International best practice skills boosted at Tulane University in new partnership with PeopleCert

Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement is giving students access to globally-recognized, technical best practices through a new partnership with PeopleCert.

New Orleans-based Tulane, which already provides ABET-certified information technology degrees, is adding ITIL and DevOps certifications to its School of Professional Advancement (SoPA).

ITIL, an IT service management framework originally developed by the UK government to improve delivery of IT services, has been used by companies and professionals worldwide for more than 30 years, while DevOps skills provide the latest approach to improve workflow between software development and IT operations professionals. 

PeopleCert, a global leader in business, IT and language best practice frameworks and certifications is the custodian of ITIL and a range of DevOps courses, each developed and updated in conjunction with industry experts. 

Ralph Russo, Director of Information Technology Programs and Senior Professor of Practice at SoPA, said: “Adding ITIL and DevOps certifications to our professional programs helps our students develop skills which enhance their employability by equipping them to deliver immediate value in the workplace. 

“Tulane students have always been ambassadors for best practice in companies and this will continue; showing leadership qualities while providing value and positive change through ITIL and DevOps practices.”

Starting in the Fall semester 2023, the new certifications will be available to Tulane students across all disciplines, plus non-degree students already employed in the workforce who want to enhance their skills, obtain a recognized certification and advance their careers. This includes current and ex-military and public service personnel, with Tulane University holding the Military Friendly® School Silver Award. 

“Having an academic qualification – along with certifications like ITIL and DevOps – enables students to demonstrate a winning combination of degree-level knowledge and international best practice that meets organizations’ skills needs from day one,” Russo added. 

Dain Belyeu, Head of Americas at PeopleCert, said: “Tulane University is a national school with a reputation known by students both in major cities around the US and overseas. Blending its academic excellence with our industry-standard best practices will enable graduates and existing professionals to solve real-world challenges and achieve valuable change and improvement in their companies.

“Our partnership will also help develop students who are life-long learners, able to re-skill, upskill and respond to fast-changing workplace demands.”

For more information about studying ITIL and DevOps at Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement, email