Best practice qualifications row finally settled

A deal over the future provision of ITIL best practice qualifications has brought to an end months of wrangling between the current training providers and the newly appointed accrediting body.

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A deal over the future provision of ITIL best practice qualifications has brought to an end months of wrangling between the current training providers and the newly appointed accrediting body.

The future of the IIT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) service management standards framework had been in doubt during protracted negotiations between new accreditation body APMG, which was appointed by the Office of Government Commerce in July last year, and the previous examiners CS-ISEB and EXIN.

Analysts had warned that the slow pace and opacity of negotiations between APMG and the former examining bodies threatened to create two parallel qualification schemes.

But an agreement signed with APMG will now allow BCS-ISEB to continue to offer ITIL examinations, while ISEB accredited providers will continue to run ITIL qualifications. The current ITIL version 2 qualifications will continue until at least December 2007, with transition plans to be put in place when new version 3 books become available.

Pete Bayley, director of qualifications at the British Computer Society, said: “This is excellent news for our accredited providers and tutors as they can continue their business with minimum disruption.”

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