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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We are now an ITSM Career School! Introducing the ITSMP Diploma Program

Big news at ITSM Academy! We are now licensed by the Florida Department of Education, Commission on Independent Education, as a career school with the ability to grant occupational ITSM diplomas. ITSM Academy's program is the first of its kind and we are the only career school licensed to offer IT Service Management occupational diplomas.

Our new IT Service Management Professional (ITSMP) diploma program has three career tracks – ITSMP Change Manager, ITSMP Support Manager and ITSMP Service Level Manager. Building on critical roles within the prominent IT Service Management frameworks, the ITSMP program bundles ITSM certification courses into diploma tracks. This ensures that students are equipped with ALL of the skills needed to succeed in a specific process management position. In addition to earning an ITSMP diploma, students will also achieve industry recognized certifications.

Each career track consists of two required courses (ITIL Foundation and Certified Process Design Engineer), two subject matter expertise courses (one ITIL Lifecycle, one ITIL Capability) and a standard or framework elective (ISO/IEC 20000 Foundation or Microsoft Operations Framework). To learn more about these programs and courses, click here.

We built these programs and went through the rigor of becoming a licensed school because we believe there is a need for role-based ITSM education and credentials. Until now, there has not been enough focus placed on the educational requirements of key process managers. A successful Change Manager, for example, should have more knowledge than just that contained in ITIL Release Control and Validation (RCV) or ITIL Service Transition courses. Understanding multiple frameworks as well as the mechanics of designing, implementing and improving processes is equally important. And having a recognized and licensed diploma not only credentials the individual but legitimizes the occupation.

Achieving ITIL Expert™ is still absolutely appropriate for those who will lead ITSM programs – either within an organization or as a consultant or trainer. It is the ITIL Version (V3) equivalent of ITIL Service Manager, a well recognized and respected role. ITSM Academy will continue to provide training and support for those seeking ITIL Expert™ certification – in fact, we recently introduced an ITIL Expert Pass that allows learners with ITIL Foundation certification to take 16.5 credits + our MALC course for a flat fee. However, for those who are, or aspire to be, process managers, the ITSMP diploma program focuses on related and necessary skill sets.

In becoming a licensed school, ITSM Academy is committing to the governance and compliance standards of the Florida Department of Education as well as other school accreditation agencies.
Providing our students the opportunity to earn ITSM diplomas has been a long-standing goal at the Academy. Our concern is that other training organizations will see the value in offering the diplomas, but won't complete the rigorous process required to be under the supervision of a state or professional agency. If that's the case, they will be granting diplomas that are either fraudulent, or because of the lack of proper standards, worthless. We will do our best to educate the community on the difference between licensed schools and diploma mills.

ITSM Academy's License number is 4142. Additional information regarding the Florida Department of Education, Commission on Independent Education may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 323099-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CPDE Now Earns ITIL V3 Credits

The Certified Process Design Engineer (CPDE) course and exam have now been approved as a Complementary Qualification in the ITIL V3 scheme. Successful candidates will earn 1.5 credits towards ITIL Expert. CPDE is only the fourth qualification to be granted Complementary status and is an official part of the ITIL Credit Profiler. Exams are owned and administered by Loyalist Certification Services (LCS). Read the LCS press release.

CPDE fills the gap between ITIL’s “what to do” and “how to do it” in terms of designing, measuring, re-engineering and improving IT Service Management processes. The curriculum is framework-agnostic and encourages organizations to leverage the guidance from multiple sources such as ISO/IEC 20000, COBIT, CMMI and Microsoft Operation Framework (MOF),

ITSM Academy is proud to be the first Accredited Training Organization to offer the CPDE Course. The source textbook was written by Donna Knapp, our Curriculum Development Manager. It will be published by J. Ross Publishing in Spring, 2010.

For more information on the CPDE course, click here.