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To Do SAS Certifications for Data Scientists

Discussion in 'Programs for working professionals' started by Royaluni, May 19, 2015.

  1. Royaluni

    Royaluni Administrator

    If you too have been wondering about all the fuss around data science or big data, then you are not alone. Harvard has termed Big data/data science as “Sexiest job of the century”. As per Linkedin’s survery for 2014, statistical analysis and data mining came at the top in the list of “The 25 hottest skills of 2014 on Linkedin”.

    Don’t get confused with statistical analysis and data mining, it is part of data science or so called big data.

    If you are looking to start your career, then it is one of the best field to venture into and if you are working professional, then it is one of the best option for switching into.
    Data science has captured the imagination of world and due to lack of trained data science professionals, there is huge potential for you.

    In this post, I am going to talk about SAS certification which is one of the biggest players in the data science field. SAS is a software company which creates SAS tools which are used for data science or statistical analysis and data mining across globe.

    There is huge demand for these professionals.
    SAS offer variety of certifications for these tools, list of SAS certification for data scientist and SAS developer;

    SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9
    This certification is primarily geared towards programmers with no to little exposure in SAS programming. SAS certified base programmers are able to;
    · import and export raw data files
    · manipulate and transform data
    · combine SAS data sets
    · create basic detail and summary reports using SAS procedures
    · identify and correct data, syntax and programming logic errors.
    Exam Details
    · 60-65 multiple-choice and short-answer questions (must achieve score of 70% correct to pass)
    · 110 minutes to complete exam
    · Use exam ID A00-211; required when registering with Pearson VUE.
    · This exam is based on SAS 9.4
    Fee- $180 for North American and Indian Applicants
    Registration at www.pearsonvue.com/sas
    Visit SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 Credential for more details

    SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9
    This is the next level for SAS Base programmers where they will learn about following skills along with above mentioned skills;
    using advanced DATA step programming statements and efficiency techniques to solve complex problems
    writing and interpreting SAS SQL code
    creating and using the SAS MACRO facility.
    Exam Details and Requirements
    Candidates who earn this credential will have taken and earned passing scores of the following two exams: 1) SAS Base Programming for SAS 9 exam, and 2) SAS Advanced Programming for SAS 9 exam. This exam is administered by SAS and Pearson VUE.
    60-65 multiple-choice and short-answer questions (must achieve score of 65% correct to pass)
    2 hours to complete exam
    Use exam ID A00-212; required when registering with Pearson VUE.
    This exam is based on SAS 9.4
    Fee- $180 for North American and Indian Applicants, , for other visit their website for details.


    SAS Certified Clinical Trials Programmer Using SAS 9

    SAS tools are widely used in clinical trials by pharmaceutical industry. It’s better to have some experience in clinical trial fields before you try your hand with it. Skills acquired by it are;
    Successful candidates should have experience in
    clinical trials process
    accessing, managing, and transforming clinical trials data
    statistical procedures and macro programming
    reporting clinical trials results
    validating clinical trial data reporting.
    There are two methods available to earn this credential:
    pass the Clinical Trials Programming Using SAS 9 exam
    or if you currently hold the SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential:
    pass the Clinical Trials Programming Using SAS 9 – Accelerated Version exam
    Fee- $180 for North American and Indian Applicants, for other visit their website for details. Link provided below.
    SAS Certified Predictive Modeler Using SAS Enterprise Miner 7
    This ceritication is primarily designed for those who are into predictive modelling using SAS enterprise miner7. If you are not using this tool, you can go through the details and see if it is relevant for you. Basically if you are already into predictive modelling using other tools and techniques, it can still help you .
    It will help you in acquiring following skills;
    prepare data
    build predictive models
    assess models
    score new data sets
    implement models.
    Exam Details;
    · 61 multiple-choice questions (must achieve score of 70% correct to pass)
    · 3 hours to complete exam
    · Candidates will use SAS Enterprise Miner to perform this exam
    · Exam offered exclusively at SAS training centers

    Fee- $250 in USA, contact local office or Pearson to get local pricing
    Other details remain same
    SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9: Regression and Modeling Credential
    This course is optimum for most of the professionals who are looking to enter data science fields. This course is designed for professionals using SAS9 but it is more about regression analysis and modelling. You will have to learn statistical analysis and data science principals to earn this certification along with SAS 9, topics included are;
    · analysis of variance
    · linear and logistic regression
    · preparing inputs for predictive models
    · Measuring model performance.

    Exam Details;
    · 60 scored multiple-choice and short-answer questions (must achieve score of 68% correct to pass)
    · In addition to the 60 scored items, there may be up to 5 unscored items.
    · 2 hours to complete exam
    · Use exam ID A00-240; required when registering with Pearson VUE.

    Fee- $180 for North American and Indian Applicants, for other visit their website for details. Link provided below.
    SAS also offer other relevant certifications about data science field like;

    SAS Certified BI Content Developer for SAS 9
    SAS Certified Visual Business Analyst: Exploration and Design Using SAS Visual Analytics
    SAS Certified Data Integration Developer for SAS 9
    SAS Certified Platform Administrator for SAS 9
     

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