Last March, I blogged for PearsonITCertification.com about certifications related to big data and data analytics. In researching that specific patch on the certification landscape, I was able to uncover just over two dozen related credentials from organizations such as Cloudera (3), EMC, HP, IBM, Oracle (10), and SAS (8), among others. I plan to make a systematic search of this arena for Tom’s IT Pro in coming months, but was not at all surprised to get an e-mail from Information Management recently to notify me about another new credential in this fast-growing area. It’s from an organization known as INFORMS (the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) and it’s called Certified Analytics Professional (aka CAP).
While the cert is now announced, the first exams won’t be offered until early October (check cert page for “Upcoming 2013 Exam Dates” for more info).
To qualify to take the CAP exam, candidates must have a Bachelors (MA or MS) or a Master’s degree, and varying levels of work experience (7 years plus BA in unrelated field, 5 years with BA in a related field or an MA in an unrelated one, or 3 years plus an MA in a related field), along with employer verification of soft skills and “provision of business value”. See the application form for more specifics, and the candidate handbook for more details about the content and coverage of this IT certification (both documents are in PDF format).