Effective COBIT 5 implementation requires in-house training

COBIT 5® published by ISACA, defines a comprehensive best-practice framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT. When correctly implemented, it allows the evaluation and control of information technology, so that it constantly contributes to both operational and business objectives.

The COBIT 5 framework is generally used by larger organisations, and the successful implementation of such a complicated, large-scale undertaking requires that all senior managers are both committed and fully trained. This training can be difficult to arrange for senior directors and managers, for whom one or two days away from the office can often be impossible to organise.

The benefits of COBIT 5 in-house training

The solution is to arrange for in-house training that provides all the benefits of public classroom courses with none of the associated extra expense and disruption.

Cost and convenience – In-house training offers considerably greater value for money when compared with classroom training. The cost per head, especially for larger groups, will be noticeably less than that of a classroom course: there will be none of the extra costs associated with travel or accommodation, nor the disruption of staff being away from the office.

Team learning benefits In-house training is particularly focused on the attainment of individual and team learning objectives. An implementation team can learn all they need about COBIT 5 in a consistent and relevant manner. Team interaction and understanding is far greater than would be achieved in a classroom, ultimately accelerating the COBIT 5 implementation project.

The advantages of confidentiality – Training and instruction is provided in a private and confidential environment in the workplace, which allows delegates to discuss how the COBIT 5 processes apply to their organisation specifically. Company policies and procedures can be discussed in confidence, and the organisation will benefit from a structured approach to learning, without the disruption of external delegates dominating a learning session. In-house training also offers the opportunity of bespoke or blended content that meets the specific needs of the organisation.

Examination and certification – Qualifications certified by accredited and respected organisations are an essential requirement in today’s employment market. An effective COBIT 5 in-house training course should include the delivery of a formal examination session approved by the ISACA-accredited examination institute APMG International. There are three levels of COBIT 5 qualification:

  • Foundationwhich aims to deliver a basic-level understanding of COBIT 5 for all involved in the implementation project, from chief executives, business managers and IT managers
  • Implementation – which builds on the Foundation level and teaches how to implement COBIT 5’s processes, and is aimed at IT governance managers and senior business managers.
  • Assessor – which delivers the essential knowledge required to assess and audit the status of all COBIT 5 processes, and is aimed at internal and external auditors, and IT governance managers.

A typical COBIT 5 in-house training example:

A multinational financial services company headquartered in the UK, but with an office in the US, decided to implement COBIT 5 across the organisation, both to achieve greater business efficiency in general and to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) in the US in particular.

For the first few days, the IT Director was trained to COBIT 5 Foundation and Implementer levels, as was the IT Manager, who was to act as a back-up implementer throughout the project. The remaining project team (the Information Security Manager, Service Manager and Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Manager) were then brought in for Foundation training.

Training the implementation team together in-house ensured that it was possible to tailor the approach to the company’s needs. The confidential nature of the training environment meant that specific business examples were used throughout, and company policies and procedures were discussed as the in-house training process progressed. Each member of the implementation team was able to gain a full understanding of the project as a whole, as well as their own roles and responsibilities in the implementation project. All six of them successfully sat the relevant COBIT 5 exams and were awarded COBIT 5 qualifications, which enhanced their career development within the company.

For further information on how IT Governance can help you implement COBIT 5 in your organisation, please visit our dedicated COBIT 5 In-House Training Services page.


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