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Senior Data Scientist

The SDS™ is the world’s most powerful credential for professionally accomplished big data analysts and experts who aspire to stamp their data leadership potential and showcase their knowledge of the bleeding edge in data science.

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From Analytics to Intelligence

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.

From Technology to Leadership

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.

Who does SDS™ Suit Best?

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.

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SDS™ Certification Program Fee

US$ 775.00
(All Inclusive)

Pre-registered applicants need not apply again. Their applications are lining up for necessary action. Please also anticipate a little delay in our responses owing to a sudden surge in the number of applications. Our apologies in advance for the inconvenience caused.
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.


*We honor military and war veterans with special fee.

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Key Highlights

  • High-quality Preparation Resources

    Candidates are provided high-quality exam-preparation resources for convenient and effective self-study.

  • Ample time to prepare and study

    Candidates are given 6 months for exam preparation with recommended self-study of 8-10 hrs/week.

  • Exclusive Digital Badge

    Candidates receive an exclusive Digital Badge to showcase and receive recognition for their achievements.

  • Globally Recognized

    The SDS™ is a globally recognized 3rd-party vendor-neutral and cross-platform qualification.

  • Digital Convenience

    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.

  • Online Exam

    All certification exams can be taken anywhere at any time and are digitally proctored.

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Program Pre–requisites

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.

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SDS™ Exam Preparation

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:

  • Print copy of The Data Science Handbook 1
  • Print copy of The Data Science Handbook 2
  • Practice tests for SDS™ exam on the myDASCA candidate dashboard
  • Exam preparation guide
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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.

The SDS™ Candidacy

The Four Registration Tracks

Choose one of the following tracks that suits your specific work, training and education background/ profile to conveniently register in SDS™:

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    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 Work Experience

    Minimum 5 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    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 Work Experience

    Minimum 4 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    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 Work Experience

    Minimum 4 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence

  • Minimum Qualification Required

    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 Work Experience

    Minimum 3 years of experience in Data Sciences/ Computing/ Business Analytics/ Business Intelligence

The SDS™ Digital Badge

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.

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Exam Preparation

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.

SDS™ Exam Preparation

Examination Coverage Information

  • Data Science Applications in Business
    15% +
  • The Functional Framework of Data Science
    18% +
  • Driving Business Through Big Data Analytics
    17% +
  • Building Pan-Organization Support
    15% +
  • Data Science Essentials for Data Scientists
    15% +
  • Big Data Analytics Essentials for Data Scientists
    10% +
  • Advanced Data Science for Data Scientists
    10% +

Earning the SDS™ - A Preview of the Certification Journey

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.

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    Stage 1: Choose the Right Registration Track

    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.

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    Stage 2: Create Your myDASCA Account

    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.

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    Stage 3: SDS™ Registration Confirmation

    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.

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    Stage 4: Shipment of SDS™ Exam Prep Handbooks

    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.

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    Stage 5: Ready up & Register for Exam

    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.

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    Stage 6: You Are Certified!

    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.

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The SDS™ Credential Case

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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