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ITIL® certification levels: A comprehensive guide

What is ITIL®?ITIL® is a library, a set of detailed practices for IT service management (ITSM). Earlier known as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, it aims to deliver IT services concerning the needs of the business. ITIL® frameworks assist the companies in improving their ITSM and providing strong customer service.Certification LevelsAs there is a distinct set of rules to take into account, for the ease of students and organizations, ITIL® certification has been divided into five levels, starting from Foundation to Masters.The previous version of the ITIL® V3 was divided into 5 classes -Foundation: This is the first-level certification course that teaches the fundamentals and general concepts, terminology, and elements practiced in the ITIL® Lifecycle.Practitioner: This level aims to teach candidates how to adapt and adopt the skills of ITIL® during their daily work life. It is the most recent addition to the levels.Intermediate: This is a more in-depth study of the previous stages. Here, different modules are taken up to teach the various approaches and plans executed by following the framework. This certification is considered as the common ITIL® qualification in many IT sectors.Expert: This certification is considered as the esteemed qualification which depicts skills, expertise and a great understanding of the ITIL® framework.Master level: This is the final stage of the certification, which proves a comprehensive understanding of the principles, procedures and exceptional methods of ITIL®. It also demonstrates the candidate's superior skills. The master’s certified candidate is considered to be the best among others due to their knowledge and expertise.As the level increases, the depth, value, and requirements of the certifications increase parallelly.The latest version of the ITIL® V4 is reportedly the most flexible and superior version released till now. The updates are highly valuable because they have been implemented after considering the feedbacks and reviews of 1000s of professionals.Since the problems are resolved through steps, this increases the credibility of the ITIL® framework and processes exponentially. Also, this version has been designed to be flexible and adaptable as per the ease of the employees and students.The transition from ITIL® V3 to ITIL® V4Now, we understand that there are some significant upgrades in ITIL® V4, but the question is, what about those who are currently enrolled in ITIL® V3 or have already passed the previous versions.For your concerns, AXELOS has addressed the transition issue and the process is rather simple. These are the best options as suggested by AXELOS on how a candidate can move from the older version of ITIL® to ITIL® 4.Foundation course For those who have started the certification course and have only reached the current Foundation certification, or have earned up to six additional credits, they are recommended to begin again with the latest version of the ITIL® 4. It's because of the changes that are mentioned, have been revised and upgraded. Therefore, it will be better for them to restart from the beginning as they will be in sync with the current updates.Practitioner CourseSince the student has just begun, if he/she has not collected more than 6 credits, it is advisable to join the ITIL® V4 foundation course and start from scratch. However, if they have collected more than 6 credits, it is advisable to continue with ITIL® V3 only.Intermediate Course The situation is rather tricky for those who are completing the intermediate level of the ITIL® V3. Since AXELOS doesn't want students to unnecessarily waste their valuable efforts, if students have collected more than six credits beyond the foundation level, they are advised to continue with their ITIL® V3 journey.It is also worth noting that the Transition module will not be released until the second half of 2019, so this gives students a fair time to collect their required credits.Expert Certification Students who have already achieved a minimum of 17 ITIL® Credits and have attained the level of Expert level will have the choice of practicing the ITIL® 4 Managing Professional (MP) Transition module when it is published.This will enable them to join the stage of ITIL® Managing Professional (MP). Following this, all they need to do is to join the ITIL® Leader Digital & Strategy module. It will assist them in achieving the ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL) designation. By this stage, they will be eligible to apply for the ultimate level of ITIL® Master.Below are the required credits and details on the transition path -ITIL® V3 Certification LevelThe Path for transition to V4ITIL® V3 FoundationSimply take the ITIL® V4 Foundation to transition to the new ITIL® certification.ITIL® V3 PractitionerTake ITIL® V4 Foundation and further modules in the area of interest to become ITIL® specialist or strategistContinue with ITIL® V3 certification until you gather 17 credits and become eligible to take ITIL® MP levelITIL® V3 IntermediateContinue collecting credits from ITIL® V3 certification and when credits reach 17, you can give ITIL® MP moduleITIL® V3 ExpertSimply take ITIL® V4 MP module to transition to new Expert level of ITIL® V4What is the ITIL® certification path level?EligibilityMany candidates have a doubt on what the eligibility criteria for the ITIL® certification is. Before proceeding to the certification path, let's get this doubt cleared. There are no prerequisites required for taking the certification course. It's just suggested that the candidate should have some past experience in the IT sector.Now that we are clear with the most basic doubt, let's continue towards the path of certification.Certification PathThis section will deal with the journey to the Certification Path. Throughout the certification course, there’s a certain number of ITIL® Credits awarded when you clear the levels through examination. These credits are the key to unlock the next level of certification or training.1. Foundation Course - As discussed earlier, it is the introductory course to the ITIL® Service Management.Training: Required.Prerequisites: Not RequiredExamination: Yes, RequiredAwards: 2 ITIL® creditsCertificate: Yes.2. Intermediate Course -The next step after Foundation course. It consists of two streams and within those two streams are various modules.Prerequisites: ITIL® Foundation Certificate.Training: Yes, requiredExamination: Yes. The credits earned after the examination will be presented in braces for every module.Certificate: Yes, for each moduleService Lifecycle stream modules: Service Design - 3 creditsService Strategy - 3 creditsService Operation - 3 creditsService Transition - 3 credits    Continual Service Improvement - 3 creditsService Capability stream modules: Release, Control, and Validation - 4 creditsService Offerings and Agreements - 4 creditsPlanning, Protection, and Optimization - 4 creditsOperational Support, and Analysis - 4 credits3. Managing Across Service Lifecycle – MALCThe conclusive segment in the qualification system before obtaining the esteemed certification of Expert is the stage called - MALC.Prerequisites: ITIL® Foundation. 15 credits (Intermediate level) + 2 credits. Hence, 17 credits in total.Training: Yes, required.Examination: YesAwards: 5 ITIL® creditsCertificate: Yes4. Expert Course The highly valued certification which is the proof of superior knowledge and expertise.Prerequisites: ITIL® FoundationITIL® Intermediate15 credits collected in ITIL® Intermediate levelMALC examination qualificationIn Total: minimum of 22 ITIL® credits.Training: Not Required.Examination: Not RequiredCertificate: Yes.5. Master Course This stage doesn't have any training material or examination. By this stage, the candidate is expected to be the best among his/her peer group and apply all the frameworks and principles in real-life situations.Prerequisites: ITIL® Expert certificateFive years of experience in leadership or management position.Training: Not AvailableExamination: Rather than an examination, it's more like a collective review of the work. So, no examination.Certificate: Yes. ITIL® StagePrerequisitesTrainingExamCertificatesFoundationNoYESYESIntermediateITIL® FoundationYESYESYESMALC-ITIL® Foundation- 15 credits in IntermediateYESYESYESExpert-  ITIL® Foundation- 15 credits in Intermediate- MALC- Minimum 22 credits in TotalNONOITIL® EXPERTMaster-ITIL® ExpertNODemonstrationITIL® MasterRoles of the jobThe credentials of the ITIL® certifications will surely give your resume a big boost, but your success will solely depend on you. These are factors that help boost career impact:Your professional experience.KnowledgeThe pace at which you absorb ITIL® concepts.The interest you have in IT methods.Following are the roles that you can expect through ITIL® certification -Process CoordinatorExperience required is a minimum of two years.Level: Foundation-level to Intermediate-levelResponsibility: Assure that the administrative actions in a process are conducted as planned.Change coordinator, Incident coordinator, and configuration analyst are few of the coordinator positions possible in ITIL®-based IT service management.Managerial RoleExperience - At least eight years of working experience for a certified ITIL® professional.Level - This is operated at the mid-management level.Responsibility:The role here is to ensure that activities in service management are in accordance with the given processes.He/she will be managing the coordinators under you who will directly report to you.The Manager is accountable for their actions and making sure that the work allocated is executed thoroughly.Release manager, Problem manager, and service desk manager are some of the managerial roles.ITIL® consulting roleExperience - This role of Process Consultant requires experience of ten years.Level - An ITIL® certified professional.Requirement - The candidate also needs to have certain different abilities with Observation skills being the most dominant traits. Also, they need great “Problem-solving’’ abilities.Responsibility - An ITIL® Consultant must have great observation skills as this would allow him/her to notice inconsistencies in processes and immediately plan about optimization. The consultant must enjoy getting to the bottom of  all issues.Their role is to observe every role assigned under them and guide them to execute the process as smoothly as possible.This is among the most highly-paid and respectable posts in the industry.Below are the annual average salaries of the ITIL® certified jobs -Sr. NoRoleAverage salary per annum in USAverage salary per annum in India1Service Delivery Manager$82,795INR 1,366,9822IT Analyst$86,361INR 7,32,6123Asset Manager$88,552INR 5395334IT Project Manager$91,257INR 1,433,4725IT Manager$101,181INR 10820296Engineering program manager$106,280INR 18198807Senior  IT Project Manager$112,899INR 1,818,5608Service Transition$117,000INR 13,34,2739Service Operation$117,000INR 610,864Difference between ITIL® V3 & V4 certification levelsMany students have one common question-- how exactly are the ITIL® V4 and V3 different from each other?ITIL® V3 was introduced in 2007. The version was revised with some changes four years later in 2011. Whereas AXELOS recently announced the completion of the latest version of the ITIL® V4. The first level of the newer version was released early in 2019 and the higher levels are scheduled to release in the second half of the year.The ITIL® 4 is built upon nine guiding principles. These were borrowed from the most contemporary ITIL® Practitioner Exam.The essence was based on:Device for knowledgeConcentrate on contentExplore holisticallyCommence where you areStudy directlyDevelop iterativelyAssociateBe fairKeep it simple.The ITIL® 4 works according to the need of public perception and needs. Because of this, customer feedback and satisfaction is a top priority for the new version.In addition to these principles, the ITIL® V4 has major updates like:Exceptional integration besides other successful ITSM practices, including DevOps, Agile, and LeanA broader focus on the meaning of customer experienceThe superior combination of ITIL® and modern business practicesA community-driven focus to create the framework extra flexible and powerful.Also, there has been an inclusion of ITIL® Foundation and the ITIL® Master exams.ITIL® Managing Professional (MP)It targets IT practitioners working within technology and digital teams across businesses. They are not just limited to the IT departments. This course offers experience and expertise to run successful teams, IT projects, and workflows.ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL)This exam is planned for those who operate with “every digitally equipped assistance.” The objective of this course is to prepare the learner on how to use technology to deliver business procedure. It also explains the role of IT in the process.ITIL® V4’s focus The team developing the latest version includes industry experts, content writers, and specialists from the broader IT industry. This team operates on a global level to address all types of issues that the organizations face at different levels. More than 2000+ members have contributed to the evolution of this version.The focus is on the practical aspects of the industry. The course has been kept as compliant as possible to assist the organizations towards being better developed and integrated service providers.The most crucial change has been noticed in the foundation level of the version. Now the learners will have a strong base with the IT management from the start.Also, not only will this give the students an early advantage towards grasping the concepts but will make them more adaptable towards the end-to-end operating model for the production, outcomes and constant revisions to provide a much-advanced customer experience.The Service Value System (SVS) has also been heavily updated. It now gives a complete end-to-end scenario of what's happening behind the scenes during the business operations. This allows the students to get a better understanding and to contribute more to the process. The updated version has also incorporated concepts from the models like DevOps, Agile and Lean IT.A significant challenge was not to make it completely original from its previous versions as that will create chaos in the organization between the new and the earlier certified professionals. Keeping this in mind, the version has been designed to have better compatibility with the ITIL® V3.So, what happens to the ITIL® V3?The best thing about certifications is that they never get too old, i.e., they do not have an expiration date. So once you have earned the credentials in your resume, it will be valid for a lifetime.Similarly, ITIL® V3 is equally appropriate and efficient as it has a global demand and a reach of thousands of professionals and students. This is the reason why the latest version has been made compatible with the ITIL® V3.The newer version is devised to satisfy the ever-growing needs of the digital environment. It looks forward to simplifying the complicated processes in the IT sector that used to consume a lot of effort as well as time. The results and outcomes of ITIL® will only be visible when they are applied effectively.
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ITIL® certification levels: A comprehensive guide

What is ITIL®?

ITIL® is a library, a set of detailed practices for IT service management (ITSM). Earlier known as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, it aims to deliver IT services concerning the needs of the business. ITIL® frameworks assist the companies in improving their ITSM and providing strong customer service.

Certification Levels

As there is a distinct set of rules to take into account, for the ease of students and organizations, ITIL® certification has been divided into five levels, starting from Foundation to Masters.

The previous version of the ITIL® V3 was divided into 5 classes -

  • Foundation: This is the first-level certification course that teaches the fundamentals and general concepts, terminology, and elements practiced in the ITIL® Lifecycle.
  • Practitioner: This level aims to teach candidates how to adapt and adopt the skills of ITIL® during their daily work life. It is the most recent addition to the levels.
  • Intermediate: This is a more in-depth study of the previous stages. Here, different modules are taken up to teach the various approaches and plans executed by following the framework. This certification is considered as the common ITIL® qualification in many IT sectors.
  • Expert: This certification is considered as the esteemed qualification which depicts skills, expertise and a great understanding of the ITIL® framework.
  • Master level: This is the final stage of the certification, which proves a comprehensive understanding of the principles, procedures and exceptional methods of ITIL®. It also demonstrates the candidate's superior skills. The master’s certified candidate is considered to be the best among others due to their knowledge and expertise.

As the level increases, the depth, value, and requirements of the certifications increase parallelly.

The latest version of the ITIL® V4 is reportedly the most flexible and superior version released till now. The updates are highly valuable because they have been implemented after considering the feedbacks and reviews of 1000s of professionals.

Since the problems are resolved through steps, this increases the credibility of the ITIL® framework and processes exponentially. Also, this version has been designed to be flexible and adaptable as per the ease of the employees and students.

The transition from ITIL® V3 to ITIL® V4

Now, we understand that there are some significant upgrades in ITIL® V4, but the question is, what about those who are currently enrolled in ITIL® V3 or have already passed the previous versions.

For your concerns, AXELOS has addressed the transition issue and the process is rather simple. These are the best options as suggested by AXELOS on how a candidate can move from the older version of ITIL® to ITIL® 4.

  • Foundation course 

For those who have started the certification course and have only reached the current Foundation certification, or have earned up to six additional credits, they are recommended to begin again with the latest version of the ITIL® 4. It's because of the changes that are mentioned, have been revised and upgraded. Therefore, it will be better for them to restart from the beginning as they will be in sync with the current updates.

  • Practitioner Course

Since the student has just begun, if he/she has not collected more than 6 credits, it is advisable to join the ITIL® V4 foundation course and start from scratch. However, if they have collected more than 6 credits, it is advisable to continue with ITIL® V3 only.

  • Intermediate Course 

The situation is rather tricky for those who are completing the intermediate level of the ITIL® V3. Since AXELOS doesn't want students to unnecessarily waste their valuable efforts, if students have collected more than six credits beyond the foundation level, they are advised to continue with their ITIL® V3 journey.

It is also worth noting that the Transition module will not be released until the second half of 2019, so this gives students a fair time to collect their required credits.

  • Expert Certification 

Students who have already achieved a minimum of 17 ITIL® Credits and have attained the level of Expert level will have the choice of practicing the ITIL® 4 Managing Professional (MP) Transition module when it is published.

This will enable them to join the stage of ITIL® Managing Professional (MP). Following this, all they need to do is to join the ITIL® Leader Digital & Strategy module. It will assist them in achieving the ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL) designation. By this stage, they will be eligible to apply for the ultimate level of ITIL® Master.

Below are the required credits and details on the transition path -

ITIL® V3 Certification Level

The Path for transition to V4
ITIL® V3 Foundation

Simply take the ITIL® V4 Foundation to transition to the new ITIL® certification.
ITIL® V3 Practitioner
  1. Take ITIL® V4 Foundation and further modules in the area of interest to become ITIL® specialist or strategist

  2. Continue with ITIL® V3 certification until you gather 17 credits and become eligible to take ITIL® MP level

ITIL® V3 Intermediate

Continue collecting credits from ITIL® V3 certification and when credits reach 17, you can give ITIL® MP module

ITIL® V3 Expert

Simply take ITIL® V4 MP module to transition to new Expert level of ITIL® V4

What is the ITIL® certification path level?

Eligibility

Many candidates have a doubt on what the eligibility criteria for the ITIL® certification is. Before proceeding to the certification path, let's get this doubt cleared. There are no prerequisites required for taking the certification course. It's just suggested that the candidate should have some past experience in the IT sector.

Now that we are clear with the most basic doubt, let's continue towards the path of certification.

Certification Path

This section will deal with the journey to the Certification Path. Throughout the certification course, there’s a certain number of ITIL® Credits awarded when you clear the levels through examination. These credits are the key to unlock the next level of certification or training.

1. Foundation Course - 

As discussed earlier, it is the introductory course to the ITIL® Service Management.

  • Training: Required.
  • Prerequisites: Not Required
  • Examination: Yes, Required
  • Awards: 2 ITIL® credits
  • Certificate: Yes.

2. Intermediate Course -

The next step after Foundation course. It consists of two streams and within those two streams are various modules.

  • Prerequisites: ITIL® Foundation Certificate.
  • Training: Yes, required
  • Examination: Yes. The credits earned after the examination will be presented in braces for every module.
  • Certificate: Yes, for each module

Service Lifecycle stream modules: 

  • Service Design - 3 credits
  • Service Strategy - 3 credits
  • Service Operation - 3 credits
  • Service Transition - 3 credits    
  • Continual Service Improvement - 3 credits

Service Capability stream modules: 

  • Release, Control, and Validation - 4 credits
  • Service Offerings and Agreements - 4 credits
  • Planning, Protection, and Optimization - 4 credits
  • Operational Support, and Analysis - 4 credits

3. Managing Across Service Lifecycle – MALC

The conclusive segment in the qualification system before obtaining the esteemed certification of Expert is the stage called - MALC.

  • Prerequisites: ITIL® Foundation. 15 credits (Intermediate level) + 2 credits. Hence, 17 credits in total.
  • Training: Yes, required.
  • Examination: Yes
  • Awards5 ITIL® credits
  • Certificate: Yes

4. Expert Course 

The highly valued certification which is the proof of superior knowledge and expertise.

  • Prerequisites: 
    • ITIL® Foundation
    • ITIL® Intermediate
    • 15 credits collected in ITIL® Intermediate level
    • MALC examination qualification
  • In Total: minimum of 22 ITIL® credits.
  • Training: Not Required.
  • Examination: Not Required
  • Certificate: Yes.

5. Master Course 

This stage doesn't have any training material or examination. By this stage, the candidate is expected to be the best among his/her peer group and apply all the frameworks and principles in real-life situations.

  • Prerequisites: 
    • ITIL® Expert certificate
    • Five years of experience in leadership or management position.
  • Training: Not Available
  • Examination: Rather than an examination, it's more like a collective review of the work. So, no examination.
  • Certificate: Yes.
 ITIL® StagePrerequisites

TrainingExamCertificates
Foundation

NoYESYES
Intermediate

ITIL® FoundationYESYESYES
MALC-ITIL® Foundation
- 15 credits in Intermediate

YESYESYES
Expert-  ITIL® Foundation
- 15 credits in Intermediate
- MALC
- Minimum 22 credits in Total

NONOITIL® EXPERT
Master

-ITIL® ExpertNODemonstrationITIL® Master

Roles of the jobRoles of the job

The credentials of the ITIL® certifications will surely give your resume a big boost, but your success will solely depend on you. These are factors that help boost career impact:

  • Your professional experience.
  • Knowledge
  • The pace at which you absorb ITIL® concepts.
  • The interest you have in IT methods.

Following are the roles that you can expect through ITIL® certification -

  • Process Coordinator

    • Experience required is a minimum of two years.
    • Level: Foundation-level to Intermediate-level
    • Responsibility: Assure that the administrative actions in a process are conducted as planned.
    • Change coordinator, Incident coordinator, and configuration analyst are few of the coordinator positions possible in ITIL®-based IT service management.
  • Managerial Role

    • Experience - At least eight years of working experience for a certified ITIL® professional.
    • Level - This is operated at the mid-management level.
    • Responsibility:
      • The role here is to ensure that activities in service management are in accordance with the given processes.
      • He/she will be managing the coordinators under you who will directly report to you.
      • The Manager is accountable for their actions and making sure that the work allocated is executed thoroughly.
    • Release manager, Problem manager, and service desk manager are some of the managerial roles.
  • ITIL® consulting role

    • Experience - This role of Process Consultant requires experience of ten years.
    • Level - An ITIL® certified professional.
    • Requirement - The candidate also needs to have certain different abilities with Observation skills being the most dominant traits. Also, they need great “Problem-solving’’ abilities.
    • Responsibility - 
      • An ITIL® Consultant must have great observation skills as this would allow him/her to notice inconsistencies in processes and immediately plan about optimization. The consultant must enjoy getting to the bottom of  all issues.
      • Their role is to observe every role assigned under them and guide them to execute the process as smoothly as possible.
      • This is among the most highly-paid and respectable posts in the industry.

Below are the annual average salaries of the ITIL® certified jobs -

Sr. NoRole

Average salary per annum in USAverage salary per annum in India
1Service Delivery Manager

$82,795INR 1,366,982
2IT Analyst

$86,361INR 7,32,612
3Asset Manager

$88,552INR 539533
4IT Project Manager

$91,257INR 1,433,472
5IT Manager

$101,181INR 1082029
6Engineering program manager

$106,280INR 1819880
7Senior  IT Project Manager

$112,899INR 1,818,560
8Service Transition

$117,000INR 13,34,273
9Service Operation

$117,000INR 610,864

Difference between ITIL® V3 & V4 certification levels

Many students have one common question-- how exactly are the ITIL® V4 and V3 different from each other?

ITIL® V3 was introduced in 2007. The version was revised with some changes four years later in 2011. Whereas AXELOS recently announced the completion of the latest version of the ITIL® V4. The first level of the newer version was released early in 2019 and the higher levels are scheduled to release in the second half of the year.

The ITIL® 4 is built upon nine guiding principles. These were borrowed from the most contemporary ITIL® Practitioner Exam.

Nine guiding principles

The essence was based on:

  1. Device for knowledge
  2. Concentrate on content
  3. Explore holistically
  4. Commence where you are
  5. Study directly
  6. Develop iteratively
  7. Associate
  8. Be fair
  9. Keep it simple.

The ITIL® 4 works according to the need of public perception and needs. Because of this, customer feedback and satisfaction is a top priority for the new version.

In addition to these principles, the ITIL® V4 has major updates like:

  • Exceptional integration besides other successful ITSM practices, including DevOps, Agile, and Lean
  • A broader focus on the meaning of customer experience
  • The superior combination of ITIL® and modern business practices
  • A community-driven focus to create the framework extra flexible and powerful.

Also, there has been an inclusion of ITIL® Foundation and the ITIL® Master exams.

ITIL® Managing Professional (MP)

It targets IT practitioners working within technology and digital teams across businesses. They are not just limited to the IT departments. This course offers experience and expertise to run successful teams, IT projects, and workflows.

ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL)

This exam is planned for those who operate with “every digitally equipped assistance.” The objective of this course is to prepare the learner on how to use technology to deliver business procedure. It also explains the role of IT in the process.

ITIL® V4’s focus

The team developing the latest version includes industry experts, content writers, and specialists from the broader IT industry. This team operates on a global level to address all types of issues that the organizations face at different levels. More than 2000+ members have contributed to the evolution of this version.

The focus is on the practical aspects of the industry. The course has been kept as compliant as possible to assist the organizations towards being better developed and integrated service providers.

The most crucial change has been noticed in the foundation level of the version. Now the learners will have a strong base with the IT management from the start.

Also, not only will this give the students an early advantage towards grasping the concepts but will make them more adaptable towards the end-to-end operating model for the production, outcomes and constant revisions to provide a much-advanced customer experience.

The Service Value System (SVS) has also been heavily updated. It now gives a complete end-to-end scenario of what's happening behind the scenes during the business operations. This allows the students to get a better understanding and to contribute more to the process. The updated version has also incorporated concepts from the models like DevOps, Agile and Lean IT.

A significant challenge was not to make it completely original from its previous versions as that will create chaos in the organization between the new and the earlier certified professionals. Keeping this in mind, the version has been designed to have better compatibility with the ITIL® V3.

So, what happens to the ITIL® V3?

The best thing about certifications is that they never get too old, i.e., they do not have an expiration date. So once you have earned the credentials in your resume, it will be valid for a lifetime.

Similarly, ITIL® V3 is equally appropriate and efficient as it has a global demand and a reach of thousands of professionals and students. This is the reason why the latest version has been made compatible with the ITIL® V3.

The newer version is devised to satisfy the ever-growing needs of the digital environment. It looks forward to simplifying the complicated processes in the IT sector that used to consume a lot of effort as well as time. The results and outcomes of ITIL® will only be visible when they are applied effectively.

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The ITIL® framework has been developed in such a manner that its methods can be adopted by any organization, irrespective of its type or size. The structure aims to do a straightforward thing, i.e., help organizations align IT with their business strategies and ensure that this alignment results in value and a minimum level of competency. In its endeavour to simplify the alignment of IT within a business, ITIL® has defined a well documented and designed framework which includes a set of processes and procedures, checklists, and tasks which help in ensuring compliance, calculating improvement, and steer clear of commonly made mistakes – all in order to make sure that the customer, who is the end user, is delivered the best-in-class services.ITSM, a preeminent and prominent framework, focuses on service delivery and is recognized around the globe. To ensure that it is well implemented, ITIL® was put in place and now is owned as well as maintained by AXELOS which is a joint venture between the United Kingdom’s Cabinet Office and Capita. While ITIL® does stand for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, it is now mostly and in fact officially known as ITIL.AXELOS maintains and oversees the entire ITIL® framework, as well as accredits a set of training and exam institutions to smoothen the process of ITIL® certifications. AXELOS has ensured that there are numerous ITIL® accredited training organizations (ATOs) whose purpose is to deliver training and certification examinations, the access to which is available on the AXELOS website.A candidate pursuing an ITIL® certification has a choice when it comes to obtaining the certifications - between certification providers who are accredited by AXELOS for providing the necessary training and examinations or non-accredited providers. The latter may cost less, but their course material and certifications are not vouched for, especially by AXELOS.  Also, the cost of the certification varies depending on the choice made. The fee also varies, based on the country in which the candidate resides. Other elements influencing the price include whether the course is taken in-person or online or is provided in-house by the company the candidate is working in. Of the five levels of candidacy, the last one, i.e., the ITIL® Master level certification is set to cost $4,000.Axelos has recently revealed the ITIL® V4 certification scheme, which includes two different designation modules - ITIL® Managing Professional (ITIL® MP) and ITIL® Strategic Leader (ITIL® SL). However, the ITIL® V3 is still operational and has a cost structure based on the level being pursued. The first level is the ITIL® Foundation certification. The candidate who wishes to pursue this certification can purchase an online proctored ITIL® foundation exam for US $314 if they are in the US or Canada. As mentioned, the exam fee varies from country to country. So, for example, if the candidate is in the United Kingdom, their examination fee would be £269 instead. It is important to note that the price is based on the country where the candidate takes up the certification exam and not their home country. The exam costs for some of the countries are as under: US / Canada $314, UK £269, Australia AU $395, India INR 15,000.In the latter section, the components of the ITIL® certification have been listed to let candidates know that there is no one fixed cost of attaining the ITIL® certification or giving the ITIL® examination.Basically, it is essential to understand that the ITIL® Certification price may depend on a few factors:The various components in the ITIL® certification costMode of giving the examination i.e. online or offline, from an ATO or a Prometric CentreThe country you are giving the examination fromITIL, on account of its immeasurable value and contribution, is being adopted across the globe and industries. Global brands such as HSBC, IBM, and NASA are implementing and executing ITSM strategies with the help of ITIL. For these companies and many others, the main advantage of ITIL® has always been its flexibility and scalability: organizations can invest intermittently into the ITIL® infrastructure and put in as little or as much as they’d prefer. It is also possible that they can combine the ITIL® framework with other popular frameworks such as COBIT, Six Sigma, and TOGAF.An organization can benefit immensely if one applies for, studies for and obtains an official ITIL® certification since it ensures that the candidate is familiar with and may even indicate mastery of ITIL® principles and practices which can be applied for the benefit of the organization. Here, it is important to note that ITIL® certifications can be sought by individuals only and not by an entire organization. An organization, when it refers to itself as ITIL® certified, is, in fact, referring to a different framework, i.e. the standard of the ISO/IEC 20000 or it could be encouraging and training its employees to pursue and attain ITIL® certifications.Components included in ITIL® certification costThe candidate taking the ITIL® Foundation exam has to consider a set of costs that he or she will incur. There will be the ITIL® Foundation exam cost that the candidate will have to bear to obtain the ITIL® certification. If the candidate plans to take the ITIL® course pack to prepare for the examination, it needs to be added to the ITIL® certification cost. There are certain additional costs that may also have to be borne by the candidate, depending on their preferences.Some of the other cost components for an ITIL® certification are as under:ITIL® Study GuideCandidates may not have factored in the cost of an ITIL® course and may want to pursue the path of self-studying through a study guide. It is not mandatory for those seeking ITIL® V4 Foundation to attend ITIL® training. If that is the case, the candidate has to factor in the cost of self-studying, which could include a study book edition which may cost around $30, if bought as a paperback or less if bought as a soft copy on the internet.ITIL® Practice TestCandidates wishing to prepare for the ITIL® certification in a manner that it is secure, need a study plan. Preparation plans for such candidates must include ITIL® practice tests. Many professional ITIL® certification exam websites have practice tests listed online which cost up to $25-$50. There are, however, free practice tests available online for the ITIL® V4 certification. These free practice tests, which are full-length and simulate the actual test, will help candidates bring down the overall cost of their ITIL® V4 certification especially if the candidate is not planning on attending the ITIL® course at a training institute or with an ITIL® training provider. In this scenario, as mentioned already, these training providers can get the candidates to access full-length practice tests.Other ITIL® ResourcesWhen pursuing such certifications, one always needs to keep a contingency in mind or a buffer in case of any last minute or additional needs. To ease the stress of the examination and the candidates’ jitters, more tests can be availed. To ensure a quick and smooth revision of concepts, techniques, and resources like process diagrams, mind maps, flashcards, etc. can be used by the candidates.Basically, the components of the ITIL® certification for a candidate can include the ITIL® exam, the ITIL® course, ITIL® Study Guide, ITIL® Practice tests and other resources. Therefore, candidates can, before choosing an ITIL® training provider, assess these costs and then come to a conclusion.While performing a cost-benefit analysis for ITIL® certification, it is essential to understand the benefits of ITIL® V4 foundation certification, which include the following:A bright career path with access to many career opportunities in the field of ITSMAn assured edge over other candidates when he or she is applying for a job opportunity within the ITSM fieldRecognition and validation among their peers as well as employersUseful in executing and improving ITIL® in their organizationAwareness of the best practices in ITSMKnowledge of an important common language which is reflected in the candidate’s choice of words and jargon when speaking to a clientImprovement of the service delivery of any organization towards its end-usersAid an organization by reducing its costs and improving its efficienciesAssurance of a better pay packageSuccinctly put, the components of the cost areA combination of these benefits and the current scope and growth witnessed in the field of ITSM, the ITIL® V4 certifications is almost like a mandatory pursuit for anyone wishing to embark on a career path in ITSM. This is especially true as ITSM is a field whose prospects are continually increasing with time as the dependency on IT by organizations to be competitive and have a sustainable business model, is expanding.In the field of ITSM, a professional has to be agile, nimble and ensure improvement to the business processes in order to live up to the ever-changing needs of customers. The ITIL® framework has factored this in and has an in-built phase called the ‘Continual Service Improvement’ phase. It runs across the remaining four core areas. Hence, it is recommended that the earlier one goes for ITIL® V4 foundation, the better it is - whether it is an individual or an organizationDoes the amount of certification change with each level?ITIL® V3 offers five different certification levels (Changed with ITIL® V4):FoundationPractitionerIntermediate (Service Lifecycle and Service Capability categories)ExpertMasterThe cost of each level differs, based on the components mentioned above, the country where the exam is given and the mode of taking the examination. An essential consideration in the ITIL® certifications are the modes available for taking the certification, which also majorly influences the cost. The various methods are:1. Online Proctored ExaminationA candidate does not need to go anywhere in order to take the ITIL® examinations. Especially, if the candidate’s career and job do not allow for the time to go to an examination center or an ATO, this option opens up the opportunity to pursue the certification from the comfort of their home or office.Here’s how an Online Proctored exam is conducted.If the candidate has a computer along with webcam and internet access, they can take the exam and obtain the certification via the online proctored exam option. The candidate can sign up for the online exam from the convenience of their home or laptop at any time. Most ITIL® V3 and V4  providers offer this option where the candidate will be proctored when they are taking the exam. This option is beneficial when the candidate is on a service desk or in a job which has a shift rotation system. 2. Exam from an ATOUsually, ATOs not only conduct the ITIL® course but also administer the examination post completion of the course. Therefore, it is vital to choose a good ATO and this will ensure that the candidate is trained well and can give the exam at the center.3. Examination from a Prometric centerPearson VUE is the Prometric partner for ITIL® and AXELOS for administering the ITIL® certification examinations. This option offers a lot of flexibility as the candidate can choose to avail it even if they have attended training at an ATO center or done self - study. The candidate can schedule the exam at a Pearson VUE Prometric center which is close to them.The cost of the ITIL® certification depends on whether the candidate prefers to take online training or classroom training. The cost of the entire course varies based on this choice and the geographical location, if it is a classroom session.4. Online ITIL® TrainingThis gives the candidate the flexibility of learning and training from anywhere, anytime and at their pace from an ITIL® course which is online and explains the ITIL® Framework. Actually, the candidate gets more from the online ITIL® course than the other options.The cost of an ITIL® Certification online class is usually much lower than that of a classroom mode. On average, the ITIL® online certification may cost around $275. It may be available for a lower or higher price, depending on the country in which the candidate is taking the examination. In the UK, for example, it could be around £200.00 while in India it could be approximately ₹15000. Comparatively, a session in the classroom could be anywhere around $2000.A very viable and financially feasible option, if one is looking at a low-priced ITIL® Certification option would be the monthly subscription of the online mode. These come at a price as low as $50 per month. Whether the candidate can finish the course in one month or not is entirely dependent on the drive and motivation of the candidate. If they thrive under tight schedules and timelines, this is a very feasible option. Also, the candidate can then actively reduce their overall ITIL® Certification cost.In online mode, the candidate can receive access to these resources:Recorded video sessions of about two days i.e. 14-16 hoursA certificate at the end of the courseIf the candidate is already a PMP, they can get about 14-16 PDUs (Professional Development Units) that helps them maintain their PMP CertificationThey may also receive a money back guarantee with certain conditions and fine prints attached.Handouts that can be downloaded for preparing for the ITIL® Exam.ITIL® certification cost in different countriesThis post has endeavoured to give a full price list for the ITIL® V3 Foundation certification examination from Peoplecert’s website. The prices mentioned are without discounts or offers that Peoplecert runs occasionally.CountryITIL®-F Certification exam feeUnited StatesUS $314United Kingdom£269CanadaUS $314ArgentinaUS $292AustraliaAU $395Austria€323BrazilUS $296ChinaUS $314Denmark€337France€323Germany€320India₹16,278Japan¥35910Portugal€319SingaporeUS $314United Arab EmiratesUS $314ITIL® certification re-attempt certification cost The ITIL® Foundation, as mentioned earlier, is an entry-level certification, i.e., the first certification in a series and is fairly easy to clear. If the candidate has opted for a course and taken the time to prepare, they would definitely pass the ITIL® examinations. It is imperative that the candidate, however, completes the course.In the rare scenario that the candidate does fail, it is possible for them to buy a new exam voucher and give the exam again, or the candidate can appeal to the ATO for a re-evaluation of their answers for a nominal fee. The current re-evaluation fee stands at around US $100 - US $150  and the candidate is refunded the price if the outcome is favorable. However, if the outcome is not favorable, the candidate will lose the appeal fee and they will have to buy a new exam voucher.
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ITIL®: What it is and how to get certified?The Information Technology Infrastructure Library is a globally recognized framework and a well-recognized ITSM. It is regulated and monitored by Axelos worldwide. It is considered imperative at the entry level in many spheres. ITIL® singularly defines a service lifecycle model which prescribes specific activities and processes during the entire path of design, development, delivery, and support of IT services. IT services are, basically, any IT activity which could potentially deliver business value to an organization's end users, customers and other internal as well as external stakeholders. Something as rudimentary as centralized corporate email or even servers which act as the back end IT support for official websites comes under IT services.Anyone looking to make a career in the long run in IT may find it useful to invest resources in attaining the certifications under ITIL®. This certification helps professionals guide a business organization to follow the best-in-class IT management standards and practices. It also enables the organization to witness growth and navigate changes with the help of IT. By using the ITIL® framework within the organization, companies ensure that the services they provide are delivered by a set of defined and consistent processes that ensure best practices and procedures, resulting in a level of service for users which is predictable. Significant reduction in the cost of service and development and implementation of services, better customer satisfaction, enhanced productivity from IT department, improvements in quality, improved management of services and overall flexibility at an organization level to changing and growing business requirements are few of the benefits that can be derived from ITIL®.The current version of ITIL®, i.e., ITIL® V3 is being eased out slowly to make way for ITIL® V4 which has been launched in February of 2019 by Axelos. ITIL® V3 was a framework and set of professional certifications which were designed to ensure a person’s level of competency in most areas that ITIL® covers. ITIL® V3 certifications also showed a person's level of skill in ITIL® best practices. The core of ITIL® V3 has not changed when it was updated to V4.ITIL® CertificationITIL®, like many professional certifications, considerably enhances the earning value of the certificate holder. However, it may be difficult to calculate the exact increase. A person planning on an ITIL® certification must keep in mind that a combination of intangible and tangible factors make a certification like ITIL® a worthwhile investment of resources for both organizations and individuals.In order to enrol for this certification, a candidate can apply through the Prometric website, which is sponsored by Exin, an authorized ITIL® exam administrator. On the landing page, a candidate can look for an exam centre near them for the ITIL® Foundation exam as well as schedule the test as per their convenience and the availability of a slot. The landing page also allows the candidate to reschedule a test and cancel it, if required. Basically, the candidate has a choice of timing, date and venue when it comes to giving the ITIL® certification examinations. The process starts with the candidate searching for a seat in a centre as per his or her convenience and proceeds to then choosing a language followed by a venue of their choice. Further, the candidate is informed of the net price to be paid, requested to create an online account and then pay the fees as well as confirm the booking.Why to get certified in ITIL®?Since its release in February 2019, ITIL® V4  has focused on being an expansion on the previous version of ITIL®, i.e., ITIL® V3 in the sense that it offers more flexibility and technical support to the organization as it adapts to a digital transformation. ITIL® V4 endeavors to provide an end-to-end model for IT as well as serve digital delivery and operation for an organization. It aims to equip IT teams with knowledge of tech-enabled products and services to ensure that they can continue to play a vital role in business strategy.The first certification, i.e., ITIL® Foundation certification is used by many organizations for training purposes since it covers the basics and is not based on any specific technique or technology. It offers a variety of job opportunities for those pursuing it in IT companies. Professionals in IT are assured basic understanding of how to create as well as implement best practices of ITSM keeping in mind quality management, which will ensure better growth of the business.The ITIL® Foundation certification is the initial stage, and it acts as a base for all the other ITIL® certifications. It is worth two credit points within the qualification scheme of ITIL® and its levels. It serves as a training program which in turn helps in not only increasing the level of confidence of the IT professionals by teaching them to design, execute, and utilize IT services for the gratification of the organization’s customers.The ITIL® framework provides a common platform and language to deliver IT services. This includes multiple things such as communicating with vendors and customers more efficiently and effectively. The ITIL® framework primarily aims to overcome any challenges that may occur between the IT services and the business to achieve targeted results. This is enough reason for those wanting to make a career in IT, to pursue a certification in ITIL®.Furthermore, the ITIL® certifications are among the top notch certification courses offered in this domain. Many professionals of ITSM prefer them because they provide both knowledge and best practices used in ITSM.ITIL® makes the most persuasive case with the fact that many large organizations across the globe have implemented the ITIL® framework. These organizations include giants such as Atos, Shell Oil, Microsoft, IBM, Caterpillar, Disney, Spotify, Boeing, Equinor, and many more. All are enjoying great success due to ITIL®, with a significant drop in operational cost as a result.What are the ITIL® certification levels? AXELOS took the ownership of ITIL® in July 2013. It is now in charge of not only maintaining the ITIL® framework but also for accredited training and examination institutes. To deliver training, ITIL® certifications and administering exams, AXELOS has recognized hundreds of ITIL® Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs). The ITIL® certification examinations are administered by the ATOS at the end of the training course or alternatively, by an Examination Institute (EI), which may work directly with the ATOs.Under ITIL® V3, ITIL® had five levels of certification:1. FoundationIn the ITIL® certification sphere, the first level is the ITIL® Foundation certification. This level focuses on ensuring that the candidate is well versed with standard terminology and methodology.  Candidates will get the knowledge required to not only support but also deliver ITIL® related services.2. PractitionerThe Practitioner level is the second level of the ITIL® certification. In this level, the candidates are encouraged to improve their ability to adopt and adapt ITIL® for an organization.3. Intermediate This is the third level of the ITIL® certification. It consists of two categories or modules of certification: Service Lifecycle and Service Capability.The Service Lifecycle modules are:Service Strategy (SS)Service Design (SD)Service Transition (ST)Service Operation (SO)Continual Service Improvement (CSI)The Service Capability modules are:Operational Support and Analysis (OSA)Planning, Protection, and Optimization (PPO)Release, Control, and Validation (RCV)Service Offerings and Agreements (SOA)In the Service Lifecycle module, a lot of focus is given to management across several ITIL® processes. On the other hand, the module of Service Capability focuses on specialized as well as process-level knowledge within ITIL® processes.4. ExpertITIL® Expert certification is the fourth level of the ITIL® certification, and it is also delivered in modular form. This certification can be taken only by those candidates who have cleared the previous levels to ensure the requisite detailed knowledge and skills to clearly understand the entire system of ITIL®.5. MasterThe fifth level of the ITIL® certification is the ITIL® Master Level certification. This level focuses on strengthening and widening the mastery of the practical application of ITIL® in a variety of settings. The professionals working on ITIL® directly are usually involved in planning, operations, and management of ITSM. Through this certification, they obtain the skills to demonstrate their knowledge. An ITIL® Master does not just describe but also justifies the process of decision making that they have undertaken for adopting ITIL® principles, know-how, techniques, as well as methods. They can combine this with supporting management techniques to achieve the desired business outcome.It is important to note that the ITIL® system uses a credit system right from the Foundation level through the Expert levels with each certification amounting to a certain number of credits. The following chart illustrates the current ITIL® credit system:Sr. NoLevel of ITIL® certificationNo. of credits awarded1ITIL® Foundation22ITIL® Practitioner33Lifecycle ModuleService Strategy3Service Design3Service Transition3Service Operation3Continual Service Improvement3Capability ModuleOperational Support and Analysis4Planning, Protection, and Optimization4Release, Control, and Validation4Service Offerings and Agreements44Managing across the lifecycle55ITIL® ExpertPlease note that the candidate needs 17 credits between ITIL® practitioner and ITIL® Intermediate to progress to the next level.ITIL® V3 will be continued to be credible and recognized IT certification. Also, the exam will continue to remain available until AXELOS makes an official announcement that the certifications have been retired under ITIL® V3. This is to ensure that the candidates have sufficient time to collect and complete the ITIL® V3 credits, which are a prerequisite to starting other certifications such as ITIL® Managing Professional.The ITIL® V4 modules slightly vary from the ITIL® V3 structure and will be released during 2019, with Foundation already available since February 2019. Modules, including the ITIL® Specialist module, the ITIL® Strategist and the ITIL® Leader will be released in the latter half of 2019.  Post the ITIL® V4 Foundation level; the candidate can choose to pursue either the ITIL® Managing Professional (ITIL® MP) or ITIL® Strategic Leader (ITIL® SL). End-learners must complete both - the ITIL® MP and ITIL® SL -  to be eligible to certify as an ITIL® Master.To be certified as an ITIL® Managing Professional, the candidate must complete the following modules:ITIL® V4 FoundationITIL® Specialist: Create, Deliver & SupportITIL® Specialist: Drive Stakeholder ValueITIL® Specialist: High-Velocity ITITIL® Strategist: Direct, Plan & ImproveTo be certified as an ITIL® SL, candidates must complete the following modules:ITIL® 4 FoundationITIL® Strategist: Direct, Plan & ImproveITIL® Leader: Digital and IT StrategyThe ITIL® Strategist: Direct, Plan & Improve is a universal module for both the ITIL® streams.What is ITIL® certification path?As one goes through the certifications and modules of ITIL® V4, one quickly realizes how much simpler ITIL® V4 is. The number of exams has been reduced from twelve to six. The ITIL® Foundation certification is still the starting point of the entire ITIL® journey, which gives candidates an introduction to the essential concepts and basic methodologies behind ITIL® and gives a bird’s eye view of the ITIL® lifecycle stages. After this certification, however, candidates can go in one of two directions.As mentioned before, the first is the ITIL® Managing Professional (MP), which includes the following four modules:ITIL® Specialist – Create, Deliver & SupportITIL® Specialist – Drive Stakeholder ValueITIL® Specialist – High Velocity ITITIL® Strategist – Direct, Plan & ImproveThe second option, as illustrated above, is ITIL® Strategic Leader (SL), the modules for which are:ITIL® Strategist – Direct, Plan & ImproveITIL® Leader – Digital & IT StrategyCandidates won’t be required to collect credits like ITIL® V3 to sit for higher-level examinations. They must, however, still clear the ITIL® V4 Foundation exam before moving on to SL or MP modules.The development of ITIL® V4 was mostly community-driven where thousands of IT practitioners assisted AXELOS in envisioning and creating a version of ITIL® which would deal with some of the most common points of criticisms that IT professionals have with ITIL®.Some of the most important changes within ITIL® V4 include:Greater integration with widely-accepted ITSM practices which include Agile, Lean and DevOpsA  focus on customer experienceBetter integration between ITIL® as well as business practicesA focus on the community which make the framework more dynamicWhile the ITIL® V4 seems like it is not focusing on a niche, its content is very relevant for ITSM practitioners. Right from the Foundation module, every examination has gone through an upgradation on account of the amount of new material. In other words, it would benefit ITIL® V3-certified professionals to consider the transition to ITIL® V4 seriously.About ITIL® foundation practice examThe first stage in the ITIL® framework is the Foundation certification which has to be completed to become an ITIL® Expert. This makes understanding the structure of the ITIL® Foundation exam very important for the candidate. Prior knowledge of the structure of the examination would help the candidate plan and strategize to score well in the actual exam.There is a simulated exam which provides all the features and patterns similar to the actual ITIL® Foundation exam format. These practice exams are available for free and can be taken multiple times.Here are all the details about the test:The duration of the test is 60 minutes or an hour long.There are about 40 questions with multiple choices.Of the various choices given, there will be one or more choices which may be correct.The test can be paused mid-way, and there is also the option to retake the test at a later point.The test will resume from the point where the candidate left it and the test time will be reduced by the amount of time taken by the candidate in the previous attempt.With this practice ITIL® examination, the candidate can differentiate between the concepts that they are familiar with and those that they aren’t. Candidates who enroll for the practice ITIL® foundation online exam should be able to take the real exam effortlessly. A sample ITIL® foundation exam is like a representative of the actual ITIL® certification exam. The purpose of this is to help remove the element of uncertainty for the candidate that is bound to affect them when they write their certification unprepared. Every IT professional aspiring for an ITIL® certification is encouraged to give practice exams to ensure success.What are the benefits of ITIL® certification?ITIL® framework aims to support individuals and organizations to gain the best and most optimal value from IT and digital services. It  equips a service provider with the ability to implement a realistic capability model, balance it with the strategy of business and needs of the customer.ITIL® provides a comprehensive framework which is practical and has proven its worth in establishing a system of ITSM, ensuring consistency and improving continually for the sake of businesses using IT-enabled services.ITIL® V4 is hugely relevant to IT professionals such as software developers and service managers as well as to businesses, as it encourages a well-rounded view of designing and delivering products and services. Right from the first level, ITIL® V4 focuses on transparency, collaboration, automation and holistic working.ITIL® V4 has a focus on many of the core elements which make it valuable to individuals and organizations. Change, which in today’s day and age is a constant state of affairs, is something many organizations struggle to navigate. With ITIL® V4 and its best practices, organizations receive the support they need to thrive despite these changes.ITIL® V4 is the iteration of ITIL® which integrates all of the excellent things from ITIL® and its versions and extrapolates it to ITSM and service operations. It helps navigate the shift from traditional process-led delivery to faster quality and value-based delivery for organizations.Here are the key benefits of getting an ITIL® Certification Program:It helps improve the position of the candidate in the job market as they become an ITIL® certified professionalIt ensures that the candidate stands out from others and other uncertified counterparts with similar experience in the ITIL® framework and methodologyThe candidate learns methods to apply ITIL® tools and techniques, improve their efficiency and focus on their effectiveness at workplaceCandidates get recognized for their expertise by their colleagues and peersIt helps them learn a language and improves communication across the organization's hierarchyIt assists the candidate in implementing fresh ideas from the ITIL® framework. It also helps them use the best practices to facilitate customersUltimately, it helps the candidate increasing their contribution to the organization's ITSM
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ITIL® is a library, designed to provide the best practices for IT service management, assisting individuals and companies understand business change, transformation and growth through the proper use of IT. As organisations have realised the importance of the ITIL® Framework in terms of business management, the demand for ITIL® certified professionals has increased rapidly. The fact that industries other than IT, such as educational institutions as well as healthcare keep looking for such candidates is a testament to the growth of ITIL®.ITIL® has helped the learners in getting acquainted with the best practice methodology. These methods are not only systematic but are professionally valued too.The course enhances a professional’s ability to design, distinguish and support the IT services in business, further producing improved productivity, performance, and competence.It addresses and teaches  professionals to focus on the most important aspect of a business that is customer experience.ITIL® helps the professional in sorting and prioritizing what is more valuable according to business standards. This allows to get the work done more efficiently.It increases the market value of a certified professional.What are the career benefits of ITIL® certification?Now, let's look at the career benefits of ITIL® certification for each level respectively.Level 1: ITIL® Foundation  It is the first-level certification course. Pursuing this will give participants a basic understanding of the ITIL® framework.Help understand how ITIL® can be used to enhance IT service management.It is helpful for anyone with an interest in IT service management.Level 2: ITIL® PractitionerThe certification was designed in 2016.The process directs on events and conditions in the daily business life cycle.A candidate gets to know some features of crucial concepts.This covers two major areas: Service Capability and Lifecycle.Level 3: ITIL® Intermediate This level is divided into multiple sections which demonstrate revised methods for successful implementation of ITSM.This level is more superior to the previous levels.Intermediate certification is globally accepted in the IT sector.Modules are categorized into Service Capability and Lifecycle.The Service Lifecycle modules:Service Design (SD)Service Strategy (SS)Service Operation (SO)Service Transition (ST)Continual Service Improvement (CSI)Service Capability modules:Planning, Protection, and Optimization (PPO)Operational Support and Analysis (OSA)Service Offerings and Agreements (SOA)Release, Control, and Validation (RCV)Students have a choice of modules in a single category or modules in both categories for qualification.Level 4: ITIL® Expert This is the esteemed certification. By this stage, a professional is expected to be well versed in practices to execute various complex concepts to maximize business management.An Expert certification is the proof of tremendous expertise, knowledge and skill base.Level 5: ITIL® Master This level comprises comprehensive knowledge of the methods and advanced practices of ITIL®.The final stage of the certification which comprises extensive knowledge of the techniques and exceptional methods of ITIL®.It also incorporates the high-level process for its associated administration methods.The Master certified professional is highly valued for their experience, skills, and expertise.What will be the average salary for ITIL® certified professionals?Now that we are aware of the benefits of each level of the certification, let's see how the average salaries differ among the different levels of ITIL® certified professional.The average wage for the foundation certification starts from nearly $82,795 per year for Service Delivery Manager to $106,280 per year for engineering Program Manager.Here’s a table that details it out well:RoleAverage salary per annum in USAverage salary per annum in IndiaService Delivery Manager$82,795INR 1,366,982IT Analyst$86,361INR 7,32,612Asset Manager$88,552INR 5,39,533IT Project Manager$91,257INR 1,433,472IT Manager$101,181INR 10,82,029Engineering Program Manager$106,280INR 18,19,880The salaries are directly proportional to the level of certification. This means that for more advanced certification, the Intermediate or above the average salaries exceed $117,000 on average for posts such as ITIL® Service Lifecycle: Service Transition and Service Lifecycle: Service Operation.RoleAverage salary per annum in USAverage salary per annum in IndiaSenior IT Project Manager$112,899INR 1,818,560Service Transition$117,000INR 13,34,273Service Operation$117,000INR 610,864IT Director$130,191INR 3,417,221Chief Information Officer (CIO)$168,932INR 4,143,013Top Benefits of having ITIL® certification for IndividualDifferent Individuals come together with different values but a similar goal to create an organization. Before proceeding on how ITIL® benefits the companies, let's understand how ITIL® certification  benefits an individual.1. Enhanced productivity A certified candidate is trained to understand the ITIL® framework thoroughly. It gives them an edge as they will not only be able to detect the issues but also apply these concepts which will allow them to manage work processes adequately. Also, they are aware of the importance and procedures followed in the ITIL® framework; this assists them to be more productive and utilize the resources to their maximum extent.2. Increased Wage A certified candidate is highly valued for his skills and expertise. This is the reason why any IT company will prefer a certified professional over a non-certified candidate.On completing the course, a certified candidate has a better understanding of ITSM, which helps them to be more valuable for the company.Not only is the wage higher, but a certified professional is also expected to have an exponentially higher scale compared to others due to their superior adaptation and learning skills.The average pay for an ITIL® certified candidate can grow more than 15%. 3. RecognitionHaving the ITIL® credentials in your resume is the verification of your advanced management abilities. Not only will your peer groups and colleagues will appreciate your value but even your seniors will recognize you for your superior understanding and efficient execution of the tasks.4. Common Terminologies Mastering the common terminologies during the course of the workshop will give a certified candidate an edge over others as this will let them have better communication with the client and improve on customer experience.5. Holistic ViewOne of the most advanced features of ITIL® is that it teaches the candidate how to observe. This allows him/her to see the big picture and plan their actions accordingly. Also, this will assist the professional in giving long term feedbacks and contributions which are highly valued in the industry.6. Generation of IdeaThe holistic view and skills allow the certified candidate to generate better and effective ideas. Since they are equipped with a better sense of understanding of the framework, it allows them to keep a track of how the organisation is progressing and what it needs to keep growing.7. Stand outThe framework is established to help the organisation to solve the everyday issues and boost their ITSM to gain the maximum profit. Since a certified learner will know how to utilise the framework to its fullest, this will make the professional stand out from the crowd. Not only will this boost their confidence, but will also push them to work more efficiently.8. Prepared for the futureITIL® certified professionals have a better chance of getting adapted to new jobs and handle the responsibilities much more efficiently as compared to others. Their adaptation skills are far more superior due to their expertise and high knowledge on the understanding of the process.What are ITIL® benefits to the organizationIn an organisation, issues like software expiration, hanging of a computer system or the server goes down during an important event, are almost inevitable. But it all comes down to how the situation is being handled at the service desk. Whether it’s all chaos followed by blame games or is it a calm situation where professionals are working towards solving the issue.The latter is the case where one would witness that the organisation already has steps and measures to control these situations under their damage-control means.“Clients have identified improved customer satisfaction with IT services, better communications and information flows between IT staff and customers, and reduced costs in developing procedures and practices within an enterprise.”A Gartner report on the implementation of ITIL® by organisations put this out.Following are the reason why an organization must have ITIL® implemented -1. Better communicationWith the rise of business dependence on IT, having an organisation that is well acquainted with the best practices towards ITSM, and having a common framework will remove the additional need for lengthy processes which consume a lot of time and effort. This will allow organisations to work hand-in-hand and to push each other to do their best. Also, this would eliminate the communication gap and work friction as the quality and approach will be similar.2. Improved productivityUsually, a lot of valuable work hours are lost in cases of small errors and dysfunctions. Mostly, the employees are not aware of what they have to do. This wastes their valuable working hours, sours the customer experience and ultimately the reputation of the company.However with the right framework and the knowledge that it provides, it is possible for the employees to follow those specific steps to finish the task.  3. FlexibilityThe biggest issue that hits SMBs is that when they try to expand, their systems and procedures are unable to adapt to the massive changes. This puts a sudden halt to their growth, and it takes a considerable amount of time to come out of this.But the best feature of the ITIL® framework is that it supports scale and expansion. Due to its flexibility and adaptation, the process and systems remain unaffected.Also, the SMBs suffer massively by the hardware which is associated with their systems. But ITIL® framework takes care of this issue through ITIL®- supported service desk, which looks after such complications beforehand, further allowing the transition to be smooth and efficient.4. Enhanced Service QualityITIL® implementation provides the organisation with every possible damage-control measures. It also allows the employees to understand what needs to be done rather than distressing. And so, the calmness in the employees makes it possible for them to observe, plan and execute their actions appropriately.The ITIL® frameworks keep track of all the procedures and steps that are supposed to be followed; this makes sure that lessons are learned from past mistakes. It ultimately enhances the quality of the service provided by the organisation.5. ResultsWith improved service quality, smooth transition, and enhanced productivity, it is a proof that an ITIL® assisted organisation is far more advanced and likely to achieve their targets than an organisation which works randomly.  The ITIL® implementation also looks after the cost-reduction methods and time management. Moreover, it gives priority to the user experience making sure that the customers are satisfied. The smooth flow of work and chaos free work environment promotes productivity and keeps the employees happy.What is the process of ITIL® implementation in an organizationKnowledge can only be useful when we can apply it correctly. Similarly, just knowing about the ITIL® framework isn't enough; the organisation must have the resources and patience to implement it if it wants to harness the benefits.As by now, we are aware that the reason behind ITIL®’s global acceptance is because it is based on years of experience and thousands of examples.  But we are also aware of the fact that every organisation has different goals, values and therefore, one might not need every part of ITIL®.ITIL® for SMBsIn the previous sections, we discussed how the small and medium-sized businesses suffer for following random blueprints. SMBs majorly benefit when the ITIL® is implemented in arts. This allows them to understand which ITIL® art they actually need as their goals.For example, in SMBs usually, 1-2 people manage the computer section. They are responsible when some issue happens with the system. In such cases, they won't need or have the time to control service strategies. Here, Incident management will be profitable and effective.Now the trick lies into analysing which ITIL® process needs to be implemented first.While every organisation is different, these are the most common factors which influence the business sectors -1. Change Management:Unresolved issues can interrupt daily IT services. If the company is nervous about executing positive developments, this method could be instant help.2. Incident Management: This method is perfect for organisations suffering from unplanned disturbances to IT duties, like system blackouts. This process assists the IT service to return to the users as soon as possible.3. Request Fulfilment: This method helps the organisations to record their user's request and making sure that every claim possible is being taken care of. It also improves the quality of user experience.Plan an ITIL® implementation roadmapThe best way to implement ITIL® is by making it a long term goal rather than achieving every art at once. The latter creates confusion and is expensive. The reason why the long term goal is useful is that it allows the companies to have sufficient time to adapt to the changes. It's taking one step at a time which doesn't put unnecessary pressure on the employees. As time passes, the organisation can eventually execute the following steps one by one. This allows the organisation to grow at their pace without any complications.Establish an ITIL® Culture The organisation has to provide training before implementing the ITIL®. If this isn't taken care of, there will be more damage than good, as, after implementation, most employees will have a hard time understanding and executing the processes.Also, separate leaders have to be selected as mentors for foundation training. They will be the one who lead the teams into implementing the concepts of ITIL® for enhanced productivity.ITIL® BenefitsFollowing are the major benefits at a glance -Reduced IT costsImproved IT services by using proven best practice processesBetter customer experience with more professional approach to service deliveryStandards and guidanceImproved productivityImproved use of skills and experienceDrawback:ITIL® framework is perhaps one of the most successful methodologies ever applied in business. But there is a scope for improvement -As a framework and applied methodology, ITIL® has no limitation.The only drawback of the ITIL® is that since it's a set of rules and a framework, it is as successful as the people using it allow it to be.So it depends on the organisation on how effectively they can utilise the concepts to boost their productivity, which further increases the success rate of the ITIL®.ConclusionIt should be noted that if not applied properly, even applications of ITIL® are bound to fail. The whole team working towards achieving the goal is the key to its success. The results and outcomes of ITIL® will only be visible when they have been applied adequately. Eventually, ITIL® will be only as successful as you  allow it to be. However, if used effectively it will definitely increase the chances of success exponentially.
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