Mainframe track for developers

Participants become familiar with the MVS mainframe environment and the most important products and subsystems. At the end of this track, the participant:

  • has a clear overview of the characteristics of the mainframe. He/she becomes familiar with the most important components: the ISPF interface, the editor, the compiler, JCL, SDSF, ...;
  • is able to develop applications independently in COBOL/PL/I on a MVS mainframe,
  • is familiar with the transaction monitor (IMS/DC and CICS) and knows how to use it;
  • has a thorough training in the use of Db2 - the basic characteristics and the use of interactive and embedded SQL.

ABIS can provide a personal evaluation.


No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested? Please let us know.

Intended for

Everyone likely to become a developer in an MVS mainframe environment.


No specific background is required.

Main topics

Training method

Participants can spend a lot of time on exercises the knowledge obtained; at the end of the track that knowledge is used in a case study, during which team work is very important.


Typically 35 days (depends on the modules that will be followed).

Course leader

an ABIS instructor.