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

  • Starting and Stopping the System
  • Managing Devices
  • Backing Up Your System
  • Checking Storage Utilization
  • Cleaning Up System Storage
  • Software Maintenance
  • Handling Problems
  • System Management Using System i Navigator
  • Using Virtual Media

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

Approximate time to complete all parts of the exam: 150 minutes

Recommended Uses

This Competency Exam was designed as a mastery test for the IBM i System Management 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 IBM i System Management series, including this exam, should be taken by any person responsible for the physical operation of the computer system. This person may be a system operator, a designated user, or a system administrator.

While most of the tasks described in this series can be performed by any system operator (someone with a user class of *SYSOPR), some tasks can be performed only by personnel with a user class of *SECADM or *SECOFR.


All courses in this series assume that you can perform basic IBM i operations. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses from the following Manta series:

If you feel you already have the necessary skills, you can verify your belief by successfully completing the Competency Exams for these series.