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ISO/IEC 38500 IT Corporate Governance Foundation

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ISO/IEC 38500 is a PECB standard which provides principles, definitions, and a model for governing bodies to understand the importance of Information Technology. Using it, practitioners can effectively evaluate, direct, and monitor the use of IT to positively impact the performance of the organization. Organizations, in turn, can benefit from enhanced IT usage monitoring, alignment with business needs, and improved IT assets implementation and operation.

With the ISO/IEC 38500 IT Governance Foundation certification, practitioners prove their grasp of the key principles and practices of IT governance. That way, they can ensure business continuity and sustainability as well as the above benefits of ISO/IEC 38500.

Learning Objectives

In addition to preparing you for the certification examination, this course will help you achieve the following learning outcomes set by PECB:

  • Understand the basic elements of IT Governance 
  • Acknowledge the principles of good IT Governance 
  • Understand the ISO/IEC 38500 Evaluate-Direct-Monitor Model and how it can be used 

Who Should Attend this Training

  • Practitioners in IT Governance related roles 
  • Individuals seeking knowledge about the main processes of IT Governance
  • Professionals planning to pursue a career in IT Governance


There are no pre-requisites for the ISO/IEC 38500 Foundation certification.

Examination Format

  • Paper-based
  • Multiple choice questions
  • 60 minutes duration (+10 minutes for non-English speakers)

What’s Next?

The PECB Certified ISO/IEC 38500 Foundation indicates you understand the fundamental methodologies, guiding principles, and management approach. You can expand your knowledge and expertise on ISO/IEC 38500 with the ISO/IEC 38500 IT Governance Manager and Lead IT Governance Manager certifications.

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Exam & Certification FAQs

Are questions negatively marked?

No. Only the questions you answer correctly will be considered towards your score.


When will I get my certification examination results?

You can expect your results via email between two to four weeks. However, keep in mind that you will only be provided with two possible exam results – pass or fail – rather than an exact grade.

In case of exam failure, candidates will receive the results with the list of domains they did not attempt fully. That way, they can prepare better the next time.


What is the exam retake policy?

Candidates can retake a PECB certification exam as many times as they wish. However, the following limitations apply:

    • Candidates need to wait 15 days for their second attempt if they do not pass on the first attempt. They can retake the exam for free within 12 months. 
    • Candidates who do not pass the second attempt need to wait for three months from the initial date of the exam. Examination retake fees will be charged. 
    • Candidates who do not pass the third attempt need to wait for six months from the initial date of the exam. Examination retake fees will be charged.
    • Candidates who do not pass the fourth attempt need to wait for a year (12 months) from the last session date.


Are there any certification requirements I should know of?

The PECB Certified ISO/IEC 38500 Foundation credential does not require professional experience, MS audit/assessment experience, or ITCGMS project experience. That said, you will need to sign the PECB Code of Ethics to be certified.

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