The British Computer Society has signed an agreement with APMG, the official ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) accreditor for the Office of Government Commerce, to continue offering examinations in the project framework.
As a result of the APMG deal, training providers accredited by the BCS Information Systems Examination Board (Iseb) will continue to run all ITIL qualifications. The BCS will also continue to work with its alliance partner, examination board Exin.
ITIL version 2 qualifications will continue until at least December 2007, with transition plans being put in place as soon as the version 3 books are available.
Pete Bayley, BCS director of qualifications, said, "This is excellent news for our accredited providers and tutors.
"It means they can continue their business with minimum disruption, knowing we will be able to provide them with all the relevant information required for a smooth ITIL refresh transition.
"We recognise that as the IT profession matures, relationships of this nature are important as they help provide the building blocks for professionalism in IT, which is a key goal of our 50th anniversary year."
What is ITIL?
The IT Infrastructure Library is a publicly available set of guidelines for best practice in IT services management. Each library module provides a code of practice intended to improve efficiency, reduce risks and increase quality of service.
Originally produced by the government’s Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (now part of the Office of Government Commerce) in 1990, ITIL has been adopted by enterprises from all market sectors across the globe as the basis for service management systems.
It is important to remember that ITIL is an enabler, not a system in its own right. Enterprises need to adapt and adopt the guidance for their own requirements.