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ISO/IEC 38500 Lead IT Corporate Governance Manager

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ISO/IEC 38500 is the international standard for the corporate governance of information technology. It empowers practitioners and decision makers by establishing responsibilities, ensuring high levels of performance, keeping organizations conformed with regulations, and planning the best support. This, in turn, benefits businesses, society, and governments.

The ISO/IEC 38500 Lead IT Corporate Governance Manager is an advanced credential in the ISO/IEC 38500 scheme. It vouches to a practitioner’s ability to support and lead their organizations to successfully evaluate, direct, and monitor an IT Governance model based on ISO/IEC 38500. It also testifies to their knowledge and skill in IT governance and its application in an organization.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learn normative frameworks for IT Governance 
  • Understand the fundamentals of IT governance 
  • Understand the relationship between IT Governance and IT Management 
  • Learn about the identification and engagement of stakeholders 
  • Clarify sponsorship and responsibilities 

Who Should Attend this Training

  • IT governance managers or consultants 
  • Project managers involved in the implementation of corporate governance of IT
  • ISO 38500 auditors
  • CxO and senior managers responsible for IT governance
  • IT governance team members
  • Information security team members
  • Expert advisors who wish to expand their knowledge on IT Governance
  • Technical experts
  • Professionals entrusted with monitoring an organization’s resources


To be eligible for the ISO/IEC 38500 Lead IT Corporate Governance Manager certification examination, candidates should have an understanding of ISO/IEC 38500 and knowledge of IT Governance. Certification requirements are further detailed in the FAQs section.

Examination Format

  • Essay type questions
  • Passing criteria is 70%, i.e. 53 points or higher out of 75
  • 3 hours duration (+30 minutes for non-English speakers)
  • Open book exam

What’s Next?

ISO/IEC 38500 Lead IT Corporate Governance Manager is the highest credential in the ISO/IEC 38500 certification scheme. You can, however, expand your knowledge and skills with other IT governance certifications such as COBIT® 2019 and CGEIT®.

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Exam & Certification FAQs

When will I get my certification examination results?

You can expect your results via email in six to eight weeks after taking the exam. 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 does the certification examination cover?

The ISO/IEC 38500 Lead IT Corporate Governance Manager certification examination will test you on the following domains, which are shown along with the number of questions you need to attempt:

    • Domain 1: Principles for good Corporate Governance of IT (2 questions, 10 points)
    • Domain 2: Evaluate-Direct-Monitor Model of ISO/IEC 38500 (3 questions, 15 points) 
    • Domain 3: Guidance for the Corporate Government of IT (3 questions, 20 points)
    • Domain 4: Evaluate the need and applicability of each principle (1 question, 10 points)
    • Domain 5: Direct the adherence to each principle (1 question, 10 points)
    • Domain 6: Monitor all or key activities related to all the principles (1 question, 10 points)


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.


Which reference materials can I use for the open book exam?

According to PECB’s guidelines, you are authorized to use the following materials only:

    • A copy of the ISO 38500:2015 standard
    • Course notes from the Participant Handout 
    • Any personal notes made while taking a preparation course
    • A hard copy dictionary


Are there any certification requirements I should know of?

Yes, there are. To receive your certificate, you need to comply with the following requirements:

  • Professional Experience: Five years – two years of which should be related to IT governance 
  • ITCGMS Project Experience: 300 hours IT governance activities
  • Other Requirements: Signing PECB Code of Ethics

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