Service Desk Analyst

This course accompanies the SDI Service Desk Analyst Professional Standard and is designed to equip analysts with the skills and knowledge essential to delivering an excellent customer support experience.

Aligned with ITIL4, it compliments most service management frameworks and support models while focussing on building relationships to ensure customer needs are met within agreed service levels.

Covering three days of learning, plus the qualification exam at the end of the course, analysts will fully explore the modules covered in SDI’s professional standard for Service Desk Analysts.

Course Information:

Exam: Exam Included (online exam, live procter)
Certificate: SDI Service Desk Analyst
Prerequisites: None
Duration: 3 days
Accreditor: PEOPLECERT
Delivery format: online, e-Learning or classroom
Course Materials: Course Book
Delivery format: online or classroom

Course Overview:

This course contains everything that is typically core to the role of a Service Desk Analyst -
Roles and responsibilities - learn everything you need to know about being a professional, efficient, and effective service desk analyst and the key features of delivering service excellence
Relationship management - discover the importance of collaboration, teamwork, customer relationships and cultural awareness across a global perspective
Effective communication skills and competencies - explore the principles of good verbal, non-verbal, formal, and informal communication skills, the benefits of active listening and the different ways which people communicate
Problem-solving - a close look at problem solving techniques, critical thinking, inductive and deductive reasoning, and enhancing your creativity to reach a resolution faster
Effective rapport and conflict management skills - learn how to develop rapport with your colleagues and customers, understand the importance of good emotional intelligence and how this can aid conflict management and negotiation
Resilience - understand and develop emotional resilience to help detect and manage both positive and negative signs of stress
Managing practices, processes, and procedures - establish the need for practices, processes, and procedures for interaction handling and how to create and maintain high-quality documentation
IT Service Management - learn about the purpose and roles within the service desk of key IT Service Management practices including incident management, service request management, problem management, knowledge management and information security management
Quality assurance program - review the importance of quality assurance activities, commonly used quality assurance practices, customer satisfaction surveys and the benefits of metrics
Managing customer feedback - understand the purpose, objectives, and components of successful feedback management
Support methods - gain an insight into the different methods of delivering support, including the benefits of remote support and self-service
AI & automation - identify common examples, benefits and challenges of AI and automation within service management

Who should attend?

While the principles are relevant to all service and support staff, the SDA qualification course is primarily aimed at first and second-line IT service and support analysts with some experience of the service desk environment.

The course is ideal for analysts looking to grow in their role and gain a recognised qualification within their profession. It enables them to gain a deeper understanding of the impact their role has on business efficiency and empowers them to identify opportunities for improvement.

This course will help them to develop practical skills whilst earning a certificate that endorses their commitment and knowledge.

Why should managers do this new SDA course?

Establishing standards for professionalism in customer service is the foundation of any successful service and support operation.

This course will support the elements, skills and competency matrices of the service desk analyst and can easily be integrated into the induction and training programmes for IT support staff.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will have:
• Essential skills and competencies to deliver efficient and effective support in the Service Desk environment
• Practical knowledge of how to use these skills to deal effectively with a variety of situations
• A clear understanding of how to identify customer needs and motivations, and how to handle difficult situations
• Understand the importance of teamwork in the support environment
• A thorough grounding in the skills, competencies, responsibilities and knowledge required of a professional and effective Service Desk analyst