One issue that often gets asked is whether you should ask for a pay rise after you have passed a certification exam. Let’s say that you have just passed your latest certification exam, and you feel that you now have greater value and skills so it’s time to talk about a pay rise with your boss.
Of course the boss doesn’t want pay to you any more money. First, don’t take it personally. It’s their job to run the department for the minimum cost against the budget. So their default argument is going to be something like: ìNow that you have these new skills, we will want to see them making a difference to the business before we can afford to give you a pay rise”.
Naturally, You won’t be happy with this answer. All that work, and effort, pressure and no recognition. Dammit.
But think! How can you turn this to your advantage ? What can we say that will change your boss’s perception of you and your work ?
Consider that you have been studying for, let’s say, a year and during that time you have been learning a great deal. And you know that your work has been improving. You are giving better support for faster resolution, ability to undertake a wider range of tasks, and you are helping to enhance the services of your department. In reality, you have been delivering better capability, better outcomes, better services and lower support costs for your company by comprehending more technology.
Asking for the Pay Rise.
The point that you should be making to your employer is that you have been delivering benefits to the company with improved knowledge, skills and focus because of the learning that you have done in the last six months or a year. And that passing this exam, proves that you have been delivering those skills. You don’t magically have them now that you have passed some test, they were there already.
That’s why you deserve a pay rise. Because you have been doing a better job through learning and new skills and the examination is to prove that you already have them.