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Roadmap to Success: ITIL Foundations

by Karin Klinger
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Published on July 7, 2015

Roadmap to Success is a series of posts designed to help learners better understand certification pathways, career opportunities associated with those certifications, and next steps beyond certification.

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITILⓇ) has emerged as a standard method and approach to IT that is increasingly in demand among employers. ITILⓇ is a framework of best practices that are used to improve IT services. Generally, the ITILⓇ Foundations certification offers a general awareness of key elements, concepts, and terminology used in the ITILⓇ service lifecycle.

Disclaimer: CBT Nuggets is not engaged in any partnership or affiliation with AXELOS Limited nor any applicable Examination Institute. CBT Nuggets is not an Accredited Training Organization authorized to provide ITIL training or content. ITIL® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved. CBT Nuggets hereby disclaims any implied or perceived affiliation between itself and AXELOS Limited. Any information found herein is for informational purposes only.

ITILⓇ Qualification Levels

There are five levels of ITILⓇ certifications (or qualifications, as they are termed by Axelos). Each level of qualification provides eligibility for subsequent levels:

Each exam serves as a prerequisite for the next level. For example, a learner must earn the Foundation Level qualification before being eligible for the Practitioner Level qualification exam, and so on.

ITILⓇ Foundation Level

The ITILⓇ Foundation Level qualification is intended to provide learners with a general awareness of the ITILⓇ service lifecycle, including the links between lifecycle stages, the processes used, and their contribution to service management practices.

Typically, learners pursuing this certification path should have some familiarity with ITILⓇ and work for an organization that has adopted its standards. ITILⓇ Foundation Level is an entry-level qualification, so learners new to the industry can start here to build a strong understanding of globally-recognized best practices associated with IT service lifecycles. There is no prerequisite for the ITILⓇ Foundation Level qualification.

Learn more by exploring our ITILⓇ blog posts:

The Next Step

The ITILⓇ Foundation Level qualification is a building block upon which learners can develop expertise in service lifecycle best practices. ITILⓇ provides learners with several levels to continue to advance through in the course of their training. Learners can choose to progress through the Practitioner, Intermediate, Expert, and Master Level qualifications.

The Practitioner Level qualification is new to the ITILⓇ qualification pathway. This new pathway will be available worldwide by the end of 2015. This qualification emphasizes practical application of the ITILⓇ framework. It provides practical guidance on leveraging the Continual Service Improvement (CSI) in order to help organizations optimize the adoption and adaptation of ITILⓇ. In addition, the Practitioner Level qualification works to equip learners to leverage other IT frameworks, practices, and methodologies, including Lean, DevOps, Agile, and SIAM.

Many learners pursuing ITILⓇ qualifications seek to diversify their training. Since ITILⓇ is a framework of best practices, many learners find project management training to be an excellent supplement to their development and resumes. Here's our project management training:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) for the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition

  • Project Management for the Real World

  • CAPM Certification Training Course

  • Agile for the Real World

  • Being Agile with JIRA

  • PRINCE2® Foundations

Learners who can effectively apply the ITILⓇ framework to projects they can productively manage can be leaders in the IT industry.


ITILⓇ qualifications are not subject to recertification.

Career Considerations provides a helpful salary guide to help learners determine appropriate pay scales for job opportunities associated with the ITILⓇ Foundations Level qualification. Depending on professional experience, an employee who holds an ITILⓇ Foundation Level qualification can earn anywhere from $60,198 to $168,979. Roles or titles for ITILⓇ Foundation Level-qualified employees might include IT project manager, IT manager, IT director, senior project manager, or service delivery manager.

Concluding Thoughts

Earning an ITILⓇ Foundation Level qualification sets you on a course to conquer the ITILⓇ framework and implement best practices for service delivery. As ITILⓇ continues to gain momentum worldwide, learners pursuing this path will equip themselves for ample career opportunities and professional development.

Watch. Learn. Conquer ITILⓇ!


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