Level 1: MTP Technician (Technical Support & Operations)

Below are details of the skills that must be demonstrated in the examination in order to succeed at this level, and the prerequisite education and/or experience expected.

Examination

In order to qualify as a Level 1 Mainframe Technology Professional (Technical Support & Operations) the candidate will sit a formal examination, in invigilated test conditions. The examination is designed to assess candidates' knowledge and grounding in the mainframe environment at foundation level, testing the knowledge and skills essential for personnel to be able to make a productive contribution in the workplace. This level is a general mainframe qualification, which will be equally appropriate for most mainframe technical teams.

The disciplines and knowledge tested will comprise:

A maximum of three optional modules may be attempted. It is recommended that operations personnel attempt the appropriate job scheduling module.

Skills demonstrated

In order to qualify at this stage candidates will be expected to:

demonstrate an understanding of mainframe computing by answering questions on the following topics:

demonstrate an understanding of basic z/OS concepts by answering questions on the following topics:

demonstrate an ability to use z/OS JCL by answering questions on:

demonstrate an ability to use TSO/ISPF by:

(optional) demonstrate an understanding of basic z/OS Security in RACF by answering questions on the following topics:

(optional) demonstrate an ability to write REXX programs by answering questions on:

(optional) demonstrate an ability to use VSAM by answering questions on:

(optional) demonstrate an understanding of Job Scheduling by:

Note: Candidates select the appropriate form of this module to attempt based on the job scheduling package they use.

Prerequisite knowledge/experience

Candidates for the Level 1 Mainframe Technology Professional (Technical Support and Operations) examination will be expected to have between twelve and twenty-four months experience in a support or operations role in a mainframe-based data centre. In this period the candidate will have attended a number of foundation level training courses or have gained equivalent experience and expertise in the workplace.