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Increased demand for IT accreditation

Increased demand for IT accreditation leads to launch of new training courses
Half of Australian and New Zealand enterprises use a framework to manage IT services

Wellington, New Zealand (6 September 2012) – To cater to the increasing demand for IT accreditation and training, leading global IT organisation ISACA is launching a range of new training courses in association with the worldwide examination institute, APMG-International.

Four new COBIT 5 training courses will be launched over the next five months as the result of a new partnership between ISACA and APMG-International. APMG has been appointed as ISACA’s official training accreditation partner for COBIT 5, ISACA’s framework for governance and management of enterprise IT. The agreement is in place for a period of three years.

Launched in April 2012, COBIT 5 helps enterprises maximise the value of their information – the currency of the 21st century. COBIT 5 publications have been downloaded more than 70,000 times in the four months since its release.

Under the agreement, ISACA and APMG will develop the training courses and exams that will lead to the achievement of individual course certificates. APMG will also assess and accredit trainers and manage the examination process for the courses.

The announcement follows a recent ISACA survey, which found that half of all Australian and New Zealand enterprises use a framework or standard for governance and management of enterprise IT assets and services[i].

Additionally, ISACA experienced a 435% growth in the previous COBIT 4.1 Foundation Exams over five years (from 2006 to 2011) with more than 20,000 registrations for this exam overall.

“ISACA’s new COBIT 5 accreditation program for trainers and training entities will ensure high standards, consistent quality and a seamless process for conducting courses and exams on a global scale,” said Thomas Borton, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP, chair of ISACA’s Education and Dissemination Committee. “This is an exciting and globally anticipated development of COBIT training.”

Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG, said, “This is a very significant announcement for APMG. Naturally we are delighted that ISACA has appointed us as its accreditation partner. We are very experienced at rolling out accreditation schemes globally. We aim to encourage candidates to engage with COBIT 5, so their organisations will in turn benefit from better governance and management of enterprise IT.”

The COBIT 5 courses and expected availability dates include:
• Foundation Level Training—November 2012
• Process Level Training—December 2012
• Implementation Level Training—January 2013
• Assessment Level Training—January 2013

ISACA’s own subject matter experts will be collaborating with APMG to create course syllabi and exam items. ISACA will also continue to support COBIT 4.1.

To meet demand, current COBIT 4.1 licensed trainers and training companies can apply for a syllabus to deliver the COBIT 5 Foundation course until the formal course and accreditation requirements are completed. After that time, license holders will be required to be accredited by APMG to continue Foundation Level training.

COBIT 5 and IT frameworks will be discussed at the upcoming Oceania CACS2012 conference, which focuses on ‘embracing uncertainty and delivering value in turbulent times’. Held in Wellington from 10-12 September 2012, highly respected industry experts from New Zealand, Australia and around the world will present their latest thinking, research and practical experience in topical presentations and workshops.

For more information on the Oceania CACS2012 conference, including registration details, please visit: www.oceaniacacs2012.org. For additional information on COBIT 5, including a free download of the COBIT 5 framework, visit www.isaca.org/cobit. For more details on COBIT training, visit www.isaca.org/cobittraining.

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About ISACA
With more than 100,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) is a leading global provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems (IS) assurance and security, enterprise governance and management of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA hosts international conferences, publishes the ISACA® Journal, and develops international IS auditing and control standards, which help its constituents ensure trust in, and value from, information systems. It also advances and attests IT skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control™ (CRISC™) designations.

ISACA continually updates and expands the practical guidance and product family based on the COBIT® framework. COBIT helps IT professionals and enterprise leaders fufill their IT governance and management responsibilities, particularly in the areas of assurance, security, risk and control, and deliver value to the business.

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About APMG International
APMG-International (www.apmg-international.com) is a global examination institute. Our portfolio of qualifications includes ASL® and BiSL®, ITIL®, PRINCE2®, MSP®, and M_o_R®. Our Accredited Training Organizations have gone through the most rigorous assessment process in the industry. Our commitment to high standards means candidates can be proud of their achievement. Our examinations are available throughout the world and we work with 21 languages.

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