ITIL® RCV (Release Control & Validation)

5-day public or private CLASSTRAINER course


The ITIL® RCV (Release, Control & Validation) course provides, tests and validates knowledge on industry practices in service management as documented in the ITIL® Service Lifecycle core publications.

The course and associated examination are free-standing and form part of the ITIL® intermediate capability stream. It is one of the modules that leads to the ITIL® Expert Certificate in IT Service Management and carries a credit value of 4 points.


The ITIL® RCV Certificate in Release, Control and Validation is intended to enable the holders of the certificate to apply ITIL® RCV practices in the service management lifecycle and specifically in the following key ITIL® RCV process, role and function areas:

  • Change management
  • Service asset and configuration management
  • Service validation and testing
  • Release and deployment management
  • Request fulfilment
  • Change evaluation
  • Knowledge management
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Technology and implementation

Who should attend?

The course and examination are suitable for:

  • Individuals who require a deep understanding of the ITIL® RCV
    processes and how they may be used to enhance the quality of IT
    service support within an organization
  • IT professionals who are working within an organization which has
    adopted and adapted ITIL® and who need to be informed about, and
    thereafter contribute to, an ongoing service improvement programme
  • Staff involved in change management, release and deployment
    management, service validation and testing, service asset and
    configuration management, request fulfilment, change evaluation and
    knowledge management and who wish to enhance their role-based
  • Individuals who have attained the ITIL® Foundation Certificate in IT
    Service Management and wish to advance to higher level ITIL®
  • Individuals seeking the ITIL® Expert Certificate in IT Service
    Management for which this qualification can be one of the prerequisite


Students wishing to attend this course and take the examination
must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Hold the ITIL® Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management which
    must be presented as documentary evidence to gain admission
  • Attend an accredited training course
    In addition, it is desirable that students have a basic IT literacy and around 2
    years IT experience.


The course is delivered in accordance with an accredited course syllabus and certification process. It combines tutorials, practical exercises and examination practice, reinforced through the trainers proven implementation track record.


The course will cover:

Introduction to release, control and validation.

The purpose and objectives of the service transition phase and the role that RCV plays within that phase and within the service lifecycle. Developing a transition strategy and planning and coordinating service transition activities, including associated roles and responsibilities

Change management, service asset and configuration management, service validation and testing, release and deployment management, request fulfilment, change evaluation, knowledge management

The purpose, objectives, scope and importance of each process to generate business value. Process policies, principles, concepts, activities, methods and techniques in relation to RCV practices and efficient use of process metrics

Release, control and validation roles and responsibilities

Service transition roles and responsibilities and their relationship to RCV practices. Specific process roles and functions that are responsible for executing each step of the process

Technology and implementation considerations

Technology and implementation considerations for release, control and validation and the relationship to other lifecycle stages.


Delegates will be issued with a course workbook, in-course hand-outs and other relevant material.


The qualification is based on a 90 minute closed-book examination of 8 complex, scenario based multiple choice questions.

Successful delegates will be awarded the ITIL® Intermediate Qualification: Release, Control and Validation Certificate.
The qualification is free standing, but also counts as 4 credits towards the ITIL® Expert Certification.

CLASSROOM-TRAINER (Public) – A public schedule of classroom based
training events
CLASSROOM-TRAINER (Private) – Onsite, private training courses for
individual organizations and their staff (contact us for a quote)
E-learning solution (CLOUD-TRAINER (DIY)) – Online Self Study courses
with mentoring support