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Is ITIL certification worth the time and cost?

The ITIL certification asks a fairly hefty price in terms of time and money (thousands of dollars). Is it worth it?

I got an email the other day from a TechRepublic member who was inquiring as to what was involved in getting ITIL-certified and what the cost would be overall.

You can see the four levels of certification within the V3 scheme by clicking here.

A lot of IT pros wonder whether the cost of ITIL certification is worth what they will get back in terms of career advancement and increased salary. What is the cost? It depends on how you look at it. According to The IT Skeptic, if you're an IT consultant and you factor in your hourly rate (he uses $160 per hour) as lost revenue time, an ITIL certification could cost upwards of $60,000. But if you take online courses, which are less expensive, and don't include your hourly rate, it could run you about $20,000.

The IT Skeptic offers a pretty neat spreadsheet you can use to calculate the possible cost of an ITIL certification. You can access it by clicking here.

I'd also like to hear from those IT pros who are ITIL-certified who can attest to the cost and value of the certification. Was the certification "worth it"?

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