimizing risk levels and use of resources. COBIT 5 enables IT to be governed and managed in a holistic manner for the entire enterprise, taking in both the full end-to-end business and IT functional areas of responsibility, while 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 public.



A wide range of business managers, IT management consultants, IT governance professionals, quality and process management professionals and auditors, who wish to gain a better understanding of COBIT 5 and what the framework can provide their organization

The course is a steppingstone for the COBIT Implementation course, as well as the COBIT 5 assessor course


Trademarks & Copyrights

This course ware is provided by 2016 ©Paradigm people, a trading name of Paradigm Management Solutions UK Ltd – a Peoplecert and EXIN accredited training organisation, courtesy of our partner and course ware developers, ©2007-2016 IT Training Zone Ltd – a Peoplecert and APMG accredited training organisation.

The COBIT 5 logo and COBIT® are Registered Trade Marks of ISACA

The ACCREDITED BY APMG-International and Swirl Device logo is a trade mark of the APMG Group Ltd

This product includes COBIT® 5, used by permission of ©2012 ISACA®.  All rights reserved.

Individual benefits

  • Gain knowledge, experience and skills to adapt and apply COBIT 5 metrics and maturity models to an organization.
  • Understand relationships between business IT systems and associated cybersecurity risk.
  • Help set priorities and business requirements in accordance to security and risk levels.
  • Make informed decisions and take appropriate action.
  • Implement tools, resources and guidelines to improve prevention, detection and recovery of cybersecurity.

Organizational benefits

  • Provide a clear overview internal IT roles/responsibilities in cybersecurity, gaining a competitive advantage.
    • Optimize the cost of IT services and technology, through the integration of an improved and enhanced operational IT system.
    • Assist in compliance with relevant laws, regulations, contractual agreements and policies.
    • Provide clearer vision and understanding of cybersecurity risks, to improve and scope implementation.
    • Contribute in increased user satisfaction, through an improved integration of IT security measures and outcomes.
    • Enable a faster route to achieving strategic business goals and benefits, through the effective and innovative use IT.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will gain competencies in:

  • 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 the use of 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
  • Apply COBIT in their day-to-day practice
  • Upon gaining COBIT 5 Foundation certification you will be able to demonstrate a good level of understanding about the IT management issues that organizations face today and how COBIT 5 can be used to meet these issues. It is likely that you will have used the elements of COBIT5, in practice, and will be able to recommended applications of COBIT5 for enterprise-wide projects.

There are no formal prerequisites. However, it is recommended that participants have experience in the IT governance domain.

Participants can download additional reference materials from the ISACA website ( COBIT 5

Part 1: Introduction:

This modules is designed to set the tone and set your expectations for the rest of the course. This module will show how COBIT 5 achieves its role as a single and integrated framework, which is a considerable achievement, given the number of different frameworks available in the IT operational and planning sphere.This module describes the COBIT 5 architecture and how it achieves the integration and alignment within a single framework by bringing together existing and new ISACA material with new guidance, as well as other standards and frameworks.In this module you will also learn about the COBIT 5 family of products.


M1. Governance – Introduction, Issues and Challenges

This module provides a quick run through the issues around IT Governance and how it fits into the general Governance of an organization.This module provides a general overview of governance and the implications for business of implementing governance. It is important to remember that this module and the next module are not examinable modules, but they are an important background to introduce you to the concepts and discipline of governance and technology governance.So, now we are going to concentrate on two main points:1) What governance is, and
2) How it enables us to better conduct our business


Part 2: IT Governance and Control Frameworks:

 Before starting on the COBIT 5 journey it is necessary to establish the context within which the framework is relevant and useful. To that end, we’ll provide a general understanding of what IT governance is and some of the challenges boards have faced, leading to a recognition of the complexity of the IT environment, with its many functions, structures, frameworks, roles etc., all of which give rise to a multitude of IT issues and risks.In order to manage these challenges 3 viewpoints are introduced – Organization, Executive Board and Management and thirdly IT management. This is further detailed from the perspective of ineffective IT governance.


Part 3: COBIT Principles Overview:

 This module, Module 2, Principles, is the first module that begins to address the specific Learning Objectives that are mandated for the COBIT 5 Foundation exam.ISACA is quite explicit in specifying the basic knowledge of COBIT that it expects you to have acquired in order to pass the Foundation exam.We will look at the five principles that underpin COBIT 5 and the processes and methodologies that derive from them. Once you are confident that you have thoroughly grasped the implications of these Principles you will be ready to proceed to the next Module.


Part 4: Meeting Stakeholder Needs:

 First we will take a look at the Governance Objectives implied by Stakeholder needs and then understand how these arise by looking at the various drivers involved.From these considerations we will get an understanding how to translate the needs of the stakeholder into meaningful action. We will look at the COBIT 5 goals cascade, which is the mechanism to translate stakeholder needs into specific, actionable and customized enterprise goals, IT-related goals, and enabler goals.


Part 5: Covering the Enterprise End-to-end:

 As with all of this course, your understanding of the current module builds upon the previous modules. You should be sure you understand well what you have learned so far before embarking on this module.In Module 3 we looked at Principle 1: Meeting Stakeholder Needs. In this module we will look more deeply into the Second of COBIT’s 5 Principles: Covering the Enterprise End-to-End.The Learning Objectives for this module include identifying the components of a governance system and the interactions between them. You will need to be confident in your understanding of these aspects before you move on the succeeding modules.


Part 6: Applying a Single Integrated Framework:

 In this module we will show how COBIT 5 achieves its role of a single and integrated framework. This is necessary because COBIT comprises a large body of knowledge from previous versions through to the current version but also other disciplines, standards and frameworks covering security, risk and assurance to mention just a few.COBIT 5 is a dynamic framework with continued efforts by ISACA to continually update and extend it and also make it relevant across multiple disciplines within the enterprise IT space.This module describes the COBIT 5 architecture and how it achieves the integration and alignment within a single framework by bringing together existing and new ISACA material with new guidance and other standards and frameworks.The COBIT 5 family of products is introduced.

Part 7: Enabling a Holistic Approach:

 This Module discusses the Fourth Principle of COBIT 5 – Enabling a Holistic Approach.Remembering that the Learning Objectives are the specific things that will be examined in the Foundation Exam, there’s quite a lot of content here.Fortunately, the way that COBIT5 approaches the Holistic Approach means that there is a logic behind the structures that mean these are not particularly hard to grasp.COBIT 5 defines a set of enablers to support the implementation of a comprehensive governance and management system for enterprise IT. We will look at this in detail in this module


Part 8: Separating Governance from Management:

 This Module covers a critical differentiator between COBIT and most of the other frameworks that have a Governance aspect.What is striking about COBIT is the degree of separation and clarity of thinking predicated by the degree of separation between the aspects of Governance and Management.This is Principle No. 5 of COBIT, and in many ways the key to the whole edifice.The Learning objectives of Principle 5 are concerned about this separation – and also the pragmatics of the way they have to co-exist and interact – how they feed off each other might be another way of describing the relationship.We will consider these aspects separately as a matter of academic clarity, content in the understanding that in the real world it can be a considerable intellectual challenge to suitably separate them.


Part 9: Enablers:

 We are progressing well and are getting to the main area of COBIT 5. Much of what we have covered in previous modules is a necessary foundation for the enablers that we will describe in detail here. This is a long module, but is important because it ties together what we have addressed so far.Enablers are factors that, individually and collectively, influence whether something will work. The COBIT 5 framework describes seven categories of enablers and each one will be covered in turn in this module.


Part 10: Process Capability Model (The Process Assessment Model):

 This Module discusses the COBIT 5 Process Capability Model which, is part of COBIT5 foundation – and as such is a subset of ISACA’s Process Assessment Programme, which augments this aspect of the COBIT5 Framework Guidance. We will look into the Process Assessment Programme to the extent needed to support the Foundation level thinking around Assessment.At the end of the module you should have a good understanding of the Process Capability Model and the basic ISO 15504 concepts, and the facts, terms and concepts that relate to the Process Capability Model.


Part 11: Introduction to COBIT 5 Implementation:

The purpose of this module is to introduce the implementation and continual improvement life cycle at a high level and to highlight a number of important topics from COBIT 5 implementation such as:
  • Making a business case for the implementation and improvement of the governance and management of IT
  • Recognizing typical pain points and trigger events
  • Creating the appropriate environment for implementation
  • Leveraging COBIT to identify gaps and guide the development of enablers such as policies, processes, principles, organizational structures, and roles and responsibilities.

Examination Vouchers

In order to take the Certification exam you need to ensure that you check (choose) the exam voucher option before checkout.

You will then be entitled to an exam voucher that can be used to schedule your exam.

When you think you’re ready, just contact us and we’ll order your exam voucher.

If you chose to purchase the course and not the exam and then decide at a later date that you can see the benefit that the additional Certification will give you, no problem, just purchase the course again and ensure you include (choose) the exam option, then using live chat or email contact us and we will issue you with a code to use at the checkout. On confirmation of the payment out support team will send you via email your voucher and instructions on how to enroll for the exam

Why is the exam not included in the course?

We feel that it is not fair to force a charge on anyone for something they may not want or may not use. Our company’s ethos is to ensure that training is as affordable as possible. So by modulising our training, the opportunity to learn remains a priority and you only pay for what you need.


Each e-learning course comes with a revision module that gives you an overview of the course and the key principles and concepts that you need to understand in order to pass the IT4IT Foundation exam.

What you need to know about the exam:

  • You can take the exam online (virtually) using a service called Remote Proctor Now.
  • Exam Format: Closed Book. Both web-based
  • Questions: 50 multiple choice questions
  • Passing Score: 50% (25 out of 50)
  • Exam Duration: 40 minutes.
  • Proctoring: Live
  • Languages: English

Retake policy: If you fail the test you must wait one month before another attempt

Certification Levels:

COBIT 5 Foundation: (This Course)

Basic knowledge and understanding of COBIT 5 guidance

COBIT 5 Implementation:

Practical understanding on how to implement, apply and integrate COBIT 5 within an organization.

COBIT 5 Assessor & COBIT 5 Assessor for Security:

Knowledge on how to perform a process assessment and how to analyze the results, to provide a clear determination of process capability.

Implementing the NIST Standards using COBIT 5 (INCS):

Guidance on how to implement the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) through a seven-step process, aligned with COBIT 5 principles.

This Certification does not partake in any Professional Development programs or schemes.

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