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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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This ABDA™ version is marked to the updated ABDA-DSBoK™ Ver 11-4.4.

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ABDA™ Certification Program Fee

$ 520 USD

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

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, produced and published by Wiley, consists of the following:

  • ABDA™ Book 1: Essentials of Big Data Analytics
  • ABDA™ Book 2: Advanced Big Data Analytics
  • ABDA™ Lab Handbook: Big Data Analytics Lab
  • Virtual E-Lab for practicing Big Data Analysts
  • Online Learning & Preparation Resourceslogo

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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24X7 Registration. Online!

The world’s best Data Analytics careers start with ABDA™! And it takes just five minutes to set yourself on your way to it. Anytime you wish – even between your classes, if you're a student! Just waft into the ABDA™ segment on the DASCA website www.dasca.org; hunt down the Apply link anywhere on the page, and there you go! In the next few minutes, you’ll be done registering for the most powerful starter-qualification on the planet for aspiring Big Data Analysts. It’s smooth and fast! You complete your ABDA™ registration application; schedule your ABDA™ exam; and pay-up for it using your credit card – it’s hassle-free – no needless document submissions or embarrassing personal questions. With the next hour or so, you receive emails from us, confirming you've already started your ABDA™ journey. Of course, before you know, we have already lined up your ABDA™ learning resources kit for shipping.

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Learning Coverage

Learning Coverage

Though the ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit is designed as a study and preparation resource for the online ABDA™ Certification examination, the books, lab handbooks, 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 penetrative Big Data perspective. The ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit contents therefore seek to develop in learners, a strong and complete generic, as well as platform–based understanding of the concepts, principles, tools, techniques, and technologies of designing, developing, and applying analytics frameworks, and utilities required for sharper information management and decision making.

Indeed, while the Wiley–produced kit has been developed around the DASCA Essential Knowledge Framework (EKF™), the idea behind its design, coverage, content, and structure is also to provide to aspiring Big Data Analysts, a liberal exposure to all important proprietary analytics platforms currently in vogue in the Big Data space, and concurrently, they can prepare themselves rightly for the ABDA™ Certification examinations, as well. The contents of the ABDA™ Certification Preparation Kit straddle all essential knowledge areas – divided up into eight sections or modules.


Introduction to Big Data

  • Getting Started with Big Data
  • Business Applications of Big Data
  • Technologies for Handling Big Data
  • Understanding the Hadoop Ecosystem
  • MapReduce Fundamentals
  • Overview of HortonWorks Distributions
  • Overview of GreenPlum Pivotal HD Distributions
  • Overview of IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Distributions
  • Overview of ZooKeeper
  • Overview of Cloudera Distributions
  • Oozie Overview
  • Spark & Scala

Big Data Tools and Concepts

  • Understanding Sqoop
  • Understanding Flume
  • Understanding Pig
  • Understanding Hive

Analytics & R

  • Understanding Analytics
  • Analytical Tools
  • Exploring R
  • Reading Data Sets into R, Exporting Data from R
  • Manipulating and Processing data in R

R in detail

  • Using Functions and Packages in R
  • Descriptive Statistics in R
  • Analyzing Data using Functions, Loops, Data Frames
  • Hypothesis Testing in R
  • Graphical Analysis in R
  • Statistical Analysis on Massive Scale: RHadoop & Mahout

Advances Analytics using R

  • Linear Regression in R
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Decision Trees

Big Data Solution Engineering

  • Big Data Solution Engineering

Social Media, Mobile Analytics, and Visualization

  • Data Exploration, Preparation Visualization, Analytics, & Tableau
  • Social Media Analytics & Text Mining
  • Mobile Analytics

Understanding Machine Learning

  • Understanding Machine Learning Technology
  • Graphical Models and Bayesian Networks in R
  • Artificial Neural Networks

Getting the ABDA™ - A Preview of the Journey

There are eight 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™ Journey

  • 1CHECK -

    Check if you fit the ABDA™ candidacy requirements. Also check the exciting QualiFly™ program, which offers several privileges on convenience, validity, speed, and affordability to individuals holding degrees from DASCA-recognized institutions and universities.

  • 2APPLY +

    If you meet the ABDA™ or QualiFly™ candidacy criteria, please fill out the online application form for the ABDA™ program from your myDASCA account available on www.dasca.org. Click here to create your myDASCA account.


    Once you have finished applying, please wait for our acknowledgement response email with instructions for the next course of actions regarding assessments etc. Simultaneously, we also initiate the process for assessing your candidacy and to arrive at a prima-facie or a provisional decision about your fit for the ABDA™ Credential.


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


    Check your emails on the DASCA-registered mailbox for a communication from Pearson Vue. These emails contains your Authorization-To-Test (ATT) and Web Account details, which will help you to create your Web Account. Click Here, if you have your Pearson Web Account login information and the ATT details, and want to schedule your exam now.


    Post your payment confirmation, one unit of the ABDA™ Certification Starter Kit containing reading and learning material is shipped to the address you have registered with us.

  • 7ABDA™ EXAM +

    You get 225 days from the date of registration and successful payment to prepare for and complete your online ABDA™ exams, which you can take in a Pearson Test Center nearest to you. The books included in the ABDA™ Starter Kit should help you brace up nicely for your ABDA™ Certification exam. Please read more about ABDA™ exams in the dedicated section on the subject.

  • 8AWARD +

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

The ABDA™ Credential Case

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.


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