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CAPM exam changes

PMI published the new contents outline and rules for the CAPM certification.

Now CAPM becomes the next step after student-oriented PM Ready certification.

It includes the same 4 domains:

  1. PM Fundamentals and core concepts
  2. Predictive, Plan-based methodologies
  3. Adaptive frameworks/methodologies
  4. Business analysis frameworks.

Current eligibility criteria are: secondary diploma AND 23 hours of formal education in PM.

Now CAPM holders can prolong their status by gaining 15 PDUs each 3 years.

AXELOS-Peoplecert online certifications rules

This year AXELOS and Peoplecert slightly changed their regulations for taking online exams for all certifications in AXELOS portfolio – ITIL(r), PRINCE II, MoR and many others.

After registering for online exam a candidate can download a software and check technical parameters of his/her computer or a laptop, i.e. webcam, audio devices, Internet connection and bandwidth. Note, that WiFi is eligible, but not recommended.

Prepare your room and desk. Nobody should attend in a room except a candidate; desk should be clear – only a laptop or a monitor and a keyboard. A door should be behind a candidate, visible in a webcam and closed.

Check your data and wait for a proctor.

Proctor greets a candidate and asks to show (photo) an id with a photo, candidate’s face and a room and a desk.

A candidate should have a cell phone/smartphone nearby in the room, but not on the desk in a silent mode.

During an exam a candidate is allowed to use a printed copy of an appropriate AXELOS book and 4 blank sheets of paper for notes.

During an exam a candidate should not stand up or move, look at any other places than a monitor and speak loudly.

In case of any questions or challenges a candidate can type to a proctor. In case of breching Internet connection a proctor calls a candidate and gives instructions.

Good luck!

ITIL Strategic Leader certification & Trainer preparation process

Strategic Leader is a separate branch of ITIL(r) certifications, which is aimed at digital transformation.

By now I passed the certification and the trainer evaluation track, and want to share my experience and thoughts about the process, certification, and their value.

I was deeply satisfied with how the trainer evaluation procedure is organized. Trainer evaluation is a multi-tiered step-by-step process, which enables high quality preparation of a trainer and provides guarantees of high-quality training processes.

First, a candidate passes a formal evaluation of his/her experience

At the second step a candidate works on the same assignments, which are delivered in the course. Assignments are evaluated individually.

Afterwards an face-2-face interview with an expert takes place. I appreciate greatly this experience as very helpful and valuable for me.

And finally, the certification exam. Let’s have a more close look at it, as the exam procedure can be interesting for more people.

To pass ITIL DITS certification a candidate should attend the authorized DITS – Digital IT Strategy – training, work out assignments – to be approved by a trainer, and afterwards a candidate is eligible to take an exam.

The exam is online. Candidates are eligible to use a hard copy module workbook and 4 blank sheets for comments.

The exam contains 30 questions with 4 answer options for each. Pass grade is 21 marks for all and 23 for trainers. The exam is not satisfactory in my point of view. While its aim is to confirm candidate’s ability to be a Strategic leader in digital transformation, most questions require remembering terms, which is better for the Foundation level.

New e-course for online education organizations

We prepare and deliver a new course at Udemy platform. The course is based on OESI (Online education skills institute CMM model for online, or virtual, education.

Our audience includes organizers of educational process – dean’s and academic office staff; professors and teachers.

After course completion e-learning pros would be able to prepare their institution for successful audit and OESI certification.

During the first month the course is available with 60% discount following this link

ITIL practices across Value chain activities

Below is the perfect mapping of ITIL practices to service value chain (SVC) activities.

ITIL practices mapping to SVC activities

New PMI products in 2022

PMI shared 2022 plans for new products and certifications in coming year 2022.

We appreciate greatly the Project Management Ready initiative, which is focused at students, whose aim is to become future project managers. The product includes at least 150 hrs of studies in 4 key concepts:

  • Basic PM concepts
  • Traditional approaches
  • Agile frameworks
  • Business analysis

Exam is passed at the Certiport online.

Another interesting microcredentials product is Agile Hybrid Pro, which includes an online course and a small exam of 60 questions per 75 minutes. We consider that this product can be a good add-on to the main project management competences.

PMI(r) refreshes its starting point – construction projects, and introduces Cstruction Professional in Built Environment Projects — special certification for PMs in construction projects. It includes 7 mico-courses online (micro-credentials) and a capstone project.

Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) Elearning Course extends Discipline Agile certification for novices.

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ITIL new modules

AXELOS launched two new ITIL(r) 4.0 modules at the “Specialist” level:

  • Sustainability in digital IT
  • Acquiring and managing cloud services.

ITIL Digital & IT Strategy

ITIL Digital/IT Strategy is considered to be the most valuable certification in current set of ITIL certifications.

While all others are just simple exams – select one of four, the DITS module requires in-depth analysis of a business case. A candidate can select one of three companies, for which she/he “plays”. Only successful candidates are allowed to sit the exam.

This approach is closer to real-life experience. As an employer, we prefer candidates with real experience, analytical mindset, and open-minded.

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