Data Science Certification


In this article, we will explore what a Data Science certification is, why it is important, and how you can go about getting certified in Data Science by Sanfoundry for free.

What is a Data Science certification?
A Data Science certification is a professional credential demonstrating an individual’s proficiency in Data Science. The certified professional has in-depth knowledge of topics such as:

  • identifying real world business problems and models with analytical solutions.
  • solution of the analytical problem with relevant mathematical model.
  • conversion of a real world decision making problem to hypothesis and apply suitable statistical testing.
  • design and implementation of simple applications involving analytics using Hadoop and MapReduce.
  • usage of open source frameworks for modeling and storing data.
  • performing data analytics and visualization using Python.
  • fundamentals of data science and various processes used.
  • knowledge of machine learning algorithms used in data sciences.
  • demonstrating the process of feature selection and analysis of data analysis algorithms.

Which certification is best to work in the field of Data Science?
Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various forms, both structured and unstructured. The best certification for you is the free certification offered by Sanfoundry. Other certification include the Certified Data Scientist (CDS), IBM Data Science Professional Certificate and Google’s Data Analytics Professional Certificate.

What type of job can I get with a Data Science certification?
The types of jobs available to those with a Data Science certification range from data analyst to data engineer to data scientist. You could even become a manager or leader in the field of Data Science. You can also work as a machine learning engineer and business analyst. As a certified Data Scientist, you will also find job opportunities in various industries such as finance, healthcare, and retail.

What topics are covered in the Data Science certification course exam?
Here’s the complete syllabus of the exam.

Data Science Certification Syllabus
Data Science Basics CLI and Git Workflow Big Data
Data Scientist Toolbox Data Analysis with Python Computational Tools
Pandas Data Structure Getting Data Reading from Web and APIs
Data Analysis and Research Graphics Devices Plotting Systems
Clustering Statistical Inference Regression Models
Common Distributions Likelihood Machine Learning
Prediction Motivation Cross Validation Predicting with Regression
Developing Data Products Working with NumPy googleVis

Sanfoundry Data Science Certification

Sanfoundry offers online certification in Data Science for free. The certification exam is divided into two parts: Qualifier Test and Certification Test.

First step is to take the "Qualifier Test". If you have scored at least a B grade in the "Qualifier Test", then only you would be eligible to take part in the online "Certification Test". If you have scored an A* (Genius) or A (Excellent) grade in the certification test, then you will be awarded a “Certificate of Merit” in Data Science from Sanfoundry.

Data Science Certification Exam Overview:

Here are the details and format of the Certification Exam:

  • Format: Online & Multiple Choice
  • Prerequisite: Yes (Qualifier Test)
  • Total Questions: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Fee: Free
Marking Scheme:
In the online certification test, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer. So, you have to be more careful in your test. If needed, you should skip to the next question and come back to that question later so that you can manage the time more effectively during the test.

Based on your score, you would be given one of the following Grades:

Grade A* – Genius (You scored 100%)
Grade A – Excellent (Your score is in the range of 80% to 99%)
Grade B – Good (Your score is in the range of 60% to 80%)
Grade C – Average (Your score is in the range of 40% to 60%)
Grade D – Poor (Your score is in the range of 0% to 40%)

Steps to get the Free Data Science Certificate

How to prepare for Data Science Certification Exam?
Before you start taking the certification test, it is important to study and practice our collection of 1000 Data Science MCQs and check your progress by taking this subject specific Practice & Mock Tests.

Once you are ready, follow the below mentioned steps:
  1. Sign up with Sanfoundry.
  2. Take this Data Science Qualifier Test.
  3. Score at least B Grade in the Qualifier test in order to be qualified to take the certification exam.
  4. Once you have qualified, you can take this Data Science Certification Test anytime (24×7).
  5. If you have scored either A* Grade (Genius) or A Grade (Excellent) in the test, then you are eligible for a "Certificate of Merit".
  6. Fill this feedback form and download your certificate of merit from here. Kindly note that we issue certificate-of-merit on a monthly basis only i.e., on 5th of the next month.
  7. Check your name in the list of top-rankers live here.
Note: If you face a technical problem during the test, you should take a screenshot of your Monitor and send it to [email protected] along with your contact number so we can call you back soon.

Data Science Certification FAQs

1. Is a certification required to work in Data Science? Will it get me a job?
A certification is not mandatory, but it demonstrates your expertise in this field. So the benefit of a certification is that it can help make the process easier by showing employers that you have the skills necessary for the given job.

2. Can I do Data Science certification if I am a beginner?
Yes, but you should prepare the subject thoroughly by studying all the chapters and topics.

3. Is the Data Science exam hard?
This subject is not difficult to learn, but it's not an easy subject either. If you've practiced Data Science in-depth, then the test might be a little easier for you.

4. How long does it take to earn a Data Science certification?
The amount of time it takes to earn the certification varies depending on individual circumstances and level of experience. It typically takes several months of studying and practice to prepare for the certification exam.

5. Can I earn a college credit for my Data Science course if I am certified?
It depends on your college. There are few colleges and institutions which prefer the students to be certified by external institutions for a credit course. So, kindly check with your college.

6. Can I get certified in Data Science online?
Yes, Sanfoundry offers free online certificate in Data Science.

7. Which online Data Science Certification Course is the best?
Each online certification course has a specific focus and it prepares you for different skillset. So, there is no single best course on Data Science. The best you can do is to get a free certificate on this from Sanfoundry. If you are doing a self-study, you can learn the basics in the free Data Science Certification Course.

8. Can I get Data Science certification for free? How much it cost?
Yes, you can get the certification for free. A Certificate by Sanfoundry is 100% free for everyone.

9. How long is Data Science certification valid? Does it expire?
The certificate is valid for life. There is no need to renew your certificate or take any further steps to keep your certification active.

10. Who is eligible to take the Data Science certification exam?
Anyone who has been "working" or "studying" the subject can take the certification exam.

11. What is the format of the certification exam?
It is MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) based.

12. Is there any negative marking in the online certification exam?
In the Certification exam, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be a negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer.

13. How many times can I take the certification exam?
You can attempt the certification exam 2 times a month.

14. Are there any resources or materials available to help me prepare for the Data Science Certification exam?
You should practice Sanfoundry Data Science MCQs. Additionally, you can refer to the collection of best Data Science Books.

15. Are there any prerequisites for Data Science certification?
Yes, there is one prerequisite. You have to complete the qualifier test before taking the certification test.

16. How do I get certified in Data Science?
Take the Sanfoundry test, get either an A* Grade (Genius) or an A Grade (Excellent) in the Data Science certification exam, and earn a free certificate of merit from us.

17. How do I register for the certification exam? How to get started?
Simply signup with Sanfoundry and take the test as mentioned here.

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