ITIL 4 is Coming!
ITIL was first released in 1989 and has been updated a number of times since then. In 2000, V2 was released and the focus was on integrated processes broken up into 2 fundamental areas; Service Support and Service Delivery. In 2007 we saw the release of ITIL V3 with the focus shift to a “lifecycle” view of IT Service Management. In 2011, there was an update to V3 (known as the 2011 Edition), which cleaned up a few inconsistencies and added some content, but fundamentally stayed true to the framework of V3. Now, in early 2019, we will see the release of ITIL 4.
The Value of ITIL 4 will be in how this framework focuses on enabling digital transformation, agility and an end-to-end IT/Digital Operating Model.
See Axelos message on “Value of ITIL 4”
When is ITIL 4 coming?
The ITIL 4 Foundation Course will be available in Q1 2019. Value Shepherd will host its first ITIL 4 Foundation courses in March 2019. Register for your seat in one of our first classes here.
ITIL 4 Certification
The first release of ITIL 4 will be the Foundation level, currently scheduled for launch in Q1 2019, with the following levels due for release in H2 2019.
ITIL Managing Professional (ITIL MP) targets IT practitioners working within technology and digital teams across businesses. The Managing Professional (MP) stream provides practical and technical knowledge about how to run successful IT projects, teams and workflows.
ITIL Strategic Leader (ITIL SL) recognizes the value of ITIL, not just for IT operations, but for all digitally-enabled services. Becoming an ITIL Strategic Leader (ITIL SL) demonstrates that the individual has a clear understanding of how IT influences and directs business strategy.
To obtain the designation ITIL Managing Professional or ITIL Strategic Leader, the candidate must complete all modules in each stream, with ITIL Strategist being a universal module for both streams.
What about my ITIL V3 Certifications
If you have taken ITIL v3 Foundation, then the recommended approach is to take ITIL 4 Foundation in order to be able to transition to the new scheme.
There is a large amount of new material in ITIL 4 Foundation therefore a new single exam is required to assess the end-learner’s knowledge of the new ITIL 4 Foundation guidance.
ITIL V3 Intermediate (3 or 4 credits achieved)
If you are holding a low number of credits beyond Foundation, you have two recommended options to transition to ITIL 4 dependent on what you want to achieve in the scheme.
OPTION 1: Take ITIL 4 Foundation and a further module in their preferred area of interest, becoming either an ITIL Specialist, Strategist or Leader.*
If you have no intention of pursuing the ITIL Managing Professional designation, then the recommended route would be to take the most relevant module in your area of practice/interest.
OPTION 2: You could achieve 17 credits from ITIL v3 to become eligible to take the ITIL Managing Professional transition module.
If you would like to work towards achieving the ITIL Managing Professional designation, you will need to continue collecting v3 credits until you have achieved the required 17 credits. This will make you eligible to take the Managing Professional Transition module.
The benefit of this is that you will be eligible to fast track past the v3 Managing Across the Lifecycle course and exam. You can also continue collecting credits before ITIL Managing Professional examinable modules are launched.
ITIL Intermediate/Practitioner (6 or more credits achieved beyond Foundation)
If you have achieved 6 credits or more since v3 Foundation, then it may be in your best interest to continue collecting v3 credits to prepare them for an easy transition to ITIL 4 and gain the ITIL Managing Professional designation.
You will need to reach 17 credits to be eligible to take the ITIL Managing Professional Transition module.
If you have achieved ITIL v3 Expert, you can take the ITIL Managing Professional Transition module as soon as it is released to achieve the ITIL Managing Professional designation.
After achieving the ITIL Managing Professional designation, if you are interested in pursuing the ITIL Strategic Leader stream, you would only need to complete the ITIL Leader Digital & Strategy module.
Once you have completed both streams you are eligible to move towards ITIL Master.
*further prerequisite required
Register for your seat in one of our first ITIL 4 Foundation classes here. Special Launch pricing applies.