ITIL 4 is Coming Soon -- But Don't Put Your ITIL Journey on Hold


As you may have heard, Axelos has announced the first new ITIL version since 2007. After months of research and development, ITIL 4 Foundation will be launched in the first quarter (Q1) 2019. With the announcement come many questions! Are you just about to start your ITIL journey only to find out that a new version is coming in Q1 2019? Or, are you halfway through your journey to ITIL v3 Expert. Now what? Do I wait or do I train? Does this delay my career objectives of achieving ITIL certification? The good news is no! You can get started now and still benefit from all ITIL 4 has to offer.

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To help you continue your journey, I'm sharing answers to some frequently asked questions surrounding the transition from ITIL v3 to ITIL 4.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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ITIL 4 vs ITIL v3: What's New?

In addition to an updated certification scheme, ITIL 4 has been updated to provide a practical and flexible basis to support organizations on their journey into the new world of digital transformation by helping them align their human, digital and physical resources to compete within the modern complex landscape and adopt this emerging technologies into their IT operations.

    • The context of ITIL, with the release of ITIL 4 is now much bigger, with an emphasis on the business and technology world, how it works today, and how it will work in the future with Agile, DevOps and digital transformation.

    • ITIL 4 will be much more relevant to developers, practitioners and businesses as a whole through promoting a holistic view of delivering products and services.

I am thinking about ITIL certification but haven't started training yet. Do I need to wait until next year to take training?

No! ITIL 4 has been developed to be fully compatible with the existing certification scheme. All current ITIL certifications will remain valid following the update, and all credits gained can help you continue your ITIL journey in the new certification scheme.

I am an ITIL Foundation (v3) certification holder. How should I continue on my ITIL journey with ITIL 4?

You should continue accumulating ITIL v3 credits under the current ITIL certification scheme now. Once you've accumulated 17 credits, you can then formally transition your knowledge to ITIL 4 with the ITIL Managing Professional Transition Module.

I've earned 17 ITIL credits but I haven't taken the ITIL Expert exam yet. Do I have to start all over again?

No! To recognize the achievements of individuals who have progressed through the ITIL v3 certification scheme there is an ITIL Managing Professional Transition Module. The ITIL Managing Professional Transition Module is designed for ITIL v3 candidates who are ITIL Experts or who have achieved 17 credits from across the v3 scheme. The transition module will cover the core elements from the ITIL Managing Professional stream. It will have a mandatory training element and exam, enabling v3 candidates to transition their existing designations into the new ITIL 4 certification scheme. Completion of this module will provide a candidate with the ITIL Managing Professional (ITIL MP) designation.

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I am an ITIL Expert (v3) certification holder. How do I transition to ITIL 4?

You'll need to take the ITIL Managing Professional Transition Module that is now available. The transition module consists of a certified training course and exam enabling ITIL v3 (2011 edition) certified professionals to transition to ITIL 4. Completion of this module will provide a candidate with the ITIL Managing Professional (ITIL MP) designation.

What is the new ITIL 4 Certification Scheme?

ITIL 4 has been designed to help organizations meet the increasing demand from the current complex digital environment. The new scheme has been designed to be backwards compatible with ITIL v3 and streamlined to encourage conversion beyond ITIL Foundation level. The ITIL 4 Certification Scheme comprises of the following modules:

Where can I learn more about ITIL Certification and prepare to get certified?

Visit our ITIL Certification Portal for up-to-date news on the launch of ITIL 4.

Written by Alison Beadle

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