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Credential Maintenance & Renewal

Renewal is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. You are required to renew your ABDA™ Credential every 3 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 ABDA™ 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 DASCA-DSBoK™ (DASCA’s Data Science Body of Knowledge) along with a small online assessment.

ABDA™ Credential-holders can either renew ABDA™ or upgrade to SBDA™. Check the section ABDA™ Credential Renewal Policy OR ‘ABDA™ Credential Upgrade to SBDA™’ below for details.

Renewing your ABDA™ Credential

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

  • 1

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

  • 2

    Pay your ABDA™ renewal fee online.

  • 3

    Complete the prescribed online learning program & assessment.

  • 4

    Receive instant confirmation for credential renewal.

  • 5

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

ABDA™ Credential Renewal Policy – 2019

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

    The ABDA™ Credential is valid for 3 years. Credential-holders will be required to renew their ABDA™ Credential – as applicable or permissible – for continuation of their Credential beyond 3 years.

  • Standard Credential Renewal Duration+

    The ABDA™ Credential is renewable every 3 years, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABDARU-1).

  • Standard Credential Renewal Window+

    The ABDA™ 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, 2017 i.e. 3 years after the award of the credential. If the ABDA™ Credential is not renewed by the deadline, the DASCA’s 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 ABDA™ Credential can be renewed within maximum 60 days from the date it expires, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABDARU-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, DASCA’s 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 DASCA online directory carrying Credential Information of individuals around the world will flash the term "Suspended (Reactivation due)" against the name of the individual whose 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, ABDARU-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 ABDA™ Credential will be cancelled. However, the credential-holder will get one final chance to appeal for its revival by writing an email to appeals@dasca.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 ABDA™ 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, 2017, the renewed credential validity will start from April 1, 2017 irrespective of the actual date of renewal for the next three years and so on.

ABDA™ Renewal Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Renewal Categories Fees Deadline
ABDARU-1 Standard Renewal USD 150 Before the expiry of the credential validity
ABDARU-2 Renewal During The Convenience Period USD 200 Within maximum 60 days from the due date
ABDARU-3 Renewal/ Reactivation After Suspension USD 250 Within maximum 12 months from the date of suspension
ABDARU-4 Renewal/ Revival After Cancellation USD 300 Within 30 days from the date of cancellation

ABDA™ Credential Upgrade to SBDA™

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Policy+

    An ABDA™ Credential can be upgraded* to SBDA™, subject to fulfilment of the candidacy norms by the credential-holder, and upon successful completion of the prescribed online SBDA™ fast-track learning program as per the latest DASCA-DSBoK™ along with a small online assessment.

    *After completion of 60 days of award of ABDA™. Please note that after upgrade to SBDA™, your ABDA™ Credential will expire. Refer to the fee schedule, ABDARU-5 for upgrade to SBDA™.

  • Standard Credential Upgrade Deadline+

    Before the expiry of the credential validity, e.g.; if the credential, was awarded on April 1, 2014, the Standard Upgrade Deadline will be March 31, 2017 i.e. 3 years after the award of the credential.

  • Credential Upgrade Convenience Period+

    All the eligible ABDA™ Credential-holders can upgrade to SBDA™, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, ABDARU-6), within maximum 60 days from the date of expiry of ABDA™ Credential. If upgrade formalities are not completed within this period, the upgrade to SBDA™ option will be withdrawn, in this case the ABDA™ Credential will expire.

  • Validity of an Upgraded Credential+

    The SBDA™ Credential’s validity will start 1 day after the expiry of the previously awarded credential i.e. ABDA™. e.g.; if the ABDA™ Credential is expiring on March 31, 2017, the SBDA™ credential validity will start from April 1, 2017 irrespective of the actual date of upgrade for the next 5 years and so on.

ABDA™ Upgrade Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Upgrade Categories Fees Deadline
ABDARU-5 Standard Upgrade to SBDA™ USD 250 Before the expiry of the validity of the ABDA™ Credential
ABDARU-6 Upgrade during the convenience period USD 350 Within maximum 60 days from the date of expiry
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