IBM z/OS Mainframe Practitioner

Gain the foundational skills to launch a career as a mainframe application developer, system programmer, system administrator or DBA practitioner. Alvernia University provides this IBM mainframe training that includes hands-on labs on a real IBM Z server (no simulations). Build complete foundational skills in IBM Z hardware and software, focusing on z/OS and system administration.

The IBM zos mainframe professional certification delivers the skills required to embark on a system administrator career.

Architectural Families

Identify the different architectural families, explain enhancements for each and the functions of an operating system


Explain the concept of a Sysplex and describe methods available for z/OS security. You will also learn to describe the process of IPLing an operating system

Define the IOCP

You will learn to define the IOCP statements for the IOCDS and explain the concept of activation profiles

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IBM zOS Mainframe Practitioner

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No previous experience required

6-Months to Complete

Suggested pace of 10 hours/week; 3 Courses

IBM z/OS Mainframe Practitioner Professional Certificate Courses

Introduction to Enterprise Computing

Large scale Enterprise Computing powers all major transactions. The mainframe is responsible for 87% of all credit card transactions and enables 71% of all Fortune 500 companies. Mainframes are a business fundamental and IBM Z is the only production mainframe sold today. This is your introduction to the hardware, operating systems, security and features that make this possible.

Getting Started on Mainframe with z/OS Commands and Panels

This is a hands-on course in an IBM mainframe z/OS environment.  A total of seven labs will provide live access to an IBM Z server. The labs are designed to teach you the fundamental practical skills to navigate and work in a z/OS environment. This includes the use of ISPF/PDF dialogs and TSO/E commands.

Basic System Programming on IBMZ

The foundational knowledge for the position of an IBM z/OS system programmer and system administrator begins with this third and final course. This course provides hands-on labs to everyday z/OS tasks with JCL, JES, ISHELL and HFS, and z/OSMF.

Topics covered include:

  • VSAM, z/OS system libraries.
  • the language environment.
  • Generation data groups.
  • RAIM, DB2, UNIX system services.
  • USS file system.

Skills you will gain: