Will you start a new ITSM career in 2014?

With the dawn of a New Year, people are starting to set their personal targets for the year ahead, or New Year’s resolutions. Some of these targets will be career related and cover such things as boosting earnings or learning new skills. Some will even be to do with starting a new career altogether.

For those starting afresh or for those making a career change, the field of IT service management (ITSM) is becoming increasingly attractive. You only need to look on LinkedIn to see how a career within the field of ITSM is becoming more popular with group after group on the subject.

But what is the best way to get into the field of ITSM? Well, training and getting a solid foundation of knowledge on the key ITSM methodologies is important. ITIL® is the most popular approach to ITSM as it provides a scalable and tailorable framework to adopt.

ITIL Foundation training:

The ITIL Foundation qualification covers the terminology and basics of this popular ITSM framework. It is the most popular ITSM qualification in the world with more than 200,000 people taking the exam globally last year alone, according to statistics from the official accreditor.

There are several routes you can follow in order to study for the ITIL Foundation exam. You can attend a classroom-based course, which offers the benefit of having a trainer easily at hand, or if you are looking for a flexible, convenient and cost-effective way to study for the Foundation exam that includes full tutor support, you can study via an e-learning course.

There are also books such as the ITIL Foundation Handbook – 2011 Edition, Passing Your ITIL Foundation Exam – 2011 Edition and ITIL Foundation Essentials that will support you during the study process.

Once you have completed your Foundation studies and passed the ITIL Foundation exam, which you can take online having paid your ITIL Foundation exam fee via the IT Governance online store, you have the decision to progress your training in the field of ITSM to ITIL Expert level.

ITIL Expert Training:

In order to gain the ITIL Expert certificate you need to get 22 credits which are achieved by passing the ITIL Foundation exam, and by passing a selection of Intermediate exams plus the Managing Across the Lifecycle exam.

The easiest and most convenient way to study to gain the ITIL Expert certification is through e-learning. IT Governance offers the ITIL All Access Online Training package which includes 360-day online access to e-learning courses for the ITIL Foundation exam, all of the ITIL Intermediate exams, plus the Managing Across the Lifecycle exam.

If you are looking for a convenient way to take the ITIL Intermediate and Managing Across the Lifecycle exams you can take your ITIL exams online by purchasing a voucher from the IT Governance Webstore and then redeeming the voucher online. The online vouchers are:

Intermediate Capability Stream Exam Vouchers

Intermediate Lifecycle Stream Exam Vouchers

Managing Across the Lifecycle Exam Voucher

So, if you are looking to start a new career or make a career move into the field of ITSM, ITIL training is the place to start!