# SAS Adds Certifications for Big Data and Data Science

SAS has been in the business of analytics and data science for long time, this new offering comes at an opportune time as big data technologies are requiring new skills and demand for analytical talent is at an all-time high.

I don’t typically write about SAS products or services, but when I heard about the new SAS Academy for Data Science, I wanted to help spread the word. Given that SAS has been in the business of analytics and data science for almost 40 years, this new offering comes at an opportune time as big data technologies are requiring new skills and demand for analytical talent is at an all-time high.

### SAS Academy Overview

The SAS Academy for Data Science offers two immersive programs: SAS Certified Big Data Professional (Level 1) and SAS Certified Data Scientist (Level 2). Each bootcamp program is 6 weeks long, and takes place in a collaborative classroom setting, combined with hands-on learning and case studies. The training focuses on SAS, Hadoop, and related open source technologies.

The SAS Academy will open its doors for both programs in New York City in January 2016. It will then head out to San Francisco in June 2016. The cost for both programs is $16,000, or $9,000 each.

### The SAS Big Data Professional Certification

This Level 1 program prepares you for the certification exams and develops your skills in the following areas:

- SAS programming
- Data manipulation
- Data quality
- Statistics and analytics
- Hadoop, Hive and SAS
- Data visualization

The program includes two exams, and you must pass both exams to earn the SAS Certified Big Data Professional credential. If you already have the skills taught in this program, you’re welcome to take the exams without completing the courseware.

### The SAS Data Scientist Certification

After completing the Level 1 big data certification program, you can deepen your knowledge and become a SAS Certified Data Scientist. This Level 2 data science program focuses on the following areas:

- Machine learning
- Predictive modeling
- Pattern detection
- Optimization techniques
- Time series forecasting
- Communication skills

This program also includes three certification exams, and you must pass all three exams to earn the SAS Certified Data Scientist credential. As with the Level 1 big data program, if you already have the skills taught in this program, you are welcome to take the exams without completing the courseware.

### Find Out More

If you’re ready to up your data science game, then please check out SAS’ new data science programs:

Don’t just think like a data scientist. Be one.

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