Transition to ITIL® 4

Moving to ITIL 4 allows individuals and organizations to adopt the new ways of working an utilize innovative technologies required to compete in the modern digital world. All certifications for ITIL remain valid and continue to be recognized as valuable certifications globally.

Any credits gained from previous versions of ITIL can help you continue your ITIL journey in the new certification scheme. To enable an easy transition and maximize current investments, we recommend candidates to continue to collect the 17 ITIL v3 credits necessary and be eligible to take the ITIL 4 Managing Professional Transition module (one course, one exam).

The certification scheme shared below is aligned with ITIL v3 and has been streamlined to provide clear paths for practitioners to continue their ITIL journey.  

ITIL 4 Certification Scheme

ITIL 4 Managing Professional (ITIL MP) targets IT practitioners working within technology and digital teams across businesses. The Managing Professional (MP) stream provides practical and technical knowledge about how to run successful IT projects, teams and workflows.

ITIL 4 Strategic Leader (ITIL SL) recognizes the value of ITIL, not just for IT operations, but for all digitally enabled services. Becoming an ITIL Strategic Leader (ITIL SL) demonstrates that the professional has a clear understanding of how IT influences and directs business strategy.

To obtain the designation ITIL 4 Managing Professional or ITIL 4 Strategic Leader, the professional must complete all modules in each stream, with ITIL 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve being a universal module for both streams.

How to transition from ITIL v3 to ITIL 4

They are many ways to transition to ITIL 4 while still gaining the skills and knowledge needed to understand the core concepts of the updated guidance.

ITIL v3 Foundation certified

If you are ITIL v3 Foundation certified, the next step 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 knowledge and understanding of the new guidance.

ITIL v3 Intermediate/Practitioner level

If you are already on your ITIL journey and have started collecting Intermediate or Practitioner credits then it is in your interest to continue collecting v3 credits to prepare you for an easy transition to ITIL 4 and gain the ITIL Managing Professional designation.

You will need to reach 17 credits to be eligible to take the ITIL Managing Professional Transition module. You will no longer need to take Managing Across the Lifecycle.

ITIL v3 Expert

If you've made it to ITIL v3 Expert, then you are already eligible to 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 you're interested in pursuing the ITIL 4 Strategic Leader designation, you would only need to complete the ITIL 4 Leader Digital & Strategy module.

Completion of both designations means you are eligible to move towards ITIL Master.

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