FitSM Foundation Training - Remote/Zoom - 21-22 July 2020


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Sy Holsinger (, Malgorzata Krakowian (, Owen Appleton (

IT Service Management is a discipline that helps provide services with a focus on customer needs and in a professional manner. It is widely used in the commercial and public sectors to manage IT services of all types, but current solutions are very heavyweight with high barriers to entry.

FitSM is an open, lightweight standard for professionally managing services. It brings order and traceability to a complex area and provides simple, practical support in getting started with ITSM. FitSM training and certification provide crucial help in delivering services and improving their management. It provides a common conceptual and process model, sets out straightforward and realistic requirements and links them to supporting materials.

FitSM is the reference framework being used in several EOSC initiatives, among other research infrastructures as well. Through FitSM, the aim is to conduct effective IT service management in the EOSC federated environment and achieving a baseline level of ITSM that can act in support of ‘management interoperability’ in federated environments from EOSC related projects.  

In addition, participants have an opportunity to receive a formal certification backed by certification authority APMG for anyone successfully passing the exam (20 multiple choice questions, 13 required to pass). Both the costs of the training and the exam is covered and offered by the EOSC-hub project for free.

This one-day Foundation level course (being run as 2 half days) provides an agnostic introduction to the basic IT service management concepts and terms, outlines the purpose and structure of FitSM standards and their relationship to other standards, and details the formal requirements defined within it.

Disclaimer: This is our first FitSM course being run fully online, therefore participants are to expect some lessons to be learnt in running such a course remotely.


  • This course is supported by the EOSC-hub project and has been made available for anyone free of charge, including the €80 exam/certification fee charged by certification authority APMG. Typical training courses for individuals are ~€400.
  • Registration required space is limited to max 15 participants.


  • 8 hours (plus 30-minute exam)

Target audience

  • All individuals involved in the provisioning of (federated) IT services.
  • Candidates who wish to progress to advanced level of the qualification and certification scheme

Entry requirements

  • None


  • Basic IT service management concepts and terms (based on FitSM-0)
  • Purpose and structure of FitSM standards and their relationship to other standards - Process framework underlying FitSM
  • Requirements defined in FitSM-1


  • 30 minutes, at the end of the training
  • Closed book, i.e. no aids are allowed
  • 20 multiple-choice questions (four possible answers for each question, one correct answer per question)
  • At least 65% correct answers (13 of 20) are required to pass the examination

Training Outputs

  • Exam scores
  • Certificates for those passing the exam with unique certificate license number 

*Communication of results, and availability for download through personal client area, provided by the certification authority APMG

Related downloads

The current versions of all parts of the FitSM standard can be found here:


Training Slides
  • Andrea Manzi
  • Attila Farkas
  • Debora Testi
  • Dimple Sokartara
  • Ela Daci
  • Hien Bui
  • Ian Johnson
  • Konstantinos Kakaletris
  • Kostas Koumantaros
  • Miguel Viana
  • Simon Carroll
  • Themis Zamani
  • Valentino Cavalli
  • Ville Tenhunen
  • Zacarias Benta