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Certifications in Data Science and Analytics

Posted by trainedat on March 16, 2016
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A successful data scientist should possess multidisciplinary knowledge in statistics, mathematics and computer science.  Reports have shown that there is surge in demand of this skill over past couple of years but scarcity of talent. This coupled with tremendous progress in data technologies has widen the gap even further. Open source projects have helped research community to bring the best of breed products and methodologies into the market. Due to this working professionals should continuously upgrade their skills to remain competitive.

With this reason Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have gained popularity. One can find courses on all the latest technologies easily. These courses provide structured content and are taught by reputed faculty. However, one area where MOOCs could still improve is testing newly built expertise. The certifications provided by them are still to find credibility in the job market. The exam are not very competitive and interactive. Also solutions to the assignments and quizzes are often available online.

In addition to gaining knowledge through these courses learners should testify their expertise with renowned certification exams offered by reputed industry leaders and organizations. The exams are prepared with a lot of research and they are both challenging and test candidate’s hands-on knowledge on the subject matter. Additionally, you have to renew the certification every few years in most of the cases. This ensures that you are committed to the field and are up-to-date with the technology changes.

We are listing five very popular and reputed data science and analytics certifications:

  1. Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist
  2. Informs-Certified Analytics Professional
  3. EMC Data Science Associate
  4. IBM certified associate- SPSS modeler data mining
  5. SAS Certified Data Scientist Using SAS 9 Credential

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

Data Science Certifications

Data Sciences and Analytics Certification
Cloudera
Certification NameCloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist
No. of ExamsTotal 3 exams. The exams can be taken in any order.
1. DS700 – Descriptive and Inferential Statistics on Big Data
2. DS701 – Advanced Analytical Techniques on Big Data
3. DS702 - Machine Learning at Scale

(All three exams must be passed within 365 days of each other)
PriceUS$ 600 for each Exam
Prerequisites/EligibilityNone
Questions/Duration/Passing ScoreCloudera Exams test practical hands-on knowledge of the candidate. For each exam a scenario with required data sets and cluster is provided. The exam should be completed within 8 hours.
Validity3 years
Retake PolicyIf the candidate fails an exam, he can retake it again after 30 days. However, no retakes are allowed after passing an exam.
Self-Study/Sample TestsThe cloudera solution kit provides all the steps for building recommender systems in Apache Mahout using classification, clustering and collaborative filtering. Solution Kit Link
Exam Partner/Exam TypeCandidate can register for cloudera exam at Examslocal. Cloudera exams are online computer-based only and not held at any testing centers.
INFORMS
Certification NameINFORMS: Certified Analytics Professional
No. of Exams1
PriceUS$ 695 (US$ 400 for re-examination, US$ 100 for renewal)
Prerequisites/Eligibility1. Minimum 3 years of professional analytics related experience for individuals holding an MA/MS degree or higher in a related educational area
2. Minimum 5 years of professional analytics related experience for individuals holding a BA/BS degree in a related educational area
3. Minimum 7 years of professional analytics related experience for individuals holding a BA/BS degree or higher in an educational area unrelated to analytics
Questions/Duration/Passing Score100 four-option, multiple-choice questions in 3 Hours. Passing scores are confidential and based on modified-Angoff technique
Validity3 years
Retake Policy1. 2nd or 3rd attempt: Within first year by paying renewal fees
2. 4th attempt: New application and wait of 1 year from last attempt
Self-Study/Sample TestsCAP Handbook
Exam Partner/Exam TypeCandidates can take the exam at Kryterion computer-based testing centers available worldwide
EMC
Certification NameEMC Proven Professional – Data Science Associate
No. of Exams1 Exam
E20-007 - Data Science and Big Data Analytics
Exam
PriceUS$ 200
Prerequisites/EligibilityNone
Questions/Duration/Passing Score90 mins; 60 multiple choice questions; Passing scores are not published.
ValidityOnce you achieve certification, it is valid indefinitely
Retake Policy1. If candidate fails the exam, the 2nd attempt can be taken anytime;
2. 3rd attempt onward waiting of 14 days from last attempt
3. If candidate pass the exam and want to retake it to fulfill a certification track requirement, the exam can be retaken after 3 months of waiting
Self-Study/Sample TestsPractice tests link can be found at following link - EMC Exam Practice Test
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE testing center
IBM
Certification NameIBM certified associate- SPSS modeler data mining
No. of Exams1 Exam
Test C2090-013 - IBM SPSS Modeler Data Mining for Business Partners v2
PriceUS$ 100
Prerequisites/EligibilityNone
Questions/Duration/Passing Score25 questions (requiring single or multiple answers) in 60 minutes duration. Passing score is 64%.
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 TestsNone
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE available online
SAS
Certification NameSAS Certified Data Scientist Using SAS 9 Credential
No. of Exams5 Exams

Certificate 1: SAS Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS 9 Credential
Exam 1: SAS Big Data Preparation, Statistics, and Visual Exploration
Exam 2: SAS Big Data Programming and Loading


Certificate 2: SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional Using SAS 9 Credential 
Exam 3: Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner 13
Exam 4: SAS Advanced Predictive Modeling
Exam 5: SAS Text Analytics, Time Series, Experimentation and Optimization
PriceUS$ 180 for each exam
Prerequisites/EligibilityCertificate 1: SAS Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS 9 Credential
Certificate 2: SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional Using SAS 9 Credential 
You need at least six months of programming experience in SAS or another programming language
Questions/Duration/Passing ScoreExam 1: 110 minutes; 55-60 multiple-choice, short-answer, and interactive questions. 67% passing score.
Exam 2: 110 minutes; 70-75 multiple-choice, short-answer, and interactive questions. 68% passing score.
Exam 3: 180 minutes; 61 multiple-choice questions; 70% passing score.
Exam 4: 110 minutes; 50-55 multiple choice, short answer, and interactive questions. 67% passing score
Exam 5: 110 minutes; 50-55 multiple choice, short answer, and interactive questions. 68% passing score.
Interactive questions simulate the SAS environment and ask you to complete a task
ValidityOnce you achieve certification, it is valid indefinitely (the credentials will not expire)
Retake Policy1. Candidates may attempt each certification exam up to 5 times in a 12-month period, waiting a minimum of 14 days between attempts. Exam charges are incurred for each exam attempt. 
2. No retakes are allowed for candidates passing the exam
Self-Study/Sample TestsNone
Exam Partner/Exam TypePearson VUE testing center
(Exam 3 is not offered by Pearson VUE.
It is only available through SAS at select cities and conferences).

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