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19 big data certifications that will pay off

Thor Olavsrud | Oct. 26, 2017
Data scientists, data analysts and data engineers are in high demand. Here are the certifications that will give your career an edge.

The Analytics: Optimizing Big Data Certificate is an undergraduate-level program intended for business, marketing and operations managers, data analyst and professionals, financial industry professionals, and small business owners. The program brings together statistics, analysis, and written and oral communications skills. It introduces students to the tools needed to analyze large datasets, covering topics including importing data into an analytics software package, exploratory graphical and data analysis, building analytics models, finding the best model to explore correlation among variables and more.

Organization: University of Delaware

Price: $2,895 course fee

How to prepare: A basic background in statistics and some prior college coursework is recommended.

Certificate in Engineering Excellence Big Data Analytics and Optimization (CPEE)

Offered in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, India, the Certificate in Engineering Excellence Big Data Analytics and Optimization is an intensive 18-week program that consists of 10 courses (lectures and labs) for students of all aspects of analytics, including working with big data using Hadoop. It focuses on R and Hadoop skills, as well as statistical modeling, data analytics, machine learning, text mining and optimization. Students are evaluated on a real-world capstone project and a series of quizzes.

Organization: International School of Engineering (INSOFE)

Price:₹3000 (INR) application fee and a program fee of ₹3,25,000 + 15 percent service tax.

How to prepare: INSOFE admits students based on performance on its entrance exam and prior academic background and work experience.

Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences

The Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences is a non-degree program intended to develop facility with foundational data science skills. The program consists of four courses: Algorithms for Data Science (CS/IEOR), Probability & Statistics (STATS), Machine Learning for Data Science (CS), and Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization (STATS).

Organization: Columbia University

Price: $1,858 per credit (a minimum of 12 credits, including the four courses, are required to complete the program). In addition, there is an $85 non-refundable application fee for the on-campus program and $150 for the online program. The online program also includes an additional non-refundable technology fee of $395 per course.

How to prepare: An undergraduate degree and prior quantitative and introductory to computer programming coursework are required.

Certified Analytics Professional

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) credential is a general analytics certification that certifies end-to-end understanding of the analytics process, from framing business and analytic problems to acquiring data, methodology, model building, deployment and model lifecycle management. It requires completion of the CAP exam and adherence to the CAP Code of Ethics.

Organization: INFORMS

Price: $495 if you are an INFORMS member, or $695 if you're not. Team pricing is available for organizations. 

 

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