Db2 11.5 Foundations Exam

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    March 1, 2020
  • Estimated Effort
    This is a 60 question, 75 minute, open book, proctored exam

About This Exam

This exam is a proctored exam and is designed to validate that an individual data professional has the fundamental grasp of Db2 concepts.  These concepts include: 

  • Basic SQL
  • Concurrency
  • Planning
  • Basics of Db2 Objects
  • Databases
  • Basics of Security. 

This exam is current and updated to Db2 11.5 and will continue to be updated as new capablities are delivered.  Here are some details of the exam:

  • Duration:  The exam is 75 minutes long. 
  • Materials Available:  This is an open book exam. 
  • Format:  The exam has 60 multiple choice questions
  • Passing Mark:  You need a mark of 68% to pass the exam

You will be told whether you passed or failed at the completion of the exam, which will occur once you have declared you finished the exam, or, the time limit expires, which ever occurs first.

Please remember to submit the answer to each question along the way.  By default, your answers are not submitted so you can go back at any time and change an answer.  Once you submit an answer, you will not have the ability to change it.



In order to pass this exam, you would need to have some experience with the basics of Db2.  A working knowledge (hands-on experience) is, of course, very beneficial, however, a solid academic understanding of Db2 will be of significant help as well.





1.  You must have an approved proctor.  If you are writing this exam in a face-to-face setting, run at an IBM, IDUG or an RDUG event, this is probably taken care of already.  To take this exam outside an official event offering a proctored service, you must nominate a proctor and have that proctor approved prior to taking the exam.  You can nominate a proctor by sending the following information to Les King at  The email should include:

  • Your full name
  • The address that the exam will be taken
  • Proctor's name
  • Proctor's title
  • Proctor's email. 

This proctor approval process usually takes 3-4 days.

2.  You must register as a member of IDUG at

3.  You must pay (or provide a promotion certificate) at

4.  Once your proctor is approved and payment received by IDUG, you will be registered to take the exam.  Your proctor will receive the instructions once you are registered.

5.  You take the exam.  You will see a button which says "Enroll in Class" which means that you are successfully registered.  Click on that button and then click on exam.  An exam will be generated for you and is a random selection of questions from a large pool of question.

6.  At the completion of the exam, your proctor must send an email as outlined in the communication to the proctor.  This is the same email as mentioned in step 4.

7.  Once the email is received by the proctor, if you passed, you'll be given instructions on how to collect your official Db2 11.5 Fundamentals Exam badge.

If you have any questions or experience any problems, feel free to contact the exam administration at


Frequently Asked Questions


What web browser should I use?

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See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.


What is the role of a proctor ?

A proctor is required to be the primary source of communication during the act of taking the exam.  The proctor's job is to: validate your identify, ensure the clean room process is followed and provide in writing confirmation that the rules of the exam were followed.


Who can be a proctor ?

Anyone who is licensed or registered in their profession.  Examples include, but, are not limited to: nurse, doctor, laywer, personal trainer, holistic nutritionist, dietician, massage therapist, chiropractor, teacher, professor, minister, priest, etc.

A proctor cannot be an immediate family member such as a spouse, mother, father, or sibling.

We will attempt to validate the credentials of the proctor on-line, however, we may request a copy of a business card, employment letter or some other form of authentication.  Any information you can provide in your initial request will help speed up the process, such as an image of the proposed proctor's business card or the URL for their linkedin profile, etc.


What happens if my proctor is rejected ?

You have several choices:

  1. You can nominate another proctor at any time..
  2. You can attend one of the IBM, IDUG or RUG events and take your exam there - see the calendar of events for dates and locations
  3. You can talk to your organization and see if they want to line up a group exam for multiple employees
  4. You can pay for a proctor from one of our approved proctoring companies.  See the list here.

What happens if I fail the exam ?

You can take the exam as many times as you like, however, each iteration requires another promotion coupon or payment.


When will I receive my badge if I passed ?

You will receive the badge within 4 days of us receiving the completion email from your approved proctor.


Can I take the exam at an event ?

Yes.  There are many events each year where the proctored exam is offered as part of that event.  This includes some IBM events, IDUG events and RDUG events.  You will need to check the event details to see if Db2 proctored exams are offered or not, how much they cost and the registration process.  If you plan to take this exam at an event, you do not need to worry about the proctor process as one will be provided.