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IBM Certified System Administrator - MQ V8.0

Job Role Description / Target Audience

This intermediate level certification is for system administrators who have extensive product knowledge and are expected to plan, install, configure and maintain the product.    

These system administrators perform  day-to-day administration activities which cover:

1.  Planning, Installation and Migration

2.  Configuration

3.  Security

4.  Administration

5.  Availability

6.  Monitoring

7.  Performance Tuning

8.  Problem Determination

It is expected that this system administrator will be generally self-sufficient and be able to perform the tasks involved in the role with limited assistance from peers, product documentation and vendor support services.  

Due to the various platforms supported by IBM MQ V8.0, this certification is a cross platform certification.  There are platform specific questions on the certification test. 

To attain the IBM Certified System Administrator - MQ V8.0 certification, candidates must pass 1 test. To prepare for the test, it is recommended to refer to the job role description and recommended prerequisite skills, and click the link to the test below to refer to the test objectives (skills measured on the test) and the Test preparation tab.

Recommended Prerequisite Skills

Knowledge and foundational skills one needs to possess before acquiring skills measured on the certification test. These foundational skills are NOT measured on the test. For skills measured on the test, see Test Objectives.)

  • Working knowledge of IBM MQ 
  • Working knowledge of supported operating systems (e.g., AIX, HP-UX, Solaris,  IBM i, Linux, z/OS, Windows) 
  • Good understanding of messaging concepts 
  • Basic knowledge of operating MQ Explorer
  • Basic knowledge of networking concepts
  • Basic understanding of security concepts and protocols


This certification requires 1 test(s).

Test(s) required:

Click on the link(s) below to see test details, test objectives, suggested training and sample tests.

  1. Test C9530-410 - IBM MQ V8.0, System Administration

Each test:

  1. contains questions requiring single and multiple answers.  For multiple-answer questions, you need to choose all required options to get the answer correct. You will be advised how many options make up the correct answer.  
  2. is designed to provide diagnostic feedback on the Examination Score Report, correlating back to the test objectives, informing the test taker how he or she did on each section of the test. As a result, to maintain the integrity of each test, questions and answers are not distributed.


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