What is CAP®?
The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification is a trusted, independent verification of the critical technical expertise and related soft skills possessed by accomplished analytics and data science professionals, and valued by analytics-oriented organizations.
As a vendor- and technology-neutral certification, CAP is a testament to an analytics professional’s superior competency in the seven domains of analytics, providing a valuable platform for organizations to better identify, recruit, and retain top analytics talent, as well as for professionals to distinguish themselves in today’s highly competitive analytics workforce.
Why Become Certified?
Are you thinking about earning an analytics or data science certification but wondering if it’s worth it? While not all certifications are created equal, those seeking to showcase their professional competency or convey a sense of credibility and prestige should not underestimate the importance of getting certified.
Choosing a top certification or certificate program can lead to more job opportunities, higher pay, and greater job security. Why? Organizations recognize that obtaining certification requires you to go above and beyond. Certifications can also help you gain and develop skills that you wouldn’t otherwise learn on the job. And since hiring managers prize well-rounded, hardworking, and industrious candidates, earning your CAP is sure to help set you apart from the rest.
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Earning a professional certification can set you apart from the competition, enable you to derive personal satisfaction from accomplishing a key career goal, and help to improve your overall job performance by setting you on a course for continued professional development.
In the analytics space, Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) from INFORMS is the leading global professional certification for early- to mid-career professionals – designed to prove that you have the ability to turn data into insights.
If you want to open the door to new opportunities while avoiding the time and expense of pursuing higher education, CAP certification is a powerful option. Whether you work in machine learning or statistical modeling (or anything in between), CAP is a signifies that you’re ready to take the next step.
How Do You Become Certified?
Your journey to becoming a top data analytics professional and the most valued leader in any organization starts with your experience and qualifications. What defines the analytics skills needed to be a CAP? It’s not just the mastery of how to assess complex problems and apply advanced analytics solutions but also the business acumen needed to lead award-winning analytics and data science teams. Start today by creating your account and submitting your credentials. Once approved, you can think about how to prepare to take the CAP exam. Training materials include the CAP Handbook, Job Task Analysis (JTA), and the CAP Study Guide. Additional supplements and exam preparation are available in the INFORMS CAP Prep Online courses designed to help orient analytics professionals to the seven domains of analytics knowledge.
|Less than 3 years||Yes|
|3 years with MA/MS in related area||Yes|
|5 years with BA/BS in related area||Yes|
|7 years with any degree in unrelated analytics area||Yes|
|Confirmation of soft skills from employer||Yes|
|Pledge to adhere to ethics guidelines||Yes||Yes|
|Passing the exam||Yes||Yes|
3 years with MA/MS in related area OR
5 years with BA/BS in unrelated area OR
7 years with any degree in unrelated area
Pledge to adhere to Ethics Guidelines
Soft Skills confirmation
Steps to Becoming Certified
1. Apply to Take the Exam
2. Take the CAP Exam
Approved candidates can use their CAP account to schedule and pay for the CAP exam. Testing is available through the Kryterion website where candidates will be guided through the selection of an appropriate testing option.