Agile Certification Trends in India
After an exhaustive search through credible sources, we were unable to determine the total number of agile certifications in India in 2016, 2017, and 2018. It is possible that the requested information is not available in the public domain. Below we have presented a detailed overview of our research strategy, any assumptions we have made, and some findings from our research.
We began our research by searching through market reports published by Project Management, Berteig, Forbes, Tech Beacon, CIO, Infoq, and Statista among others. Though we were able to find data on training centers, the top certifications, and salary scale, there was no information provided on the number of agile certifications in India in 2016, 2017, or 2018. Since we could not find existing information on India, we then searched for global data on the number of agile certifications. Additionally, we attempted to locate worldwide the market share of individual countries hoping to come across figures for India. This research strategy did not produce the results we were seeking as there are various segments to the market and there is no global governing body that regulates the certifications that may provide the information. We only discovered that there are 110,000 professional scrum certifications globally (as of April 2017), which is part of agile certifications.
Next, we tried to obtain an estimate by concentrating on multiple agile certifications such as CSM, IAPM, and PSM among others. We reviewed annual reports, company websites, and press releases to retrieve details on the number of certified individuals. We explored sites including Strategy Ex, APMG-International, Scrum Alliance, Scrum, PMI, Agile Alliance, IC Agile, and Scaled Agile. Still, we were unable to find recent stats on certified members, and most of the information we found concerned duration and costs, benefits of the exam, and pattern of examination. Afterward, we searched for the number of agile certification in India and globally in years prior to 2016. We thought that we could use any data that we found to derive the current figures by calculating the growth rate (CAGR).
The only data that we found was on the total CEC, CST, and CSP certifications between 2003-2015 and there were no available details on the number of certifications in India that we could use to conduct a calculation. Finally, we searched for relevant information on the volume of agile certifications in the country along with its trends using comparative analysis and statistical reports from training institutions in India and around the world. However, most of the data we found compared the pros and cons, as well as the fee structure, of multiple certifications. We also looked for details on pay-walled sources such as IBIS World, PWC, and Euromonitor but there was no relevant information. The only information provided was related to trends in agile technology.
A probable reason for the lack of available information is that studies, reports, and articles discussing Agile certifications mainly focus on areas outside of India.
- There are approximately 110,000, as of April 2017, professional scrum certifications worldwide.
- There are around 24,728 holders of PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certifications globally, as of November 2018.
- Scrum Alliance provides six different Scrum certifications for IT and software specialists including CEC - 91, CSP - 5094, and CST - 203.
- In the year 2017, professionals from 91 various nations were certified by Scrum Alliance, and India served as one of the top five countries regarding Scrum Alliance certifications.
- India maintained a 9%, 8%, and 7% share of Scrum Alliance certifications in 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively.
- Although India continues to serve as a key player in Scrum Alliance certifications, the country's percentage share has consistently declined each year.