VeriSM Essentials - iFDC

Services for the digital transformation age.

This course gives you the fundamentals about this exciting new approach to enable the whole organisation to be the service provider.

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Purpose of this course

This course covers the essential material to grasp the purpose, core principles and the model for VeriSM as an approach to service management. It doesn't cover the progressive management practices, innovative technology or implementation material which is covered in the Foundation course.

Who is this course for

VeriSM isn't just about 'IT' services, but can be applied to service management and delivery in general. Therefore, this course is for any individual or organisation that needs to understand service and product, especially those that have a 'digital' component and may be of particular benefit as a grounding for those not familiar with service management concepts. Any individual that requires an understanding of what it means to work and contribute to a service organisation can benefit from this course.

You will learn how to
  • Explain what VeriSM is and why it is useful and relevant in the provision of services
  • Understand the VeriSM model and its basic application
  • Demonstrate the purpose of the VeriSM management mesh
  • Explain the role of the Service Organisation
  • Understand the importance of service culture and how to create one in the organisation
Benefits for your organisation

Organisations that are using, or looking to use, progressive management and technology will gain employees with a view at a fundamental level of what this means, how this applies to the organisation and what benefits this can bring. It will contribute to organisational change initiatives in introducing new thinking and practices in the organisation.

Benefits for you as an individual

Delegates attending this course will achieve a greater recognition of the service delivery practices being used and emerging in the digital age and be prepared for the changes in digital delivery. Passing the associated exam will provide them with a recognised industry qualification. 

The Service Organisation

  • Organisational Context and Governance
    • Understand key elements of an organisation
    • Optimise organisational interactions
    • Define organisational governance and its constituent parts
    • Recognise the flow of governance through an organisation
  • Digital Transformation
    • Understand the impact of technology changes
    • Describe the way in which digital transformation impacts service management

Understanding Service Culture

  • Define what is meant by a 'service culture', what it contributes and the benefits of adopting it
  • Explain what the required elements of a service culture are

People and Organisational Structure

  • Understand the difference between leadership and management
  • Explain what attributes, skills and competencies contribute to a service management professional
  • Understand the elements required for teams to function well
  • Explain methods to overcome challenges within teams
  • Recognise that consumers pose challenges and how to address them
  • Address communication within the organisation
  • Explain principles that aid organisational change

There are no specific pre-requisites but some appreciation of the ideas and principles of services may be useful. No specific knowledge of IT is required or assumed but again, some basic appreciation of how services are now often presented digitally may be assumed.


Pre-course work required

iFDC state that approx. 20 hours, on average, study is expected in order to successfully pass the VeriSM Foundation course. This includes attending the course, reading prior to attending the course, and attempting the sample paper available from iFDC here. The learning requirements for the exam can be obtained here. It is strongly recommended that the appropriate sections of the VeriSM publication are read thoroughly prior to attending this course, in line with this recommendation. It is anticipated delegates spend 5-8 hours reading and preparing prior to attending the course in order to ensure they get the most out of the session.

More about the exam

The iFDC VeriSM Essentials Certificate exam takes the following form:

Multiple choice, closed book

30 minutes, 20 questions 

13/20 or 65% required to pass

Exam Fee

About the Lead Trainer

Adam has over 17 years’ experience in IT, training and consultation. He specialises in IT service management, knowing all things COBIT® and ITIL®. Adam always endeavours to put an innovative and engaging spin on his teaching and no two courses are ever the same.