About the course

The Managing Across the Lifecycle (MALC) certificate is the final module of the

Service Lifecycle and-or Service Capability Intermediate courses that leads to

the ITIL Expert level in IT Service Management. This course focuses on business,

management, and supervisory objectives, purpose, processes, functions, activities,

and on the interfaces and interactions between the processes covered in the

Service Lifecycle. This course is designed using an engaging, exercise-based

approach to learning the core disciplines of the ITIL best practice and positions

the participant to successfully complete the associated exam.


The main target group for this ITIL® Intermediate Qualification Certificate includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Chief information officers
  • Senior IT managers
  • IT managers
  • Supervisors
  • IT professionals
  • IT operations practitioners
  • IT development practitioners
  • Individuals who require a business and management level understanding of the ITIL® service lifecycle and how it may be implemented to enhance the quality of IT service provision within an organization
  • Individuals seeking the ITIL® Expert in IT Service Management certificate, for which this qualification is the final mandatory module
  • Individuals seeking progress towards the ITIL® Master in IT Service Management, for which the ITIL® Expert in IT Service Management certificate is a prerequisite.

Course duration is 5 days


  • Candidates wishing to be trained and examined for this qualification must already have two (2) credits from the ITIL® Foundation certificate and must, as a minimum, have obtained a further 15 credits from ITIL® Intermediate qualifications, and therefore a total of at least 17 credits. Candidates for the MALC qualification must present documentary evidence of this.
  • In addition to the prerequisite entry criteria, in order to be eligible for the MALC examination candidates must have fulfilled the following requirements:
  • At least 30 contact hours with an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) or an accredited e-learning solution, as part of a formal, approved training course
  • Before attending training for the certification it is also strongly recommended that candidates read the ITIL® Service Lifecycle core publications.

Options of Course Delivery​

In English
In class at the client site, virtual ONLINE (Instructor-Led) WEBEX or online at your own pace

Certification Exam

This five (5) days classroom-training course with examination held on the afternoon of the 5th day and includes a sample examination and preparation to re-enforce the knowledge gained.
The format of the examination consists of a closed book paper of 8 multiple-choice complex questions, to be answered within 90 minutes. (Candidates sitting the examination in English and who do not have English as their first language will be allowed an additional 30 minutes and allowed use of a dictionary). The passing mark is 70% or more than 28 correct answers.

Course Content

Through a series of lectures designed at achieving a clear understanding of the ITIL® Best Practice lifecycle approach and through various exercises, assignments and discussions, participants can expect to gain the competence in the following areas upon successful completion of the education and examination components related to this certification:

  • Key concepts of the service lifecycle
  • Communication and stakeholder management
  • Integrating service management processes across the service lifecycle
  • Managing services across the service lifecycle
  • Governance and organization
  • Measurement
  • Implementing and improving service management capability.

The program covers the following modules:

The candidates are able to understand, describe, identify, demonstrate, apply, distinguish, produce, decide or analyze:

Key concepts of the service lifecycle

  • Managing services and service management
  • The five stages of the service lifecycle and how they interact with each other
  • Considering services from end-to-end: justification, design, measuring, testing, deploying, operating and looking for ways to improve
  • Service value across the different stages of the service lifecycle:
  • How service strategy elements dictate what constitutes value, and how value is defined and measured
  • Realizing business value in service operation
  • Testing and demonstrating the service value in service transition
  • Monitoring service measurements and using them to support all stages of the service lifecycle
  • Other key concepts:
  • Core, enabling and enhancing services
  • Organizing for service management
  • Use of the RACI model to define and clarify roles and responsibilities, particularly in interfaces between processes and between service lifecycle stages
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Sharing knowledge across the service lifecycle, and the use of knowledge management

Communication and Stakeholder Management

  • Co-ordination of business relationship management across the service lifecycle and the role of business relationship management in communication
  • Stakeholder management and communication
  • The value of good communication and ensuring its flow across the service lifecycle:
  • The use of service models to aid communication on service strategy and value creation
  • Communication during service design
  • Communication during service transition
  • Communication during service operation
  • Communication during continual service improvement

Integrating Service Management Processes Across the Service Lifecycle

The integration of service management through the service lifecycle
The impact of service strategy on other service lifecycle stages
The value of a service lifecycle perspective when designing service solutions
The inputs and outputs of processes and stages in the service lifecycle
The value to business and the interfaces of all processes in the ITIL® Service Strategy core publication:

  • Strategy management for IT services
  • Service portfolio management
  • Financial management for IT services
  • Demand management
  • Business relationship management

The value to business and the interfaces of all processes in the ITIL® Service Design core publication:

  • Design co-ordination
  • Service catalogue management
  • Service level management
  • Availability management
  • Capacity management
  • IT service continuity management
  • Information security management
  • Supplier management

The value to business and the interfaces of all processes in the ITIL® Service Transition core publication:

  • Transition planning and support
  • Change management
  • Service asset and configuration management
  • Release and deployment management
  • Service validation and testing
  • Change evaluation
  • Knowledge management

The value to business and the interfaces of all processes in the ITIL® Service Operation core publication:

  • Event management
  • Incident management
  • Request fulfillment
  • Problem management
  • Access management

The value to business and the interfaces of the seven-step improvement process, along with the role other processes play

Managing Services Across the Service Lifecycle

  • Identification and assessment of customer and stakeholder needs and requirements across all service lifecycle stages, and ensuring appropriate priority is given to them
  • How the service design package (SDP) provides a link between service design, service transition and service operation
  • Managing cross-lifecycle processes to ensure appropriate impact and involvement at all required service lifecycle stages:
  • Flow of knowledge/experience/skills between lifecycle stages
  • Involve service transition in early stages of the service lifecycle
  • Involve operations staff, business users and other relevant stakeholders in service rehearsals

Implementing and improving services, using key sources of information for identifying the need for improvement:

  • Service level management (SLM) review meeting – reviewing management information and trends to ensure that services are meeting agreed service levels
  • Customer satisfaction surveys
  • Reviewing business trends and changed priorities, and keeping ahead of business projections

The challenges, critical success factors and risks of the service lifecycle stages, and potential conflicts and competing issues across the service lifecycle

Governance, Roles, People, Competence and the Organization

Starting with the need for governance, it covers the people skills and competencies, the types of service providers and organizational structures.

To meet the learning outcomes and examination level of difficulty, the candidate will be able to evaluate, check, co-ordinate, detect, monitor, test, judge, analyze, differentiate, organize, and attribute:


  • The importance and impact of good governance on service management
  • The use of governance in sourcing
  • The role of the IT strategy or steering group in setting direction, policy and strategy for IT services
  • The application of governance in change management, through change authorization to ensure the integrity of live services. The role of the change advisory board (CAB)
  • The support from management systems to ensure appropriate governance

Organizational structure, skills and competence:

  • The challenge and application of organizational development
  • Assessing and applying various organizational structures for service management, and combining several perspectives in matrix organizations
  • Skills and competence

Service provider types and service strategies:

  • The different service provider types, and the implication of choosing a specific type
  • The selection of appropriate service


  • Measuring and demonstrating business value
  • Determining and using metrics:

Service measurement

  • Service, process and technical metrics
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Using measurements and metrics to validate, justify, direct, intervene

Design and development of measurement frameworks and methods:

  • Design and development of a service measurement framework
  • Designing measurement methods and metrics
  • Monitoring and control systems
  • Monitoring, reporting and control
  • Monitor control loops

Use of event management tools to increase visibility of the infrastructure and IT service delivery

Implementing and Improving Service Management Capability

Implementing service management

Understanding the high-level goals and objectives of the organization. Identifying the external (legislation, competitors etc.) and internal (organizational structure, culture etc.) drivers
Service strategy implementation taking a service lifecycle approach

Assessing service management

Assessing the current situation regarding service provision:

  • Strategic assessment
  • SWOT analysis
  • Gap analysis and IT service management maturity assessment
  • ISO/IEC 20000 certification
  • Six Sigma
  • CMMI

Assessing current and defining future required maturity levels, quality and cost of provision
Using benchmarking to identify need for improvement for each service lifecycle stage

Improving service management

Planning for improvement with short-, medium- and longer term improvement initiatives
Using the CSI approach and Deming Cycle to ensure that the organization continues to move forward with continual improvement
The seven-step improvement process, to measure progress and enable potential improvements to the service lifecycle to be identified

Key considerations for implementation and improvement of both the practice of service management and the services themselves:

Having the appropriate business case which shows the return on investment or the return on value
Stakeholder change management

Key considerations when planning and implementing service management technologies

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ITIL® Expert Managing Across the Lifecycle (MALC)

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2 Days

8:30am to 4:30pm MT

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