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JCL (z/OS) – Introduction to JCL 2.5


3 hours



The Introduction to JCL course discusses the organization’s need to run batch processing, describing the people that utilize it, and the types of tasks performed with it. It explains where batch job JCL can be stored and the tools that can be used to access it. From there the course moves into the structure of JCL, explaining the basic syntax requirements and the types of accompanying parameters.


Operators and programmers who require an introduction to batch processing, and how JCL is used to process data.


General z/OS operating system knowledge.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe who within your organization runs batch processing, and why it is required
  • Identify the general syntax requirements of JCL statements

Course Content

Understanding Batch Processing

Data Processing Needs for Organizations
Where Batch Processing fits in with this
JCL and Batch Processing
Who uses JCL
Manual and Automated JCL Batch Processing
JCL Standards Imposed by Organizations

JCL Coding Requirements

Statements, Parameters, and Sub-Parameters Explained
General Syntax Requirements
Null Statements
Using Comments
JCL Highlighting
Examples of Problems when Syntax is Coded Incorrectly

JCL (z/OS) – Introduction to JCL 2.5 Mastery Test