How to transition to ITIL® 4?

What does ITIL® 4 means for ITIL® v3?

ITIL v3 is as relevant as ever and continues to be in demand globally by hundreds and thousands of IT practitioners. It continues to support organizations and individuals to gain optimal value from IT and digital services. ITIL 4 retains many of the core elements of good IT service management, that is continuing to give value to millions of people and businesses around the world.

All certifications for ITIL will remain valid following the update and will continue to be recognized as valuable certifications globally. All credits gained can help you continue your ITIL journey in the new certification scheme. To enable an easy transition and maximise current investments, we recommend candidates to continue to collect the 17 ITIL v3 credits necessary to take the ITIL Managing Professional Transition module (one course, one exam).

ITIL 4 is an evolution from ITIL v3, providing a practical and flexible transition that allows organizations to adopt the new ways of working required by the modern digital world.

How to transition to ITIL 4?

AXELOS has created recommended routes that allow candidates to transition over to ITIL 4 while still gaining the skills and knowledge needed to understand the core concepts of the updated guidance.

If a candidate has 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 end-learner’s knowledge of the new ITIL 4 Foundation guidance. ITIL 4 Foundation is scheduled for release in Q1 2019.

Option 1 is to take ITIL 4 Foundation and a further module in your preferred area of interest, becoming either an ITIL Specialist, Strategist or Leader. Option 2 is to to achieve 17 credits from ITIL v3 to become eligible to take the ITIL Managing Professional transition module.

If an end-learner has achieved 6 credits or more since v3 Foundation, then it is in their interest to continue collecting v3 credits to prepare them for an easy transition to ITIL 4 and gain the ITIL Managing Professional designation. They will need to reach 17 credits to be eligible to take the ITIL Managing Professional Transition module.

If a candidate has achieved ITIL v3 Expert, they 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 the end-learner is interested in pursuing the ITIL Strategic Leader stream, they would only need to complete the ITIL Leader Digital & Strategy module. Once they have completed both streams they are eligible to move towards ITIL Master.

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