Certification & Exam
IT Infrastructure Library® (ITIL) is the most widely adopted framework for IT Service Management in the world. It is a practical approach to identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to the business. It describes how IT resources should be organized to deliver business value, documenting the processes, functions and roles of IT Service Management (ITSM).
ITIL principles are used by a number of organizations in both the public and private sectors such as NASA, IBM, HP, British Telecom, HSBC bank and L'Oreal.
ITIL is created and owned by the Cabinet Office. ITIL best practices are explained in the five core guidance publications outlining the fundamental ITIL principles that focus on various areas within the service management discipline.
ITIL best practices also underpin the foundations of ISO/IEC 20000 (previously BS15000), the International Service Management Standard for organizational certification and compliance. From 2000 to 2010 OGC was custodian of the intellectual property and since 2010 the Cabinet Office has owned and created further intellectual property assets. On 1 July 2013 'AXELOS' was announced as the name for the Joint Venture company that the Cabinet Office has formed to deliver and commercialize the UK Government's portfolio of Best Practice accreditation and publishing services, including the ITIL and PPM product sets. AXELOS now owns the intellectual property of the whole Global Best Practice portfolio and will build on the current business activities and developing products in new areas.
AXELOS Intellectual Property relates to the logos, word marks and copyright text/diagrams associated with AXELOS products.
The Foundation level is the entry level certification and offers you a general awareness of the key elements, concepts and terminology used in the ITIL® service lifecycle, including the links between lifecycle stages, the processes used and their contribution to service management practices.
The purpose of the ITIL Foundation certificate in IT Service Management is to certify that the candidate has gained knowledge of the ITIL terminology, structure and basic concepts and has comprehended the core principles of ITIL practices for service management. The ITIL Foundation certificate in IT Service Management is not intended to enable the holders of the certificate to apply the ITIL practices for service management without further guidance.
There is no formal pre-requisite to take the ITIL Foundation exam. Anyone interested in ITIL framework can take the Foundation exam.
- Multiple choice examination questions
- 40 questions per paper
- 26 marks required (out of 40 available) to pass - 65%
- 60 minutes’ duration
- Closed book.