ITIL® 4 Certification Scheme
ITIL 4 Foundation
Released earlier this year (2019) and a prerequisite for progressing through the Managing Professional stream and/or the Strategic Leader stream.
Managing Professional (MP) Stream
Targets IT practitioners working within technology and digital teams across businesses and provides practical and technical knowledge about how to run successful IT projects, teams and workflows.
Strategic Leader (SL) Stream
Recognises the value of ITIL, not just for IT operations, but for all digitally-enabled services. Becoming an ITIL SL demonstrates that the individual has a clear understanding of how IT influences and directs business strategy.
MP and SL Qualifications
To obtain the designation MP or SL candidates must complete all modules in each stream respectively, with "Direct, Plan and Improve" being a universal module for both streams. Unlike ITIL 3 (211), ITIL 4 modules do not award credits.
How to transition to ITIL 4?
Recommended routes that allow candidates to transition to ITIL 4:
(Candidates holding ITIL 3/211 Foundation only, or a low number of ITIL 3/211 credits, e.g. less than 8 credits):
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 candidate's knowledge of the new ITIL 4 Foundation guidance. Following ITIL 4 Foundation, modules become available within the respective streams.
(Candidates holding 8 or more ITIL 3/211 credits):
Options here comprise of either starting over with ITIL 4 Foundation, or to continue with ITIL 3 (211) with a view of obtaining 17 credits to become eligible to bridge to ITIL 4 Managing Professional, by taking the ITIL 4 Managing Professional transition module (due for release on the 3rd October 2019). The latter means the individual does not have to wait for the ITIL 4 advanced modules to be released during Q4 2019 and Q1 2020 however, it should be noted that ITIL 3 (211) is expected to be discontinued mid-2020.
(Candidates holding 17 ITIL 3/211 credits):
Will become eligible to bridge to ITIL 4 Managing Professional by taking the Managing Professional transition module due for release on the 3rd October 2019, and in turn by-passing the ITIL 3 (211) Managing Across the Lifecycle (MALC) module.
(Candidates holding ITIL 3 Expert Level):
Will be eligible to bridge to ITIL 4 Managing Professional by taking the Managing Professional transition module (due for release on the 3rd October 2019).