ITIL Certification

There are 2 different certification schemes: ITIL v2 and ITIL v3. Bridge exams allow owners of v2 certificates to change to the new program. ITIL v2 offers 3 certification levels: Foundation, Practitioner and Manager. These have been more and more stopped in preference of the new ITIL v3 scheme. ITIL v3 certification tiers are: Foundation, Intermediate, Expert and Master.

The ITIL v3 certification scheme provides a modular approach.Every qualification is allotted a credit value; so that on successful culmination of the module, the prospect is honored with both a certification and some credits. At the bottom level – Foundation – prospects are granted a certification and 2 credits. At the Intermediate level, a sum of 15 credits must be earned. These credits may be accrued in either a “Lifecycle” stream or a “Capability” stream; or combining therefrom. For each one Lifecycle module and exam 3 credits are awarded. Each Capability module and matching exam 4 credits are awarded. A prospect desiring to achieve the Expert level will must, among other prerequisites, gain the required total number of credits amounting to 22. That’s achieved with 2 from Foundations, and then 15 from Intermediate, and ultimately 5 credits from the “Managing Across the Lifecycle” exam. Collectively, the total of 22 gained credits denominates one as ITIL v3 Expert.

The ITIL Certification Management Board (ICMB) oversees ITIL certification. The Board includes representatives from interested companies within the community worldwide. Members of the Board include (while not limited to) representatives from the UK Office of Government Commerce (OGC), APM Group (APMG), The Stationery Office (TSO), V3 Examination Panel, Examination Institutes (EIs) and the IT Service Management Forum International (itSMF).

As of the early 1990s, EXIN and ISEB have been arranging the ITIL based certification curriculum, building up and providing ITIL exams at three different levels: Foundation, Practitioner and Manager. EXIN and BCS/ISEB (the British Computer Society) have from that time forward been the lone two test suppliers in the world to formulate officially acknowledged ITIL certifications, offer ITIL exams and accredit ITIL training providers all over the world. These rights were received from the OGC, the British government institution and proprietor of the ITIL trademark. The OGC transmitted over the management of the ITIL trademark and the accreditation of examination providers to APMG in 2006. Currently, after signing a contract with EXIN, BCS/ISEB, LOYALIST CERTIFICATION SERVICES ,PEOPLECERT Group and other certification bodies, APMG is accrediting them as authorised examination bodies, to provide ITIL exams and accredit ITIL training providers.

On 20th of July 2006, the OGC contracted the APM Group to become their commercial collaborator for ITIL accreditation from 1st of January 2007. APMG supervises the ITIL Version 3 exams.
APMG keeps a voluntary register of ITIL v2 and v3 certified practicians at their Successful Candidate Register.