Course Description

This 3-day, hands-on training course introduces the student to the Job Control Language (JCL) that is used with IBM’s z/OS mainframe operating system.¬† The course presents all of the basic JCL statements and discusses the most commonly used parameters for each type of statement. Several of the regularly used IBM utility programs are explained and examples of their use in JCL are presented. The Job Entry Subsystem (JES) is also introduced. Efficiency techniques for coding JCL are highlighted¬† to ensure the optimum use of JCL and system resources. Hands-on workshops are used to reinforce concepts.


Attendance at our IBM z/OS TSO/ISPF Introduction training course, or equivalent experience.

Who is this course for?

For software developers, business analysts, technical support and operations personnel who need to code and tune basic Job Control Language (JCL) scripts in a z/OS environment.

Further Training

After some further on-the-job programming experience with JCL, we recommend students attend our
IBM z/OS JCL Advanced training course to gain higher-level skills in the usage of JCL.

Course content