The ITIL Practitioner is considered the next step in the ITIL progression after achieving the ITIL Foundation (which is a prerequisite). It emphasizes the ability to adopt, adapt and apply ITIL concepts in an organization. Although the Practitioner certification is not required for upper-level ITIL credentials, achieving Practitioner certification provides three credits toward ITIL Expert certification. You can prepare for the Practitioner exam through self-study, in-person classroom learning or online and distance learning options. The Practitioner exam is 40 multiple-choice questions and requires a minimum score of 70 percent, or 28 correct answers, to pass.
The great thing about being knowledgeable in such a broad, complex framework like ITIL is that your understanding of the inner-workings of the entire IT infrastructure increases and you gain more flexibility in your ability to wear many hats, making you more valuable to the organization. The higher your certification level is, the more roles you will be qualified to take on. Not satisfied working in IT service operations? Try your hand as a service strategy manager. The possibilities are wide and there are many different job roles to choose from.
The good news about ITIL certification is that it is a valuable skill for almost any IT professional, from system administrators to chief information officers (CIOs). Many large companies have dedicated ITIL coaches or mentors who help shepherd projects through the various steps of the ITIL framework. These ITIL gurus have a wide understanding of the IT landscape and can usually spot trouble with a service design document or implementation plan in a matter of minutes.