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IBM and LearnQuest Badge Program - z-Systems

LearnQuest is working together with IBM to offer IBM training courses and award digital badges upon successful completion and attainment of course objectives.

LearnQuest z-Systems Advanced Topic - CICS

LearnQuest z-Systems Advanced Topic - CICS

This badge indicates the recipient is ready for an entry-level Mainframe Developer position with focus on CICS. The recipient can design, code, and debug command-level CICS application programs.
Topics and application include: CICS commands, Worldwide Books Online, Debugging applications, Completing the WB Presentation and Customer Program, CICS Web Applications.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, and participation in question & answer sessions and/or assessments associated with:

  • Introducing Worldwide Books Online
  • Writing a pseudo conversational echo program
  • Debugging applications by using CEDF
  • Writing the WB presentation program
  • Completing the WB presentation program, customer program, and order program

Recommended next steps:

  1. WM855G CICS V5 CICSPlex System Manager Administration
  2. WM865G CICS Command Level Coding

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z-Systems Developer - Intro

z-Systems Developer - Intro

This badge indicates the recipient has demonstrated basic COBOL and mainframe developer knowledge and skills including ISPF and JCL. The recipient can write a simple program, submit the compile, run the program and debug.

Specifically,

  • Using ISPF
  • COBOL Environment, Data Division, SAM file Processing, Simple compute and IF statements
  • JCL Job, Exec and simple DD statement, JCL Creating a Sequential File

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To learn about our Mainframe Application Developer Boot Camp training program, click here.

Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question and answer sessions and/or assessments associated with the following topics:

  • Using ISPF as a Text Editor
  • COBOL Environment and Data Division
  • COBOL VSAM Processing
  • DB2 Simple Select statement
  • COBOL Simple Embedded Select statement & Cursor
  • JCL IDCAMS
  • JCL Condition codes, concatenation, GDG
  • ISPF library options

Recommended next steps: Continue with z Systems Intermediate Badge requirements.

Evidence: Transcript reflects student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question and answer sessions and/or assessments.



z-Systems Developer - Intermediate

z-Systems Developer - Intermediate

This badge indicates the recipient has demonstrated intermediate COBOL and mainframe developer knowledge and skills including DB2, ISPF and JCL. The recipient can write COBOL programs using the following:

  • COBOL Control Breaks, Subroutines, VSAM Processing, Embedded Select statement & Cursor
  • DB2 Simple Select statement
  • JCL IDCAMS, Condition codes, concatenation, GDG
  • ISPF library options

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To learn about our Mainframe Application Developer Boot Camp training program, click here.

Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question and answer sessions and/or assessments associated with the following topics:

  • COBOL Control Break Logic
  • COBOL Using and writing subroutines
  • COBOL VSAM Processing
  • DB2 Simple Select statement
  • COBOL Simple Embedded Select statement & Cursor
  • JCL IDCAMS
  • JCL Condition codes, concatenation, GDG
  • ISPF library options

Recommended next steps: Continue with z Systems Intermediate Badge requirements.

Evidence: Transcript reflects student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question and answer sessions and/or assessments.



z-Systems Developer - Advanced

z-Systems Developer - Advanced

This badge indicates the recipient has mastered advanced COBOL mainframe programming and demonstrated principles of program maintenance. The recipient can create basic programs to support the business’ development or maintenance needs.

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To learn about our Mainframe Application Developer Boot Camp training program, click here.

Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question and answer sessions and/or assessments associated with the following topics:

  • COBOL Packed and binary fields
  • COBOL Single Dimension tables
  • COBOL Sequential file matching logic
  • COBOL Variable Length Records
  • DB2 Using scaler and aggregate functions, multi table join, subselects and unions
  • DB2 creating tables, views and indexes
  • DB2 Stored Procedures, functions & Triggers
  • JCL Procs, Sort, FTP

Recommended next steps: Continue with z Systems Intermediate Badge requirements.

Evidence: Transcript reflects student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question and answer sessions and/or assessments.



LearnQuest IBM zOS JCL and Utilities Foundations

LearnQuest IBM zOS JCL and Utilities Foundations

This badge holder can use z/OS job control language (JCL) and selected z/OS utility programs in an online batch environment. Recipients understand both Storage Management Subsystem (SMS) and non-SMS JCL.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, & participation in question & answer sessions and/or assessments associated with:

  • Coding basic JCL statements, instream & cataloged procedures, procedure overrides & additions super, and sort & merge control statements
  • Identifying SMS requirements
  • Using symbolic parameters and selected utility programs
  • Recognizing & resolving common abnormal terminations (ABENDs)

Recommended next steps:

  1. ES10G Fundamental System Skills in z/OS
  2. ES26G SMP/E for z/OS Workshop
  3. ES52G z/OS REXX Programming Workshop

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LearnQuest IBM zOS System Foundations

LearnQuest IBM zOS System Foundations

This badge holder has demonstrated a solid foundation of the fundamental practical skills to navigate and work in a z/OS environment, which includes the use of ISPF/PDF dialogs, TSO/E commands, JCL, UNIX System Services shell, and BookManager.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions and/or assessments associated with the following topics:

  • Using commands & functions to manipulate data set
  • Identifying security considerations
  • Invoking REXX exec, UNIX processes, & TSO CLIST
  • Tailoring JCL & submitting batch jobs
  • Reviewing job status & output using SDSF
  • Manipulating HFS directories & file systems

Recommended next steps:

  1. CB69G TCP/IP for z/OS Implementation Workshop
  2. ES07G z/OS JCL and Utilities
  3. ES26g SMP/E for z/OS Workshop

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LearnQuest IBM z/OS Environment Foundations

LearnQuest IBM z/OS Environment Foundations

This badge holder has demonstrated an acquired knowledge of the basics of the Z/OS operating systems and services and installation requirements for an enterprise server.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions and/or assessments associated with the following topics:

  • Identifying installation requirements, support, storage, work management, data sets, & data set management;
  • Describing security, products, tools, z/Architecture, zEnterprise, interfaces, benefits, scalability, availability, backup, & recovery;
  • Using System z processor configurations & server hardware.

Recommended next steps:

  1. ES10G Fundamental System Skills in z/OS
  2. ES15G z/OS Facilities

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LearnQuest IBM z Systems Fast Track

LearnQuest IBM z Systems Fast Track

This badge holder has demonstrated a well-rounded introduction to the System z environment, current servers, operating systems, software utilities, and middleware. Through discussion and hands-on labs, they have proven the basic skill set to jump start productivity for technical professionals new to the mainframe environment. The skills earned in this badge can be applied across multiple mainframe job roles.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions and/or assessments associated with the following topics:

  • Using commands, panels, statements, parameters, and windows;
  • Building user-defined groups;
  • Sending messages to the operating system;
  • Entering & navigating ISPF;
  • Coding JOB & EXEC statements, & DISP parameters;

Recommended next steps:

  1. ES05G An Introduction to the z/OS Environment
  2. CB69G TCP/IP for z/OS Implementation Workshop

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LearnQuest IBM z/OS Facilities

LearnQuest IBM z/OS Facilities

This badge holder has demonstrated understanding of the base elements, optional features, and servers that are provided in z/OS via the z/OS Base Control Program (BCP). The recipient can use functions to manage jobs, tasks, storage, data, and problems.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Describing processes: system initialization, supervisor calls, cross memory services, allocation, recovery, & serialization;
  • Describing JES, workload & storage management, & security;
  • Understanding address/data/hyper-space, & paging/swapping;
  • Creating a plan for installation & configuration.

Recommended next steps:

  1. ES07G z/OS JCL and Utilities
  2. ES10G Fundamental System Skills in z/OS

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LearnQuest IBM z/OS System Programmer Foundations

LearnQuest IBM z/OS System Programmer Foundations

This badge holder has demonstrated understanding of the basic components that apply to all z/OS systems. Recipient understands concepts that apply to the z/OS hardware platform and the z/OS software. Badge holders have performed detailed analysis & lab activities that can be applied to the system programmer role to maintain z/OS systems.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • POR, IPL, JES, VTAM, ISPF, SNA & TCP/IP networking, RACF, ISPF/PDF & UNIX System Services;
  • Identifying software used to define, maintain, & manage catalogs & data sets;
  • Using Parmlib & requirements for system initialization & operation that include System symbolics, WLM, SFM, RMF & system logger.

Recommended next steps:

  1. ES52G z/OS REXX Programming Workshop
  2. OP05g Introducing z/OS UNIX System Services

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LearnQuest IBM System z Hardware Management Console (HMC) Operations

LearnQuest IBM System z Hardware Management Console (HMC) Operations

This This badge holder has demonstrated experience with navigation, operation, and recovery techniques for the HMC in the System z environment. The earner knows setup and operating procedures for the HMC, and has gained in-depth problem determination skills. The individual also has experience practicing HMC operations, and knows how to utilize recovery capabilities provided by the System z servers.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Identifying zEnterprise 196&114, System z10, System z9, & zSeries servers
  • Describing functions provided by HMC & SE
  • Using classic & tree UI; Establishing HMC/SE session; Identifying entry point I/O & Channel Problem Determination panels; Logging off from CPC session
  • Establishing HMC/SE session
  • ; Identifying entry point I/O & Channel Problem Determination panels
  • Logging off from CPC session

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LearnQuest Pervasive Encryption on z/OS

LearnQuest Pervasive Encryption on z/OS

This badge holder has demonstrated experience with how to implement Pervasive Encryption in your z/OS installation. The badge earner can setup of a hardware crypto environment (CCA crypto express and CPACF), load and activate AES master keys, setup ICSF and its Key datasets (CKDS PKDS TKDS), then define data encryption keys, activate your data set encryption policy, and encrypt your data sets and zFS filesystems.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
During a LearnQuest delivered course, badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Implement hardware crypto on z System
  • Load and activate AES Master Keys
  • Implement & start ICSF
  • Understand the differences between secure keys clear keys & protected keys
  • Generate, maintain & manage Keys
  • Setup access to key labels
  • Verify encryption status

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LearnQuest z-Systems

LearnQuest z-Systems

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LearnQuest z-Systems Developer - Intro

LearnQuest z-Systems Developer - Intro

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LearnQuest z-Systems Developer - Intermediate

LearnQuest z-Systems Developer - Intermediate

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LearnQuest z-Systems Developer - Advanced

LearnQuest z-Systems Developer - Advanced

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LearnQuest z-Systems Advanced Topic - CICS

LearnQuest z-Systems Advanced Topic - CICS

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LearnQuest IBM z/OS VSAM and Access Method Services

LearnQuest IBM z/OS VSAM and Access Method Services

This badge holder has demonstrated experience with managing VSAM and non-VSAM data sets by coding and using functions and features of the Access Method Services program, IDCAMS. The recipient is able to code and test selected IDCAMS commands such as DEFINE, REPRO, ALTER, and LISTCAT. They also learn to manage VSAM and non-VSAM data sets.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
During a LearnQuest delivered course, badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Coding IDCAMS to define & load VSAM clusters
  • Calculating DASD space for VSAM clusters
  • Using IDCAMS & JCL to improve performance of VSAM job
  • Interpreting IDCAMS of an ICF catalog

Recommended next steps:

  1. OSMV-105 MVS/JCL with VSAM

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LearnQuest IBM Unix System Services Implementation

LearnQuest IBM Unix System Services Implementation

This badge holder has demonstrated experience with installing and customizing z/OS UNIX (full name z/OS UNIX System Services). The individual can manage and monitor the z/OS UNIX environment.

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During a LearnQuest delivered course, badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

Badge Criteria and Activities
Executing tasks to prepare a z/OS installation and install z/OS UNIX software features Putting in place RACF security required for z/OS UNIX resources and applications

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LearnQuest z/OS Management Facility Implementation and Use

LearnQuest z/OS Management Facility Implementation and Use

This badge holder has demonstrated experience with installing & customizing IBM z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) & using functions features provided by z/OSMF. The badge earning can install and customize z/OS Management Facility and can customize several system components to exploit the following z/OSMF functions.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, and participation in question & answer sessions and/or assessments associated with:

  • Describing purpose, benefit&functions of z/OSMF
  • Describing technical overview of z/OSMF features&architecture
  • Describing z/OSMF client&server operating environment
  • Using ServerPac or SMP/E
  • Configuring z/OS prerequisites for plug-ins &z/OSMF
  • Managing z/OSMF Administration.

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LearnQuest IBM System Automation for z/OS Architecture

LearnQuest IBM System Automation for z/OS Architecture

This badge holder has demonstrated experience with the System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) components, architecture, and concepts. The badge earner has knowledge on the System Operations component with Processor Operations as an optional topic.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
During a LearnQuest delivered course, badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Describing IBM System Automation for z/OS Architecture
  • Describing components of the product and its automation capabilities
  • Describing policy-based and goal-driven automation
  • Explaining key automation concepts
  • List transient resource & MVS automation.

Recommended next steps:

  1. SM927G System Automation for z/OS 4.1 Operations

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LearnQuest System Automation for z/OS Operations

LearnQuest System Automation for z/OS Operations

This badge holder has demonstrated experience with the System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) commands that are used for system operations. The System Automation for z/OS automation manager and automation agent that the badge earner uses, run in a z/OS environment.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
During a LearnQuest delivered course, badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Starting & stopping automated resources
  • Monitoring & controlling automated resources
  • PL & shutting down systems & an SAplex.

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LearnQuest Parallel Sysplex Implementation

LearnQuest Parallel Sysplex Implementation

This badge holder is a systems programmers who is able to work on an implementation of a Parallel Sysplex. The badge earner has knowledge of z/OS and z/OS-related products and subsystems exploiting the Parallel Sysplex components, focused on the resource sharing side.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
During a LearnQuest delivered course, badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Understanding steps to implement basic & full Parallel Sysplex
  • Implementing the following: basic sysplex, a multisystem base sysplex, the connectivity for Parallel Sysplex, the features & functions of Parallel Sysplex, & the coupling facility key exploiters

Recommended next steps:

  1. ES73G IBM System z Parallel Sysplex Operations

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LearnQuest z/OS System Services Structure

LearnQuest z/OS System Services Structure

This badge earner has demonstrated a solid foundation of knowledge on the structure and control blocks of the z/OS BCP and system services. The badge earner can prepare the new z/OS system programmer to identify potential bottlenecks and performance problems, perform initial error symptom gathering, and identify opportunities & requirements for tailoring a z/OS system.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
Badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions and/or assessments associated with the following topics:

  • Explaining MVS functions & control blocks necessary to support a task in a multitasking & multiprocessing environment
  • Describing software & hardware functions
  • Tracing the flow of an I/O operation from the initial request in the application program
  • Identifying control blocks.

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LearnQuest Basic z/OS Tuning Using the Workload Manager

LearnQuest Basic z/OS Tuning Using the Workload Manager

This badge holder has demonstrated experience working with the Workload Manager (WLM) in goal mode. The earner understands concepts of WLM and performance management in the z/OS system using the WLM. The badge earner can analyze Resource Monitoring Facility (RMF) reports and implement service definitions using the WLM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) application.

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Badge Criteria and Activities
During a LearnQuest delivered course, badge earners have successfully achieved class objectives demonstrated by student progress in lab exercises, attendance, participation in question & answer sessions, and/or assessments associated with:

  • Describing performance and tuning methodology
  • Developing systematic z/OS performance&tuning plan
  • Defining workloads, service levels &classification rules
  • Identifying major WLM services
  • Analyzing CPU performance
  • Explaining functions and facilities of RM and SMF

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