COBOL Programming Part 2 - Advanced Level

This course is the essential second part of the definitive introduction to COBOL programming that starts with the course COBOL Programming Part 1 - Foundation Level. Introducing programmers with some experience to the more advanced features of COBOL, this course completes the lessons on how to write new programs and how to maintain existing ones.
As attendees will be writing testing and debugging actual programs, the use of COBOL logic will be reinforced during this course. The course is taught using a combination of formal classroom sessions and practical exercises, and includes realistic case studies.
When run exclusively for one organisation the case studies can be customised to reflect the client's particular environment and workload.

As well as public presentations, this course is available for one-company presentations, live over the Internet, via RSM's Virtual Classroom Environment service.

Virtual Classroom Environment dates - click to book!

19 July 2021 13 September 2021 22 November 2021

What is a 'Virtual Classroom Environment'?


What do I need?

  • webcam
  • headphones with microphone
  • sufficient bandwidth, at least 1.5 Mb/s in each direction.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • code and call COBOL subprograms
  • define and access tables using either subscripts or indexes
  • use the COBOL internal sort facility
  • define and use VSAM files.

Who Should Attend

Trainee or junior programmers who have already been writing or maintaining COBOL programs.


The ability to use TSO/ISPF and an understanding of JCL is expected, along with prior attendance on the course COBOL Programming Part 1 - Foundation Level or equivalent experience.


5 days

Fee (per attendee)

£2200 (ex VAT)

Course Code



COBOL Revision

Attendees will be required to write a COBOL program in order to demonstrate that they have a sufficient level of understanding of the language. This will also enable the instructor to identify any areas that require attention.

Table Handling

PERFORM...VARYING and TABLES; two and three dimensional tables; indexed tables: SET, PERFORM... VARYING with indexes, SEARCH; INITIALISING TABLES; OCCURS DEPENDING ON; complex ODO.
How tables (arrays) are used within COBOL programs.


CALL statement; LINKAGE SECTION; ENTRY; GOBACK; EXIT PROGRAM; CANCEL; subprogram examples; dynamic CALLs.
Describes program linkage, how data is passed from one program to another and distinguishes between static and dynamic linkage.

VSAM File Handling

RELATIVE and INDEXED FILE-CONTROL entries; VSAM status keys and return codes; READ; WRITE; START; REWRITE; DELETE.
Showing all aspects of accessing VSAM files in a COBOL Program

The SORT Facility

SORT FILE description entry; determining SORT success; SORT verb; RELEASE; RETURN.
How to invoke SORT from a COBOL program.

Miscellaneous COBOL Statements


What the students say

Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Having an instructor with such a level of interest, experience and knowledge made the training much easier and enjoyable.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

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