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Associate Big Data Engineer

If you are in IT or software engineering, or you are a technology student graduating from a DASCA accredited/ recognized university, the Associate Big Data Engineer (ABDE™) certification from DASCA prepares you most comprehensively for the best jobs and a great career-start in Big Data Engineering.

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ABDE™ – The Overview

Big Data Engineering and data analytics application development are among the hottest technology career domains today. ABDE™ certification is the most widely respected proof of proficiency, potential and promise of using vendor-neutral and cross-platform tools, platforms, languages and techniques in engineering and developing big data analytics applications.

Who does ABDE™ Suit Best...

If you are working as an IT or software engineer, or are completing your Bachelor’s/ undergraduate degree in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Software Engineering from an institution accredited or recognized by DASCA, the ABDE™ is a great credential to earn to get into data science, analytics application development and big data engineering.

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ABDE™ Certification Program Fee

US$ 585.00
(All Inclusive)

The ABDE™ program fee may change without notice, and does not include the Training Fee charged by training companies or universities or institutions that offer exam-preparation training for the ABDE™ exam. 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 certification program by any training company or education provider. The additional online resources provided by independent publishers in some markets are for optional reference, and not connected to DASCA exams or the official DASCA exam-prep handbooks provided to candidates.

This is a one-time fee covering the ABDE™ certification exam, standard exam preparation resources (Handbook 1: Foundations of Big Data Engineering, Handbook 2: Advanced Big Data Engineering), ABDE™ credential kit, digital badge, and shipping of materials. Additionally, the digital access and hosting cost of third-party optional study resources are included in the ABDE™ fee package wherever applicable. Refund requests made within 24 hours of payment will be subject to a US$ 80 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for registration cancellation requests after 24 hours of registration.

*We honor military and war veterans with special fee.

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Key Highlights

  • High-quality Preparation Resources

    Candidates are provided high-quality exam-preparation resources for convenient and effective self-study.

  • Ample time to prepare and study

    Candidates are given 6 months for exam preparation with recommended self-study of 8-10 hrs/week.

  • Exclusive Digital Badge

    Candidates receive an exclusive Digital Badge to showcase and receive recognition for their achievements.

  • Globally Recognized

    The ABDE™ is a globally recognized third-party vendor-neutral and cross-platform qualification.

  • Digital Convenience

    ABDE™ candidates can conveniently register for and schedule their ABDE™ certification exam, and access policy resources and support on their personal and exclusive myDASCA digital dashboard.

  • Online Exam

    All certification exams can be taken anywhere at any time and are digitally proctored.

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Program Pre–requisites

The learning agenda, knowledge requirements, and rigor of the ABDE™ program necessitate that ABDE™ candidates have a strong and formal prior exposure to and knowledge of the foundational aspects of programming, including hands-on proficiency in the use of tools and techniques of object-oriented programming – such as Core JAVA and an understanding SQL statements.

ABDE™ candidates must also be aware of the basics of scripting languages like PERL or RUBY and have a good understanding of the Linux and Unix environments, besides being comfortable with handling databases and spreadsheets.

And finally, candidates must also have a basic understanding of the general technology trends and exposure to how modern data science is shaping data analytics applications in life, business and industry today.


ABDE™ Exam Preparation

All ABDE™ candidates are provided with resources to study from and prepare for their ABDE™ certification exam. The access to these resources is activated after the completion of registration and fee payment formalities.

The DASCA official exam preparation resources provided to registered ABDE™ candidates include:

  • Print copy of the Handbook 1: Foundations of Big Data Engineering
  • Print copy of the Handbook 2: Advanced Big Data Engineering
  • Practice tests for ABDE™ exam on the myDASCA candidate dashboard
  • Candidate Guide

In addition to the above, independent third-party publishers and content providers offer online resources for reference, practice and learning. Using these resources is optional and not essential for ABDE™ exam preparation, and the DASCA fee package covers the cost of digital LMS access and cloud hosting of such material. Please do report any instance or experience in which you were asked to pay separately for any of these study and exam-prep resources, or you observed any attempt by a person or a store or an entity to sell any of these resources. It is reiterated that these DASCA resources are meant to be provided directly only to individuals formally registered in the ABDE™ certification program, and they are NOT for sale in the open market or available in book stores anywhere in the world.

The ABDE™ Exam Preparation

The ABDE™ Candidacy

The Three Registration Tracks

Choose one of the following tracks that suits your specific work and education background/ profile to conveniently register in ABDE™:

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    Should have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Software Engineering or related disciplines from any nationally or internationally accredited institution.

    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 an Associate Degree/ Diploma in Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Software Engineering or related disciplines from any nationally or internationally accredited institution.

    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/ Associate Degree programs in Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Software Engineering or related disciplines from any of the DASCA-accredited or DASCA-recognized Institutions.

    Minimum Work Experience

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

*QualiFLY™ is a proprietary academic excellence listing and ranking services tool of Academik America, Inc., United States, and DASCA deploys QualiFLY™ to identify institutions for their high potential to contribute to advancement of data science education and research.

The ABDE™ Digital Badge

After successfully passing the ABDE™ certification exam, you will receive a link to your ABDE™ digital badge within 96 hours. Your digital badge can be accessed through the CredBadge™ platform and verified online with a provided link.

How to Showcase your Digital Badge
ABDE™ Digital Badge

Exam Preparation

The two handbooks on big data engineering included in the official DASCA exam preparation kit are the recommended and essential readings for the online ABDE™ certification examination. They have been developed around the DASCA Essential Knowledge Framework (DASCA-EKF™), to ensure an effective preparation for the ABDE™ certification exam, and at the same time, help aspiring big data engineers and application developers build longer–lasting base of knowledge and a more in-depth perspective of the most advanced concepts in data science underlying data analytics technologies. Additionally, an candidate guide and practice tests are also provided to ABDE™ candidates on their myDASCA dashboard.

The content in the two official DASCA handbooks is clustered in nine sections covering all prescribed ABDE™ exam areas. This content aims to develop in learners a strong generic and platform-based understanding of the concepts, tools, and technologies of handling storage, processing, management, and security infrastructure required in managing large volumes of streaming data.

The contents of the Official Exam Preparation Kit cover all essential knowledge areas in Big Data and are divided into nine sections or modules.

ABDE™ Exam Preparation

Examination Coverage Information

  • Foundational Data Science
    15% +
  • Data Processing Framework & Hadoop
    20% +
  • Big Data Analytics Basics
    6% +
  • R and Hadoop Applications
    12% +
  • Analytics in Machine Learning and Ai
    17% +
  • Streaming Data Storage
    5% +
  • Streaming Data Architectures
    5% +
  • Streaming & Batch Data Processing
    8% +
  • Enterprise Data Analytics Implementation
    12% +

Earning the ABDE™ - A Preview of the Certification Journey

There are six distinct stages of your ABDE™ certification journey. Here’s a quick tour of what these stages look like. You may Contact Us for more information.

The ABDE™ Certification Process

  • 01

    Stage 1: Choose the Right Registration Track

    Start by confirming you are fit for ABDE™ and choosing one of the three registration tracks that suit you best. You can Check here if the ABDE™ certification meets your career needs and also that you satisfy the minimum candidacy/ eligibility requirements prescribed for ABDE™. Before proceeding, please do check if you are eligible for any special candidacy relaxations under the the QualiFly™ program for ABDE™.

  • 02

    Stage 2: Create Your myDASCA Account

    Next, you must create your myDASCA account to start the application process and indicate in your application form if you are eligible for QualiFly™ program benefits. Once you have submitted the online ABDE™ application and paid the fee, you will receive an acknowledgment response email with instructions for the next steps in the ABDE™ registration process.

    Please do note, your ABDE™ application may be randomly picked for a detailed candidacy check and you may receive a notification for this separately. This is an internal DASCA quality management exercise and has nothing to do with your application. If this happens, then you will be requested to fill out a Candidacy Verification form and share proofs of the qualifications and work experience you may have mentioned in your ABDE™ application.

  • 03

    Stage 3: ABDE™ Registration Confirmation

    After ensuring that your ABDE™ application meets all the necessary requirements set forth by the DASCA Professional Certifications Board (DPCB) and you have paid the required fee, your registration for ABDE™ is deemed complete. You will receive a registration confirmation message once this process is complete. At this point, full access to your myDASCA account will be activated.

  • 04

    Stage 4: Shipment of ABDE™ Exam Prep Handbooks

    Within 24 hours of registration confirmation, instructions will be released to ship the DASCA exam-preparation kit containing the two big data engineering handbooks to the address you have registered with us. Standard delivery timeframe is 3-4 weeks. You must verify the shipping address mentioned on your myDASCA dashboard, and change it if you wish to within 24 hours of completing your fee payment.

  • 05

    Stage 5: Ready up & Register for Exam

    Once you are ready for the ABDE™ certification exam, you can register for it right from your dashboard. There is no big hurry, though. DASCA gives ABDE™ candidates a period of 180 days from the date of registration confirmation to pass the ABDE™ certification exam.

  • 06

    Stage 6: You Are Certified!

    Once you pass the ABDE™ certification exam, the award of the ABDE™ certification is approved for you. While the ABDE™ Digital Badge is released within 96 hours of the award approval, you can expect the physical ABDE™ credential kit (containing a printed ABDE™ certificate, DASCA Code of Ethics booklet, and the ABDE™ designation pin) to reach you within 3-4 weeks from the date of award.

The ABDE™ Credential Case

The ABDE™ Credential Case

Candidates who pass their ABDE™ exam receive an exclusive ABDE™ digital badge that can be instantly shared on social media and mentioned on your CV. Certified individuals also get their printed certificate and lapel pin shipped to them in a credential box.


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