ITIL® 4 Certification

ITIL® 4 Managing Professional (ITIL® 4 MP, ITIL Professional Certification) 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® 4 SL) stream recognizes the value of ITIL, not just for IT operations, but for all digitally-enabled services. Becoming an ITIL 4 Strategic Leader demonstrates that the you have a clear understanding of how IT influences and directs business strategy.

ITIL At The Heart of IT

ITIL 4 builds on the core guidance of previous versions to provide comprehensive, practical and proven guidance. It supports traditional service management activities, including incident management and continual improvement, but can also be aligned to technologies, such as Cloud, Automation, and AI.

ITIL also provides a common language for businesses and professionals using IT-enabled services.

ITIL 4 Certification Scheme

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

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There are four certification levels within the ITIL 4 scheme:

ITIL® 4 Managing Professional Certification

Gear up and get ready for becoming an ITIL® Managing Professional, by completing four practical training programs that help you become a well rounded and modern IT Service Management Professional.

ITIL® 4 MP has been created for 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 enabled services, teams and workflows.

ITIL® 4 Managing Professional (ITIL® MP) is a stream of four modules that are part of ITIL® 4, the next evolution of ITIL.

The four modules are:

To obtain the designation ITIL® 4 Managing Professional or ITIL® 4 Strategic Leader, the candidate must complete all modules in each stream, with ITIL® Strategist being a universal module for both streams.

Already an ITIL® Expert (or have obtained 17 credits)?

You can transition easily to become an ITIL 4 Managing Professional. Take the ITIL® 4 Managing Professional Transition Module.

ITIL® 4 Strategic Leader

As An ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL) You Recognize How ITIL® Can Help Your Organization Accomplish The Digital Transformation Journey And Become A Digital Company.

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

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

After achieving the ITIL® 4 Managing Professional designation, candidates would only need to complete the ITIL® 4 Leader: Digital and IT Strategy module to achieve the ITIL® 4 Strategic Leader designation.

ITIL® 4 Strategic Leader (ITIL® SL) is a stream of two modules that are part of ITIL® 4, the next evolution of ITIL®.

The two modules are:

Master agility. Maintain control.

A fusion of agile and PRINCE2 – where flexibility and responsiveness combine with stakeholder confidence and tailored, relevant governance. Consisting of guidance, training and professional certification, PRINCE2 Agile explores the interface between some of the world’s most popular agile delivery techniques and project management fundamentals.Scrum, Kanban, Lean Start-up and PRINCE2 – all covered in one guide, one course and one certification.

How will PRINCE2 Agile help your projects deliver more value?

  1. Reassure stakeholders through the globally recognized name of PRINCE2 – explore agile delivery techniques whilst not forgetting necessary control to keep your stakeholders confident and engaged.
  2. Understand the risks and benefits of Agile delivery – learn how to qualify how much or how little Agile should be used on each project, providing a truly tailored approach to each project
  3. Deliver value quicker – using an iterative workflow that focuses on achieving value at each stage, or sprint.
  4. Collaborative and transparent working – through techniques and behaviours such as daily stand-up meeting and retrospective reviews.
  5. Engaged customers – through a customer-orientated approach that tests and learns, to deliver products and services the customer expects.

How will PRINCE2 Agile help you?

  1. Learn about the most popular Agile techniques on the market– including Scrum, Kanban, Lean Start-Up.
  2. Learn the global common language of project management – PRINCE2 Agile gives you the tools to deliver in an agile way, whilst understanding the terminology and processes of the world’s most adopted project management methodology.
  3. Understand how to adapt your approach to your project environment – Learn how to tailor the PRINCE2 themes and process to an agile project, and when and how to use agile techniques for each project.
  4. Enhance your CV with a globally-recognized agile project management certification that demonstrates your understanding of both PRINCE2 and agile.

Why agile?

Agile project management is a growing trend; Google reports a massive 250% increase in the search term ‘agile project management course’ in 2019. In the AXELOS PPM Benchmarking report over 75% of individuals claim to be working in an agile way, and the top benefit realized is ‘increased customer satisfaction’*.

Why get certified?

84% of individuals report that professional certification has increased their job efficiency, 79% say it’s made them more satisfied in the workplace and over half say it’s directly increased their salary***AXELOS PPM Benchmark report, 2019

Supporting Digital Transformation with ITSM and ITIL 4

One of the principal challenges for digital transformation in 2019 was, and still is, whether the change affects a whole organization or just the IT department. Successful digital transformation is not merely about an IT revolution – or introducing automation because you think you should – it’s a holistic business change covering entire organizations and working together with the overall business strategy. It requires mixing people, machines, and business processes, with all the challenges this entails. It also requires governance, continuous monitoring, and intervention from the top to ensure that both digital leaders and non-digital leaders are making good decisions about their transformation efforts.

According to AXELOS’ latest IT service management (ITSM) Benchmarking Report, which polled more than 1,600 ITSM professionals worldwide, digital transformation happens when organizations consider their customers, both internal and external, and evolve their operations to focus on customer value and experience. And, crucially, this is before seeking technology solutions.

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The signs, our research reveals, are promising: 59% of organizations now have a recognized digital transformation program. Compared to our previous report in 2017, this is progress, as then organizations were merely “moving towards” digital transformation.

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What is the role of ITSM in supporting an organization’s journey to digital transformation in 2020 and beyond? 

While digital transformation means moving with higher velocity to deliver products and services it needs ITSM to provide governance, stability, and understanding at the business governance level. Here, ITSM practitioners provide organizations with clarity about how services connect and how data is protected while enabling and supporting digital delivery.

However, the ITSM function also needs to show how well it understands business requirements and what value means for the organization and its customers. Within digital transformation initiatives, value is – in the language of ITIL 4 – “co-created” through engagement, interaction, and having the expertise to transform customer demand into valuable services.

Among our survey respondents, almost all (97%) said that ITSM is important to digital transformation. And they’re confident that their companies recognize this, with more than three-quarters (77%) saying that their organizations treat ITSM as an important part of digital transformation. Similarly, 74% agreed that the ITSM function is both sufficiently supported and resourced to deliver on the objectives of digital transformation.

Ultimately somebody has to take responsibility for running digital services to ensure that they work and deliver value, which is where ITSM excels.


Many ITSM professionals are currently certifying in the new ITIL 4 guidance, which now includes both Foundation and the first two Managing Professional modules.

Our benchmark report asked our respondents how the ITIL framework contributed to successful digital transformation. Based on their ITIL experience, they highlighted:

  • Improved service delivery and customer satisfaction (67%)
  • Keeping IT systems up to date through continual improvement (57%)
  • Creating a more stable service environment to support business changes (53%)
  • Providing better management of business risks, service disruption, or failure (51%)
  • Greater visibility of IT costs and assets (44%)
  • Reduced costs through improved utilization of resources (43%).

With the introduction of ITIL 4, ITSM practitioners now also benefit from a holistic approach to service management via its new operating model and an easier integration with other ways of working such as DevOps, Agile, and Lean. ITIL 4 also includes the Guiding Principles which help IT professionals to adopt and adapt ITIL guidance to their own specific needs and circumstances. In the world of digital transformation, there’s benefit in having a flexible, non-siloed approach.

Thinking of services as a way to co-create value means connecting and collaborating more; becoming an integral part of an organization rather than simply striving to align IT with the business. Creating a clear engagement with business needs and working end-to-end with all stakeholders is essential to value co-creation. ITIL should be adopted for the entire IT function rather than a framework for ITSM alone.

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Ultimately, successful digital transformation is a cultural shift in how organizations use tech-enabled digital services to satisfy changing customer needs. The value that it creates – as outlined in ITIL 4 – is possible only when there’s collaborative working and communication between different IT disciplines and stakeholders to ensure the transformation is effective across the four pillars of digital transformation – experience, cultural, business, and operational transformation.

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