Q: What does the IT4IT Certification Program include?
A: The IT4IT Certification Program encompasses the IT4IT Foundation certification and IT4IT 3 Foundation certification. This includes Bodies of Knowledge (sets of conformance requirements) based on the IT4IT Standard, Version 2.1 and the IT4IT Standard, Version 3.0, a Reference Architecture for Managing Digital, respectively.
Q: What is a Body of Knowledge?
A: A body of knowledge (BOK or BoK) is the complete set of concepts, terms and activities that make up a professional domain. A Body of Knowledge defines the content for a certification, and a Body of Knowledge defines the material that is examinable.
For IT4IT Certification a BoK is a subset of the standard relevant to the certification, defined as learning units and documented in the Conformance Requirements documentation.
Q: Where is the Body of Knowledge defined for IT4IT 3 Foundation?
A: The BoK for IT4IT 3 Foundation Certification based on the IT4IT Standard, version 3.0 is defined in the following documents:
- X236 IT4IT™ Conformance Requirements (Level 1), Version 3.0
Q: What is IT4IT 3 Foundation Certification?
A: Certification for IT4IT™ 3 Foundation provides validation that the Candidate has gained knowledge of the terminology, structure, and basic concepts of the IT4IT standard and understands the core principles of the IT4IT Reference Architecture, the Value Streams, and Digital Product in this context. The learning objectives at this level focus on knowledge and comprehension.
Q: How is the IT4IT Foundation certification positioned with respect to Bloom's taxonomy?
A: Foundation level certifications are at Level 1 and 2, remembering and understanding.
Q: Who is IT4IT Foundation certification applicable to?
A: The target audience for this level includes, but is not limited to:
- Individuals who want to achieve IT4IT Level 1 (Foundation) certification
- IT practitioners and professionals (or other individuals) who require a basic understanding of the IT4IT Reference Architecture, Value Streams, and Digital Products
- Enterprise Architects who need a reference architecture that describes the end-to-end functional and data landscape for managing the digital factory
- IT strategy, financial management, and architecture practitioners interested in migrating from a project-based IT investment model to one based on a full-lifecycle management view of a Digital Product or service portfolio
- IT governance and audit practitioners interested in a prescriptive model that addresses the implementation of meaningful controls in a modern, highly automated DevOps toolchain
Q: What is the difference between the IT4IT Foundation and IT4IT 3 Foundation certification?
A: The IT4IT 3 Foundation certification includes new concepts that were introduced in the IT4IT Standard, Version 3.0, for example, the Digital Product. The content and sequence of the IT4IT 3 Foundation have been adapted for practical learning.
Q: What languages will exams be available in?
A: Initially the exams will be available in English and English with an ESL (English as a Second Language) time allowance available for eligible candidates. Translations may follow later.
Q: What accredited training courses are available?
A: The Accredited Training Courses are listed on the Accredited Training Course Register
Q: Where can I find an accredited training course near me (or online) for the IT4IT 3 Foundation certification?
A: Courses offered by accredited training course providers covering the IT4IT 3 Foundation are shown on the accredited training calendar, see
Q: What Open Badges are available?
A: The IT4IT 3 Foundation badge is issued for individuals becoming certified at the foundation level.
Q: Will my IT4IT certification expire?
A: No – Certifications for IT4IT Foundation do not expire.
Q: Will IT4IT training and certification continue against the 2.1 version of the standard?
A: Yes – The Open Group will continue to support the IT4IT Foundation certification based on the 2.1 standard as long as the market needs it.
Q: What is the impact of the IT4IT Standard, version 3.0 on my existing IT4IT Foundation certification?
A:The IT4IT certification program has been updated to include a new learning path based on a body of knowledge defined from the IT4IT Standard, Version 3.0. This is a new and separate certification, and individuals wishing to obtain it will need to take the new exam.
Q: How has the IT4IT certification evolved?
A: The IT4IT 3 Foundation certification includes new concepts that were introduced in the IT4IT Standard, Version 3.0 e.g. Digital Product. The content and sequence of IT4IT 3 Foundation are more adapted to a practical learning.
Q: Has my existing IT4IT Foundation certification based on 2.1 lost its value?
A: No – The knowledge acquired by obtaining IT4IT Foundation certification is carried forward — the IT4IT Reference Architecture approach still applies. It has just been completed by additional concepts e.g. Digital Product and revised value streams.
Q: I am IT4IT Foundation certified, should I become IT4IT 3 Foundation certified?
A: Individuals holding the IT4IT Foundation certification may choose to update their knowledge and keep up to date with the IT4IT 3 Foundation learning path. This is optional. It is recommended if you need the to gain knowledge of how to manage a Digital Product Portfolio at scale.
Individuals who hold the IT4IT 3 Foundation certification have gained knowledge of the terminology, structure, and basic concepts of the IT4IT standard and understands the core principles of the IT4IT Reference Architecture, the Value Streams, and Digital Product in this context.
The learning objectives at this level focus on knowledge and comprehension.
Q: I am IT4IT Foundation Certified, how can I become IT4IT 3 Foundation certified?
A: There are two possible learning paths via self-study or by attending an IT4IT 3 Foundation Accredited Training Course that can help prepare for taking and passing the exam leading to the certification.
Q: How much does it cost to become IT4IT 3 Foundation certified?
A: Exam fees are here.
Q: Will there be an IT4IT 3 Level 2 Certification?
A: There are currently no plans to add an IT4IT 3 Level 2 Certification.
Q: When are the new exams available?
A: They are available at Pearson VUE now.
Q: What exams are there
A: For details see: https://certification.opengroup.org/examinations
Exams can be booked at Pearson VUE: https://home.pearsonvue.com/theopengroup
Q: What is the exam plan for the IT4IT 3 Foundation Exam?
A: The Foundation exam contains 40 questions aligned to the syllabus as follows:
- IT4IT Introduction 5 (questions)
- Digital Product 8 (questions)
- Digital Product Backbone Functional Components and Data Objects 7 (questions)
- Service Offer Backbone Functional Components and Data Objects 6 (questions)
- Evaluate Value Stream 2
- Explore Value Stream 2 (questions)
- Integrate Value Stream 2 (questions)
- Deploy Value Stream 2 (questions)
- Release Value Stream 2 (questions)
- Consume Value Stream 2 (questions)
- Operate Value Stream 2 (questions)
You will have 60 minutes to complete all of the questions. In order to pass the IT4IT 3 Level 1 (Foundation) Exam, you will need to score at least 60%.
Q: If I am a trainer for an Accredited Training Course provider and want to teach IT4IT3 Foundation courses, do I need to become IT4IT 3 Foundation certified?
A: Yes. Authorized trainers are expected to have up-to-date knowledge. As an authorized trainer you must pass the IT4IT 3 Foundation exam.
Q: If I am an existing authorized trainer, how do I become IT4IT 3 Foundation certified?
A: Authorized trainers who are IT4IT Foundation certified are eligible to access the IT4IT 3 Foundation self-study materials. Please contact your ATC manager to be invited. Once invited you can access from here.
Q: I am developing the courseware for the ATC provider I work for, where do I find the resources (media bundle, practice exams, Learning Studies)?
A: The media bundle can be obtained with the standard. Click here. The practice exams are made available to the ATC manager when accreditation is confirmed.