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This Competency Exam tests your mastery of the objectives for the courses that make up the Fundamentals of IBM i Operations series:

  • Work Management Concepts
  • Submitting and Managing Batch Jobs
  • Controlling Printer Output
  • Controlling Users, Queues, Printers, and Subsystems
  • Monitoring an IBM i System
  • Using Tapes

The exam is divided into separate parts, one for each course in the series. Successfully completing all parts of the exam demonstrates your proficiency in the operational skills required to control jobs in an IBM i system.

Approximate time to complete all parts of the exam: 60-90 minutes

Recommended Uses

This Competency Exam was designed as a mastery test for the Fundamentals of IBM i Operations series. We recommend that you take the exam after you complete the series. Alternatively, you can take the corresponding portion of the exam when you complete each course.

Another use for the Competency Exam is as a pretest. Depending on your previous experience and training, you may feel that you already know the material covered by a given course. If this is the case, you should take the exam corresponding to that course. If you successfully complete the exam, you can skip the course, confident that you have already mastered the skills it teaches.


The exam automatically evaluates your performance and reports how you did. To "pass" the exam, you must successfully work at least 80% of the exercises corresponding to each topic. If you score less than 80%, you will be directed to the appropriate course for review.


The Fundamentals of IBM i Operations series, including this exam, should be taken anyone who will be using IBM i work management facilities. This audience includes users who submit and monitor the execution of their own batch jobs, users who control the printing of their output, and operators who are responsible for monitoring and controlling job processing.


All courses in this series assume that you can perform basic IBM i operations. In particular, you should know how to sign on the system and display the Operational Assistant Menu. In addition, you should know how to start System i Navigator from a PC.

You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses from the Introduction to the IBM i Environment series. If you feel you already have the necessary skills, you can verify your belief by successfully completing the Competency Exam for this series.