BCS Practitioner Certificate in Software Asset Management — A 5 day course

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Retired Course; no longer available


This course has been retired and replaced by Software Asset Management Practitioner (SAMP)

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Software Asset Management syllabus and qualification is designed to provide Software Asset Managers, who work in the typically complex computing environment of medium to large companies, the knowledge to implement and maintain an effecive SAM programme.

This 5 day BCS accredited course which prepares delegates to sit and pass the Practitioner Certificate in Software Asset Management examination makes full use of both the current best practice, such as the SAM module within IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL® v3), and the ISO 19770-1 Standard.

The training course utilises several practical exercises to provide delegates with extensive hands-on experience of all the key components of implementing SAM.

This PCSAM qualification represents a major benchmark in measuring the skills of software asset management professionals. It addresses the six key areas of the SAM lifecycle.

This Practitioner course and leans heavily on discussions and workshops designed to reinforce the concepts being taught and to build the delegates confidence in implementing SAM. The course is also designed to encourage debate, and the sharing of knowledge and experience between delegates.


Holders of the Practitioner Certificate in Software Asset Management will be able to demonstrate their competence in planning, implementing, and maintaining a SAM programme and have the ability to:

Suitable For

Software Asset Managers including IT process / asset managers and software compliance managers.


A pass in the BCS Certificate in Software Asset Management Essentials and a 'comprehensive understanding' of ITIL® Best Practises SAM is mandatory to attend this course.


The course fully prepares the delegate to sit the 3 hour examination set by BCS.

The PCSAM examination, which is held quarterly, comprises of 5 questions based on a scenario. Students need to obtain a pass mark of 60%.

If a mark of over 80% is achieved, a distinction will be awarded.


This course has been retired and is no longer available.


Introduction to SAM

Understanding the Scope of SAM

The Business Case

Planning for SAM


Establishing and Maintaining Control

Software Licensing Overview


This is a highly interactive 5 day course with at least 50% of the time spent in group exercises working through real life SAM issues and tasks such as:

* ITIL® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.