Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Blockchain Fundamentals Course +Blockchain IBM Badge

A new course - “Blockchain Fundamentals” has been added to our curriculum of 250+ Interskill z Mainframe elearning courses. You can also earn an official “Blockchain Foundations” IBM Credential badge by completing this course.

Remember as a student account holder of Interskill Learning you receive access to new and updated courses throughout the year. Be sure to login to your Interskill Learning Account and take advantage of this new course and IBM Badge.

Blockchain Fundamentals Course Details

- Introduction to Blockchain
- Embracing Blockchain
- How Blockchain works
- Blockchain Fundamentals Mastery Test
Superior Quality course content, teamed with the delivery benefits of cutting edge HTML5 elearning technology, offers high levels of interactivity, immersive graphics, engaging animations and is now MOBILE FRIENDLY!

More information at

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New and Updated Courses Released by Interskill Learning

The entire CICS curriculum has been updated to version 5.3! These courses contain many new features and training benefits for CICS operators and programmers.

We have also added 4 new assessments to our collection for PL/I and COBOL.

As always, existing students receive these courses with their qualifying license/subscription. Be sure to enroll for this new curriculum when you login to the Learning Management System training portal.

CICS TS Operations Series
  • CICS TS - Introduction
  • CICS - Explorer Fundamentals
  • CICS TS - Controlling CICS Operations
  • CICS Command Simulations

CICS TS Programmers Series

  • CICS - Programming Basics
  • Program Control and Communication
  • Files and Databases
  • Storage and Transient Data
  • Programming for Web Access
  • Using CICS Transaction Gateway
  • CICS Terminal Communications
  • Using SDF II To Maintain CICS TS Maps
  • Programming for Recovery
  • Debugging CICS Programs

New Assessments

  • COBOL Basics Assessment
  • COBOL Advanced Assessment
  • PL/I Basics Assessment
  • PL/I Advanced Assessment

COMING SOON! – Courses on Blockchain Technology

Note: The current CICS Curriculum will be retired on October 31, 2017. Students please be sure to use the new CICS 5.3 curriculum. learn more at

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Interskill Learning's Mainframe Training Newsletter has Arrived!

Get the latest Mainframe Training Newsletter from Interskill Learning!
Inside this issue:
  • Interskill Learning New Releases
  • IBM releases new Global Industry Benchmarks for z Systems Mainframe Knowledge & Skills!
  • Applying for a Data Center Job….5 years from now!
  • Vendor Briefs
  • Tech-head Knowledge Test
  • Learning Spotlight – Introduction to Big Data
  • Management: The Best Mainframe DASD and Dataset Innovations
  • Technical: Disk Mirroring Part 1: A Review of XRC, PPRC and Friends
  • Technical: Disk Mirroring Part 2: Performance

Goto for the latest issue.


Friday, March 3, 2017

IBM releases new Global Industry Benchmarks for z Systems Mainframe Knowledge & Skills!

The global Mainframe Computing Workforce has had thousands of lines of press dedicated to it over the last decade. “The Mainframe Skills Crisis is Looming!” everyone fretted. "Will it be another Y2K?" Though the issue of the most experienced mainframers retiring has been a real one, it has turned out to be more “tidal” than "tidal wave"!

Through all the mainframer retirements, the promotions of the mainframers left behind, and the hiring of the z Next Generation, there has been one key factor missing in the mainframe computing industry. IBM has not had a set of industry recognized, official IBM z Systems Mainframe Credentials for personnel to earn and display their IBM endorsed z Systems Mainframe skills and knowledge.

Until now!

“A high tide raises all boats” the old saying goes, and now for the first time there is a broad spectrum of 30 Official IBM Mainframe Credentials that, earned and proudly displayed by mainframers everywhere, will serve to raise the skill and knowledge level of the overall global Mainframe Computing workforce.
Released February 17th, these 30 IBM z Systems Mainframe Credentials for Mainframe Application Programming, Mainframe Operations, Mainframe Specialists, Mainframe Security and Mainframe Storage are the new Mainframe Computing career benchmarks.
  • Read more about the IBM Open Badge Program here.
  • IBM Offers hundreds of badges overall, with 35 being Mainframe specific. Search for the 30 new Mainframe badges (& 5 old mainframe badges) here using the term "mainframe".
Mainframe Organizations should utilize these Official IBM Mainframe Credentials to exponentially increase the effectiveness and validity of their Mainframe Workforce Training Programs, as well as insuring their Mainframe Workforce is at or above IBM endorsed, objective industry standards.

Mainframe Professionals should begin earning these Official IBM Mainframe Credentials now! They are the recognized, respected and valued benchmark for z Systems Mainframe Knowledge and Skills in the global Mainframe Computing Industry! They offer recognition by your Organization, by your Peers, and by the Industry as a whole, for your Mainframe Skills and Knowledge! They insure you stand out from your Peers in an industry that is currently searching for its best and its brightest!