Advanced Analytics Certification

Become a SAS® Certified Advanced Analytics Professional

Expand your analytical skill set. Make yourself more marketable – and become a more-valued asset – by learning the latest advanced analytics techniques for solving critical business challenges across every domain.

The SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional program – offered by the SAS Academy for Data Science – will broaden your knowledge, deepen your analytics skills and expand your horizons.

SAS® Certified Advanced Analytics Professional

Format: Instructor-led classroom
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Cary, NC
Questions? Call 1-800-727-0025 to speak with a program adviser.

About the Advanced Analytics Certification Program

Is this program right for me?

The advanced analytics certification program is for those who want to deepen their advanced analytics knowledge and skills. A strong background in applied mathematics is needed. A master’s degree or higher in a quantitative or technical field is recommended, but not required.


To enroll in the advanced analytics certification program, you need at least six months of programming experience in SAS or another programming language, and at least six months of experience using mathematics and/or statistics in a business environment. We also recommend that you first complete the Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression or Logistic Regression course, which is available as an instructor-led or free online e-learning course.

What you will learn

In the advanced analytics certification program, you'll learn how to build and deploy models built in SAS and open source technologies, then deploy those models at scale using the flexible, robust SAS environment. The program focuses on these areas:

  • Machine learning and predictive modeling techniques.
  • Applying machine learning and predictive modeling techniques to distributed and in-memory big data sets.
  • Pattern detection.
  • Experimentation in business.
  • Optimization techniques.
  • Time series forecasting.
  • Essential communication skills.


The six-week advanced analytics certification program curriculum includes the following courses:

                      Applied Analytics Using SAS Enterprise Miner

                      This course covers the skills required to assemble analysis flow diagrams using SAS Enterprise Miner for both pattern discovery (segmentation, association and sequence analyses) and predictive modeling (decision trees, regression and neural network models).

                      Topics Covered

                      • Defining a SAS Enterprise Miner project and exploring data graphically.
                      • Modifying data for better analysis results.
                      • Building and understanding predictive models, including decision trees and regression models.
                      • Comparing and explaining complex models.
                      • Generating and using score code.
                      • Applying association and sequence discovery to transaction data.

                      Neural Network Modeling

                      This course helps you understand and apply two popular artificial neural network algorithms – multilayer perceptrons and radial basis functions. Both the theoretical and practical issues of fitting neural networks are covered.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Constructing multilayer perceptron and radial basis function neural networks.
                      • Constructing custom neural networks using the NEURAL procedure.
                      • Choosing an appropriate network architecture and determining the relevant training method.
                      • Avoiding overfitting neural networks.
                      • Performing autoregressive time series analysis using neural networks.
                      • Interpreting neural network models.

                      Communicating Technical Findings With a Nontechnical Audience

                      This course teaches you how to design and communicate effective presentations through self-assessment and discussions about presentation organization and the effective use of visual aids. You will receive an individual analysis of your behavioral style, including a description of your strengths and opportunities for improvement, as well as strategies for communicating with others.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Diagnosing and assessing different styles of human behavior.
                      • Communicating and coping more effectively with different types of people.
                      • Using your own strengths and knowledge of others to enhance communication.
                      • Delivering information in a concise and well-organized format.
                      • Creating a presentation, with the focus on communicating unfamiliar or technical information to a nontechnical audience.
                      • Designing presentation materials with clarity and purpose.

                      Predictive Modeling Using Logistic Regression

                      This course explores predictive modeling using SAS/STAT® software, with an emphasis on the LOGISTIC procedure.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Using logistic regression to model an individual's behavior as a function of known inputs.
                      • Selecting variables and interactions.
                      • Creating effect plots and odds ratio plots using ODS Statistical Graphics.
                      • Handling missing data values.
                      • Tackling multicollinearity in your predictors.
                      • Assessing model performance and comparing models.
                      • Recoding categorical variables based on the smooth weight of evidence.
                      • Using efficiency techniques for massive data sets.

                      Data Mining Techniques: Predictive Analytics on Big Data

                      This course introduces applications and techniques for assaying and modeling large data. It presents basic and advanced modeling strategies, such as group-by processing for linear models, random forests, generalized linear models and mixture distribution models. You will perform hands-on exploration and analyses using tools such as SAS Enterprise Miner, SAS Visual Statistics and SAS In-Memory Statistics.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Using applications designed for big data analyses.
                      • Exploring data efficiently.
                      • Reducing data dimensionality.
                      • Building predictive models using decision trees, regressions, generalized linear models, random forests and support vector machines.
                      • Building models that handle multiple targets.
                      • Assessing model performance.
                      • Implementing models and scoring new predictions.

                      Using SAS to Put Open Source Models Into Production

                      This course introduces the basics for integrating R programming and Python scripts into SAS and SAS Enterprise Miner. Topics are presented in the context of data mining, which includes data exploration, model prototyping, and supervised and unsupervised learning techniques.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Calling R packages in SAS.
                      • Leveraging Python scripts in SAS.
                      • Integrating open source data exploration techniques in SAS.
                      • Integrating open source models in SAS Enterprise Miner.
                      • Creating production (score) code for R models.

                      Text Analytics Using SAS Text Miner

                      In this course, you will learn to use SAS Text Miner to uncover underlying themes or concepts contained in large document collections, automatically group documents into topical clusters, classify documents into predefined categories, and integrate text data with structured data to enrich predictive modeling endeavors.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Converting documents stored in standard formats (Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, etc.) into general-purpose HTML or TXT formats.
                      • Reading documents from a variety of sources (web pages, flat files, data elements in a relational database, spreadsheet cells, etc.) into SAS tables.
                      • Processing textual data for text mining (e.g., correcting misspellings or recoding acronyms and abbreviations).
                      • Converting unstructured text-based character data into structured numeric data.
                      • Exploring words and phrases in a document collection.
                      • Querying document collections using keywords (i.e., identifying documents that include specific words or phrases).
                      • Identifying topics or concepts that appear in a document collection.
                      • Creating user-influenced topic tables from scratch or by modifying machine-generated topics, or creating concepts using domain knowledge.
                      • Using derived topic tables or pre-existing user-influenced topic tables (or both) to enhance information retrieval and document classification.
                      • Clustering documents into homogeneous subgroups.
                      • Classifying documents into predefined categories.

                      Time Series Modeling Essentials

                      In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of modeling time series data, with a focus on the applied use of the three main model types for analyzing univariate time series: exponential smoothing, autoregressive integrated moving average with exogenous variables (ARIMAX), and unobserved components (UCM).

                      Topics Covered

                      • Creating time series data.
                      • Accommodating trend, as well as seasonal and event-related variation, in time series models.
                      • Diagnosing, fitting and interpreting exponential smoothing, ARIMAX and UCM models.
                      • Identifying relative strengths and weaknesses of the three model types.

                      Experimentation in Data Science

                      This course explores the essentials of experimentation in data science, why experiments are central to any data science efforts, and how to design efficient and effective experiments.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Defining common terminology in designed experiments.
                      • Describing the benefits of multifactor experiments.
                      • Differentiating between the impact of a model and the impact of the action taken from that model.
                      • Fitting incremental response models to evaluate the unique contribution of a marketing message, action, intervention or process change on outcomes.

                      Optimization Concepts for Data Science

                      This course focuses on linear, nonlinear and efficiency optimization concepts. Participants will learn how to formulate optimization problems and how to make their formulations efficient by using index sets and arrays. Course demonstrations include examples of data envelopment analysis and portfolio optimization. The OPTMODEL procedure is used to solve optimization problems that reinforce concepts introduced in the course.

                      Topics Covered

                      • Identifying and formulating appropriate approaches to solving various linear and nonlinear optimization problems.
                      • Creating optimization models commonly used in industry.
                      • Formulating and solving a data envelopment analysis.
                      • Solving optimization problems using the OPTMODEL procedure in SAS.

                      In the advanced analytics certification program courses, you will learn to use the following SAS software:

                      • SAS® Enterprise Miner
                      • SAS/ETS®
                      • SAS® High-Performance Data Mining
                      • SAS® In-Memory Statistics (PROC IMSTAT)
                      • SAS® Studio
                      • SAS/OR®
                      • SAS/STAT®
                      • SAS® Text Miner
                      • SAS® Visual Statistics
                      • SAS tools for integrating with open source

                      Certification exams

                      The advanced analytics certification program includes three certification exams. To earn the SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional credential, you must pass all three exams:

                      Already have the skills covered in the advanced analytics certification program courses? If so, you may take the exams without completing the coursework. Get details – including test dates, locations and fees – using the links above.

                      *Note: Passing this exam earns you an additional certification credential – SAS Certified Predictive Modeler Using SAS Enterprise Miner 13.

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                      About SAS® Certification

                      The SAS Global Certification program launched in 1999 to validate the skills and knowledge of SAS users and partners. Participants can currently earn credentials in SAS Programming, Predictive Modeling, Administration, Data Management, Business Intelligence, Big Data, Advanced Analytics and Data Science. Since the program's inception, the number of SAS certifications awarded each year has seen double-digit growth. To date,  nearly 90,000 SAS credentials have been awarded to individuals in 77 countries.