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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.

IBM Badge Courses z-Systems Series offered by LearnQuest:

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. CICS V5 CICSPlex System Manager Administration Training
  2. WM865G: CICS Command Level Coding Training


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

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

Click here for course objectives.

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 Advanced Badge requirements

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



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: Recommendation is to continue in CICS, IMS, Assembler, PL/1, MQSeries, REXX, Rational Developer for z, RD Traveler

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

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. Fundamental System Skills in z/OS Training
  2. SMP/E for z/OS Workshop Training
  3. z/OS REXX Programming Workshop Training



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. CB695: TCP/IP for z/OS Implementation Workshop
  2. ES070: zOS JCL and Utilities
  3. ES261: SMP/E for z/OS Workshop



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. ES10 Fundamental System Skills in z/OS
  2. ES155 z/OS Facilities



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. ES05 An Introduction to the z/OS Environment
  2. CB695 TCP/IP for z/OS Implementation Workshop



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. ES070 zOS JCL and Utilities
  2. ES10 Fundamental System Skills in z/OS



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. ES52A z/OS REXX Programming Workshop
  2. OP052 Introducing z/OS UNIX System Services


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