Description of the COBIT 5 Foundation Course

This course provides an introduction to COBIT 5, ISACA’s latest business framework for the governance, management and operation of IT across an enterprise. It prepares candidates for the COBIT 5 Foundation exam taken at the end of the course. With an understanding of the COBIT 5 Framework, delegates will be able to identify and understand how to make use the COBIT 5 components in their business operations.

This course is recommended for IT personnel working in IT governance, management, operations, enterprise architecture, information security, compliance, assurance and audit who would like to pass the COBIT 5 FOUNDATION exam.


Participants will obtain a good understanding of the COBIT 5 Framework and thereafter they will be able to: 

  • Articulate the key features of the COBIT 5 Framework
  • Describe the differences between COBIT 4.1 and COBIT 5
  • Explain the benefits of using COBIT 5.
  • Understand the difference between governance, management and operational processes
  • Understand the COBIT 5 basic Principles 
  • Implement the COBIT 5 Enablers, including cascading goals and identify relevant processes
  • Use the seven governance and management enablers to build capability following the COBIT 5 Process Assessment Methodology
  • Use COBIT 5 for managing risk and implementing internal controls
  • Use COBIT 5 for assurance purposes
  • Pass the COBIT 5 FOUNDATION exam.


Participants will review COBIT 5 sufficiently well to be able to pass the COBIT 5 FOUNDATION Exam.

Module 1: Overview of COBIT 5

  • Section 1: The business case for COBIT 5
  • Section 2: The business application

Module 2: The differences between COBIT 4.1 to COBIT 5

  • Section 1: From a Process Model to a Governance Model
  • Section 2: Narrative descriptions to Process Diagrams
  • Section 3: From COBIT 4.1 Management Guidelines to COBIT 5 Enabling Processes and Capability Assessment

Module 3: Understanding the COBIT 5 Principles

  • Section 1: Meeting Stakeholder needs
  • Section 2: Covering the enterprise end-to-end
  • Section 3: Applying a single integrated framework
  • Section 4: Enabling a holistic approach
  • Section 5: Separating Governance from Management

Module 4: COBIT 5 Implementation Guidance

  • Section 1: Designing COBIT 5 Governance Practices
  • Section 2: Implementing a COBIT 5 Management System
  • Section 3: Building a set of integrated COBIT 5 processes

Module 5: The COBIT 5 Process Capability Model

  • Section 1: Differences between COBIT 4.1 Maturity Model and the COBIT 5 Process Capability Model
  • Section 2: Building sufficient capability
  • Section 3: Performing a Process Capability Assessment (including a practical demonstration)

Module 6: Understand COBIT 5 for Risk and COBIT 5 for Assurance

  • Section 1: Articulate the key features of COBIT 5 for Risk
  • Section 2: Understand the core aspects of COBIT 5 for Assurance.

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