When it comes to IT certifications, the ITIL certification is a must-have. Establishing an IT department in line with ITIL practices depends on the people making it happen, and that requires a thorough understanding of the subject.
Not to mention, having the ITIL certification could boost your salary. PayScale provides data on how salaries vary according to one’s level of ITIL certification. On average, ITIL certified IT professionals earn around $96,000 a year. In the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, the ITIL certification was ranked 7th on the list of top-paying IT certifications. Keep in mind, though, that an ITIL certification itself might not directly correlate with your career’s success.
How it Works
The initial ITIL v3 certification scheme consisted of 5 levels, (Foundation, Practitioner, Intermediate, Expert, Master), each requiring a deeper understanding and knowledge of ITIL. Afterwards, the ITIL 4 certification scheme was streamlined to include: the ITIL Foundation and the ITIL Master exams. There are two paths that can be taken for the ITIL Foundation exam: ITIL Managing Professional (MP) or ITIL Strategic Leader (SL). Each has its own modules and exams.
The ITIL MP is for IT practitioners involved with technology and digital teams throughout an organization. It’s about running successful IT projects, teams, and workflows. The ITIL SL is designed for people who deal with “digitally enabled services”. This path zeros in on how technology guides business strategy and IT’s role in that.
Both of these paths lead to the ITIL Master exam – the highest level of certification. The ITIL Master is a specialized level of certification higher than ITIL Expert. It’s for individuals with in-depth practical experience implementing ITIL best practices. To achieve ITIL Master, you’re required to explain and defend real-life projects you’ve completed using ITIL best practices.
Though the numbers are incomplete and the stats not readily available, it’s estimated that ITIL Masters account for 0.003% (41 people) of the approximately 1.3 million people that are ITIL-certified.