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Lammy101
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:38 pm

Hi

I am thinking of trying for my ITIL Expert accreditation but am not sure whether to go for v2 and bridging or whether to go for the v3 intermediate option.

I quite fancy the v3 option as I could spread the cost and time (I'm a contractor) over a year.

Also is there a date when v2 will be phased out ?

Any thoughts are appreciated.


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Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:21 pm

How much money have you got to spend? :)

Can't really advice you on the options but as far as "expiry" I heard that v2 service manager exams are going away at the end of 2010 with another 6 months or so to allow people to bridge.

Or you can revolt and stay V2 forever.
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Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:47 pm

Hi Lammy,

The faster and cheaper way is to take the V2 managers then bridge to V3. There is still time for you to take it as there is nothing official by OGC stating the expiration of V2.

I hope this helps.
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IMHO there are pros and cons for each.

V3 path
Pros:
Possibly more indepth training (I have not done it this way).
Able to spread across longer timeline.

Cons:
Only multichoice exams
Must spread across longer timeline.
Relatively new/immature courseware.
More expensive.

V2 path
Pros:
Mature courseware, written exam format (better IMHO).
Less expensive, faster, less contact days.
Not easy to pass if you don't do the work.

Cons:
V2-V3 Mgrs bridge is pretty rushed, you might not learn as much.
V2-V3 Mgrs bridge is multichoice.

So it really depends on how you learn better, how you are going to apply the training etc etc.
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Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:39 am

I feel its better to take up V2 and then go for bridging to V3.

All the best IMHO.Happy learning
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Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:05 am

thanks all for your comments
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Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:21 am

Lammy,
Why do you want to go to the ITIL expert level? Just because you get a nice, fancy badge? This maybe has also an influence.

If you want and need to understand v2 because your organisation/customer are using these than this has an impact, too. If you want to learn it "the hard way" maybe the steps over the practitioner could be an alternative, as normally training is very "practical oriented" ...

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Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:08 am

Hi Michael, thanks for you comments, I do in fact like nice shiny badges but that wasn't the main reason.

I was thinking if I go for managers I would be as well bridging over to v3 expert as well.

I thinking v2 managers to start with and then see about the expert.

Thanks again.
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Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:48 pm

Just an aspect for people in Germany.

There is now a cheaper alternative of the v3 road. It costs approx. €10.000 including accomodation, meals, snacks, drinks and even a course in golf in a five star resort. It can be done in two blocks of each 8 days. The first block is based on the sylabus of the lifecycle courses SS, SD and ST. The next block SO, CSI and MATLC. The exams are then done approx. 4 weeks later, so you have time for home study.

Steve
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Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:31 pm

re the exam format, it depends on your learning style imho. The V3 multiple choice questions are not easy, there is lots of ambiguity in the questions (ie 2 answers very close to each other) so you really have to know what the right answer is in ITIL speak.
But if you write an essay, you can show that you understand the subject matter and how to relate it (I have not done a V2 essay exam so tell me if I am talking carp).
I always do better in exams where I have to write stuff.
Fish puns have already been done, so we don't need to go down that line again, OK?
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Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:03 pm

The written exam path allows a bit of journalistic licence but from personal experience, you still have to err on the side of the theoretical ITIL answer to get maximum marks.
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