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Certification Programs

The International Society for Data Science and Analytics offers an independent and scientific certification program. A certificate is a proof that one has mastered a certain level of knowledge on data science and data analytics.

Types of Certificates

ISDSA offers one nonprofessional certification – Beginner Data Scientist, and three professional certifications – Data Scientist, Advanced Data Scientist, and Fellow Data Scientist.

Beginner Data Scientist

The Beginner Data Scientist certificate is issued to people who do not consider data science as a career but are interested in data science. A certificate can be issued to, such as middle school and high school students or anyone who goes through basic data science training. Those with such a certificate will show knowledge of data science but are not expected to conduct critical data tasks.

Data Scientist

A Data Scientist should master the essential data science skills to carry out daily data-related operations. Such skills can often be obtained through an undergraduate applied statistics program. A Data Scientist understands the data ethics, can conduct basic data management, e.g., using SPSS, Excel, Access or MySQL, and data manipulation such as transformation, data cleaning, and subsetting and merging data sets, can conduct basic data visualization, present data analysis results and written data analysis reports. A Data Scientist can also accurately apply basic statistical methods such as t-test, ANOVA, and regression and can carry out related analysis through statistical software. Data Scientists at this level account for 60% of the data science professions and can carry out the routine data tasks.

Advanced Data Scientist

In addition to mastering the skills of a Data Scientist, an Advanced Data Scientist distinguishes himself/herself with the knowledge in big data analysis and predictive and machine learning methods. The skills of an Advanced Data Scientist can often be obtained through a two-year data science master program. An Advanced Data Scientist is expected to independently implement a data strategy to deal with business challenges in the industry. Only about 30% of the data tasks require the skills of an Advanced Data Scientist.

Fellow Data Scientist

The title of a Fellow Data Scientist is reserved for 5% of the data scientists. It often requires skills that can typically be obtained through a Ph.D. program in statistics, computer sciences, or related areas. A Fellow Data Scientist often holds a data science director position in the data science industry.

A comparison of different types of certificates

Skills Data Scientist Advanced Fellow
Data ethics  
Data management
Data manipulation
Basic data visualization  
Basic statistical methods  
Basic programming  
Oral communication  
Data analysis reports  
Working with big data    
Predictive models    
Classification and regression tree    
Scientific writing    
Advanced programming skills using R and/or Python    
Text mining and natural language processing    
Computer vision    
Machine learning and deep learning    
Hadoop, Hive, Tensor flow    
GPU based programming    

How to Get Certificated?

ISDSA certifies data scientists in one of following ways: (1) One can get a certificate after successfully completing our data science training program offered by ISDSA Academy, (2) A data scientist can pass the ISDSA data scientist exams to get a certificate; (3) An ISDSA certification panel can evaluate the qualification of a data scientist and issue a certificate; and (4) One can get a certificate through ISDSA certified training programs.

Data Science Academy

ISDSA Academy offers a series of in-person and online courses that covers both basic and advanced data science topics. The courses are taught by the experts from both academia and industry. By successfully completing the course, one can get a certificate for beginner data scientist, data scientist, or advanced data scientist.

We are now offering the following training program through ISDSA Academy.

Data Scientist Exams

ISDSA offers data scientist exams to anyone who is interested in getting a data scientist certificate. The exam is designed by data science experts to best test the knowledge of data science and data analytics at different levels. The exam can be taken either on-site or virtually under supervision. The cost of the exams is listed below.

Data Scientist$599
Advanced Data Scientist$1,199

Panel Evaluation

For those who have been trained in a data science related program such as an undergraduate or graduate data science program, an online program, or other training programs, ISDSA can issue a certificate after evaluating the rigor of the program and the performance of the candidate. A candidate can submit the complete information about the program, the official training record, including the grades, projects completed, and so on, for an evaluation. At least one member of the ISDSA data science panel will provide a written document on the qualification of the candidate and ISDSA will issue a certificate if the candidate meets the standards set by the panel. The cost of the panel evaluation is listed below.

Data Scientist$299
Advanced Data Scientist$599
Fellow Data Scientist$999

Certified Training Programs

ISDSA also certifies training programs. A certified training program can issue a certificate to its trainees on behalf of ISDSA. To be certificated, a training program needs to submit its complete curriculum to ISDSA for evaluation. ISDSA evaluates a program based on the qualification of the instructors, design and implementation of courses, the performance of the trainees, and feedback of the trainees. A program needs to be evaluated every three years. Otherwise, it will lose its certified status. The cost of evaluating a program is listed below. If a program does not meet the standards to be certified, half of the cost will be refunded.

TypeInitial CostRenew
1–100 trainees each year\$4,999\$1,999
101–1,000 trainees each year\$9,999\$3,999
>1,000 trainees each year\$14,999\$5,999

For each certificate that a training program issues, the following fee (paid by the training program) is also charged:

1–100 trainees each year$20
101–1,000 trainees each year$10
>1,000 trainees each year$5


ISDSA maintains a database with all the certified data scientists. The database can be searched using a certificate number. For each certified data scientist, the following information is collected by ISDSA:

  • First name and last name
  • Year of birth
  • A headshot
  • Email address

Anyone can search the database. For a matched record, the following information will be displayed to the party of interest:

  • First name and last name
  • Certificate number
  • Type of certificate (Beginner Data Scientist, Data Scientist, Advanced Data Scientist, or Fellow Data Scientist)
  • Date of certification
  • An QR code

To get certified, please contact us at certificate@isdsa.org.

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