ITIL Exam trends 2013 vs 2012

I was interested to see the most recent ITIL exam statistics (thank you Plexent!), and thought that other people might find this graph interesting - particularly with the changes likely in the future. It shows the changes in the number of candidates for ITIL exams and the pass rates compared to last year. Overall ITIL is becoming much more popular 15% more candidates world wide. Encouragingly the pass rate for exams has also gone up by 1.5%. While Asia, Europe and Oceania have had the same pass rates, Africa, and the two Americas have improved their scores by just over 1% - improved teaching as a result of more experience, I'd hope. Africa has done particularly well, with the number of candidates going up by 23.5% - an extra 139 candidates a month! I wonder where all these new candidates are. The strange anomaly, to my eyes anyway, is Central America and the West Indies. That's the only region where the number of candidates has gone down - by 2.2%. But it's also the region where exam pass rates have improved by an amazing 7.5%! It's possible that some less successful teachers have moved on to other things as it used to be the lowest scoring region, but now has overtaken Africa. It does have the smallest number of candidates, 222 a month, so this might just be size related. [I do this sort of thing because somebody has to read this sort of report sometimes and I'm interested in trends - I think this report would be a lot more interesting if it showed short and long-term trends]


This is from the intermediate statistics. All world-wide. MALC remains, of course, the most difficult, with the general pass rate improving by 0.6 percent. I think the change in take-up and apparent difficulty of the exams are the interesting trends. As you'll see from the table: Relatively, PPO has had a much higher pass rate than before, with CSI & ST also improving. Meanwhile, SOA and OSA haven't been doing so well, with SD candidates doing much less well. More people have been taking all the exams, which is, again, good news for the popularity of ITIL. The greatest increase in popularity has been with SS, followed by SD & SO - so the lifecycle courses have been becoming more popular than the capability ones. It's interesting that MALC comes in just below SO - it has had 28.9% more candidates per month than last year, the average increase in popularity has been 26.7%, so MALC is catching on as a popular exam, from quite a low base. It looks as if we can expect a lot more 'ITIL Experts' to be getting their qualifications over the next year or so if this trend continues. OSA, RCV & PPO have increased in popularity the least. PPO is probably the most curious outlier. It's being taught better, since the pass rate has improved, but it's not becoming as popular as you might expect from the improved teaching. This probably reflect it's being the most technical of the courses, appealing to more analytical types who are not, it seems, a growing population, at least not in the service management community - this might be bad news for the future as it might suggest that the general improvement in service management isn't being reflected in such economically vital areas as capacity management. The poor performance of SD candidates reinforces this as something that the industry might need to worry about.

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Peter Brooks


  • University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, BSc. 1979
  • Major Subjects; Maths & Physics

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  • Certified ISEB instructor for ITIL Foundations + Service Manager courses
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