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SBDA™ – The Overview

Big Data Analytics has emerged as one of the brightest Big Data career domains today for individuals with multiple academic and professional backgrounds. The SBDA™ by the Data Science Council of America (DASCA) is the world's most credible 3rd–party, vendor–neutral certification for professionals wanting to pace up their growth in Big Data analytics. You can trust the internationally accepted and recognized SBDA™ Credential to prove best, your proficiency, potential, and promise for managing the most challenging assignments in Big Data analytics.

Who does SBDA™ Suit Best

If you are working in Big Data space, or are a market research professional with at least an Undergraduate Degree in Business, Management, Marketing, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, or Applied Mathematics from an accredited institution, the SBDA™ undoubtedly might just be the most important credential to earn at this stage.

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SBDA™ Exam Fee: $ 575 USD

Program Pre–requisites

The learning scope, requirements, and rigor of the SBDA™ program necessitates that individuals intending to undergo the program have a prior, strong formal exposure and knowledge of the basic concepts in Statistics, and are hand-on with the tools and techniques of handling problems of calculating central tendencies; dispersions and averages; permutations and combinations; probability; creating graphs, charts, histograms, and scatter plots.

Indeed, SBDA™ aspirants should be also necessarily comfortable with handling databases and spreadsheets.

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Register Online. 24X7!

If you are looking at SBDA™ for accelerating your rise in your Big Data analytics career, DASCA is geared to make the job snappy and smooth for you. Just browse into the DASCA website www.dasca.org; jump to the SBDE™ segment; and find any of the Apply links anywhere on the page. You're just a few minutes away from starting off your SBDA™ journey now. And you can register for the world’s most credible Big Data analytics credential anytime, 24X7. Absolutely hassle-free! No, we don’t ask you any of those embarrassing personal questions or for needless document submissions. You simply fill out the registration-application form; schedule your SBDE™ exam at the Pearson website; and pay-up for it using your credit card – the process is seamless. Before you realize, you already have confirmation emails from us heralding the start of your momentous SBDA™ journey. In the meanwhile, your smart and meaty SBDA™ learning kit is already preparing to be on its way to you.

SBDA™ Examination Preparation

Individuals registered for both DASCA Big Data Engineer Certification programs are provided with the full Official DASCA Certification Preparation kit to help them study and prepare for their SBDA™ Certification examination. This kit is provided to all registrants at no extra costs across the world after DASCA has approved their candidacy for SBDA™, and their payments of the program registration fee is through. The Official DASCA Certification Preparation kit, produced and published by Wiley, consists of the following:

  • SBDA™ Book 1: Essentials of Big Data Analytics
  • SBDA™ Book 2: Advanced Big Data Analytics
  • SBDA™ Lab Handbook: Big Data Analytics Lab
  • Virtual E-Lab for practicing Big Data Analysts
  • Online Learning & Preparation Resources

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

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The Digitally Badged SBDA™

SBDA™ Certification, through its digital badge by CredBadge™, adds assessment to your profile, and brings you to the favorite list of employers globally hunting for Senior Analysts in Big Data forte! This digitally endowed certification is preeminent to showcase your expertise, latent, and potential to manage the most challenging assignments in Big Data analytics.

The Candidacy Tracks

Ways to Become an SBDA™

The following table summarizes the specifics of what it takes to become an SBDA™. There are FOUR convenient tracks covering Market Researchers and Business Analysts from diverse backgrounds and experience to earn an SBDA™!

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Social Sciences/ Related disciplines

    Minimum Work Experience
    Minimum 2 years of experience in working with data/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence/ Computing

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed Master's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Social Sciences/ Related disciplines

    Minimum Work Experience
    Minimum 1 year of experience in working with data/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence/ Computing

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Social Sciences/ Related disciplines from any of the DASCA-recognized Institutions

    Minimum Work Experience
    Minimum 1 year of experience in working with data/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence/ Computing

  • Minimum Qualification Required
    Current & Past Students of Master's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Social Sciences/ Related disciplines from any of the DASCA-recognized Institutions

    Minimum Work Experience
    Experience not Mandatory; basic proficiency in working with data/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence/ Computing

Getting the SBDA™ - A Preview of the Journey

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

  • 1CHECK -

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

  • 4VALIDATION +

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

  • 5SCHEDULING +

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

  • 7SBDA™ EXAM +

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

  • 8AWARD +

    If you qualify the SBDA™ exam and meet other conditions laid down by the DASCA Professional Certifications Board (DPCB), you are recommended for the award of the SBDA™ Credential and the SBDA™ 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 SBDA™ Certification Preparation Kit is designed as a study and preparation resource for the online ABDA™ Certification examination, the books, lab handbooks, and other learning aids included in the SBDA™ Certification Preparation Kit have been put together to help aspiring Big Data Analysts build longer–lasting sets of skills and a more penetrative Big Data perspective. The SBDA™ Certification Preparation Kit 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 designing, developing and applying analytics frameworks and utilities required for sharper information management and decision making.

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 Analysts, a liberal exposure to all important proprietary analytics platforms currently in vogue in the Big Data space, and concurrently, they can prepare themselves rightly for the ABDA™ Certification examinations, as well.

The contents of the SBDA™ Certification Preparation Kit straddle all essential knowledge areas – divided up into eight sections or modules.

EXAMINATION COVERAGE INFORMATION

Introduction to Big Data

7%
  • Getting Started with Big Data
  • Business Applications of Big Data
  • Technologies for Handling Big Data
  • Understanding the Hadoop Ecosystem
  • MapReduce Fundamentals
  • Overview of HortonWorks Distributions
  • Overview of GreenPlum Pivotal HD Distributions
  • Overview of IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Distributions
  • Overview of ZooKeeper
  • Overview of Cloudera Distributions
  • Oozie Overview
  • Spark & Scala

Big data tools concepts

7%
  • Understanding Sqoop
  • Understanding Flume
  • Understanding Pig
  • Understanding Hive

Analytics & R

20%
  • Understanding Analytics
  • Analytical Tools
  • Exploring R
  • Reading Data Sets into R, Exporting Data from R
  • Manipulating and Processing data in R

R in detail

30%
  • Using Functions and Packages in R
  • Descriptive Statistics in R
  • Analyzing Data using Functions, Loops, Data Frames
  • Hypothesis Testing in R
  • Graphical Analysis in R
  • Statistical Analysis on Massive Scale: RHadoop & Mahout

Advances Analytics using R

10%
  • Linear Regression in R
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Decision Trees

Big Data Solution Engineering

10%
  • Big Data Solution Engineering

Social Media, Mobile Analytics, and Visualization

8%
  • Data Exploration, Preparation Visualization, Analytics, & Tableau
  • Social Media Analytics & Text Mining
  • Mobile Analytics

Understanding Machine Learning

8%
  • Understanding Machine Learning Technology
  • Graphical Models and Bayesian Networks in R
  • Artificial Neural Networks

Credential Maintenance & Continuation

Renewal is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. You are required to renew your SBDA™ Credential every 5 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 SBDA™ 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.

Renewing your SBDA™ Credential

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

  • 1

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

  • 2

    Pay your SBDA™ renewal fee online.

  • 3

    Complete the prescribed online learning program & assessment.

  • 4

    Receive instant confirmation for credential renewal.

  • 5

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


SBDA™ Credential Renewal Policy – 2017

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

    The SBDA™ Credential is valid for 5 years. Credential-holders will be required to renew their SBDA™ Credential – as applicable or permissible – for continuation of their Credential beyond 5 years.

  • Standard Credential Renewal Duration +

    The SBDA™ Credential is renewable every 5 years, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, SBDAR-1).

  • Standard Credential Renewal Window +

    The SBDA™ 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, 2019 i.e. 5 years after the award of the credential. If the SBDA™ Credential is not renewed by the deadline, the DASCA 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 SBDA™ Credential can be renewed within maximum 60 days from the date it expires, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, SBDAR-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, the 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 online directory carrying Credential Information of individuals around the world will flash the term "Suspended (Reactivation due)" against the name of the individual whose DASCA 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, SPDAR-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 SBDA™ Credential will be cancelled. However, the credential-holder will get one final chance to appeal for its revival by writing an email to appeals@gdmi.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 SBDA™ 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, 2019, the renewed credential validity will start from April 1, 2019 irrespective of the actual date of renewal for the next 5 years and so on.

SBDA™ Renewal Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Renewal Categories Fees Deadline
SBDAR-1 Standard Renewal USD 200 Before the expiry of the credential validity
SBDAR-2 Renewal During The Convenience Period USD 250 Within maximum 60 days from the due date
SBDAR-3 Renewal/ Reactivation After Suspension USD 300 Within maximum 12 months from the date of suspension
SBDAR-4 Renewal/ Revival After Cancellation USD 350 Within 30 days from the date of cancellation

The SBDA™ Credential Case

Credential Case

The SBDA™ Credential guarded in a flabbergasting folder-box acts luring for the talented who are working hard to conquest the credential. This trendy case enhances an elfin more of fervor into the lives of the DASCA Certification applicants. In consort with the certificate, there is a metal badge in the form of lapel pin, to be exhibited on your shirts and coat pockets. An additional lifetime flagship is a booklet on DASCA Code of Ethics, which is gracefully positioned beside the former two constituents of the credential case.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE ALL NEW SBDA™

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

Register Now