How to transition from ITIL® v3 to ITIL® 4
If you already achieved ITIL v3 Certifications and you do not want to lose them, here’s an explanation, based on the different levels achieved of ITIL v3, on how to adapt them to the new certification scheme.
AXELOS in fact has created recommended routes that allow candidates to transition while still gaining skills and knowledge needed to understand the core concepts of ITIL 4.
How to transitition from ITIL® v3 to ITIL® 4
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ITIL v3 Foundation
Due to the structure of ITIL 4 Foundation, there will not be a transition module at the Foundation level.
If a candidate has taken only ITIL v3 Foundation, then the recommended approach is to take ITIL 4 Foundation to be able to transition to the new scheme.
There is a large amount of new material in the ITIL 4 Foundation therefore a single exam is required to assess end- learners knowledge of the new ITIL 4 Foundation guidance.
ITIL v3 Intermediate (3 or 4 credits achieved)
End-learners holding a low number of credits beyond Foundation have two recommended options to transition to ITIL 4 dependent on what they want to achieve in the scheme.
- OPTION 1: They are encouraged to take ITIL 4 Foundation and a further module in their preferred area of interest, becoming either an ITIL Specialist, Strategist or Leader.
- OPTION 2: They are encouraged to achieve 17 credits from ITIL v3 to become eligible to take the ITIL Managing Professional transition module.
If a candidate has no intention of pursuing the ITIL Managing Professional designation, there are still options to be offered among the ITIL Specialist modules and/or ITIL Strategist module. The recommended route for these candidates would be to take the most relevant module in their area of practice/interest.
This will enable candidates to show that their ITIL designation is current and also to gain a deep-dive into a particular specialism related to their field.
If candidates chose to take the ITIL Strategist module, they would also have the benefit of this being a universal module that is relevant to both ITIL Managing Professional and ITIL Strategic Leadership streams.
If end-learners would like to work towards achieving the ITIL Managing Professional (ITIL MP) designation and they have completed one or more v3 module beyond ITIL v3 Foundation, they will need to continue collecting v3 credits until they have achieved the required 17 credits.
End-learners are then eligible to take the ITIL Managing Professional transition module. The benefit of this is that they are eligible to fast track past the v3 Managing Across the Lifecycle course and exam.
ITIL v3 Intermediate/Practitioner (6 ore more credits achieved beyond Foundation)
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. This benefits end-learners as they will then become eligible to fast track past the v3 Managing across the Lifecycle course and exam.
ITIL v3 Expert
If an end-learner 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.
Further details about the release of ITIL Master will be released at a later date.