The PDS™ by the Data Science Council of America (DASCA) is only for Data Scientists who are truly accomplished and the renowned. Data Science has rapidly earned quite a reputation of having the best jobs of the 21st century for professionals hailing from a wide range of academic and work backgrounds, and PDS™ is a celebration of your having arrived in your career. As the world's most credible 3rd–party, vendor-neutral credential for eminent Big Data Architects and Data Scientists, the PDS™ is the ultimate stamp of professional class and leadership for them - most powerful validation and proof of their acumen, potential, and promise for giving Data Science and Big Data deployment a new direction.
Earning the PDS™
PDS™ is one big snob of a qualification to hanker for, if you're a gray head with 10+ years or more of accomplished experience in leading Big Data revolutions in large, complex environments, and a Graduate/ Master's degree in Business/ Technology/ Mathematics or any of the allied disciplines to boot. You'll be scanned for your contributions to pushing frontiers of Data Science led information management in the organizations you may have worked for, and the leaps of faith, profitability, and market share you've left behind as a legacy.
Like you can read in the Candidacy Tracks section, acceptance in PDS™ is stringently gated. Making an application doesn't at all imply selection or acceptance in PDS™. It's more manageable, however, if you are an alumnus of a DASCA-recognized university or institution, or you happen to work in a company that is a DASCA Corporate partner, or you hold the Senior Data Scientist (SDS™) credential of DASCA. In these cases, your odds of being accepted zoom into the zone of high certainty.Also, if you are already SDS™ certified (Track 3), you ride over the PDS™ Level I exams, and scamper up direct to the final PDS Level II assessment, in which you are required to make some writing submissions.
If, on the other hand, you apply via the open route (Track 4), your application first runs past an acceptance-check, and if you are finally selected, you study up and qualify the PDS™ Level I online exam to eventually reach the final PDS™ Level II stage.
It does look a little challenging earning the PDS™. But that's why the credential is what it is: a celebration of your arrival on the global Data Science firmament.