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ITIL Service Strategy
4 Day(s)
A three and half day course intended to provide, test and validate knowledge on industry practices in service management as documented in the ITIL Service Strategy publication.

The course and associated examination are free-standing but also part of the ITIL intermediate lifecycle stream. It is one of the modules that leads to the ITILĀ® Expert Certificate in IT Service Management and carries a credit value of 3 points.

PDU Credits: 24.5
Candidates can expect to gain knowledge and understanding in the following upon successful completion of the education and examination components related to this certificate:
  • Introduction to service strategy
  • Service strategy principles
  • Service strategy processes
  • Governance
  • Organizing for service strategy
  • Technology considerations
  • Implementing service strategy
  • Challenges, critical success factors and risks

Professional Qualification
The qualification is based on a 90 minute closed-book examination of 8 complex, scenario based multiple choice questions. Typically, the examination is taken at the end of the course. Successful delegates will be awarded the ITIL Intermediate Qualification: Service Strategy Certificate.

The qualification is free standing, but also counts as 3 credits towards the ITIL Expert Certification.

The course is delivered in accordance with an accredited course syllabus and certification process. It combines tutorials, practical exercises and examination practice, reinforced through the trainers' proven implementation track record.
The course and examination are suitable for:
  • Individuals who require a detailed understanding of the ITIL service strategy stage of the ITIL service lifecycle and how it may be implemented to enhance the quality of IT service provision within an organization
  • IT professionals working within or about to enter a service strategy environment and requiring an understanding of the concepts, processes, functions and activities involved
  • Individuals who have attained the ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management and wish to advance to higher level ITIL certifications
  • Individuals seeking the ITIL Expert Certification in IT Service Management for which this qualification can be one of the prerequisite modules
  • Individuals seeking progress toward the ITIL Master Certificate in IT Service Management for which the ITIL Expert is a prerequisite.
Students wishing to attend this course and take the examination must fulfil the following requirements:
  • Hold the ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management (or equivalent) which must be presented as documentary evidence to gain admission
  • Attend an accredited training course
In addition, it is desirable that students have a basic IT literacy and around 2 years IT experience and it is recommended that students complete at least 21 hours of personal study by reviewing the syllabus and the ITIL Service Strategy publication in preparation for the examination.

It is recommended that students complete at least 21 hours of personal study by reviewing the syllabus and theITIL Service Strategy publication.
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Introduction to service strategy
  • The purpose, objectives and scope service strategy and its relationship to the other service lifecycle stages

Service strategy principles

  • The elements of service strategy that are necessary to understand, use and apply the processes within service strategy to create business value

Service strategy processes

  • The managerial and supervisory aspects of the ITIL processes covered in the service strategy stage, excluding the day-to-day operation of processes covered in the ITIL Intermediate Capability modules


  • The strategic level concepts of governance as it relates to service strategy

Organizing for service strategy

  • The concepts of organizational considerations relating to service strategy

Technology considerations

  • Technology considerations for service strategy including service automation, analytics and technology interfaces

Implementing and improving service strategy

  • The ITIL approach for implementing service strategy

Challenges, critical success factors and risk

  • The challenges and risks facing service strategy and service strategy critical success factors (CSFs)