I went through the trouble of compiling a list of everyone in the United States that has passed either the
Revit Architecture Certified Professional or Revit Architecture Certified Associate. There were a number of people who have taken the exam for multiple years and this chart just shows the total unique test passers.
There are 1484 people who have passed the exam. What we don't know is how many people have taken and not passed the exams or the total number of Revit users. Doing some digging, I also found that there are students in high school taking the test that are included in these numbers.
To make things more interesting, I then compiled a list of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture test passers. There are 2963 people who took that test.
That's a total of 4447 test passers. When I combined both sets of data, the net total is 4195. That just means that there were duplicates of people who took both. There are actually 252 people who passed the AutoCAD and Revit exams together.
So, what do we do with all of this wonderful information? I have no idea. I just know that 33% of the total tests were for Revit and 67% were for AutoCAD. Are these just people who were looking for a job? Is this any indication of the total number of Revit users out there? Why are the AutoCAD numbers so low when there are millions of licenses out there?
Let's hypothesize and say that only 5% of the Revit users took and passed the exam. That would put the total number of Revit users at 29680. If it was 10%, then there could be 14840 Revit users in the US.
The only real interesting thing that I noticed was the separation by state. California leads with 16.77% of Revit test takers. That Florida comes in 2nd with 120, ahead of Texas (95), Illinois (70), Georgia (68), and New York (59) is fascinating to me since the recession killed the architecture industry here. Maybe it's because the most people were looking for jobs or maybe it's just that my super special Revit sales skills made such an impact. I really have no idea. But, why does Florida have more AutoCAD certifications than anyone else? After some research, apparently Lake Worth High School has an AutoCAD program and each student takes the test. Too bad they don't teach them Revit now instead of CAD.
There is one thing I do know. That's that no one has any idea how many actual full time Revit users there are actually in the US architectural industry. Autodesk doesn't even have a clue. I only know of one firm in Florida that uses Revit from conception through 100% construction documents and that includes using Revit MEP and Revit Structure engineers, and that happens to be the company I work for, ACAI Associates, Inc. Of course, we have the first two CM-BIM credentialed people in the state too, so, we're unlike any other firm, at least in our state.
(You can click on the images for enlarged versions)
AutoCAD and Revit Chart
The numbers. Test takers by state. Last column is % of Revit test takers as a percentage of AutoCAD
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