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ABDA™ – The Overview

Big Data Analytics has emerged as one of the brightest Big Data career domains today for individuals with multiple academic and professional backgrounds. The ABDA™ by the Data Science Council of America (DASCA) is the world's most credible 3rd–party, vendor–neutral certification for young business–school students and those graduating with majors like Statistics, Applied Mathematics, and Economics, dreaming of making exciting careers in Big Data. You can trust the internationally accepted and recognized ABDA™ Credential to prove best, your proficiency, potential, and promise for Big Data analytics.

Who does ABDA™ Suit Best

If you have completed or are completing your Undergraduate Degree in Business, Management, Marketing, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, or Applied Mathematics from an accredited institution, the ABDA™ undoubtedly might just be the most important credential to earn at this stage.

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ABDA™ Certification Program Fee

$ 585 USD( All Inclusive )

This is a one-time fee, covering the ABDA™ exam; standard exam preparation resources (the ABDA™ Book 1, ABDA™Book 2, ABDA™ Lab Workbook, Online Learning & Preparation Resources); shipping, digital badging, and credential-kit.

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The fee may change without notice, and does not include the Training Fee charged by training companies or universities or institutions who offer exam-preparation training for DASCA certification exams. DASCA is a standards and credentialing body and has no role to play in training delivery, and neither controls, nor is concerned with any aspect of training/ education. DASCA does not govern or mandate or control the training fee/ program fee charged for any DASCA certification program by any training company or education provider.

Program Pre–requisites

The learning scope, requirements, and rigor of the ABDA™ program necessitates that individuals intending to undergo the program have a prior, strong formal exposure and knowledge of the basic concepts in Statistics, and are hand–on with the tools and techniques of handling problems of calculating central tendencies; dispersions and averages; permutations and combinations; probability; creating graphs, charts, histograms, and scatter plots.

Indeed, ABDA™ aspirants should be also necessarily comfortable with handling databases and spreadsheets.

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ABDA™ Examination Preparation

Individuals registered for both DASCA Big Data Analyst Certification programs are provided with the full Official DASCA Certification Preparation kit to help them study and prepare for their ABDA™ Certification examination. This kit is provided to all registrants at no extra costs across the world after DASCA has approved their candidacy for ABDA™, and their payments of the program registration fee is through. The Official DASCA Certification Preparation kit, consists of the following:

  • Printed ABDA™ Handbook 1: Foundations of Big Data Analytics
  • Printed ABDA™ Handbook 2: Advanced Big Data Analytics
  • Online Learning & Preparation Resources

Please do report any instance or experience of yours in which you were asked to pay separately for the ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit, or you observed any attempt by a person or a store or an entity to sell the ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit. It is reiterated that the ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit is NOT for sale in the open market and not available on book stores anywhere in the world. The kit is ONLY meant to be provided FREE Of CHARGE to every individual who has been finally accepted and registered by DASCA under the ABDA™ program.


The Candidacy Tracks

Ways to Become an ABDA™

The following table summarizes the specifics of what it takes to become an ABDA™. There are THREE convenient tracks covering young Business professionals from diverse backgrounds to earn an ABDA™!

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Social Sciences/ Related disciplines.

    Minimum Work Experience

    Experience not Mandatory; basic proficiency in working with data/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence/ Computing

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    Should have completed Associate Degree/ Diploma in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Social Sciences/ Related disciplines.

    Minimum Work Experience

    Minimum 2 years of experience in working with data/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence/ Computing

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    Current & Past Students of Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Social Sciences/ Related disciplines from any of the DASCA-recognized Institutions.

    Minimum Work Experience

    Experience not Mandatory; basic proficiency in working with data/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence/ Computing

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The Digitally Badged ABDA™

Digitally badged by CredBadge™, ABDA™ credential from DASCA expedites the exciting Big Data career posterns in Big Data analytics for university or business–school students globally. The digital traces of ABDA™ Certification in your resume chip in your business degree. This digitally-equipped certification is the most convincing countersignature of your potential and talent to the onset of your industry careers.

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Learning Coverage

Learning Coverage

The ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit is designed as a study and preparation resource for the online ABDA™ Certification examination. The books and other learning aids included in the ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit have been put together to help aspiring Big Data Analysts build longer–lasting sets of skills and a more in-depth Big Data perspective. They seek to develop in learners a strong generic and platform–based understanding of the concepts, principles, tools, techniques, and technologies needed for designing, developing, and applying analytics frameworks, and the utilities required for sharper information management and decision making.

The exam preparation kit has been developed around the DASCA Essential Knowledge Framework (DASCA-EKF™), which means that the idea behind its design, coverage, content, and structure is to provide to aspiring Big Data Analysts critical exposure to popular proprietary platforms in the Big Data space while preparing themselves for their certification examination as well.

The contents of the Certification Preparation Kit comprise all essential knowledge areas and are divided into eight sections or modules.


Foundations of Data Science

15% Understanding the role of the data scientist; tapping the power of Python and R in making sense of data and deriving information and intelligence for decision-making.

The Mathematics of Data Science

20% Refreshing important quantitative techniques and tools deployed in data analytics and model optimization including Statistics, Linear Algebra, Probability and Calculus.

Dealing With Data

6% Understanding data types, data origination modes, streaming data; learning the frameworks of analyzing, managing and harnessing massive data using tools and applications like Python and R

Doing Data Analytics

12% Capturing, processing, sorting, classifying, analyzing, managing and harnessing big data using the Hadoop ecosystem; understanding the use of combination of tools like R, Python and MapReduce etc., in big data analytics

Data Visualization

17% Understanding the needs, building blocks and basic mechanisms of data visualization; using popular visualization applications like Tableau to visualize and present information results

Analytics in Machine Learning and Ai

5% Foundational concepts and framework of machine learning and artificial intelligence; understanding how big data analytics fires machine intelligence; using R and Python in ML and AI applications;

Business Implementation

5% Planning, design and implementation framework for big data analytics solutions in organizations; deploying R and Python in business-level data analytics; going to production with R

Databases & Big Data Analytics

5% Understanding of databases and data pipelines deployed in big data analytics; applications of document-oriented NoSQL database in high volume data storage and processing using MongoDB; fundamentals of messaging systems; Elasticsearch enterprise big data search; and big data processing on cloud

Getting the ABDA™ - A Preview of the Certification Process

There are six distinct stages of your journey toward becoming an ABDA™. Here's what these stages look like. Of course, we've just tried to take you through a quick tour, so many of the details may be missing. You may Contact Us for more information.

The ABDA™ Certification Process

  • 1Check Eligibility Requirements -

    All DASCA certifications mandate you to meet certain educational and work experience requirements to become eligible. The requirements for each DASCA certification is unique, so before proceeding, check if you satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements for the ABDA™ Certification, you wish to apply for.

    It is recommended that you keep this information handy as it will be required while filling up your online application.

  • 2Fill Online Application+

    Once you have satisfied the ABDA™ eligibility requirements, it is time to apply. Start the application process by creating your myDASCA account. Before proceeding, check if you QualiFly™ for ABDA™. QualiFLY™ essentially relaxes the minimum eligibility requirements and provides upto 15% lower ABDA™ fees, based on your education and work experience. Complete the ABDA™ online application form. Once you have submitted the online application and made a successful payment of the fee, you will immediately receive an acknowledgement response email with instructions for the next step in the assessment process.

  • 3Validation+

    An internal check is conducted to validate your credentials against the prescribed candidacy prerequisites for earning the ABDA™ Certification.

  • 4ABDA™ Certification Preparation Material+

    Post your payment confirmation, you will receive your unit of the ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit containing reading and learning material at the address you have registered with us. Normal delivery timeframe is 3-4 weeks.

  • 5Taking the ABDA™ Certification Exam+

    Given the amount of content to be studied, we’ve established a 45-days period for you to focus on your studies and build your conceptual foundation in Data Science. You’ll be able schedule your ABDA™ exam any time after that. You’ll also be given a six months window to schedule your exam.

  • 6Award+

    If you qualify the ABDA™ Certification exam and meet other conditions laid down by the DASCA Professional Certifications Board (DPCB), you are recommended for the award of ABDA™ Credential and the ABDA™ Digital Badge is immediately issued to you. You can expect the shipment of the physical credential pack to reach you within three to four weeks from the date of the credential- award.

Credential Case

The ABDA™ Credential Case

The elegantly designed trendy certification pack is an auxiliary push for the prodigious applicants working harder to qualify the DASCA Certification exam ardently. Sited gracefully inside the royal folder case, the ABDA™ Credential certificate is augmented by a lapel pin to be worn on your top pockets. This metallic badge exhibits your credential. An additional constituent in the form of a booklet known as the DASCA Code of Ethics completes the certification pack and is a treasure to relish for lifetime.


Registrations are open now for the spanking new ABDA™ version marked to the updated DASCA-DSBoK™ Ver 11-4.4.

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