ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan & Improve: Course Overview | ALC Training News

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The next step in your ITIL career path

The ITIL 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) certification is a required module for both the ITIL Managing Professional and ITIL Strategic Leader qualifications.  ITIL DPI helps to align product and service management with modern business requirements, drive successful organisational transformation, and embed continual improvement into an organisation’s behaviour at every level.

The course aims to identify and focus on the core competencies that leaders and operational employees alike should cultivate and apply throughout their service management careers. Successful candidates will find a supply of ideas and methods that they can use to be better leaders and individual contributors, and that they will find more scope to continue improving in the future.

In the new ITIL® 4 scheme there are two high-level “stream” qualifications – ITIL Managing Professional (MP) stream and ITIL Strategic Leader (SL) stream.

The ITIL 4 Managing Professional (MP) Qualification

The ITIL Managing Professional stream targets IT practitioners working within technology and digital teams across businesses and provides practical and technical knowledge about how to run successful IT-enabled services, teams and workflows. It comprises of 3 specialist modules and 1 strategist module:

  • ITIL 4 Specialist – Create, Deliver & Support
  • ITIL 4 Specialist – Drive Stakeholder Value
  • ITIL 4 Specialist – High Velocity IT
  • ITIL 4 Strategist – Direct, Plan & Improve

The ITIL 4 Strategic Leader (SL) Qualification

The ITIL Strategic Leader stream focuses on the challenges for leaders to create an appropriate digital strategy to enable the success of businesses and how it can be integrated to the IT strategy and aligned to the wider goals of the organisation.

  • ITIL 4 Leader- Digital & IT Strategy
  • ITIL 4 Strategist – Direct, Plan & Improve

You can get a good and quick idea of the new ITIL 4 Certification Scheme in the diagram below.  To obtain the ITIL Managing Professional (MP) or ITIL Strategic Leader (SL) designations you must complete all modules in each stream, with ITIL Strategist being a common module for both streams.


Jes Irving