Organizations are drowned in big data and mired in technology today. They desperately need data intellects and data leaders to help them turn data into a fuel for growth. SDS™ is the most coveted and widely respected evidence of a tech professional’s capabilities to drive organizational success through data and business intelligence.
Information is the resource most critical for organizational survival and growth in the Industry 4.0 era. Organizations increasingly require astute technology professionals who can rise above technology and impact the big picture. SDS™ powerfully proves your evidenced capabilities for designing, developing and driving an integrated data and business intelligence ecosystem.
Bright technology professionals with 4+ years of exposure to research and analytics can think of heading for data scientist roles in large organizations. SDS™ adds speed to your journey of becoming a data leader, a data architect and a business intelligence expert. SDS™ also paves way for PDS™, one of the top-most international qualifications for data scientists globally.Check Candidacy Tracks
The SDS™ 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 SDS™ 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 SDS™ certification exam, standard exam preparation resources (The Data Science Handbook 1, The Data Science Handbook 2), SDS™ 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 SDS™ 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.
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I'd like to strongly encourage anyone to take the opportunity of the SDS™ certification journey, there are no cons, only pros, and remember, never stop learning.
Candidates are provided high-quality exam-preparation resources for convenient and effective self-study.
Candidates are given 6 months for exam preparation with recommended self-study of 8-10 hrs/week.
Candidates receive an exclusive Digital Badge to showcase and receive recognition for their achievements.
The SDS™ is a globally recognized third-party vendor-neutral and cross-platform qualification.
SDS™ candidates can conveniently register for and schedule their SDS™ certification exam, and access policy resources and support on their personal and exclusive myDASCA digital dashboard.
All certification exams can be taken anywhere at any time and are digitally proctored.
SDS™ candidates must have a sound awareness and a rich, robust perspective of the 4IR technology trends and an evolved understanding of the intersections of data science with other streams of computer science, engineering, business and industry. They must have an accomplished exposure to architecting, establishing and managing data management infrastructure/ business intelligence systems in organizations.
The learning agenda, knowledge requirements, and rigor of the SDS™ program necessitate that SDS™ candidates demonstrate advanced knowledge of Statistical Analysis techniques and tools and analytics platforms such as SPSS/SAS, basic exposure to R, quantitative methods, fundamentals of object-oriented programming and RDBMS, and good exposure to working on popular/common analytics platforms. They must also have knowledge of advanced aspects of programming, including hands-on proficiency in the use of latest tools and techniques of object-oriented programming – such as C++ and Core JAVA, and a good functional understanding SQL and NoSQL.
SDS™ candidates must also be reasonably good hands at scripting languages like PERL or RUBY and have a good exposure to working in the Linux and Unix environments, besides being comfortable with handling databases and spreadsheets.APPLY
All SDS™ candidates are provided with resources to study from and prepare for their SDS™ 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 SDS™ candidates include:
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 SDS™ exam preparation, and the DASCA fee package covers the cost of digital access and LMS 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 SDS™ certification program, and they are NOT for sale in the open market or available in book stores anywhere in the world.
Choose one of the following tracks that suits your specific work, training and education background/ profile to conveniently register in SDS™:
Should have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Computer Application/ Information Systems or a related discipline.
Minimum 5 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence
Should have completed a Master's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Computer Application/ Information Systems or a related discipline.
Minimum 4 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence
Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Computer Application/ Information Systems or a related discipline from any of the DASCA recognized/ accredited Institutions.
Minimum 4 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence
Current & past students of Master's Degree programs in Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Computer Application/ Information Systems or a related discipline from any of the DASCA recognized/ accredited Institutions.
Minimum 3 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence
After successfully passing the SDS™ certification exam, you will receive a link to your SDS™ 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
The two handbooks on data science included in the official DASCA exam preparation kit are the recommended and essential readings for the online SDS™ certification examination. They have been developed around the DASCA Essential Knowledge Framework (DASCA-EKF™), to ensure an effective preparation for the SDS™ certification exam, and at the same time, help aspiring data scientists 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 SDS™ candidates on their myDASCA dashboard.
The content in the two official DASCA handbooks is grouped across 7 technical sections covering all prescribed SDS™ exam areas. This content aims to develop in learners a strong generic and cross-platform understanding of the concepts, tools, and technologies of handling storage, processing, management, and security infrastructure required in managing large volumes of streaming data.
There are six distinct stages of your SDS™ certification journey. Here’s a quick tour of what these stages look like. You may Contact Us for more information.
Start by confirming you are fit for SDS™ and choosing one of the four registration tracks that match your profile best. You can Check here if the SDS™ certification meets your career needs and also that you satisfy the minimum candidacy/ eligibility requirements prescribed for SDS™. Before proceeding, please do check if you are eligible for any special candidacy relaxations under the QualiFly™ program for SDS™ offered to alums of DASCA accredited/ recognized institutions.
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 SDS™ application and paid the fee, you will receive an acknowledgment response email with instructions for the next steps in the SDS™ registration process.
Please do note, your SDS™ 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 SDS™ application.
After ensuring that your SDS™ 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 SDS™ 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.
Within 24 hours of registration confirmation, instructions will be released to ship the DASCA exam-preparation kit containing the two Data Science 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.
Once you are ready for the SDS™ certification exam, you can register for it right from your dashboard. There is no big hurry, though. DASCA gives SDS™ candidates a period of 180 days from the date of registration confirmation to pass the SDS™ certification exam.
Once you pass the SDS™ certification exam, the award of the SDS™ certification is approved for you. While the SDS™ Digital Badge is released within 96 hours of the award approval, you can expect the physical SDS™ credential kit (containing a printed SDS™ certificate, DASCA Code of Ethics booklet, and the SDS™ designation pin) to reach you within 3-4 weeks from the date of award.
Candidates who pass their SDS™ exam receive an exclusive SDS™ 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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