In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies are in need of mainframe programming skills.

Why invest in mainframe skills?

Your digital transformation requires the right enterprise IT platforms and skills so that you can make the most of your investment in this highly secure, resilient, and agile IT platform.

See why mainframe skills matter and how IBM is collaborating with the academic community, clients and partners to build the next generation of talent.


Learn IBM mainframe skills

Master the Mainframe

Use the hands-on, virtual platform and earn open badges.

Start coding

Explore tutorials, code patterns, learning series and more.

Earn badges

Get 56 hours of online courses and earn open badges.

What is a mainframe?

Get to know the servers that can securely process billions of transactions.

Explore the forum

Learn about IBM Z in the community for students and developers.

Stay connected

Learn and connect in the new IBM Z and LinuxONE community.


Build mainframe expertise

Professional certification

Online training for customers

Training for Partners


Employ mainframers

Cultivate talent

Get guidance on recruiting, training and retaining IBM Z skills.

Partner with universities

See which schools offer mainframe education.

Build new talent

Use the Mainframe Apprenticeship roadmap.

Build new collar talent

Explore apprenticeships and non-traditional training programs.

Find employees

Search and contact skilled talent.

Connect young professionals

Use Gen Z programs.


Teach mainframe skills

Course materials

Find presentations, labs, and quizzes for over 25 courses.

Hands-on exercises

Get free access to z/OS and Linux on IBM Z.

Share and promote

Send details of your courses to share with employers and student.

Get started quickly

Incorporate content and exercises into a course.

Contest and learning

Apply the contest or learning system to your class.

Explore the forum

Learn about IBM Z in the community for educators.


The next generation of talent is here

Sign up for the new IBM Z Skills Employer Resource Center so you can leverage the superior security, availability, scalability, and efficiency of the IBM mainframe.

The best of Think 2020: Join on demand sessions to get expert advice on keeping your IT infrastructure modern, secure, and resilient.

See what IBM Z skills can do for you

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