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Certifications in Business Intelligence

Posted by trainedat on March 18, 2016
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Business Intelligence is critical to any organization and it reaches till the tables of CXOs of the company. It is always important to use the data and monitor the health of business through dashboards and reports. That’s the reason why you will find hundreds of BI tools available in the market. Some of the most popular BI tools are SAP’s Business object, IBM cognos, Pentaho suites, Tableau and Qlikview. Due to the importance of BI it is always good to have renowned certifications under your belt. One can find certifications for all these tools. Additionally, organization TDWI offers very popular certification: Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP). Microsoft’s MCSE Business Intelligene certification is also very reputed among BI professional.

Most of the certifications are testing center based through Pearson VUE or Prometric. However, Tableau and CBIP is also available online. All of the exams are multiple choice questions based except for professional certificates from Tableau. Tableau professional certificates also require you to build and save solutions using their software.

We are listing eight (8) very popular and reputed Business Intelligence certifications with all the details that you need to understand them:

  1. MCSE Business Intelligence
  2. TDWI: Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP)
  3. Oracle Business intelligence Foundation suite 11g certified implementation specialist
  4. HDS certified specialist – Pentaho business analytics implementation
  5. SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.1
  6. IBM Certified Solution Expert – Cognos BI
  7. Tableau Desktop ans Server certifications
  8. Qlikview designer, developer and administrator certifications

Details on exams, prerequisites, retake policies, prices, validity, sample practice test and mode of delivery are given below.

Business Intelligence Certifications

Business Intelligence Certifications
Certification NameMCSE Business Intelligence
No. of Exams5 Exams

1. Exam 461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
2. Exam 462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
3. Exam 463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Exam 461-463 are also qualifying exams for MCSA certificate
In addition to above exams additional Exams 446-467 need to be cleared to obtain MCSE certification

4. Exam 466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
5. Exam 467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
PriceUS$ 150 for each exam
Questions/Duration/Passing ScoreExam 461-463: 120 minutes; 40-60 questions; Passing Score is 700
Exam 466-467: 150 minutes; 40-60 questions; Passing Score is 700
Validity3 years
Retake Policy1. For Second attempt a wait of 24 hours
2. For third, fourth and fifth attempt a wait of 14 days
3. Only five attempts are allowed within 12 months
4. Further retakes are allowed only after 1 year from the date of last attempt
5. Successful candidates are not allowed to retake the exams
Self-Study/Sample TestsNone
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE testing center
Certification NameTDWI: Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP)
No. of Exams3 Exams

2 Mandatory Exams:
Information Systems Core
Data Warehousing

Any 1 from specialty exam:
Business Analytics
Data Management
Data Analysis and Design specialty
Data Integration
Leadership and Management
PriceUS$ 299 for each exam
Prerequisites/Eligibility1. 4 years of IT work experience for Mastery level and 2 years of IT experience for Practitioner level
2. Up to 2 years of the experience requirement can be substituted with the appropriate undergraduate or graduate degree
Questions/Duration/Passing Score1.5 hours, 110 questions in each exam;
Passing Score for Practitioner level: 50%; Mastery level: 70%
Validity1. Initially 4 years; after this initial period, it must be renewed every three years.
2. Recertification requires proof of 120 credit hours of continuing education earned since the last renewal.
3. In addition, an annual fee of $125 is due to ICCP after the first year
Retake Policy30 days waiting period between each attempt (10% discount on retake exams)
Self-Study/Sample TestsICCP's Complete Guide to Professional Computing
Exam Partner/Exam TypeICCP; Both web-based (proctored) and testing center based
Certification NameOracle Business intelligence Foundation suite 11g certified implementation specialist
No. of Exams1 Exam (1Z0-591)
Price9604 INR
Questions/Duration/Passing Score120 minutes; 75 multiple choice questions; Passing Score is 63%
ValidityYou must upgrade to a current version within twelve (12) months following Oracle’s credential retirement to keep your certification in active status.
Retake Policy1. Candidates must wait 14 days before retaking a failed proctored exam.
2. Candidates may retake an online non-proctored exam at any time.
3. Candidates may not retake a passed exam at any time.
4. Candidates are only allowed 4 attempts to pass an exam in a 12-month period.
Self-Study/Sample TestsPractice Exams are available for purchase from Oracle or from Kaplan SelfTest directly.
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE testing center
Certification NameHDS certified specialist - Pentaho business analytics implementation
No. of Exams1 Exam (HH0-590)
PriceUS$ 200 in North America; US $225 (or equivalent in local currency) outside of North America
Questions/Duration/Passing Score90 minutes; 120 minutes for non-English speaking countries; 60 questions (multiple-question, multiple-choice, closed-book); Passing Score is 66%
Validity3 years
Retake PolicyCandidates must wait 72 hours before retaking a certification
Self-Study/Sample TestsNone
Exam Partner/Exam TypePrometric test centers
Certification NameSAP Certified Application Associate - SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.1
No. of Exams1 Exam (C_BOBIP_41)
PriceUS$ 600
Prerequisites/Eligibility1. Minimum 1 year of SAP Implementation Experience
2. 2 years of support experience ( minimum of 6 months experience with the same version)
Questions/Duration/Passing Score180 minutes; 80 questions; Passing Score is 68%
ValidityValid certifications: Two most recent solution releases
Retake Policy1. No candidate may participate in the same examination for the same release more than 3 times. A candidate who has failed an examination 3 times for a release may not attempt that examination again until the next release.

2. Successful candidates are not permitted to retake the same examination
Self-Study/Sample TestsSample Test Questions
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE (only test center based). Please contact SAP Education organization to get a SAP User ID to register for the exam.
Certification NameIBM Certified Solution Expert - Cognos BI
No. of Exams4 Exams

3 Mandatory Exams:
Test C2090-620 - IBM Cognos 10 BI Author
Test C2090-632 - IBM Cognos 10 BI Metadata Model Developer
Test C2090-180 - IBM Cognos BI Professional

Any 1 of the following tests:
Test C2090-622, Test C2090-625, Test C2090-635, Test C2090-642, Test C2090-645, Test C2020-615, Test C2020-105
PriceUS$ 100 for each exam
Prerequisites/Eligibility1. Knowledge of the Cognos Solutions Implementation Methodology
2. Technical proficiency in features of the Cognos Managers and Studios
Questions/Duration/Passing ScoreTest C2090-620 - 60 minutes; 50 questions; 74% passing score
Test C2090-632 - 60 minutes; 53 questions; 71% passing score
Test C2090-180 - 90 minutes; 66 questions; 71% passing score
ValidityOnce you achieve certification, it is valid indefinitely
Retake Policy1. If candidate fails the exam, second attempt can be taken without any waiting period.
2. 3rd attempt onward candidates will not be permitted to take the same test more than twice within a 30-day period.
3. No retakes are allowed for candidates passing the exam
Self-Study/Sample TestsCognos BI Handbook
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE
Certification NameCertification 1: Tableau Desktop 9: Qualified Associate
Certification 2: Tableau Desktop 9: Certified Professional
Certification 3: Tableau Server 9: Qualified Associate
Certification 4: Tableau Server 9: Certified Professional
No. of Exams1 Exam for each certification
PriceCertification 1: US$ 250
Certification 2: US$ 600
Certification 3: US$ 250
Certification 4: US$ 800
Prerequisites/EligibilityCertificate 1: 5+ months Desktop experience
Certificate 2: Must pass Desktop Qualified Associate Exam
Certificate 3: 4-6 months Server experience
Certificate 4: Must pass Server Qualified Associate Exam
Questions/Duration/Passing ScoreCertificate 1: 2hrs; 16 knowledge-based (1 point each) and 18 hands-on (3 points each); Passing Score is 75%

Certificate 2: 3 hrs; Hands-on, written response, building/saving solutions in Tableau Desktop 9.0; Grading: By committee; Pass/Fail based on a detailed scoring rubric and Tableau Desktop best practices

Certificate 3: 1hr; 80 knowledge-based (1 point each); Passing Score is 75%

Certificate 4: 7hrs; Application mastery: hands-on, short essay; Grading: By committee; Pass/Fail based on a detailed scoring rubric and Tableau Server best practices
ValidityOnce you achieve certification, it is valid indefinitely for a given version
Retake Policy1. No waiting period between first and second attempt
2. For third attempt onward, there is a 4 month waiting period between each attempt.
3. You must pay the exam fee for each attempt.
Self-Study/Sample TestsTableau Preparation Guide
Exam Partner/Exam TypeRegister online for taking exams at Tableau website.
Certification 4: In-person delivery only. Contact Tableau to arrange for delivery.
Certification NameCertification 1: Qlikview certified designer
Certification 2: Qlikview certified developer
Certification 3: Qlikview certified system administrator

No. of Exams1 Exam for each certification
Price$US 250 for each certification
Questions/Duration/Passing ScoreThe Exams are scenario-based, multiple-choice knowledge test

Certification 1: 150 minutes; 120 questions; Passing Score is 65%
Certification 2: 150 minutes; 120 questions; Passing Score is 70%
Certification 3: 150 minutes; 120 questions; Passing Score is 65%
ValidityOnce you achieve certification, it is valid indefinitely
Retake Policy1. Candidates can re-take exams any number of times.
2. Each re-take is at full-charge and you must wait for seven days before re-taking any exam.
Self-Study/Sample TestsPractice test is freely available at Qlikview website. You need to register to access the exam.
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE Test Centers

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