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This Competency Exam tests your mastery of the objectives for the courses that make up the Using the Advanced Job Scheduler series:

  • Advanced Job Scheduler Concepts
  • The AJS Text-Based Interface
  • The AJS Web-Based Interface

The exam is divided into separate parts, one for each course in the series. Successfully completing all parts of the exam demonstrates your proficiency in the skills required to set up manage system the Advanced Job Scheduler.

Approximate time to complete all parts of the exam: 2 hours

Recommended Uses

This Competency Exam was designed as a mastery test for the Using the Advanced Job Scheduler series. We recommend that you take the exam after you complete the series. Alternatively, you can take the corresponding portion of the exam when you complete each course.

Another use for the Competency Exam is as a pretest. Depending on your previous experience and training, you may feel that you already know the material covered by a given course. If this is the case, you should take the exam corresponding to that course. If you successfully complete the exam, you can skip the course, confident that you have already mastered the skills it teaches.


The exam automatically evaluates your performance and reports how you did. To "pass" the exam, you must successfully work at least 80% of the exercises corresponding to each topic. If you score less than 80%, you will be directed to the appropriate course for review.


This series is for everyone who will be using the IBM Advanced Job Scheduler for i. The first course, Advanced Job Scheduler Concepts, is designed for users, managers, operators, and system administrators. The remaining courses are for the operators and system administrators responsible for setting up and managing the Advanced Job Scheduler.


Before you begin your study of the material, you should have a working knowledge of basic IBM i concepts and facilities. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses in the Manta Introduction to the IBM i Environment series.

Certain topics within the second and third courses assume you also have a detailed understanding of IBM i security and work management. You can satisfy these prerequisites by successfully completing the courses in the following Manta series:

The third course also assumes you are familiar with IBM's Navigator for i product, including how to sign onto your IBM i system using a browser and navigate the menu structure. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the Manta course Using IBM Systems Director Navigator for i.

You may also have gained this knowledge from attending classes or from relevant work experience.