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SAS® Academy for Data Science

Don't just think like a data scientist. Be one.

SAS Academy for Data Science – Q&A

Q: What does a Data Scientist do?

You can find out more about what a Data Scientist does in this article 'What Is A Data Scientist?'

Q: Who is a good candidate for the academy?

Those with programming experience who want to develop the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to work as a data scientist.  For both levels, it is important to have some programming experience. Furthermore, level 2 is best suited for those with a strong background in applied mathematics.

Q: How many exams make up the SAS Certified Data Scientist Professional?

5 Exams. It is the combination of both the SAS Certified Big Data Professional and the SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional.

i.     SAS Certified Big Data Professional includes 2:

  • SAS Big Data Preparation, Statistics, and Visual Exploration Exam
  • SAS Big Data Programming and Loading Exam

ii.     SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional includes 3:

  • Predictive Modelling using Enterprise Miner 13 Exam
  • SAS Advanced Predictive Modelling Exam
  • SAS Text Analytics, Time Series, Experimentation, and Optimization Exam.

Q: What is the role of the coach?             

The Coach is there to help you succeed in the program. Sometimes that coach can be there to encourage and motivate you to keep going, or they can help you with, career advice, resume suggestions, how to communicate effectively and so on.

Q: Do we have to attend the Academy to take the exams?

No, you can take the exams without taking the Academy. If you pass the 5 exams you will be a SAS Certified Data Scientist. However, there is a great deal of new content within the Academy and we would encourage you to look carefully into what is covered in each exam, as they require a great deal of preparation.

Q: What is the class size for the academy?

The cohort size for the academy will typically be between 8-16 students.

Q: Is it possible to only take the necessary modules and get certified that way?

There is only one existing Certification that is included in the Academy right now, SAS Certified Predictive Modeller Using SAS Enterprise Miner. If you already for example hold that for version 7.1 or later that will carry forward into the Academy Credentials. Anything older would have to be re taken. The other 4 exams are new.

Q: What happens if I don’t pass an exam?

If you take the Academy the cost of all the exams are included, as well as 1 retake per exam.

Q: What is the validation time of a Certification?

Because these Certifications are versioned there is no expiry date on them.

Q: Is there an Academic discount offered?

Educators, students (part time or full time), and staff directly employed by or enrolled in a K-12 or degree-granting academic institution or school district are eligible for a 50% discount off the price of the Academy. Proof of affiliation is required (e.g. valid identification card, a letter from Human Resources on institution letterhead, or a copy of your transcript from the current semester). Promo Code: A50

Q: Do Partners qualify for a discount?

SAS Alliance partners are eligible for a 50% discount off the price of the Academy

Q: Is there an option for a Payment Plan?

Yes, please contact us at for more information.

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