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Which classes are good for beginners? How long does it take to learn? We'll answer all your questions on getting started with SAS.
Why should I learn SAS?
Learning SAS can help you advance in your current position – or take your career in an entirely new direction. You’ll gain one of the top skills that employers are looking for and increase your marketability in the tech industry. Earning SAS credentials means you’ll likely have plenty of jobs to choose from; consider that Justtechjobs.com recently listed 7,000 SAS jobs – and Indeed.com listed 15,000.
How do I get started learning SAS?
We recommend you start with SAS Programming 1: Essentials or Statistics 1, depending on your path; they’re main entry points and often prerequisites to other SAS courses. If you use R, go with SAS Programming for R Users; the e-learning versions are free. You can find more resources with the SAS Starter Kit, where you’ll find everything you need to know – from creating a profile to finding free resources – to become a SAS user.
How long does it take to learn SAS?
You might be surprised by how quickly you can learn SAS. The entry-level SAS Programming 1: Essentials course is only two days long, while the Statistics 1 course is three days long (both are available as free e-learning courses). You’ll need to factor in some practice time, and you may want to supplement your learning with free video tutorials or books for novice users – but overall it’s a fairly quick process.
How do I get access to software to help me learn SAS?
We provide free learning software to the academic community so students, educators, researchers and independent learners can access SAS.
Confused about what to take or how to choose your next course? Let us help you find the answers you need to get started.
Which course should I take next?
Our learning paths provide guidance on which courses to take – and in what order – to meet your career goals. You could also take our self-assessments, which help you determine which courses best suit your skill set. If you’re still undecided, contact us to speak with a curriculum consultant or to chat with an advisor online for additional recommendations.
Can I see a complete course list by delivery format?
View the Courses A-Z list and sort by title, training format or level.
Where do I find an overview of course dates and locations?
On this website you find all information you need about dates, locations and formats.
Where do I find the terms and conditions?
Please find the terms and conditions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland right here.
Have you decided to attend a course? Great! Here you will find all the information you need about the location, timetable, course notes etc.
How do I find SAS Education?
You can download directions to the SAS training facilities from the "How to find us" page of our website.
Where can I stay during a SAS training?
Our lists of hotel recommendations close to our training facilities can be found on the "How to find us" page.
When does my course begin and end?
Our courses start at 9:30 a.m. on the first day and at 13:00 p.m. on the following days. The end is always at 17:00. Courses with a duration of 1.5 days or 2.5 days start on the first day at 13:00 hrs. On the following days there are also the course times from 9:00 to 17:00.
What is the maximum number of participants allowed in a training course?
The number of participants is limited to 12 persons in order to make the course and the communication of the contents as efficient as possible.
Do I need to bring my own device or computer to class?
Usually computers are provided in SAS training facilities. If there is an exception, you will be informed.
Will printed course notes be provided?
The pdf of the course notes will be made available to you during the course. You can provide it with your comments and it can be sent to you electronically at the end of the course.
Will I receive a confirmation of participation?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance as a pdf file at the end of the course.
Find details on discounts, group savings and more with this complete list of answers to your pricing questions.
Where can I find details on discounts and offers?
SAS offers training discounts for individuals, groups, SAS partners, students.
If I purchase five training classes within a training path, can I get a price break?
Please contact Education Customer Service to discuss options.
Is there a difference in cost between in-classroom training and e-learning?
Yes, typically e-learning is cheaper because it doesn’t require a live instructor to travel to a training center. Classroom and live web courses provide an instructor to guide your learning and answer questions in a focused period of time.
Do you offer group training discounts?
Yes, you can save 10% when you register for a course with two colleagues. We also offer a SAS Training Points program with up to 20% off that can be applied to all your team’s training needs. Visit our discounts page for details.
Classroom, live web, video tutorials – the list goes on when it comes to the different types of courses you can take. Learn the differences here.
What is the difference between classroom training, e-learning and live web?
Classroom training is taught in a SAS training center with an instructor. Live web is taught remotely by a live instructor who’s connected to students via the web and phone. Connected live web courses offer a blend of both in that remote students are connected to a live classroom course at a SAS training center. e-Learning is self-paced digital training where students access courses online and study on their own. View our learning formats page for more details.
What is a live web connected class?
In a connected live web class, remote students are connected to a live class at a SAS training center. The instructor interacts with all the students for a seamless experience.
What are the system requirements for a live web or e-learning course?
View the live web system requirements and e-learning system requirements for details.
How do I contact Live Web Technical Support?
You can dial 800-727-0025, select option 4, then option 3. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer any free e-learning courses?
Yes, we offer several free e-learning courses. Visit the e-Learning page to view the list at the top of the page.
If I take an e-learning course, will I have opportunities to ask questions of an instructor directly?
An e-learning course enables you to learn at your own pace with the benefit of eliminating travel costs and time away from the office. It does not include the opportunity to ask questions or interact with a live instructor, although you can submit questions via a help option in the course or contact us and someone will get back with you.
How do I activate and access my e-learning course?
Read the SAS e-Learning activation instructions for details. If you need to troubleshoot an issue, start by reading the general e-learning system requirements. If you do not see the information you need, please email email@example.com.
Can I book a private or on-site course for my group?
Yes, you can schedule a private training session for your team at your location, ours, or via private live web. The course content can be customized, and you can also add a day or two of individual mentoring to ensure your team is good to go. Contact us for a price quote.
SAS offers special discounts and programs for those in academia, so it stands to reason there are questions around the specifics. Check out our answers below.
Do you offer software and training options for the academic community?
Yes. We offer free software, free training and discounts for educators and students. View our academic programs page for details. The SAS Analytics U Community also includes helpful resources.
How can I apply my student discount?
View the academic discounts for students and professors and find details on how to apply them.
Is there a discount on the certification fee for university students?
Yes. View the certification academic discount for details.
From starting up to getting the most value out of your purchase, we'll help you navigate one of our most popular discount programs.
How can the Training Points be tracked?
The person who has ordered will receive a confirmation e-mail with information about the purchased Training Points. Besides this he gets access to an online report where he can check the current status whenever he needs it.
We recommend to subscribe to the SAS Education Newsletter – a free, monthly e-newsletter – to stay up-to-date on SAS Training offerings.
When do my SAS Training Points expire, and can I extend the expiration date?
SAS Training Points expire in 12 to 18 months, depending on the amount you purchased. Please check with your Education Account Representative if you are unsure of your account's expiration date. GSA accounts do not expire.
Expiration dates cannot be extended; however, there are several ways to ensure you do not lose your points:
How do I create a plan before beginning?
Your Education Account Representative can work with you to assess your needs and create a training plan. Your rep will:
Can I schedule courses globally?
The program you signed up for is for Germany, Austria and Switzerland only, but we can make exceptions if the other country agrees that payment may be made with your SAS Training Points. Please be aware that pricing for training varies greatly outside the DACH-Region, and there is no guarantee of receiving a discount. Contact your Education Account Representative to assist you with this request.
How do I know how many points I have left?
The person who has ordered the Training Points gets access to an online report where he can check the current status whenever he needs it. You also can contact your Education Account Representative and ask for the report.
Whom do I contact to schedule a private training course or private live web class?
Contact your Education Account Representative to coordinate and schedule these methods of training.
Can I use my points for a class that will occur beyond my point expiration date?
No. All training must be completed before the expiration date. Please contact your Education Account Representative as soon as possible if you think you may encounter a problem with using all your points before the expiration date.
Can I get a report on the employees who have taken training and the amount of SAS Training Points used?
No. GDPR does not permit personal data to be given to a third party. If you have questions please contact you Education Account Representative.
Get your questions answered for every course under the SAS Academy for Data Science, including Big Data, Advanced Analytics and Data Science.
Can I upload my own data into the Amazon AWS or copy and paste my own code into the SAS editor on the Amazon image?
No, you cannot upload your own data into the Amazon server; we have provided the data for every class. You also cannot paste code from outside of the AWS image into the AWS image.
Do I have to do all the classes on Amazon, or can I do some of the classes on my own machine?
You might opt to do Statistics 1 and PMLR (there might be other classes) on your own computer at work. However, most of the courses for the SAS Academy for Data Science program use software that requires a special image for the advanced software, such as Enterprise Miner and Visual Analytics. It would be better for you to use Amazon for your SAS Academy work.
How do the reservations on Amazon work?
There are two ways to make your reservation for an image on Amazon.
What if I make a reservation for three hours, but only use one hour? How many hours total do I lose?
If you work for all three hours of a reservation and your time runs out, the image will be saved and the reservation will end. The next time you make a reservation, you can return to this saved image or start with a new image. There are two options on the reservation window to help you deal with the image. When you are notified that it's ready, you will see a window with some additional cancellation choices.
So what does cancelling have to do with the amount of time you have left? To get time back, you need to cancel the reservation explicitly. Both of the above cancel options will give you back any unused time. Book for three hours, use one hour. Cancelling gives you back two hours. However, if you make a reservation and then do not explicitly cancel the reservation (or terminate the reservation), the whole reservation time will be deducted. So if something happens after you make a reservation and you are not able to use the image, you should quickly log on to the VLE to cancel the reservation and get your time back.
What should I do if I'm working with the Visual Analytics class and can’t find the data or the LASR server?
There are instructions in Chapter 1 of the Visual Analytics course that provide instructions for how to start the LASR server. Once you follow the instructions, you will see data for the exercise. Unfortunately, when Amazon builds the image, it cannot start the LASR server on the image.
What if I have a question about something in the class?
Your first resource is the SAS Communities for the SAS Academy for Data Science. We have SAS employees and users from around the globe monitoring questions there. Of course, if you have a serious technical support issue (such as a system crash with a fatal error or a problem with the Amazon reservation), you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I access SAS software for my program?
Access to SAS software is included with self-paced e-learning program formats. Students can purchase additional lab time if needed.
Are practice exams available?
Yes, students in the self-paced program can purchase practice exams from Pearson Vue.
How long will it take to complete my program?
For the SAS Academy for Data Science - Big Data program and SAS Academy for Data Science - Advanced Analytics program, you can complete them in six months if you dedicate 8-10 hours per week. The Data Science credential will take 12 months.
What are the system requirements for participating in the self-paced programs?
View the e-Learning system requirements.
What the pass rate is for previous Academy attendees?
Due to privacy issues, we do not publish pass rates.
What exams do I need to pass the SAS Certified Big Data Professional credential?
You must pass both certification exams to earn the SAS Certified Big Data Professional credential. Please note that the self-paced program format requires you to purchase the certification exams separately. The two certification exams are:
If you already have these skills, you can take the exams without completing the coursework. Get details, including test dates, locations and fees, using the links above.
What’s included with the self-paced e-learning SAS Academy for Data Science - Big Data program annual license?
The program includes 150 e-learning hours and 100 Virtual Lab hours:
The self-paced e-learning program requires you to purchase certification exams and practice exams separately.
License duration for the program: 365 days
What exams do I need to pass to receive the SAS Academy for Data Science - Advanced Analytics credential?
You must pass all three certification exams to earn the SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional credential. The self-paced program format requires you to purchase the certification exams separately. The three certification exams are:
Already have these skills? You can take the exams without completing the coursework. Get details – including test dates, locations and fees – using the exam links above.
What’s included with the self-paced SAS Academy for Data Science - Advanced Analytics program annual license?
SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional self-paced e-learning program includes 144 e-Learning hours + 100 Virtual Lab hours:
License duration for the program: 365 days.
What exams do I need to pass to receive the SAS Academy for Data Science - Data Science credential?
You must pass all five certification exams to earn the SAS Certified Data Scientist credential. Please note that the self-paced program format requires you to purchase the certification exams separately. The five certification exams are:
Already have these skills? You can take the exams without completing the coursework. Get details – including test dates, locations and fees – using the exam links above.
What’s included with the SAS Certified Data Scientist self-paced e-learning program annual license?
The self-paced e-learning program includes:
The self-paced program format requires you to purchase certification exams and practice exams separately.
One of the benefits of earning a SAS certification is showing off your accomplishments. Find answers to your digital badging questions.
What is a badge?
A badge is a digital representation of your achievement with SAS that you can post online to various social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. It contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn the badge, and it enables you to share you achievements online. Badges provide concrete evidence of your SAS skills.
What is Acclaim? Is there a fee for using it?
Acclaim, part of Credly, provides a global platform to recognize skills and achievements in professional learning. Acclaim works with credible organizations to provide digital badges to individuals. There's no fee to manage, share or verify your badge.
Every badge and profile in Acclaim has a unique URL that can be shared from the platform to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter via email, embedded in a website, or on a resume. You can also add your badge to an email signature.
How will I know if I have earned a badge?
Digital badges are awarded to students attending instructor-led courses with start dates after March 1, 2018. Global e-learning students will also receive badges for courses purchased after March 1st. After completing your course, you will receive an email notification from email@example.com with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account for managing, sharing and verifying your badge. If you are taking an e-learning course, you will receive a prompt in your learning environment before receiving the email.
How can I keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?
While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Acclaim platform. The link to verified data makes the badge reliable and secure. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your badge and associated identity.
Can my Acclaim profile include badges that have been issued to me from other platforms or companies? Can I export those badges to other badge-storing platforms or companies?
Acclaim does not support uploading of badges issued by other platforms or companies, and you cannot export the badges. The current open badge infrastructure standards do not allow for real-time verification of our badges outside of the Acclaim platform, which is a main priority for ensuring verification. Acclaim is working with the open badge community for future solutions.
Whom should I contact if I encounter a problem?
If you have issues with your badge (e.g., you don't receive a badge or you delete a badge invitation and need to have it reissued), contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions on navigating the Acclaim platform, visit support.youracclaim.com.
How do I share my badge?
Please follow these instructions, based on how you want to share your badge:
Facebook and Twitter
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