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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Certification and Eligibility Requirements

Application Requirements

Study kit

Examination Cycle

Exam Day Requirements

Results

Recertification/Renewal/Maintenance

Upgrade your Certification

Payments and Refunds

Digital Badging

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Miscellaneous

General:

1. What is certification?

  • Certification is the process of proving fitness of an individual for a job or a profession.
  • A certification is often also called a credential.
  • A certification is awarded after an individual goes through a credentialing or a certification process, which includes meeting the basic education and work-experience norms of the certification or credentialing body, and then passing the certification exam.
  • It is a formal recognition by a 3rd party that an individual possesses a critical baseline level of knowledge, skills and comprehension as prescribed in the body of knowledge of a profession, and hence she is fit for practicing the profession at an accepted level of consistent excellence.
  • A certification is neither a Degree nor a License, and generally has a limited life.
  • Certifications are earned from a standards body specializing in the profession of interest.
  • Most certifications need to be renewed periodically to keep them alive, active and relevant for professional growth.
  • Some Certifying bodies like DASCA often call themselves credentialing bodies as they have themselves researched, tested and implemented a rigorous credentialing process through which they award ‘credentials’ or certification to individuals who qualify the prescribed norms.

2. I have attended a training program in Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering with a famous training company in my city and the training company has given me a certificate. Do I still need to acquire a DASCA certification to improve my employability?

  • Yes, you are strongly advised to do so.
  • There is a difference between a certificate you get after attending a training program and a Certification you obtain after writing and passing a rigorous standardized exam of a certification body that has NOT trained you. Such an exam is seen to be unbiased and hence more reliable.
  • A certificate given by a globally or nationally renowned Training organization or a business school has a decent employability value because it shows you have received high-quality training in your area and hence must have gained something.
  • However, for employers, it is more important to have a proof that you really know what you have trained in, than merely the fact that you have trained with a great organization.
  • Employers are most assured when they know you have been tested by an independent agency or body on rigorous standards.
  • Hence, the Certification which is valued by employers is the one given by an agency or a body which has tested you or examined you on internationally accepted standards of Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering.
  • But the Certification that carries maximum value for prospective employers, is the one awarded by an international certification body which is NOT a training organization itself, and has awarded you a Certification after you passed its exam based on international professional standards. This is typically termed as 3rd party certification – You are the 1st party; your training company is the 2nd party, and DASCA is the 3rd party certification body.
  • Hence, a certificate awarded by a training company does not usually carry as much value as a 3rd party certification awarded by a specialist certification body.
  • But if, your training company gave you a certificate after you completed the training, and also made you take the DASCA certification exam, that is an ideal combination – you get a Training certificate by a leading training company, and you also get the prestigious DASCA Certification (a 3rd party international qualification!)

3. I have completed an online program in Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering on a famous mooc platform. Do I still need to acquire a DASCA certification to improve my employability?

  • Yes, you are strongly advised to do so.
  • There is a difference between a certificate you get after attending a training program – online or offline - and a Certification you obtain after writing and passing a rigorous standardized exam of a certification body that has NOT trained you. Such an exam is seen to be unbiased and hence more reliable.
  • A certificate given by a globally or nationally renowned Training organization or a business school has a decent employability value because it shows you have received high-quality training in your area and hence must have gained something.
  • However, for employers, it is more important to have a proof that you really know what you have trained in, than merely the fact that you have trained with a great organization.
  • Employers are most assured when they know you have been tested by an independent agency or body on rigorous standards.
  • Hence, the Certification which is valued by employers is the one given by an agency or a body which has tested you or examined you on internationally accepted standards of Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering.
  • But the Certification that carries maximum value for prospective employers, is the one awarded by an international certification body which is NOT a training organization itself, and has awarded you a Certification after you passed its exam based on international professional standards. This is typically termed as 3rd party certification – You are the 1st party; your training company is the 2nd party, and DASCA is the 3rd party certification body.
  • Hence, a certificate awarded by a training company does not usually carry as much value as a 3rd party certification awarded by a specialist certification body.
  • But if, your training company gave you a certificate after you completed the training, and also made you take the DASCA certification exam, that is an ideal combination – you get a Training certificate by a leading training company, and you also get the prestigious DASCA Certification (a 3rd party international qualification!)

4. Does a certification once acquired, stay active for life?

  • A certification is neither a Degree nor a License, and generally has a limited life.
  • The faster a profession changes because of changes in technologies, work-processes and business environment, the greater the need for professionals to update/ upgrade/ refresh/ renew their certifications.
  • A lapsed Certification does not have employability value because the employers cannot be assured that you are current in your competence about the job or the profession.

5. I have a university degree. Do I still need a certification to get a job, or to grow in my job?

  • Yes. A certification is a direct indicator of your employability in a job and your fitness and readiness for joining and pursuing a profession. A university degree, on the other hand, is an indicator of your general intellectual capabilities and understanding of principles in the subjects you may have studied.
  • Put most simply, a Certification proves you can do a specific job well, or pursue a profession immediately because you have a baseline level of competence already; while a university Degree proves you know and understand how to do that job well, or prosper in that profession – and hence you will need some special training to get exactly ready for that specific job or profession.
  • That is the reason Certifications on top of a university Degree increase the perceived employability of an individual, as prospective employers are assured you can hit the ground running. That is also why most university students around the world today pursue certification programs in their interest areas simultaneously with their university studies, to get ready for a job by the time they graduate.

6. How/ why is an IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming qualification different from a Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering qualification?

  • Because Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering is a special part of IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming, having its own set of ground rules and dynamics
  • While IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming covers all aspects of information technology and computing; Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering is more directly connected to how organizations leverage big data and data science in a manner that directly impacts the organization’s continuity and competitiveness in the present and the future.
  • Hence, your specialist IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming degree or diploma or certificate is just a pointer of your general understanding about IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming and the basic tools and techniques deployed in managing IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming. But it is not a reflector that you have any special competence or an additional set of skills specific to something vital in IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming.
  • Your specialist IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming degree or diploma or certificate still does not reflect that you have a special competence in Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering – the most essential element of IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming today.
  • Put most simply, a Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering Certification proves you know Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering well, and hence can handle the even the conventional IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming roles most effectively in today’s organizations; while your IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming Degree just proves you know and understand how to do IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming well– and hence you leave an impression with your employer that you will need some special training in Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering to get exactly ready for the more challenging IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming roles today that demand competence in Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering.
  • That is the reason a Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering Certification on top of your specialist IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming degree or diploma or certificate increases your perceived employability in IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming, as prospective employers are assured you can hit the ground running in the most challenging of IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming roles that demand competence in Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering. That is also why most students eyeing an IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming career pursue Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering certification programs simultaneous to their specialist IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming degree or diploma or certificate program, to get ready for the best of IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming jobs by the time they graduate.

7. What is so special or different about DASCA certifications?

  • DASCA is the world's first and the only standards body in Data Science dedicated to the establishment and advancement of Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering science, art, processes and systems.
  • DASCA Certifications are based on the world's first, most rigorous and advanced, and the only industry-neutral 3rd party standards on Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering professional competence.
  • DASCA is connected and associated with the world's most respected organizations and institutions.

8. How would a DASCA certification benefit me?

  • A DASCA certification is a recognition of your competence in Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering, a must for the best jobs in Big Data as well as even those in IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming today.
  • A DASCA certification proves you have confirmed baseline level knowledge of Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering benchmarked to the world's most respected TM standards the DASCA-EKF™.
  • A DASCA Certification helps you stand apart from the rest of the IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming applicants and peers because of its global recognition and respect.

9. What should I do to leverage by DASCA certification best for my professional career?

  • Start writing your DASCA-awarded credential-designation after your full name everywhere in all your official communication and professional identification documents like email signature, business cards, social media profile. Example: Percy Ford, MBA, SBDE™
  • In all online, digital communication, also include a link to your DASCA Digital Badge, below your name and DASCA designation, so that people can click and actually verify, you are DASCA certified. Include the Digital badge in your CV as well. Display the certification logo also, wherever possible.
  • Add the designation in your CV along with the certification logo right at the top, alongside your name.
  • Do not forget to add the certification logo and the digital badge in your LinkedIn and other profiles on social media.
  • Find ways to display a copy of your DASCA Certification in your workspace somewhere.
  • Wear your Certification badge to work every day, and also to professional meetings, seminars, events etc.
  • Get yourself photographed with your DASCA credential kit, and find ways to display this photo as a profile picture or a cover picture occasionally on your social media accounts.
  • Write blogs on IT/ Computer Science/ Software Programming and career platforms on your certification experience, to let people in your network know how special it is.
  • Stay connected to the community of DASCA-certified professionals to stay abreast of the new and the happening.
  • Never allow your DASCA certification to lapse. Stay alert about getting your renewals or upgrades done well before your certification expires.

10. How can I display my DASCA certification on my business card?

  • First, please check your company’s branding guidelines and confirm if you can use a 3rd party logo on your business card. Many employer organizations do not permit this.
  • Also check if your organization permits 4-color printing of business cards.
  • If your company does not permit 4-color printing on business cards, you may not be able to use the DASCA certification logo, because DASCA brand guidelines stipulate full color reproduction only.
  • If you are allowed to use the DASCA Certification logo on your business card and 4-color printing is also a standard in your organization, you can go ahead and put the logo as indicated below. The logo should be minimum of the dimensions: 0.32inches(width) X 0.34 inches(height)

    business cards
  • For optimal print quality, please use the jpg logo file at the size provided, or provide the eps logo file directly to your business card designer/printer.
  • If you are not allowed to use any logos on your business card, you can still mention your DASCA credential-designation with your name as indicated here below:

    business cards

11. How can I display my DASCA certification in my official email signature?

  • First, please check your company’s branding guidelines and confirm if you can use a 3rd party logo on your email signature. Many employer organizations do not permit this.
  • If you are allowed to use the DASCA Certification logo in your official email signature, you can go ahead and put the logo as indicated below. The logo should be minimum of the dimensions: 0.32inches(width) X 0.34 inches(height)

    business cards
  • If you are not allowed to use any 3rd party logos in your official email signature, you can still mention your DASCA credential-designation with your name as indicated here below:

    business cards
  • For optimal print quality, please use the jpg logo file at the size provided, or provide the eps logo file directly to your business card designer/printer.

Certification and Eligibility Requirements

12. How many years of work experience is needed?

A. The Data Science Council of America™(DASCA) ensures the best for its globally recognized certification programs. To ensure and improve the quality, the candidate must meet certain educational and professional experience criteria to be eligible for the respective certification programs. For more information visit www.dasca.org.

13. Can I obtain a certification without having the required work experience?

A. Ideally DASCA does not waive off its eligibility requirements. But, QualiFLY™ eases down the rigorous MINIMUM WORK-YEARS candidacy norm by a few years if you’re from a DASCA-recognized/ partner institution; or you have a credential from a DASCA-recognized certification body. For more information please click here.

14. Can you help me to decide which is the best certification for me?

A. Kindly visit www.dasca.org to get more clarity on our offerings.

15. Do I receive concession/relaxation if I have done my bachelors and masters DASCA recognized University?

A. QualiFLY™ brings down the high-looking MINIMUM QUALIFICATION candidacy norm for your chosen DASCA certification. QualiFLY™ also makes your chosen DASCA-credential, A LITTLE MORE AFFORDABLE for you as well. Please click here for more details.

16. What is the procedure used by DASCA to review application forms?

A. The submission of an application indicates your agreement to comply with the terms of the audit process. All applications are subject to an audit, although only a percentage of applications are selected for audit. The selection of an application for audit is random. You may be required to submit documents of the required professional work experience and/or educational degrees officially. The electronic audit notification provides detailed information on how to comply with the terms of the audit. Please download and fill the ‘Candidature Review Form’ and email it at along with the additional documents at care@dasca.org

17. What should you do if your candidature is disapproved on eligibility grounds?

A. In response to our disapproval of applicant’s candidature on eligibility grounds, applicant must fill in the ‘Exam Candidacy Reconsideration Request Form’ for reconsidering the eligibility for any DASCA exam applied for. Along with this form, the candidate must submit a letter stating the exact reason for reconsideration. The form and the letter must be submitted together within 5 working days after candidature disapproval notification. Attach the required documents along with the form and email it to care@dasca.org

Application Requirements:

18. How do I apply for the certification.

A. Visit DASCA’s official website www.dasca.org

  • Create a myDASCA account.
  • Select your certification exam.
  • Complete the application form with your name and Email ID.
    Note: This Email ID will be used for all further communication with DASCA.
  • Click on create account. Here your myDASCA account gets created.
  • Now you have to fill in the entire application form for the exam which includes details like DOB, Education history, Work Experience, Billing Address etc.
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions and Submit the application.
  • Now you will be redirected to our payment gateway. Make the payment and your application will be successfully submitted and you will be greeted with your myDASCA dashboard.
  • The exam window for you shall open after 45 days of the date on which you paid the fee for your chosen DASCA certification.
  • Check your mailbox for a DASCA support email informing you about the opening of exam scheduling window for your DASCA certification.
  • Click here to request us for opening your exam window, if it is already 45 days after your payment, and you have not received a link for exam scheduling.
  • Click here if you already have the exam scheduling link, and you want to register for your DASCA certification exam.
  • Receive DASCA study kit at your registered address.
  • Once your exam date is scheduled, you’ll receive a confirmation email with registration information as well as additional information that you may need to provide at the time of taking your certification exam. Make sure to store this information in a safe place. Certain information that you provide during the registration process, such as your email address, will be required to sign in to your certification account once you’ve passed your certification exam.

Note**Payment can be made with a Visa, American Express or MasterCard credit card. The payment amount will be automatically prompted by the system according to the selected certification.

19. Do I have to complete the application form in one go?

A. You have to completely fill and submit the application form in one go and there is no option to save the half-filled application form.

20. From the day of payment till when can I schedule my exam?

A. From the day of payment, DASCA earmarks a 45-day immersion period for registrants to help them orient completely and build their conceptual foundations in Data Science. You can schedule the DASCA certification exam of your choice any time after the 45-days immersion period is over. In fact, you also get an additional 135-days to plan for and take your DASCA certification exam.

Study kit (DASCA Certification Preparation Kit):

21. In what formats, will I receive the study material?

A. DASCA is making several high-quality reading and reference resources available in digital and printed formats for a wide variety of Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering stakeholders. The list most notably includes Essentials of Big Data Programming & Advanced Big Data Programming for Data Engineers, Essentials of Big Data Analytics & Advanced Big Data Programming for Data Analysts and The Data Science Handbook-1 & Handbook-2 for Data Scientists. This exclusive knowledge resource makes up the DASCA Certification Preparation Kit, which is given complimentary to all registrants of ABDE™, ABDA™, SBDE™, SBDA™, and SDS™ certification programs.

22. Do I need to pay extra for study material?

A. The candidate does not have to pay any additional amount for the DASCA Certification Preparation Kit.

23. How is the Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering body of knowledge (DASCA-DSBoK™) created?

A. The DASCA-DSBoK™ is fleshed around the ground-breaking Essential Knowledge Framework (EKF™) of DASCA. The DASCA-EKF™ knowledge standards framework defines dimensions in which possession of knowledge is critical for aspiring and harnessed Data Science professionals to achieve professional excellence. Exams for DASCA Credentials are based on the EKF™-pivoted DASCA-DSBoK™ and available in 183 countries.

Examination Cycle:

24. How long does it take to become certified?

A. The results can be seen immediately after a candidate successfully completes and submits the online test. Successful candidates will receive a printed certificate which will be mailed to the mailing address, as mentioned in the applicant’s profile. Please note that the packet will be shipped within 3-4 weeks. For more information, visit www.dasca.org.

25. When can I take my DASCA certification exam at a test center?

A. In several global locations, DASCA exams are delivered in ExamStrong™ test centers. These centers are either part of the growing ExamStrong™ global test-center network, or may have been specially approved exclusively for use of individuals, who have been sponsored by organizations and institutions.

26. Can I take my DASCA certification exam using my own system?

A. In most parts of the world, however, DASCA exams are real-time proctored, and delivered in the private mode keeping the convenience of examinees in mind. Which means you can now take your ABDE™, SBDE™, or ABDA™, SBDA™ or SDS™, PDS™ exams in the convenience of your personal spaces – like your home or your office – after getting your computer machine and exam room ExamStrong™ verified for exam readiness.

27. What is the format of the Examination?

A. All DASCA certification exams are completely digital/ computer-based and are handled by ExamStrong™ experts teams under the aegis of global credentialing services leader CredForce. For more information, kindly visit www.dasca.org.

28. Does DASCA provide any Special Assistance Facilities(SAF) during their certification exams?

A. DASCA is committed to complying with applicable law for individuals with disabilities. In order to cater to those candidates who, require special arrangements to take the exam, owing to disability reasons. Candidate seeking special assistance facilities must contact DASCA in order to seek approval. Also, the candidate has to submit the prescribed documents for validation of special assistance request. The candidate must follow the instructions mentioned in the email, which will be sent after approval of the request.


The following may be noted by examinees with disabilities, or those having needs arising out of their gender or faith or religion, who seek Special Assistance Facilities during their certification exams.

  • SAF are not available at this time for examinees taking real-time proctored exam in the private mode in their chosen locations.
  • The SAF is only available for examinees who are sponsored by their employer-organizations; or by their governments or their universities, and who are taking their tests in DASCA-approved test centers.
  • The responsibility of executing and providing SAF is upon the examinee-sponsors, and DASCA has no role to play in either the logistics or the management of these facilities in any test center.
  • All DASCA-approved test centers have to follow the DASCA norms on SAF, however, and DASCA has mechanisms to audit the facilities of these test centers periodically.
  • Examinees seeking special assistance at test centers must contact DASCA to instruct the respective sponsors of the examinees for making the required special arrangements and provide the special assistance as requested by examinees.
  • Examinee may be requested to submit some prescribed documents for validation of the special testing assistance request. The examinee must follow the instructions mentioned in the email, which will be sent after approval of the request.
  • Following the approval, the following special arrangements can be made available as requested by examinees, without any additional costs, at the test center:
    • a. Grace Time (Allotted Exam time + 50% extra)
    • b. Reader

29. When will my DASCA Certification expire?

A. In order to get more clarity on your DASCA certification/maintenance/renewal requirements kindly visit www.dasca.org.

Exam Day Requirements:

30. Is there a definite code of conduct policy?

A. DASCA has a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for any misconduct in its ecosystem. During examination, the test manager(or proctor) has all rights to dismiss a candidate from the exam session for any of the following reasons:

  • Causing any disturbance during the exam session
  • Giving or taking any assistance to or from anybody
  • Using digital assistants, notes, books, wristwatch calculators, electronic dictionaries or other aids/devices
  • Using electronic devices, such as mobile phones
  • Trying to remove any type of scratch paper during the examination
  • Trying to mess with the computer
  • Trying to relocate during the examination from allotted computer/system
  • Trying to remove questions (in any format) during the examination
  • Not obeying the directions given by the test manager(or proctor) or remote-proctor
  • Sharing the content of the exam with others

Please be informed that DASCA will take legal action against anybody who violates copyright laws such as reproducing and distributing examination content or materials. The data bank of questions, the exam form and all exam-related materials have copyrights and are the legal property of DASCA.

Any communication – be it verbal, written or electronic, is strictly prohibited. Any such act will be punishable by law.

Please note that, if any examinee is caught in any of the above forms of misconduct, there will be no evaluation of their exam and no refund of their fees. Also, there will be a six-month bar to retake the exam. Furthermore, DASCA shall review the acts of misconduct, which may lead to :

  • The cancellation of the examinee's prior or present exam scores
  • The revocation of the examinee's certification

31. What IDs are accepted?

A. The candidate must have two valid IDs from the list below, one primary ID with photo and signature and one secondary ID with signature.

Primary ID

  • Government issued driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • State/Country ID
  • Employee/School ID

Secondary ID

  • Any primary ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Credit/Debit card
  • Bank ATM card

All IDs required must be issued by the country in which the candidate is testing. If the candidate does not have a qualifying primary ID issued from the country they are testing in, an International Travel Passport from their country of citizenship is required, along with a secondary ID.

The first and last name that the candidate uses to register must match exactly the first and last name on both of the IDs that are presented on test day.

32. What is the duration of the exam?

A. The DASCA certification exam is a computer based exam, please find below the duration of each exam.

Certifications ABDE™ SBDE™ ABDA™ SBDA™ SDS™ PDS™
Duration 100 minutes 100 minutes 100 minutes 100 minutes 100 minutes 100 minutes

Please click here for more details.

33. How many questions are there in an exam?

A. The DASCA certification is a multiple choice based examination. Each question has four choices, with one or more options being the correct answer. The applicant need not answer every question before moving to the next. The applicant can always review or return or alter the answers of previously answered questions. Therefore, make sure that the answers to each questions are properly reviewed before submitting the exam.

Certifications ABDE™ SBDE™ ABDA™ SBDA™ SDS™ PDS™
No. of Questions 75 85 75 85 85 100

Please click here for more details.

34. Can I carry my electronic devices (like mobile phones, digital watches, calculator, etc.) during the examination?

A. The candidates are not allowed to carry any electronic devices during the examination. The candidates are not allowed to use any electronic devices during the examination. Please visit our examinee conduct policy, to know more.

35. Are we allowed to take breaks between the exams?

A. There is no provision of a break, and the exam has to be taken in one go.

36. At what time should I reach the exam venue?

A. For online-proctored exams
It is suggested that you should reach the chosen exam room/ location at least 30 minutes in advance of the scheduled exam-start time to ensure that the exam room and the computer being used for exam is thoroughly checked, verified and approved for exam-taking by a designated DASCA-authorized testing body.

For certification exams in a test center
It is important to reach the test center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time of start of examination. This will give you adequate amount of time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures.

37. What are the minimum system requirements for online-proctored exams?

A.

System Requirements

Must  Have

Operating System

Windows 10 Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit) Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Display (Resolution)

1024 x 768 [Recommended]

Network Connection

Wired Network [Strongly Recommended by Authorized Exam Machine for better Exam Delivery Performance]

Internet Connection Speed

Minimum 1 Mbps

Web Browser(s)

Latest Version of Google Chrome Only

Webcam

Internal or an External Webcam must connected to the computer

Firewall(s)

Corporate Firewalls (including VPNs) often cause this Exam Delivery method to fail. Please take your Exam in a setting without these Firewalls

Admin Rights

Should have Admin Rights on your Laptop/Computer

Results

38. How much do I need to score to clear the exam?

A. In order to clear the exam, the candidate needs to score 65% or higher cumulatively.

39. When can I expect to get my result?

A. The results can be viewed immediately after submitting the online test. You will also receive an intimation through email stating the result of the exam. If you pass the exam, an official certificate kit will be issued to you.

40. What if I am not able to clear my DASCA Certification exam in the first (1st) attempt?

A. In the event that examinees fail their first (1st) attempt to pass their DASCA Certification examination, they shall be required to pay a nominal fee of USD 95 from myDASCA account to reappear for the exam. Please note that the examinee has to wait for 14 days from the day of the examination result, before he/she can apply for reappear.

41. How will I receive my results?

A. The results can be viewed immediately after submitting the online test. You will also receive an intimation through email stating the result of the exam. If you pass the exam, an official certificate kit will be issued to you.

Recertification/Renewal/Maintenance:

42. How do I maintain my DASCA certification?

A. Renewal is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. You are required to renew your Credential before the Standard credential renewal deadline. When you renew, you show your continuing competence and commitment to the profession. DASCA will send you reminder emails for renewal of your credential, wherein you simply have to click the links mentioned in these communications, or log into your myDASCA account and register for renewal. In order to receive email reminders from DASCA, please make sure to keep your email address current. Please note that training is not mandatory for renewal and you only have to register and complete a short–duration online refresher learning program as per the latest Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering Body of Knowledge (DASCA-DSBoK™).

43. When will my credentials expire?

A. The table below shows the validity of DASCA credentials

Credential ABDE™ SBDE™ ABDA™ SBDA™ SDS™ PDS™
Validity 3 Years 5 Years 3 Years 5 Years 5 Years NA

For more details kindly visit www.dasca.org.

44. How will recertification benefit me professionally?

A. The recertification can benefit you in the following ways:

  • Recertification helps you to stay relevant in the field.
  • It helps you stay abreast of all industry updates from some-top-of-the-line publications
  • You can get the opportunity to network with Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering professionals across the world and share with them best practices, proven methodologies and many more.
  • You can enjoy discounts on events or conferences and many more

45. How much will it cost me to become recertified?

A. If you wish to recertify or renew your credential you need to pay a credential renewal fee of depending upon the certification and its current status.

Credential Standard Renewal Renewal during convenience period Renewal/Reactivation after suspension Renewal/Revival after cancellation
ABDE™ $150 $200 $250 $300
ABDA™ $150 $200 $250 $300
SBDE™ $200 $250 $300 $350
SBDA™ $200 $250 $300 $350
SDS™ $300 $350 $400 $450

For more information, kindly visit www.dasca.org.

46. When can I submit my recertification application?

A. DASCA will send you reminder emails for renewal of your credential, wherein you simply have to click the links mentioned in these communications, or log into your DASCA account and register for renewal. In order to receive email reminders from DASCA, please make sure to keep your email address current. Please note that training is not mandatory for renewal and you only have to register and complete a short–duration online refresher learning program as per the latest Data Science/ Big Data Analytics/ Big Data Engineering Body of Knowledge (DASCA-DSBoK™).

47. My certification validity has expired but I have to renew my certification what should I do?

A. The DASCA credentials have a convenience period (grace period) for renewal and also have provisions for reactivation and revival. Kindly visit www.dasca.org for more details on our policies.

48. How can I check my certification and recertification dates?

A. Applicant needs to log on to his myDASCA account at www.dasca.org and can find the required dates in the upcoming calendar section.

Upgrade your Certification:

49. What is the Difference between Recertification and upgradation?

A. Recertification:
Recertification is the process of renewing one's certification. Recertification implies that you are building upon your knowledge, growing as a professional and increasing your experience daily. Recertification is the process where the candidate who already holds the said certificate, retakes the same at the end of the certification validity period.

B. Upgrade:
Upgradation is the process of replacing an existing certification with a better, improved and more relevant certification.

50. How much will it cost me to upgrade my certification?

A. An ABDE™ Credential can be upgraded* to SBDE™ and ABDA™ to SBDA™, subject to fulfilment of the candidacy norms by the credential-holder, and upon successful completion of the prescribed online SBDE™ fast-track learning program as per the latest DASCA-DSBoK™ along with a small online assessment.

The fees for the upgrade is as follows


Upgrade Category Upgrade Category Upgrade Category
Standard Upgrade to SBDE™/SBDA™ $250 Before the expiry of the validity of the ABDE™ Credential
Upgrade During The Convenience Period $350 Within maximum 60 days from the date of expiry

For more details kindly visit www.dasca.org.

51. What if I fail to renew my credential?

A. The DASCA certificate holder should upgrade or renew his/her credential within the standard renewal period. In case he fails to do so, we also have a 60 day convenience period for renewal.

For more details kindly visit www.dasca.org

52. What is the right time to upgrade?

A. In case the applicant meets the professional and educational qualification requirements then the applicant can visit www.dasca.org to compete and submit the online tutorial.

Payments and Refunds:

53. When will I get an invoice for my certification fee?

A. The invoice is generated immediately after the payment is realized and can be downloaded easily from your myDASCA dashboard.

54. What are the modes of fee-payments available?

A. Payments can be made via debit or credit cards. We accept a range of cards including Visa, American Express, Master card among others. Payment for company-sponsored applicants can be done via electronic checks or wire transfers, and further information may be sought by writing to fee@dasca.org.

55. What is the refund policy in case I wish to withdraw from the certification program?

A. The full fee paid by an applicant minus USD 80 of processing charges is refunded if the withdrawal application arrives within 24 hours from payment. For withdrawal requests beyond 24 hours the fee paid will not be refunded.

55. Do I have to pay fee again if I cancel an exam I scheduled?

A. Yes. Examinees cancelling their exams or those who failed in the earlier attempt and want to re-take the exam have to pay a prescribed fee again. Also, missing a pre-scheduled exam for any reason will result in the forfeiture of your fee, and the refund clause will not be applicable here.

56. In case of payment failure whom do I need to contact?

A. In case of payment failure due to problems arising on the DASCA payment gateway or DASCA application system or DASCA website, immediately write to fee@dasca.org.. In case the problem is on the side of your banker or credit card issuer, please contact their respective customer care immediately for an effective resolution.

57. Can I pay the fee in installments?

A. No. Payments have to be made in a single instalment.

Digital Badging:

58. What is Digital Badging?

A. Digital badges are an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online and could appear as icons on a web page, social media platform, or other online venues. It is awarded by institutions, organizations, or groups, signifying accomplishment. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings, which can be verified by employers and colleagues.

59. How does it work?

A. Each badge is embedded with evidence of where, when, how, and why it was earned. It is a form of digital certificate that earners can share on social networks, resumes and e-mail signatures.

  • Digital badges could be posted at multiple places, it can also be embedded in virtual media, like LinkedIn, e-mail signatures, or other social media profiles.
  • Digital badges once shared, can be clicked to reveal data which validates your achievement.
  • The Digital badges can be reviewed by employers, licensing boards, and colleagues.

60. What are its benefits?

A. DASCA digital badging services provide you a way to effectively convey your verified knowledge and expertise to employers, colleagues and recruiters after successful completion of certification and recertification programs.

  • Digital badging provides an easy way of credential verification as compared to traditional methods as paper certificates which cannot be readily verified or shared online.
  • Digital credentials, often called badges, act as a means to reliably recognize professional achievements such as certifications and continuing education experiences.
  • A digital badge allows earners to have 24/7 access to a verifiable and current record of your accomplishment that they can share with whomever they choose on social networks, resumes, e-mail signatures and websites.

61. Do I have to pay extra for my badge?

A. There will be no additional cost incurred by you for displaying your digital badge; storing, managing and broadcasting your credential is free for our certificants. We provide you with best-in-class platform to display your hard earned DASCA credentials.

62. How do I share my digital badge?

A. The feature to share your badge across digital communications including social media is one of the valuable features of DASCA’s digital badging system. Each digital badge has a unique URL that can be embedded on a website or social media channel. Follow the link www.dasca.org to get more details on how to use it on your social media channels.

Shipping:

63. How will my DASCA Certification Preparation Kit be shipped?

A. Our logistics are handled by CredForce Logistics and they ship your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit via one of the leading global carrier. For more details about your shipment, you can write to CredForce at logistics@credforce.com.

64. How will I receive the tracking details about my DASCA Certification Preparation Kit?

A. CredForce Logistics shall provide to you the tracking details of your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit once it is shipped. In case you have still not received your tracking details, please write to CredForce at logistics@credforce.com.

65. How can I track my DASCA Certification Preparation Kit?

A. Once your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit is shipped, you will receive an email from CredForce Logistics team wherein, all the tracking details like address shipped to, carrier name, tracking number and shipment date will be provided. You can refer to the tracking details and track your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit.

66. I have received an email saying that my DASCA Certification Preparation Kit has been delivered, but I haven’t received the same?

A. In such a case we request you to please refer to the tracking details provided by CredForce Logistics and lodge a complaint with the carrier which was supposed to deliver your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit. Simultaneously, please write to CredForce at logistics@credforce.com.


Note**CredForce Logistics shall also provide on request, a documentary Proof of Delivery provided by the shipper after it completes the delivery to your shipping address, and this Proof of Delivery shall be the only document accepted by DASCA to confirm the delivery. We regret in advance that once Proof of Delivery of a shipment is made available, we are unable to entertain or accept any complaint by you.

67. My DASCA Certification Preparation Kit has been delivered to an incorrect address; what should I do now?

A. In case your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit has been delivered to an incorrect address, please lodge a complaint with the carrier using the tracking details provided by CredForce Logistics. In case you have any further query you can write to CredForce at logistics@credforce.com.

68. What if my DASCA Certification Preparation Kit is delivered at my address but I am not present to receive it?

A. Your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit can be delivered even when you are not present at the time of delivery only after the shipper verifies the address, once the shipper has verified the address only then your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit can be delivered. For any further delivery related query please write to CredForce at logistics@credforce.com.

69. Can I change my shipping/mailing address once I have paid the certification fee?

A. No, you will not be able to change your shipping/mailing address after you have paid the certification fee. So, please make sure that you provide us with the right address to avoid any hassle at the time of delivery of your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit. For any further queries, please write to us at support@dasca.org.

70. Can I reschedule the date of delivery of my DASCA Certification Preparation Kit?

A. You need to refer to the shipping details and contact your carrier to reschedule your date of delivery.

71. What can be done if I have received the damaged or wrong set of books in my DASCA Certification Preparation Kit?

A. If you have received the wrong set or damaged books in your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit please write to CredForce at logistics@credforce.com within 24 hours of receipt of your DASCA Certification Preparation Kit. We shall not be able to entertain or accept any complaint by you after that

72. Can I get a new unit of DASCA Certification Preparation Kit?

A. A new unit of DASCA Certification Preparation Kit is chargeable and can be issued only after a prior approval from DASCA. In case you want us to issue a new unit of DASCA Certification Preparation Kit please write to us at support@dasca.org

73. Will I have to pay any additional tax or duty?

A. All export/import duties and other levies, if any, in your country are to be borne by you, and you also hold the responsibility of clearance of the DASCA Certification Preparation Kit consignment.

Note**DASCA or its partners/representatives will not be responsible for any delays due to delivery carrier factors, weather, natural calamities, international customs regulations, holidays, customer error, or any other unforeseen events beyond the control of the shipper.

74. My order has already been shipped; can I cancel it now?

A. No once the order has been placed it cannot be cancelled.

Miscellaneous:

75. What is the process to change my name on the certificate?

A. If you want to change your name on the certificate, you will need to write to us at support@dasca.org and attach the required supporting documents. A fee of USD 50 will have to be paid for the processing of your request. You will also have to pay USD 100 for an additional certificate with the new name on.

76. Would you inform my employer of the successful completion of my exam?

A. If you wish to inform your employer about the achievement, you will have to initiate a service request from your myDASCA dashboard. It will then be DASCA’s responsibility to inform the employer about applicant’s achievement.

77. What is the procedure to issue duplicate certificate?

A. In case you lose your certificate and require a duplicate certificate a service request needs to be generated from your myDASCA dashboard. An additional fee of US $100 will have to be incurred by you.

78. What is the process to cancel my exam?

A. If you wish to cancel your exam, you should login into your myDASCA account 72 hours prior to your scheduled examination. Cancelling an exam or missing your exam will result in the forfeiture of your exam fee, without recourse. For more details please click here and go through our cancellation policy.

79. What if I have canceled my exam due to some reason, but want to reapply for it now?

A. If an examine voluntarily cancels the scheduled examination appointment; he/she can immediately reapply from the myDASCA dashboard by paying a nominal fee of USD 50.

80. Is there a way to reschedule my examination?

A. If you wish to reschedule your exam, you must login to you myDASCA account 72 hours prior to your scheduled examination. You can reschedule your examination without paying any extra fees. For more details on rescheduling your exam please click here.

81. What if I miss my scheduled appointment(No Show)?

A. There can be certain unavoidable circumstances due to which you are unable to appear for the examination, in such a case your appointment is declared as a no show. For more information on our no show policy click here.

82. What emergency scenarios are covered under the No Show policy?

A. If you miss a scheduled exam because of an emergency, feel free to directly contact DASCA at exam@dasca.org

Below are the acceptable reasons for missing your scheduled exam:

  • If you or your immediate family member* is suffering from serious illness
  • If death occurs to immediate family members
  • If you are summoned by the court or are on jury duty

Immediate family members here refer to:

  • Spouse
  • Siblings
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Children

If you miss an exam for any of the above-mentioned reasons, you are required to contact DASCA on exam@dasca.org. An incident number will be provided to you to send the necessary documentation required by DASCA. Once the required documents are submitted, the request will be thoroughly reviewed and the decision will be taken accordingly by the candidate review committee. You will further be intimated on the result of your request.

Please be informed on the documents that are accepted against the reason of emergency:

  • In case of illness/accidents, please provide a letter or a certificate from a certified doctor on the letterhead that includes title, address and phone number
  • In case of death, please submit notice or certificate of death from hospital or government agencies.

**Please note that the certification fee is non-refundable. However, if the case is not listed under our no-show policies, an additional fee of USD 50 will be charged to reapply. The examination can be scheduled after 14 days, from the date of missing the appointment from the myDASCA dashboard.

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