ITIL® v3 was first released in 2007 and updated in 2011. ITIL v3 was the most comprehensive framework for the conception, design, development, delivery, and management of IT Services. The Foundation syllabus (course and exam) covered knowledge essential to anyone involved in the delivery of IT services, including both technical and business individuals. This way, everyone involved knew how important it was to collaborate and what it took to successfully deliver IT services to customers.
ITIL 4 leverages from the strong foundations of ITIL v3 knowledge that organisations now have well established and gives us a very mature understanding of what is needed to continually align digital services to changing business needs. With this understanding businesses can continually deliver valuable digital services that enable customers to successfully achieve their desired outcomes.
Now that the ITIL 4 publications, together with the respective syllabi and exams, have been completely launched, Axelos announced the discontinuation schedule for the ITIL v3 certification scheme.
The Discontinuation Schedule
Axelos has released the following dates for discontinuing ITIL v3 exams:
ITIL v3 Foundation (English) to be discontinued as of 1 July 2021
ITIL v3 Intermediates (English) to be discontinued as of 1 Jan 2022
ITIL 4 Managing Professional Transition examination (English) to be discontinued as of 30 September 2022
What does this mean?
This means that ITIL v3 exams will no longer be available after the dates mentioned above. Following Axelos policy, training MUST also be discontinued and then just like a domino chain, supply of related materials and services will diminish until it disappears altogether.
How does this affect ITIL v3 Certification?
Individuals already certified in ITIL v3 will retain their certification (in ITIL v3).
The demand for ITIL v3 Foundation has already declined while the demand for ITIL 4 Foundation continues to rise. Therefore, ITIL v3 Foundation courses are not appearing in public schedules, unless when specifically requested.
Professionals who want to obtain the relevant ITIL v3 knowledge at intermediate level, i.e. CSI, SO, RCV, OSA, SOA or PPO must do so, as soon as possible (refer to the schedule above).
Due to Axelos policy, these courses MUST stop once the related exams are retired.
Note that there are no upgrade options at this level as the contents of ITIL 4 intermediate are very different from ITIL v3.
Many professionals have invested a significant amount of time, effort and money on their ITIL v3 certification aiming at the ITIL v3 Expert level, this investment may not be lost as there may be options to upgrade to the equivalent certification in ITIL 4, Managing Professional (MP). This is the only level of certification with a transition option to ITIL 4, see the scenarios below.
To take the ITIL 4 MP Transition exam, a candidate must:
Hold the ITIL v3 Expert certificate; or
Have a minimum of 17 credits from the ITIL v3 Foundation and Intermediate/Practitioner modules; and
Attended the ITIL 4 MP Transition five day course.
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