COBIT 5 was published in 2012 and has rapidly become the IT governance best practice of choice for larger international companies. In addition to US listed companies (and UK companies with US listing) who need to be SOX compliant, companies in the UK are turning to COBIT 5 to address the requirements of the UK Combined Code and Turnbull Report.
The good folks at ISACA also promised the world a COBIT 5 training scheme and their partnership with APMG facilitated a global role out of approved COBIT 5 courses and accredited examinations. First to be available was COBIT 5 Foundation (late 2012) with the plan to launch COBIT 5 Implementation and COBIT 5 Assessor courses at a later date. Well, it’s been a long time coming, but I am pleased to announce that IT Governance Ltd is the first official APMG training partner in the UK to offer the new COBIT 5 Implementation training course.
Building on existing knowledge, this course provides delegates with a practical appreciation of how to apply COBIT 5 to specific business problems, pain points, trigger events and risk scenarios within an organisation. Supported by the use of practical exercises and case-based scenarios, delegates will learn how to apply the COBIT 5 continual improvement life cycle to establish and maintain a sustainable approach to governing and managing enterprise IT as “normal business practice”.
But COBIT 5 is also a complex best practice framework and requires both knowledge and commitment from all senior directors and managers. The cost and time required to implement an effective COBIT 5 programme can be considerable and ISACA recommend that all relevant members of the team attend an approved COBIT 5 training course.
Before you all rush to book the COBIT 5 Implementation course immediately, I wanted to remind all that the pre-requisite for being awarded the COBIT Implementation accreditation is to already hod the COBIT 5 Foundation certificate. This seems a little harsh on those who hold the COBIT 4.1 Foundation certificate but given the significant difference between COBIT 4.1 and COBIT 5, it does make sense when it comes to using the knowledge acquired on the training course to actually implement and achieve the benefits of COBIT 5 in an organisation.