Now that ITIL version 3 is well established, with ITIL v3 Foundation, ITIL v3 Foundation Bridging, ITIL v3 Managers Bridging and ITIL Expert courses being run by the Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs). What is the value of the old Practitioner courses or in v3 speak the Intermediate and Life Cycle courses?
In version 2, the Practitioner courses were well established and well attended. Candidates could take back practical information into their workplace to enhance their organization. Can the same be said of the Intermediate and Lifecycle courses that are currently on offer? The answer is probably 'No' due to the fact that not many companies are adopting ITIL version 3 or at least if they are it's not widely publicized in the Service Management world.
Firstly people who wish to attend an Intermediate or Life Cycle course have to have passed ITIL version 3 Foundation or the ITIL version 3 Bridging Course. Of course this is no different from version 2 where the Foundation Certificate was a pre-requisite. Here at ITILnews.com, we believe that the difference is in the marketing and publicity of the Intermediate and Lifecycle courses. The ATOs don't seem to be pushing these courses as neither do the likes of ISEB, EXIN and APMG.
We are all aware of the current economic climate but now could be a good time to get IT professionals back in the classroom.
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