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This Competency Exam tests your mastery of the objectives for the courses that make up the RPG Programming series:

  • RPG Fundamentals
  • RPG File Processing
  • Rounding Out The Essentials of RPG
  • Working with Complex Data Types
  • Developing a Modular RPG Application
  • Developing an Interactive RPG Program
  • Advanced RPG Programming

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 develop ILE RPG applications.

Approximate time to complete all parts of the exam: 2.5 hours

Recommended Uses

This Competency Exam was designed as a mastery test for the RPG Programming 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 session for review.


The RPG Programming series, including this exam, is intended for programmers new to the RPG programming language. It can also be taken by RPG III programmers who want to learn RPG IV.


All courses in this series assume that you are familiar with computer programming concepts. In order to satisfy this prerequisite, you should have some programming experience with another programming language.

These courses also assume that you have a working knowledge of basic IBM i concepts and facilities. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses in the following Manta series:

Finally, the courses in this series also assume you familiar with IBM i programming concepts and facilities. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the courses in the following series: