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COBIT® 2019 Foundation

  • Accredited courseware
  • Industry expert trainers
  • 14 study hours
  • Quizzes & workshops
  • Two practice exams
  • Exam voucher included with resit


COBIT®2019 is the latest iteration of the world-renowned IT governance framework. In addition to defining the practices for managing IT Governance, it introduces modern processes and design factors which can be tailored according to an organization’s strategy and goals.

With the COBIT®2019 Foundation, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to improve processes and bridge the gap between IT and business. Organizations further benefit from unifying international standards and frameworks, increased trust in information systems, and the creation of value from IT by striking and maintaining a balance between achieving benefits and optimizing both risks and resource use.

Learning Objectives

In addition to preparing you for the COBIT®2019 Foundation certification examination, this course will help you achieve the following:

  • Recognize the context, benefits and key reasons COBIT® is used as an information and technology governance framework
  • Explain the key attributes of the COBIT® framework
    • Key attributes
    • Product family
    • Alignment with industry frameworks
  • Compare the COBIT® principles for governance system framework
  • Describe the components of a governance system:
    • Governance and management objectives
    • Components of the governance system
    • Focus areas
    • Design factors
    • Goals cascade
  • Describe the elements of governance and management objectives
  • Differentiate COBIT® based performance management using maturity and capability perspectives
  • Discover how to design a tailored governance system using COBIT®
  • Explain the key points of the COBIT® business case
  • Describe the relationships between the COBIT® Design and Implementation Guides
  • Prepare for the COBIT 2019 Foundation exam 

Who Should Attend this Training

  • Executive managers 
  • IT/IS auditors and managers
  • Business managers
  • Risk Managers
  • Assurance providers
  • Consultants


There are no prerequisites for COBIT®2019 Foundation certification.

Examination Format

  • Closed book
  • 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
  • 75 multiple choice questions
  • Passing criteria is 65%

What’s Next?

Candidates who have passed the COBIT 2019 Foundation examination can pursue the COBIT 2019 Design and Implementation Certificate to advance their knowledge on designing and implementing effective IT governance systems as well as running governance improvement programs.

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  • COBIT 2019 product family
  • COBIT 2019 product architecture
  • Stakeholders

  • Principles
  • Governance and management objectives
  • Goals cascade
  • Components of a governance system
  • Focus areas
  • Design factors

  • Continual Improvement Lifecycle
  • Implementation Lifecycle

  • Capability and maturity model
  • Performance assessments

Exam & Certification FAQs

When will I receive my COBIT®2019 Foundation exam results?

As this is an online exam, candidates will receive exam results immediately after completing their exam and exam survey. They can later access their certificate by logging into MyISACA with their credentials.

What does the exam cover?

According to ISACA, the exam covers the following eight domains of COBIT 2019. Included are the weights assigned to each:

    • Framework Introduction (12%)
    • Principles (13%)
    • Business Case (3%)
    • Governance System and Components (30%)
    • Designing a Tailored Governance System (7%)
    • Governance and Management Objectives (23%)
    • Implementation (8%)
    • Performance Management (4%)

Will COBIT®2019 replace COBIT®5?

ISACA will continue supporting organizations which implemented COBIT®5. Moreover, COBIT®5 resources are available along COBIT®2019 for training and implementation. However, considering how COBIT 2019 is designed to meet the latest challenges of organizations, practitioners will benefit from the latest iteration of the framework.

When will the COBIT®2019 certification expire?

Like its predecessor, COBIT®2019 Foundation will not expire.

What are the major differences between COBIT®2019 and COBIT®5?

The latest iteration of COBIT® is designed to enhance the relevance of the framework, and it does so through the following:

    • Introducing new concepts such as design factors to deliver custom governance systems for enterprises
    • Aligning to global standards, best practices, and frameworks for added relevance 
    • Allowing the global governance community to provide feedback and ideas through an “open-source” model
    • Supporting the development of best-fit governance systems through new guidance and tools

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