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Course Description

Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL) has been around since 1959 and has fallen prey to more popular programming languages when it comes to the next generation of programmers. In fact, about 73 percent of colleges in the United States do not teach COBOL as a part of their curriculum. But, despite its reputation as being outdated and unable to keep up with modern programming languages, COBOL still accounts for more than 70 percent of the business transactions that take place in the world today.

COBOL is practically everywhere, and the reasons to learn COBOL are as follows:

COBOL is Easy to Learn

If you have a decent understanding of English, then chances are you will have a decent understanding of COBOL. Unlike some other programming languages, COBOL employs verbs and sentences that would make just as much sense in English as they do when writing lines of COBOL.

COBOL isn’t Going Anywhere

COBOL is so engrained in our lives that it would prove expensive, risky, and time-consuming to try to replace it. Plus, the fact that COBOL integrates with nearly everything makes replacing it completely unnecessary. COBOL programs can be called by a majority of the current computer languages, and each new enterprise platform that emerges has aspects of COBOL applications. COBOL has been ported to just about every hardware platform in existence.

COBOL is Fast and Accurate

Procedural and not object-oriented, COBOL allows for straight-line data processing. Since COBOL can process from myriad data sources and provides direct language support for data files, COBOL can easily provide rapid access to data. Furthermore, COBOL offers mathematic exactness for up to 38 digits, which makes it a mainstay of the banking and insurance industries.

COBOL will open New Doors

Learning COBOL will allow you to expand your arsenal of programming knowledge. Since COBOL is often associated with other programming languages and business components, you’ll likely gain residual knowledge. This will make you prime for other opportunities related to working with COBOL. Simply put, knowing COBOL can only help when it comes to advancing your career or getting a promising one started.

COBOL Certification Course Overview

The COBOL Programming Basics course introduces the COBOL language and its basic structure. It will also describe the syntax and use of program logic statements in the procedure division of a COBOL program. Moreover, it examines the standard loop and conditional statements, and the available arithmetic operations. It also describes the use of basic screen and printing instructions.

COBOL Certification Course Curriculum

Who this online course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to master COBOL can take up this course. This teaches COBOL from Scratch to Advanced level
  • If you know Mainframe then it will be beneficial but if you don't know what is Mainframe.
  • Basic TSO/ISPF commands and basic knowledge of JCL will be useful but is not necessary
  • You should also have a basic idea of the DDL and DML operations in DB2.

The key requirements for taking up the course:

  • You should have a PC with an internet connection
  • If you have a mainframe id then it will be beneficial but it is not necessary
  • You should know at least the basics of TSO/ISPF and JCL.

Frequently Asked Questions about COBOL

Q: Can I just enroll in a single course?

Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn the best knowledge. When you subscribe to a course, you will be automatically getting access to the course learning materials.

Q: Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?

This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings, and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile or web device.

Q: What background knowledge is necessary for this course?

Ideal candidates will have some background in computer programming or, system administration.

Q: How in demand are COBOL skills?

A rapidly retiring workforce is leading to a skills gap that needs new professionals ready to take on COBOL and system programming.


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    Richard Hernandez

    Superbly Structured! There are seldom ever opportunities to get this sort of experience at such a high level of quality, nicely done. As a professional, I appreciate it, as someone who is trying to build other skills when there are some quiet moments at night, a chance to engage in something that has fascinated me. It's very much appreciated.
    August 6, 2020
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    Thomas Wilson

    The instructor is very good at explaining something that is not easy to understand. I am taking all the COBOL, courses to refresh my memory so I can get back into programming. I greatly anticipate the upcoming training. I have been an Oracle DBA since 2000 and I am anxious to get back to programming. I got burned out on Oracle's constant additions and changes.
    August 6, 2020
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    Joseph Martinez

    I already have some knowledge in the mainframe platform working as COBOL Developer during the initial part of my career. This online learning course has helped me to refresh some of the concepts. Also, I have learned new features from COBOL that I consider useful for those who develop in this language. This online learning course is a guide for those who want to learn this powerful programming language, showing COBOL commands from the beginner level to the advanced level.
    August 6, 2020
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