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ABDE™ – The Overview

Big Data Engineering & Development is one of the hottest Big Data career domains today. The ABDE™ by the Data Science Council of America (DASCA) is the world's most credible 3rd–party, vendor–neutral certification for young graduating university and tech–school students around the world, readying themselves for exciting Big Data careers. Proving your proficiency, potential, and promise for developing and engineering Big Data programs, softwares, and applications is done best through the internationally accepted and recognized ABDE™ Certification.

Who does ABDE™ Suit Best

If you have completed or are completing your Undergraduate Degree in Information Technology/ Computer Science OR a Diploma in Computer Programming/ Software Engineering from an accredited institution, the ABDE™ is a great credential to earn.

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

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Pre-registered applicants need not apply again. Their applications are lining up for necessary action. Please also anticipate a little delay in our responses owing to a sudden surge in the number of applications. Our apologies in advance for the inconvenience please.

ABDE™ Certification Program Fee

$ 520 USD

This is a one-time fee, covering the ABDE™ exam; standard exam preparation resources (the ABDE™ Book 1, ABDE™ Book 2, ABDE™ 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 ABDE™ program necessitates that individuals intending to undergo the program have a prior, strong formal exposure and knowledge of the basic concepts of programming, and ideally, are hands–on with the tools and techniques of object oriented programming – knowing Core JAVA and being able to understand SQL statements.

They should also be ideally, aware of the basics of scripting languages like PERL or RUBY, and have a good understanding of the Linux and Unix environments. Though not necessary, it is recommended that ABDE™ aspirants should be also comfortable with handling databases and spreadsheets. And finally, ideal applicants would also have a basic understanding and exposure to Big Data uses in business and general technology trends.

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ABDE™ Examination Preparation

Individuals registered for both the DASCA Big Data Engineer programs are provided with the full DASCA Certification Preparation Kit to help them study and prepare for their ABDE™ Certification examination. This kit is provided completely FREE to all registrants across the world after DASCA has approved their candidacy for ABDE™, and their payment of the program registration fee is through. This DASCA Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications, produced and published by Wiley, consists of the following:

  • ABDE™ Book 1: Essentials of Big Data Programming
  • ABDE™ Book 2: Advanced Big Data Programming
  • ABDE™ Lab Handbook: Big Data Engineering Lab
  • Virtual E-Lab for practicing Big Data Engineers
  • Online Learning & Preparation Resourceslogo

Please do report any instance or experience of yours in which you were asked to pay separately for the Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications, or you observed any attempt by a person or a store or an entity to sell the Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications. It is reiterated that the Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications 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 ABDE™ program.


The Candidacy Tracks

Ways to Become an ABDE™

The following table summarizes the specifics of what it takes to become an ABDE™. There are THREE convenient tracks covering Software Engineers from diverse backgrounds and experience to earn an ABDE™!

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Related disciplines.

    Minimum Work Experience

    Experience not Mandatory; basic proficiency in using Python/ JAVA or any other programming language is desirable

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    Should have completed Associate Degree/ Diploma in Computer Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Related disciplines.

    Minimum Work Experience

    Minimum 2 years of computing experience with proficiency in using Python/ JAVA or any other programming language

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    Current & Past Students of Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Related disciplines from any of the DASCA-recognized Institutions.

    Minimum Work Experience

    Experience not Mandatory; basic proficiency in using Python/ JAVA or any other programming language is desirable

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The Digitally Badged ABDE™

ABDE™ Credential is an epitome for on-the-move software engineers seeking to improve their performance, and is digitally badged by CredBadge™. The digital imprints of ABDE™ Certification on your resume let you be on top of the global employers’ much loved prognoses. The badge honors the know-how of young graduating university and tech–school students around the world, priming themselves for thrilling Big Data profession.

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Register Online

Register 24X7. Online!

The moment you decide you have to prepare for a global Big Data engineer career, just storm right into the ABDE™ segment on the DASCA website, anytime, and click Apply. Within minutes, you’ll be done registering for what is the world’s most powerful Big Data qualification for young developers and programmers! Everything happens smooth: you apply; you complete your ABDE™ registration; schedule your ABDE™ exam; and pay-up for it using your credit card, and receive a couple of email notes from us – all before you head for your next errand! There are no needless document submissions to do, or embarrassing personal questions to answer. In the meanwhile, your smart and meaty ABDE™ learning kit is already preparing to be on its way to you.

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Learning Coverage

Learning Coverage

Though the Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications is designed as a study and preparation resource for the online ABDE™ Certification examination, the books, lab handbooks, and other learning aids included in the Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications have been put together to help aspiring Big Data Engineers build longer–lasting sets of skills and a more penetrative Big Data perspective. The Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications 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 handling storage, processing, management, and security infrastructure required in Big Data management.

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 Engineers, a liberal exposure to all important proprietary platforms currently in vogue in Big Data applications development currently, and concurrently, they can prepare themselves rightly for the ABDE™ Certification examinations as well.

The contents of the Official Exam Preparation Kit for DASCA Engineer Certifications 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
  • Overview on MapR Distribution
  • Spark & Scala

Hadoop Understanding in detail

  • Storing data in Hadoop
  • MapReduce Fundamentals
  • Processing Data with MapReduce
  • Customizing MapReduce Execution
  • Testing and Debugging MapReduce Applications
  • Hadoop Security
  • Hadoop on AWS
  • NoSQL in detail

Sqoop and Flume

  • Efficiently Transferring Bulk Data Using Sqoop
  • Flume

Pig, Hive, and Yarn

  • Analyzing data with Pig
  • Exploring Hive
  • Advanced Hive
  • Yarn
  • Storm on Yarn

Machine Learning & Factor Analysis concepts

  • Understanding on Machine Learning
  • Factor Analysis

Analytics & R

  • Understanding Analytics
  • Analytical Tools
  • Big Data Management Systems
  • Big Data Solutions and Data in Motion
  • Exploring R

Integrating R and Hadoop

  • Integrating R and Hadoop

Social Media, Mobile and Big Data Solution Engineering

  • Social Media Analytics, Text Mining, and Sentiments Analysis
  • Big Data Solution Engineering
  • Mobile Analytics

Big Data tools

  • Automating Data Processing with Oozie
  • Distributed Process Coordination with ZooKeeper
  • Cloudera basics and Cloudera Manager
  • Hive on Cloudera and Cloudera Administration
  • Hortonworks and Greenplum Pivotal HD
  • IBM InfoSphere BigInsights
  • HortonWorks Distributions

Getting the ABDE™ - A Preview of the Journey

There are eight distinct stages of your journey toward becoming an ABDE™. 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 ABDE™ Journey

  • 1CHECK -

    Check if you fit the ABDE™ 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 ABDE™ or QualiFly™ candidacy criteria, please fill out the online application form for the ABDE™ 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 ABDE™ Credential.


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


    Check your emails on the DASCA-registered mailbox for a communication from Pearson Vue – our global exam partner. 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 ABDE™ Certification Starter Kit containing reading and learning material is shipped to the address you have registered with us.

  • 7ABDE™ EXAM +

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

  • 8AWARD +

    If you qualify the ABDE™ exam and meet other conditions laid down by the DASCA Professional Certifications Board (DPCB), you are recommended for the award of the ABDE™ Credential and the ABDE™ 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 ABDE™ Credential Case

Credential Case

The moment you register yourself for DASCA Certification exam, a swanky credential case awaits you. This astonishing box enclosing the ABDE™ Credential is an added incentive for the endowed to work a jiff better to qualify the exam. Along with the credential comes another special spur in the form of a lapel pin, which exhibits your credential while being positioned on your top pockets. This tempting box also encompasses a delightful treasure to be savored in the form of DASCA Code of Ethics booklet.


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