If you work in IT, you’ve likely heard of or worked with ITIL. Perhaps you’ve even considered pursuing ITIL certifications. But is the investment worth the return? We’re taking a look at the cost of ITIL certifications at various levels and the benefits you can expect, so you can decide whether it’s an appropriate investment for you and your business.
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We’ve already discussed why ITIL is critical in today’s IT environment, and why it’s still widely adopted among many IT organizations of all sizes. For these reasons, it’s important that employees within these organizations have a deep understanding of ITIL’s foundations in order to achieve maximum benefits from its implementation. Knowledge and mastery of ITIL is so important in fact, that many organizations are even investing in certification sponsorship programs to help employees get ITIL certified.
The ITIL Foundation certification covers the basics of ITIL and is where most newbies start the process of learning ITIL and becoming certified. The certification has no prerequisites, and anyone with an interest in the subject matter can sit for this exam. ITIL Foundation certification exam prep can be accomplished via classroom or distance learning options, as well as via self-study. There is no requirement for you to complete a training course before you sit for the Foundations exam. The Foundation exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 60 minutes with a grade of 65 percent, or 26 correct answers, required to pass the exam.
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The ITIL 4 Foundation Book was released February 18th 2019[2]. In its former version (known as ITIL 2011), ITIL is published as a series of five core volumes, each of which covers a different ITSM lifecycle stage. Although ITIL underpins ISO/IEC 20000 (previously BS 15000), the International Service Management Standard for IT service management, there are some differences between the ISO 20000 standard, ICT Standard by IFGICT and the ITIL framework.
That’s one of the reasons why Axelos has a practitioner level where it requires a combination of both practical and theoretical knowledge.  According to Axelos, the ITIL practitioner level  “enables practitioners to not only speak the language of ITIL but be able to translate it and use it in practice”. So, an ITIL certification without the knowledge of how to use it in practice is just a sheet of paper.
That’s one reason why there was a lot of stir when the new version of ITIL called ITIL 4 was announced. Axelos suggested that this would just not be an update to what is existent in the ITIL V3, but also would have qualitative aspects to ITIL like- Culture, adaption, among others. Not just this, ITIL 4 is going to have a restructured certification path.
Each ITIL certification webpage provides links to relevant study guides and syllabi. Those pursuing the ITIL Foundation certification should read the three-part blog series on preparing for and taking the ITIL Foundation exam. Those who are thinking about pursuing the Intermediate certification should use the ITIL Intermediate Training Navigator to match desired job roles and skills with the appropriate modules.
ITIL Intermediate (Lifecycle Stream): Addresses aspects of ITIL from a holistic, lifecycle perspective. Lifecycle may be more suited to those with managerial responsibility looking at the overall IT Service Management picture. The Service Strategy course in particular is very much rooted in the broader corporate strategy and governance environment:

ITIL isn’t going anywhere and there are many advantages to completing your certification in any of ITIL’s five mastery courses. While there is plenty to learn on-the-job, getting a head-start on the foundations, terminology, strategies and lifecycle stages will be a big help to you getting hired for the job role you want and will help you succeed within the organization. To learn more about ITIL v3 certification courses, visit the AXELOS website.
Many times in your career, it can be a good thing to take a step back and re-evaluate some of your goals and current efforts to see if you need to make any moves or decisions that will affect you in the long-term. Investments like going for a Master’s degree or getting a certification can be scary, because you often just don’t know if you risk wasting time and effort on something that may not be all the beneficial to you in long-run of your professional career.

You have to submit your application to become a Master, and if your application is accepted, you will be required to submit a proposal. If this is successful, you will be required to submit a work package. The final stage of the Master scheme consists of an interview with a panel of assessors and, if successful, you will be granted ITIL Master certification.
As IT becomes more important, SMBs are realizing the biggest benefits of maintaining ITIL-trained personnel on staff. Though no company wants to see IT projects fail, larger companies can usually absorb the loss of productivity, time and money that accompanies a failed IT service project. SMBs may not have the financial luxury of allowing an important IT project to fail owing to poor management and lack of processes. Thus, the value of an ITIL certification may be greater for enlightened companies that cannot afford IT project failures.
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