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Credential Maintenance & Renewal

Renewal is mandatory to keep your certification live and current. You are required to renew your SDS™ 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, wherein you simply have to click the links mentioned in these communications, or log into your DASCA account and register for SDS™ renewal. In order to receive email reminders from DASCA, 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’s Data Science Body of Knowledge (DASCA-DSBoK™).

Renewing your SDS™ Credential

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

  • 1

    Register for the SDS™ renewal program by logging into myDASCA account.

  • 2

    Pay your SDS™ renewal fee online.

  • 3

    Complete the DASCA prescribed learning program online followed by a small assessment.

  • 4

    Receive SDS™ credential renewal confirmation immediately from DASCA.

  • 5

    Get your renewed SDS™credential certificate & a new digital badge.

SDS™ Credential Renewal Policy – 2019

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

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

  • Standard Credential Renewal Duration+

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

  • Standard Credential Renewal Deadline+

    1 day 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 SDS™ 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 90 days, against the name of the credential-holder whose DASCA credential awaits renewal.

  • Credential Renewal Convenience Period+

    An SDS™ credential can be renewed within maximum 60 days from the date it expires, by paying the prescribed fee (Refer to the fee schedule, SDSR-2). If Renewal formalities are not completed within this 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 DASCA system automatically puts the Credential into the temporary Freeze or Suspension Mode, and the credential-holder is required to apply for Re–activation of the Credential within maximum 12 months from the date of Suspension.
    For a duration of 12 months beyond this freeze/ suspension date, the official DASCA online directory carrying Credential Information of individuals around the world will flash the term "Suspended" 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, SDSR-3). If individuals fail to reactivate their suspended credentials, DASCA system will cancel the credentials in question. Cancelled credentials can however be Revived.

  • Credential Cancellation & Revival+

    If not re–activated within the stipulated maximum 12 months from the date of suspension, the SDS™ credential will be withdrawn. However, the credential-holder will get one final chance to appeal for its revival by writing to us. 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 a fresh applicant.

  • Validity of a Renewed Credential+

    The renewed SDS™ 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.

SDS™ Renewal Fee Schedule

Schedule Code Renewal Categories Fees Deadline
SDSR-1 Standard Renewal USD 300 1 day before the expiry of the credential validity
SDSR-2 Renewal During The Convenience Period USD 350 within maximum 60 days from the due date
SDSR-3 Renewal After Suspension USD 400 within maximum 12 months from the date of Suspension.
SDSR-4 Renewal After Cancellation USD 450 within 30 days of the date of cancellation

SDS™ Credential Upgrade to PDS™

Senior Data Scientist (SDS™) credential holders (VER 11-4.4) with Master’s Degrees (at least 10 years of experience) or Doctoral qualification at least 8 years of experience) in the technology space) can upgrade to PDS™ with exemption from the PDS™ Level I exam, and move directly to submissions-based assessment Level II.

Upgrade Requirements

Active Senior Data Scientist (SDS™) credential holders who have completed a Master's Degree in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Engineering/ Applied Sciences/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Data Sciences/ Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence/ Predictive Analytics/ Prescriptive Analytics/ Data Visualization/ Data Warehousing/ Enterprise Data Management/ Business Process Modeling or related disciplines

Professional Requirements

Active Senior Data Scientist (SDS™) credential holders who have worked minimum for 10 years in the technology space with at least 5 years in Data Engineering/ Data Analytics/ Data Products development/ Big Data Architecting/ Business Analytics Application Development/ Business Intelligence Solution Design/ Data Science applications in AI or IoT. The work requirements for Ph.D or Doctoral qualification is 8 years on the aggregate and at least 2 years in Data Science or linked spaces.

To upgrade to PDS™ please pre-register as a Track 3 applicant for PDS™ .

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