There was always a debate regarding professional certifications. We frequently see that many employers seek certain certifications in their job listings. However, does it really matter to get a job? Does it increase your salary? We have conducted a survey with our participants and the Post-Project Management Certification survey results are compelling!
Master of Project Academy taught more than 250,000 professionals in more than 180 countries since 2012. This year, two of our most preferred courses were awarded by the intelligent.com website. Our PMP® Project Management Professional Certification Training won the Best for Exam Prep title and the Master of Project Academy Bundled Course was chosen as the Most Comprehensive training course.
Recently, we’ve done a survey of a group of 628 participants from 124 countries. Here are the Post-Project Management Certification survey results!
Post-Project Management Certification Survey Results
93.21% of the Participants Who Sat for the Exam in Last Year Successfully Passed!
Master of Project Academy students has a 99.6% first attempt rate. Based on the survey results of the group, 93.21% of the participants who sat for the exam in the last year passed the exam. This does not mean that the first attempt rate of Master of Project Academy is lower than it is advertised. This means, there is a minority of other students who are still preparing for their certification exams and could not sit for the exam in one year.
The exam preparation process may differ from one person to another. As Master of Project Academy, we are offering 100% self-paced courses and also virtual classroom training programs for some certifications such as PMP. If you choose a self-paced course, it is completely up to you how much time you will spend completing the training. Also, we are always recommending the applicants to support their study plan with diverse materials such as sample exams or flashcards. So some people, especially if they are busy working professionals, can complete their whole study period in a longer timeframe than the others.
- If you are looking to get PMP certified, you can refer to our PMP Study Guide.
- Check out our self-paced PMP training.
- If you prefer the virtual classroom format you can check out our 4-day online PMP training.
- To feel 100% ready for the PMP exam, you can practice with our real-like PMP exam simulator.
35.77% of the Participants Who Earned a Certification Increased Their Salary by 10% or More!
There is always a debate whether earning a certification increase salary or not. Here is proof!
35.77% of our participants who earned a certification in the last 12 months increased their salary by 10%! Further, 16.89% increased their salary by more than 20%!!!
Considering the pandemic and economic turbulence around the world, professions who have professional certifications earn more than uncertified peers.
There are many professional certifications that you can obtain. For people who are working in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, PRINCE2 is a more popular certification. In the US and other countries, PMP is more popular.
- Those are just two examples, check out the best Project Management training options to advance your career and increase your salary!
41.06% of the Participants Have Got a Promotion or Found a New Job!
Earning a certification not only helps to increase salary; It brings new opportunities as well. 41.06% of the participants who earned a certification in the last 12 months reported that they either got a promotion in their current organization or they found a new job.
If you are already working or want to start working in Project Management, the Post-Project Management Certification survey results show having a professional certification is highly beneficial. You can either get a promotion in the company that you are working in or get a brand new job!
- Find out more about the Project Management Career path.
- Here are 4 PM Training Options that you can check out to boost your career.
Certification Helps Professionals in the Early Years of Their Career!
When it comes to years of experience, professionals who have less than five years of experience increase their salary more when they earn a certification. 38.60% of the participants who have less than five years of experience increased their salary by 10% or more while 21.93% increased their salary by more than 20%.
33.52% of the participants who have more than five years of experience increased their salary by more than 10%.
Similarly, 13.59% of the participants who have more than five years of experience reported that they increased their salary by more than 20% after earning a professional certification.
This clearly shows that earning a certification gives a significant boost if you are in the early years of your career. Because employers seek more evidence and proof that you are eligible and qualified to perform the jobs they are offering.
Starting a career is not always easy as many good positions often require significant experience. But you can tackle this obstacle by getting a professional certification. For the PM career journey, there are entry-level certifications that do not have an experience pre-requisite to apply for their exams.
For instance, if you are a fresh graduate, that means that you don’t meet PMI’s experience criteria. So CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification will be an ideal start for you. This is the entry-level project management certification given by PMI.
36.84% of the Professionals Who Earned a PM Certification Increased Their Salary by 10% or More!
When you are surfing on the web, you should have seen that are several posts about “whether PMP certification is worth taking”, or “should I earn an Agile Certification?”, etc. Our Post-Project Management Certification survey results show that 36.84% of the professionals who earned a Project Management Certification could increase their salary by 10% or more and 15.13% of the professionals who earned a PM certification could increase their salary by 20% or more!
If we name project management certifications, the most popular ones are PMP, CAPM, CSM, CSPO, Prince2, and PMI-ACP. No matter what your role is in the organization, earning a PM certification will increase your odds of improving your salary.
In today’s world, companies want to keep up with the fast-changing global landscape. In order to do this, they have to deliver more innovative products and services to meet customers’ ever-changing needs. That makes Project Management skills very valuable to have as it is the projects that add up to new products and services. Having a PM certification differentiates you from other candidates competing for the same jobs.
- Read more about why project management is important today.
PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) has global recognition and demand. Hence it is the most recognized certification for project managers.
But as we stated above, PRINCE2 may be more beneficial for you if you are working in the UK, Australia, and NZ. You can start your PM journey with PRINCE2 Foundation certification and develop your skills even more with the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification.