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This Competency Exam tests your mastery of the objectives for the courses that make up the Introduction to the IBM i Environment series:

  • Getting Started on IBM i
  • Integrated File System Concepts
  • Using IBM i Commands
  • Using Navigator for i

The exam is divided into four parts, one for each course in the series. Successfully completing all parts of the exam demonstrates your proficiency in the basic skills required to use an IBM i system.

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

Recommended Uses

This Competency Exam was designed as a mastery test for the Introduction to the IBM i Environment 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.


The Introduction to the IBM i Environment series, including this exam, should be taken by anyone who will be using an IBM i system. This audience includes managers, programmers, operators, end users, and other personnel.


While this series has no formal prerequisites, a minimal knowledge of computer fundamentals is assumed.