OK, the Cranky Product Manager little survey on the value of certification for product managers is CLOSED.
- 188 responses
- 98% of you are currently, or were once, product management or product marketing professionals
- 58% of you have no certification of any kind. (110 people)
- 34% of you are Pragmatic Marketing Certified. (64 people)
- Very few of you are certified as AIPMM CPMs (14 / 7.45%) , AIPMM CPMM (5 / 2.6%), or PDMA NPDP (6 / 3.2%)
- For the PDMA and 2 AIPMM certifications, nearly 2/3 of the respondents were unfamiliar with the certification.
- In contrast, only 25% were unfamiliar with Pragmatic Marketing’s PMC certification.
- 62% thought the Pragmatic Marketing certification was somewhat or very valuable. The numbers were far less for AIPMM or PDMA, mainly because people were unfamiliar with these certifications.
- The most frequently cited reasons for getting certified was “my company paid for it” and “my company requires all PMs get it.”
- The more junior you are, the more certification helps you.
- A huge number of you passionately believe that certification is a “huge waste of time.”
Here’s the complete report via HTML, courtesy of Survey Gizmo: Product Management Certification Survey. It includes all the answers to the “essay” questions. Very interesting comments. Check it out.
Here are the results in PDF, for if/when Survey Gizmo deletes the above web page (also contains the complete answers):
PM Certification Survey Results Report (PDF).
Here’s all the raw survey results in Excel (with IP addresses stripped out), so you can cross-tabulate answers:
PM Certification Survey Raw Data (Excel).
And a few lovely charts and graphs: