There has been a lot of speculation about the future of ITIL, following AXELOS' announcement that there was an update coming.
We are now pleased to be able to advise that the new ITIL scheme has been unveiled, although the wait now starts to find out the actual content of each of the courses.
ITIL 4 sees the biggest update since ITIL v3 was introduced in 2007. Unlike the refresh of the version 3 materials in 2011, the beginning of 2019 will see some major changes.
The name, ITIL 4, reflects the role that this best practice framework will continue to play in supporting individuals and organizations to navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
What's new in ITIL 4?
The ITIL 4 certification scheme comprises of the following levels:
- ITIL Foundation
- ITIL Specialist modules (3)
- ITIL Strategist
- ITIL Leader
- ITIL Master
Like ITIL v3, the new release has two streams, these are ITIL Managing Professional (ITIL MP) and ITIL Strategic Leader (ITIL SL).
New ITIL Courses
The new ITIL 4 Foundation will be available from early 2019 and remains the entry level certification. The Foundation will give learners the general awareness of key elements, concepts and terminology and will be a mandatory requirement for anyone wanting to achieve the higher level certifications.
The ITIL Managing Professional (ITIL MP) stream will provide practical and technical knowledge about how to run successful IT projects, teams and workflows and is for IT practitioners working within technology and digital teams across businesses. This stream is made up of 4 courses:
- Create, Deliver & Support
- Drive Stakeholder Value
- High Velocity IT
- Direct, Plan & Improve
Three of the courses (Create, Deliver & Support, Drive Stakeholder Value and High Velocity IT) are "ITIL Specialist" modules and the final one, Direct, Plan and Improve is an "ITIL Strategist" module.
All of the courses have individual benefits, but to certify as an ITIL MP, the Foundation and all four course in the stream must be completed.
The ITIL Strategic Leader (ITIL SL) stream recognises the value of ITIL, not just for IT, but for all digital services. This stream is made up of two courses:
- ITIL Strategist Direct, Plan & Improve
- ITIL Leader Digital & IT Strategy
This ITIL SL certification is only available to experienced managers, with a minimum of 3 years' experience, who also hold the new ITIL 4 Foundation. It's not clear yet how students will be asked to demonstrate that they meet this criteria.
If a candidate completes all 5 modules, gaining both designations from the two streams, they will be eligible for assessment to become an ITIL Master. There'll be more details of this released later.
Validity of ITIL v3 Qualifications
Anyone who currently holds 17 or more ITIL credits from V3 study can take a transition course, to bridge their qualification from ITIL Expert to ITIL Managing Professional.
This means that anyone who is already on their journey to ITIL Expert should continue with their studies. The transition module won't be available until the second half of 2019.
Great news for people who have already heavily invested in the v3 qualification scheme.
There will not, however, be a bridge for v3 Foundation holders. To update this certification to the latest one, candidates will need to take the ITIL 4 Foundation exam.
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ITIL 4 Foundation will be available from Q1 2019. There is no bridge to this, you have to take the new exam.
ITIL Practitioner will not feature in the new ITIL scheme.
Students who have earned 17 credits from v3 study can use these to bridge to become an ITIL Managing Professional. Anyone already studying for Expert, or higher level courses, should continue to do so.