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 5+ 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
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The fee may change without notice, and does not include the Training Fee charged by training companies or universities or institutions who offer exam-preparation training for DASCA certification exams. 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. It does not govern or mandate or control the training fee/program fee charged for any of the certification programs by any training company or education provider.
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), digital badge, SDS™ credential kit, and shipping of material. Digital access and hosting cost of 3rd party optional study resources is also included in the SDS™ fee package wherever applicable.
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I had really learned a lot from your SDS™ certification. The books and online resources are very good and covered almost all the important topics. The price of the SDS™ Certification is also fine compared to others. The service from the support team is quick and very comfortable, this is definitely top of the market. The journey of the SDS™ certification is very satisfying and I will definitely recommend it to my colleagues.Longfei Lu
Senior Data Scientist
One of the key benefits I realised soon after I started my SDS™ journey was its well-balanced curriculum. It covered both advanced Data Science concepts as well as the practical concerns from the business point of view. Study materials were well structured and developed by the leading experts in Data Science. Additionally, the online resources covered sufficient lab sessions and implementation knowledge. I was impressed with the structure of the exam as it covers a broader area in Data Science and tests both the fundamental concepts and its applications. Even though I've done several professional certifications previously, I realised DASCA exam was specifically targeted to build the skills and knowledge required for a professional Data Scientist. I am glad that I was able to join the DASCA network and got an opportunity to showcase my competency as a senior Data Scientist. I encourage all the professionals who are planning to get qualified in Data Science, to start their learning with DASCA credentials. It will give you a global recognition and the skills and knowledge to thrive in your Data Science career.Thisara Watawana,
Director- Boffin Institute of Data Science SDS™
The DASCA SDS™ program offers an extensive curriculum that covers all important aspects of the Data Science field, compared to other programs that focus primarily on machine learning and programming. Following the DASCA SDS™ program expanded my knowledge on how to better serve my clients on their journey to become a data driven enterprise. The topics that are taught in the program can directly be applied in real life, which makes the program valuable for every Data Scientist.Steven Jongerden,
Senior Data Scientist
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 3rd-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 3rd 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
A digital version of the SDS™ certification (SDS™ digital badge) is issued within 96 hours of your passing the SDS™ certification exam and completing other prescribed requirements, Your SDS™ digital badge is uploaded on the CredBadge™ portal and is verifiable online by anybody having a link.Apply for SDS™
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 exam preparation 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.
Framework of data science use-cases for business; organizational strategy and data analytics; information, intelligence and visualization approaches of data scientists; “by" analysis; score development; monetization and metamorphosis exercises.
The framework of data science functions and tools; interconnection of business intelligence, big data analytics and data science; the Data Lake; applications of analytics in organizational decision-making and strategy implementation
The big data business mandate; Big data business model maturity index; preparing the big data strategy document; the importance of the user experience; catalyzing business performance and outcomes through business intelligence
Developing cross-departmental buy-ins to analytics-led functioning; envisioning data science impacts on organizational performance; leading development of enterprise-wide data analytics ecosystem
The Data science roadmap; programming languages; visualization and simple metrics; machine learning fundamentals; machine learning classification; technical communication and documentation
Unsupervised learning: clustering and dimensionality reduction; regression fundamentals; Data Encoding and File Formats; High-volume streaming data storage; real-time streaming data architectures; stream and batch data processing; software engineering best practices; Natural Language Processing; Time Series Analysis; fundamentals of Statistics, Linear Algebra and Probability
Performance and computer memory; computer memory and data structures; maximum likelihood estimation and optimization; advanced classifiers; stochastic modelling
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 your 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.
Once your SDS™ application is accepted and you have completed your fee payment, your registration in SDS™ is deemed complete and a registration confirmation message is sent to you. At this point, the full access to your myDASCA account too would be activated.
Within 72 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 72 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 and meet the other requirements prescribed by the DASCA Professional Certifications Board (DPCB), 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 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.
Reflecting on the decades of experience of Senior Data Scientists and industry best practices, this guide brings to you:
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