COBIT® Design and Implementation

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COBIT® is the result of over 25 years of development in the field of understanding, designing, and implementing enterprise governance of IT (EGIT). The latest update to the framework introduces several changes, including modified principles, new design factors, updated performance management, and new governance and management objectives.

The COBIT® Design and Implementation certification builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the Foundation level, making it suitable for experienced users who wish to implement the framework in designing governance systems and running governance improvement programs. With the knowledge and experience gained through this course, certified professionals become integral members in supporting enterprise goal achievement.

Learning Objectives

In addition to preparing you for the COBIT Design and Implementation certification examination, this course will enable you to do the following:

  • Describe the benefits of the COBIT Design Guide for its target audience 
  • Describe the current design factors in COBIT 
  • Apply the design factor concept to identify relevant values 
  • Describe the impact design factors can have on the design of a governance system 
  • Describe the design workflow of a governance system 
  • Use the steps in the design workflow for governance systems
  • Apply the design workflow to a concrete situation in order to obtain a governance system design
  • Describe and use the design guide toolkit in a concrete situation
  • Use the mapping tables between design factors and governance/management objectives pragmatically
  • Describe purpose and scope of the COBIT Implementation Guide
  • Apply the implementation methodology and approach for a governance implementation program
  • Combine the process from both the COBIT Implementation Guide and the COBIT Design Guide to use in concrete situations
  • Apply the objectives, descriptions and tasks of the seven implementation phases in concrete situations
  • Apply the challenges, root causes and critical success factors of the seven implementation phases to concrete situation
  • Apply the key decision topics and related responsibilities for governance implementation to concrete situations

Who Should Attend this Training

  • Stakeholders responsible for designing and implementing enterprise governance systems 
  • Holders of the COBIT® Foundation certification


In order to be eligible for the COBIT Design and Implementation credential, practitioners need to achieve the COBIT Foundation certificate.

Examination Format

  • Online web-proctored examination
  • 60 multiple choice questions
  • Passing criteria is 60%, 36 marks out of 60
  • 3 hours duration
  • Close book examination

What’s Next?

COBIT Design and Implementation is currently the highest credential in the COBIT qualification scheme. That said, practitioners can further expand their knowledge on IT governance with other certifications such as Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)®.

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    • Definition of the concept of design factors 
    • Identification of design factors and their values

  • Impact design factors can have on the design of a tailored governance system

    • Description of the governance design workflow
    • Review of each stage and applying the workflow

    • Description of the governance design toolkit
    • Application of the workflow using the toolkit

    • Introduction of the COBIT 2019 Implementation Guide
    • Relationship of the Implementation Guide to the Design Guide
    • Setting the scene for a governance improvement program

    • Description of the seven phases of the governance improvement road map 
    • Application of the road map guidance

  • Key decision topics for governance system implementations

Exam & Certification FAQs

When will I receive my COBIT® Design and Implementation 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 COBIT® Design and Implementation exam cover?

According to ISACA, the exam covers the following seven domains. Included are the weights assigned to each:

  • COBIT Basic Concepts (8%) 
  • Design Factors for a Governance System (15%) 
  • Impact of Design Factors (3%) 
  • The Governance System Design Workflow (32%) 
  • Implementing and Optimizing I&T Governance Overview (7%) 
  • Governance Implementation Lifecycle (32%) 
  • Key Topics Decision Matrix (3%)


Will COBIT replace COBIT 5?

ISACA will continue supporting organizations which implemented COBIT 5. Moreover, COBIT 5 resources are available along COBIT for training and implementation.

That said, considering how COBIT is designed to meet the latest challenges of organizations, practitioners will benefit from the latest iteration of the framework.


When will my COBIT® Design and Implementation certification expire?

No, it will not.


Is the examination available in languages other than English?

No. The COBIT Design and Implementation examination is only available in English. You may, however, confirm any updates here.

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