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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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ABDE™ Exam Fee: $ 520 USD

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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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.

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 Resources

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.

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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 professions.

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

Getting the ABDE™ - A Preview of the Journey

There are eight distinct stages of your journey toward becoming a 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.

  • 3ACKNOWLEDGE +

    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.

  • 4VALIDATION +

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

  • 5SCHEDULING +

    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.

  • 6SHIPMENT +

    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.

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.

EXAMINATION COVERAGE INFORMATION

Introduction to Big Data

17%
  • 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

25%
  • 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

10%
  • Efficiently Transferring Bulk Data Using Sqoop
  • Flume

Pig, Hive, and Yarn

15%
  • Analyzing data with Pig
  • Exploring Hive
  • Advanced Hive
  • Yarn
  • Storm on Yarn

Machine Learning & Factor Analysis concepts

5%
  • Understanding on Machine Learning
  • Factor Analysis

Analytics & R

10%
  • Understanding Analytics
  • Analytical Tools
  • Big Data Management Systems
  • Big Data Solutions and Data in Motion
  • Exploring R

Integrating R and Hadoop

10%
  • Integrating R and Hadoop

Social Media, Mobile and Big Data Solution Engineering

5%
  • Social Media Analytics, Text Mining, and Sentiments Analysis
  • Big Data Solution Engineering
  • Mobile Analytics

Big Data tools

3%
  • 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

Credential Maintenance & Renewal

Renewal is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. You are required to renew your ABDE™ Credential every 3 years. When you renew, you show your continuing competence and commitment to the profession. DASCA will send you reminder emails for renewal of your credential or you can log into myDASCA Account and register for ABDE™ renewal. In order to receive email reminders, 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 DSBoK™ (DASCA’s Data Science Body of Knowledge) along with a small online assessment.

ABDE™ Credential-holders can either renew ABDE™ or upgrade to SBDE™. Check the section ABDE™ Credential Renewal Policy OR ‘ABDE™ Credential Upgrade to SBDE™’ below for details.

Renewing your ABDE™ Credential

Renewal for ABDE™ is a simple 5-step process:

  • 1

    Apply for ABDE™ renewal by logging into myDASCA Account on dasca.org.

  • 2

    Pay your ABDE™ renewal fee online.

  • 3

    Complete the prescribed online learning program & assessment.

  • 4

    Receive instant confirmation for credential renewal.

  • 5

    Get your renewed ABDE™ Credential certificate & a new digital badge.


ABDE™ Credential Renewal Policy – 2017

  • Life of the Credential (in years from the date of award) +

    The ABDE™ Credential is valid for 3 years. Credential-holders will be required to renew their ABDE™ Credential – as applicable or permissible – for continuation of their Credential beyond 3 years.

  • Standard Credential Renewal Duration +

    The ABDE™ Credential is renewable every 3 years, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABDERU-1).

  • Standard Credential Renewal Window +

    The ABDE™ Credential Renewal Window will open 2 months before the expiry of the credential.

  • Standard Credential Renewal Deadline +

    Before the expiry of the credential validity, e.g.; if the credential, was awarded on April 1, 2014, the Standard Renewal Deadline will be March 31, 2017 i.e. 3 years after the award of the credential. If the ABDE™ Credential is not renewed by the deadline, the DASCA’s online directory carrying Credential Information of individuals around the world will show “Renewal Due” for a Convenience Period of 60 days, against the name of the credential-holder whose DASCA Credential awaits renewal.

  • Credential Renewal Convenience Period +

    An ABDE™ Credential can be renewed within maximum 60 days from the date it expires, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABDERU-2). If renewal formalities are not completed within the convenience period, the system automatically puts the credential into the temporary Freeze or Suspension Mode.

  • Credential Freeze and Suspension +

    If not renewed during the Credential Renewal Convenience Period of 60 days from the Standard Renewal due date, DASCA’s system automatically puts the credential into the temporary Freeze or Suspension Mode, and the credential-holder is required to apply for Reactivation of the credential within maximum 12 months from the date of suspension.

    For this duration, the official DASCA online directory carrying Credential Information of individuals around the world will flash the term "Suspended (Reactivation due)" against the name of the individual whose credentials have been frozen/ suspended.

    Applications for Reactivation can be made directly through their individual myDASCA account, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABDERU-3). If individuals fail to reactivate their suspended credentials, DASCA’s system will cancel the credentials in question. Cancelled credentials can however be Revived.

  • Credential Cancellation & Revival +

    If not reactivated within the stipulated maximum 12 months from the date of suspension, the ABDE™ Credential will be cancelled. However, the credential-holder will get one final chance to appeal for its revival by writing an email to appeals@dasca.org. This appeal has to be made within 30 days of the date of cancellation of the credential. In the event, a cancelled credential’s revival application is not submitted within the stipulated 30 days, DASCA summarily withdraws the credential from the credential-holder, including all the privileges attendant to the credential. Individuals whose credentials have been withdrawn by DASCA will be required to apply as fresh applicants.

  • Validity of a Renewed Credential +

    The renewed ABDE™ Credential’s validity will start 1 day after the expiry of the previously awarded credential. E.g.; if the credential is expiring on March 31, 2017, the renewed credential validity will start from April 1, 2017 irrespective of the actual date of renewal for the next three years and so on.

ABDE™ Renewal Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Renewal Categories Fees Deadline
ABDERU-1 Standard Renewal USD 150 Before the expiry of the credential validity
ABDERU-2 Renewal During The Convenience Period USD 200 Within maximum 60 days from the due date
ABDERU-3 Renewal/ Reactivation After Suspension USD 250 Within maximum 12 months from the date of suspension
ABDERU-4 Renewal/ Revival After Cancellation USD 300 Within 30 days from the date of cancellation

ABDE™ Credential Upgrade to SBDE™

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Policy +

    An ABDE™ Credential can be upgraded* to SBDE™, 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 DSBoK™ along with a small online assessment.

    *After completion of 60 days of award of ABDE™. Please note that after upgrade to SBDE™, your ABDE™ Credential will expire. Refer to the fee schedule, ABDERU-5 for upgrade to SBDE™.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Deadline +

    Before the expiry of the credential validity, e.g.; if the credential, was awarded on April 1, 2014, the Standard Upgrade Deadline will be March 31, 2017 i.e. 3 years after the award of the credential.

  • Credential Upgrade Convenience Period +

    All the eligible ABDE™ Credential-holders can upgrade to SBDE™, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABDERU-6), within maximum 60 days from the date of expiry of ABDE™ Credential. If upgrade formalities are not completed within this period, the upgrade to SBDE™ option will be withdrawn, in this case the ABDE™ Credential will expire.

  • Validity of an Upgraded Credential +

    The SBDE™ Credential’s validity will start 1 day after the expiry of the previously awarded credential i.e. ABDE™. e.g.; if the ABDE™ Credential is expiring on March 31, 2017, the SBDE™ credential validity will start from April 1, 2017 irrespective of the actual date of upgrade for the next 5 years and so on.

ABDE™ Upgrade Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Upgrade Categories Fees Deadline
ABDERU-5 Standard Upgrade to SBDE™ USD 250 Before the expiry of the validity of the ABDE™ Credential
ABDERU-6 Upgrade During The Convenience Period USD 350 Within maximum 60 days from the date of expiry

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.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE ALL NEW ABDE™

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

Register Now