INFORMS First CAPs: Certified Analytics Professionals

CAP designation is earned through a combination of education, experience, confirmation of communication skills, and passing a rigorous examination. The passing rate for the first exam was 77%.

HANOVER, MD, April 22, 2013 - INFORMSThe Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading professional association in advanced analytics, announced the first analytics professionals to earn certification in the association's new Certified Analytics Professional (CAP™) program.

Certificants earn the CAP designation through a combination of education, experience, confirmation of their soft skills (in communication and presentation), and passing a rigorous examination.

The first formal administration of the examination took place on April 7, 2013 in San Antonio, TX prior to the 2013 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Those who passed were announced today. The initial group of certificants also includes those who developed the exam and those who validated it.

Before the first test was administered, the exam had been taken by pilot tester subject matter experts (SMEs) as well as other SMEs involved in setting the preliminary passing score. The passing rate of those who took this first exam is 77%; indicating that the exam is accessible but not necessarily easy.

For additional information about the INFORMS CAP program and taking the test go to or contact the association at 443-757-3500, 1-800-INFORMs,

Congratulations to Alan L. Austin of Provo, UT, the (alphabetically) first of 38 CAP recipient.

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