Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 3:42 am Post subject: Foundations v3 - self study, then exam possible? (no course)
Thanks for this forum!
I've started contemplating getting ITIL certified and since I've got most of my IT certifications without attending courses I was wondering if I can study on my own for the first level of ITIL and then just take the exam.
Having not read much yet into v3 exams and bridging courses, but I don't see why one couldn't self study for the foundation exam. From the v2 perspective that was how i obtained the certification. spent roughly 2 weeks reading a book and re-reading prior to taking the exam. _________________ Adam
Practitioner - Release and Control
"Not every change is an improvement, but every improvement requires a change"
As far as I know, the V3 exam is not yet available outside of a course, as results have to be moderated. It may be available later. I would advise a course anyway, as until the study guides come out, you would have little idea what to study from the 800 ages, 300 digrams etc. _________________ Liz Gallacher,
Accredited ITIL and ISO/IEC20000 Trainer and Consultant - Freelance
About me: over 10 years experience in IT, currently holding a systems engineer position, coordinating a team of about 15 people and administering a number of networks ranging from 50 nodes to thousands. Education: B.S. and Masters in IT. Other than that I have a stack of certs.
The intention of getting ITIL certified is because:
1) I'd like to streamline operations at the current job;
2) I plan moving to a management position.
I'd like to skip the course to save some money (employer pays for exams but not for courses) and besides I find I'm learning better on my own.
Is there any link supporting the statement that a course is needed or not needed?
I have recently completed V3 foundation via self study, did the exam without an instructor led training course and passed with 85%. The sticky above helped, would make sure you get authorised material, there seems to be a few "providers" out there who are a bit on the dodgy side.
I have previously done multiple MS certs and did find the itil cert more difficult to complete mainly due to the fact it is not based on technical knowledge or experience. From my experience 12 yrs worth of admin / engineering it felt really about formalising all the various processes that you end up working within.
It was a bit of a hassle to arrange the exam, I have been used to just arranging it with VUE / Prometric (only V2 is available this way at the moment). Had to call Exin and get a test provider that was local and then booked through them direct. Would probably check and talk to a test provider and confirm it is available for you before starting.
Did the web based exam which is apparently newly introduced for V3 and they had been using paper based exams.
Regarding the statement re "course is needed or not needed?" see the exin faq (exin-exams.com/faq.aspx)
3. Do I have to do a formal course at a training provider before being allowed into Foundation examinations?
No, you don't have to take a course. You can also prepare for the Foundation examinations by self-study.
Personally I wouldn't recommend the self study route for everyone especially less experienced people, when cost is important and your learning style can cope with self study then would go for it.
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