Professional Certifications

Professional credentials in data science are a signal to employers of your ability to operate at a high professional standard

Why get a professional certification in data science?

Employers increasingly look for data scientists with both academic backgrounds and industry recognised professional credentials that demonstrate practical, specialised industry knowledge. 
A recent study from Ellucian found that over 85% of employers will have expect employees to have credentials in addition to a degree qualification
Data science and analytics professionals with this powerful combination are prized for their ability to bring together scientific thinking and technical skills and knowledge, apply these to data to uncover hidden solutions business and social science problems across a wide range of sectors and industries.
Source: Ellucain Report 2019: Credentail clout: How higher ed
can prepare for an evolving job market

About the Certifications

Edison Framework

The Data Science Institute’s professional certifications are awarded on the basis of relevant prior academic achievements, professional experience and passing rigorous exams that test skills and knowledge applicable to professional practice in data science. 
Each of the Institute's professional exams are three hours long and consist of 180 multiple choice questions. The questions are based on the Edison European Data Science Framework’s Body of Knowledge (DS-BoK) and have been developed and approved by highly experienced senior data science academics and professionals.

About the exams

The exams cover areas including:
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Statistical Inference
  • Predictive Modelling
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Unsupervised Methods
  • Machine Learning 
  • Text Mining And Natural Language Processing
R and Python tracks
Candidates can choose either an R or Python track for their exam
Exam preparation portal with practice questions, exam specifications and extra study resources

Eligibility criteria for professional certifications

* Evidenced by curriculum vitae and/or employer references
** Holders of the Data Science Institute's Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Data Science with a merit score or higher are not required to take the certification exam.
*** You will need to submit copies of your degree certificate to the Data Science Institute