ITIL V3 Certification points system: the magic number 21.5
[This post is out-dated now: see here for the latest news on certification.]
Many readers will be aware that the new ITIL Version 3 certification scheme requires 22 points for a Diploma (the old masters'/managers' certification). So what a surprise that V2 Service Manager plus Bridge course end up with a score of 21.5.
The following got buried in comments on this blog from an anonymous poster so i thought I'd bring it up the front here:
If you are a current ITIL Service Manager (v2) you now have 16.5 points (v2 Foundation + Service Manager). The v2 Manager bridging class gets you to 21.5
So you need to go back and take the Foundation v3 bridging class or some other course to get your 22?
I actually think this is an error in the new system. The diagram clearly shows that you are supposed to have achieved your diploma after this course of study. But it adds up to 21.5.
If so the simplest fix would be to adjust the required points level for a diploma to 21.5!
Some other notes from our reader:
- No extra credit for having gained a v2 Service Manager with distinction
- No credit for being a v2 approved instructor
- No credit for actually having achieved any work success or other education history
- No support of continuing education credits
- If you are just beginning in ITIL it might imply an expensive route to the Diploma: ITIL V3 ($2k), 4 x Capability at @$2k each, or 5 x Lifecycle at $2k, plus managing Lifecycle ($1.5k) = $10-13k
On that last point, that does not trouble me. Readers will be aware I think it is high time we had some substantial certification in the IT industry. That amount of money and effort is small compared to what an engineer, surveyor or pilot goes through, let alone a doctor, dentist or vet. None of whom get paid what some ITIL consultants are raking in right now. Hear hear I say.