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This IBM zOS Training course is 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, TSO/E commands, JCL, UNIX System Services shell, and BookManager.

The content is self-paced. The lab environment is a live lab environment, offering direct access to a IBM Z server.


  • Review the main concepts of z/OS
  • Log on to TSO and start ISPF/PDF
  • Navigate through ISPF/PDF dialogs and use the basic ISPF/PDF functions and the ISPF Editor
  • Use ISPF/PDF to allocate data sets and edit data sets (including hierarchical file system (HFS) files) using the ISPF Editor primary and line commands
  • Use ISPF to create and manipulate (copy, rename, delete, list, sort, and merge) data sets
  • Identify security considerations for Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) data sets and HFS files
  • Describe and use TSO/E commands
  • Perform simple modifications to existing ISPF/PDF panels
  • Invoke a REXX exec and TSO CLIST
  • Tailor existing JCL and submit batch jobs
  • Review job status and job output using SDSF
  • Invoke UNIX processes
  • Manipulate HFS directories and file systems using the UNIX System
  • Services ISHELL


This basic zOS Certification course is for IT personnel with a theoretical background of z/OS (for example, as taught in An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES05G) and some general practical IT experience.


You should complete:

  • An Introduction to the z/OS Environment (ES05G) or equivalent on-the-job training


Unit 1: Introduction to the z Systems environment

  • Topic 1: Recognize architecture differences (20 minutes)
  • Topic 2: Identify the supported operating systems (30 minutes)
  • Topic 3: Recall the z Systems mainframes (15 minutes)


Unit 2: z/OS security

  • Topic 1: Recall the need for system security (15 minutes)
  • Topic 2: Identify the main functions of RACF (15 minutes)
  • Topic 3: Recognize the RACF profiles (20 minutes)


Unit 3: TSO ISPF panels

  • Topic 1: Describe how to access TSO (20 minutes)
    • Exercise 1: System familiarization (30 minutes)
  • Topic 2: Identify the attributes of data sets (25 minutes)
  • Topic 3: Execute the allocation of data sets (15 minutes)
    • Exercise 2: Allocate new data sets (45 minutes)
  • Topic 4: Carry out the process of creating data set members (15 minutes)
  • Topic 5: Implement the process of editing data sets (30 minutes)
  • Topic 6: Utilize line commands (20 minutes)
  • Topic 7: Utilize ISPF to copy, move, rename, and delete data sets and members (20 minutes)
    • Exercise 3: ISPF editor primary commands (30 minutes)
    • Exercise 4: ISPF editor line commands (30 minutes)
    • Exercise 5: Copy, move, rename, delete data sets and members (25 minutes)
  • Topic 8: Work with data set lists (15 minutes)
    • Exercise 6: Data set lists (30 minutes)


Unit 4: TSO commands

  • Topic 1: Identify the methods used to enter TSO commands (20 minutes)
  • Topic 2: Identify the commands to view and manage system data sets (60 minutes)
    • Exercise 7: Using TSO/E commands (30 minutes)


Unit 5: JES and JCL

  • Topic 1: Interpret the purpose and functions of JES and JCL (20 minutes)
  • Topic 2: Describe the process of coding JCL (40 minutes)
  • Topic 3: Execute the processes of submitting and viewing jobs (20 minutes)
  • Topic 4: Identify JCL utilities (20 minutes)
  • Topic 5: Use JCL to create and manage data sets and members (40 minutes)
    • Exercise 8: Submit a job (30 minutes)
    • Exercise 9: JCL exercises (45 minutes)
    • Exercise 10: Procedures (60 minutes)


Unit 6: UNIX

  • Topic 1: Describe the features of UNIX System Services in z/OS (40 minutes)
  • Topic 2: Compare the differences between file systems (30 minutes)
  • Topic 3: Interpret how processes are created and used in UNIX (20 minutes)
  • Topic 4: Summarize the application service provided in UNIX (20 minutes)
  • Topic 5: Explain how security is handled in UNIX (20 minutes)
    • Exercise 11: ISHELL and hierarchical file system (60 minutes)


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