The SDS™ certification needs to be mandatorily renewed every five years to continue the qualification and designation, and keep them current. SDS™ can also be upgraded to PDS™ in accordance to the PDS™ candidacy norms applicable at the time of upgrade. DASCA sends reminder emails for renewal or upgrade and you can log into myDASCA dashboard and register for SDS™ renewal or for upgrade to PDS™.
Please note that no additional training or exam is mandated for renewal of SDS™. Certificants require to submit on their myDASCA dashboard, a declaration of their professional development and learning efforts every five years to maintain their SDS™ credential. In certain cases, certificants may also be asked to submit documentary proofs to support the declaration they make at the time of renewal or upgrade. For upgrading to PDS™, the requirements only include submitting statements on career progress, achievements and contributions made.
The decision on SDS™ renewal is usually communicated within 3-5 business days. The updated SDS™ digital badge is issued within 2-3 business days of approval of renewal and the new SDS™ credential certificate is shipped within 2 to 3 weeks.
|Renewal Code||Renewal Categories||Renewal Timelines||Renewal Fee|
|SDSRU-1||Standard Renewal||Latest within 5 years after the first award or the last renewal of the SDS™ credential||STANDARD RENEWAL Fee applicable before the expiry of the credential validity of 5 years is USD 350|
|SDSRU-2||Renewal during the Convenience Period||Convenience period extends to a maximum of 90 days from the due renewal date. Missing Renewal within the Convenience period leads to deactivation of the SDS™ credential||CONVENIENCE PERIOD RENEWAL fee to be paid for Renewal of SDS™ credential within the Convenience period is USD 400|
|SDSRU-3||Renewal/ Reactivation After Deactivation||Within maximum 12 months from the date of deactivation of the SDS™ credential. Missing Renewal within the Reactivation window leads to suspension of the SDS™ credential||CREDENTIAL REACTIVATION fee to be paid for Reactivation of a deactivated SDS™ credential is USD 450|
|SDSRU-4||Renewal/ Revival After Suspension||Within maximum 60 days from the date of suspension of the SDS™ credential. Missing Renewal within the Revival window leads to a summary cancellation and permanent expiry of the SDS™ credential||CREDENTIAL REVIVAL fee to be paid for Revival/ Renewal of a suspended SDS™ credential is USD 500|
Note: The renewed credential validity is five years from the date of renewal.
SDS™ certificants meeting PDS™ candidacy norms can upgrade to PDS™ any time 12 months after the date of award of their SDS™ credential. Many SDS™ certificants also prefer upgrading* to PDS™ instead of merely going for an SDS™ renewal when the 5-year validity of their SDS™ credential is expiring. Though upgrading to PDS™ does not require passing any exam, you are expected to declare your demonstrated commitment and efforts toward continuously enhancing and enriching your professional skills, knowledge and competence. DASCA sends reminder emails to eligible SDS™ certificants for upgrading from SDS™ to PDS™, or you can log into myDASCA dashboard and register for SDS™ upgrade to PDS™ after verifying your candidacy. Once your upgrade payment goes through, you are registered in PDS™, and now you can go and complete the three required PDS™ submissions on your myDASCA dashboard.
|Knowledge Requirements||Practice/ Experience Requirements|
|Active Senior Data Scientist (SDS™) credential holders (for at least months) who have completed a Master's Degree in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Data Sciences/ Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence/ Predictive Analytics/ Prescriptive Analytics/ Data Visualization/ Data Warehousing/ Enterprise Data Management/ Business Process Modeling or related disciplines||Active Senior Data Scientist (SDS™) credential holders (for at least months) who have worked minimum for 10 years in the technology space with at least 5 years in Data Engineering/ Data Analytics/ Data Products development/ Big Data Architecting/ Business Analytics Application Development/ Business Intelligence Solution Design/ Data Science applications in AI or IoT. The work requirements for Ph.D or Doctoral qualification is 8 years on the aggregate and at least 2 years in Data Science or linked spaces.|
The decision on SDS™ upgrade is usually communicated within 2-3 business days. The PDS™ digital badge is issued within 2-3 business days of approval of upgrade and the PDS™ credential certificate is shipped within 2 to 3 weeks.
|Upgrade Code||Upgrade* Categories||Upgrade Timeline||Upgrade Fee|
|SDSRU-5||Advance Upgrade to PDS™ of an active SDS™ credential||Advance Upgrade can be done any time 12 months after the award of the SDS™ credential, and at least 1 year before the scheduled expiry of the 5-year validity of the credential.||Fee applicable for Advance upgrade to PDS™ is USD 750|
|SDSRU-6||Priority Upgrade to PDS™ of an active SDS™ credential||Priority Upgrade can be done during the 5th year of an active SDS™ credential at least 2 calendar months before the scheduled expiry of its 5-year validity.||Fee applicable for Priority upgrade to PDS™ is USD 850|
|Upgrade requests not covered under the above categories will be decided upon their individual merits.|
Note: The upgraded PDS™ credential validity is five years from the date of upgrade.
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