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The Open Group Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS) certification has been developed out of a requirement of the IT sector to verify that Data Scientist professionals have the qualities and capabilities required to produce effective analysis of data for the overall improvement of the business.

The key skill and contribution Data Scientists bring to their organizations is the ability to integrate statistical, economic, and computer science techniques to address business problems.

Data Scientists develop statistical models: combinations of postulates, data, and inferences designed to solve a business problem using formal methods to guide and drive the development of solutions.

A Stepwise Path to Certification

Certification is awarded through experience-based profile assessment by recognized industry experts within their appropriate field, so no examination is required. Certification is broken down into three stages – to allow you to manage your certification at a pace that is most suitable to you and to allow you to show evidence for your expertise more quickly:

  • Step One - Obtain 4-5 Milestone Badges (four for Levels 1 & 3, five for Level 2). Candidates submit separate Milestone Application Forms, which are then evaluated independently. After earning all the required Milestone Badges, proceed to Step Two.
  • Step Two - Complete the Certification Applicatio to apply for certification.
  • Step Three - Attend a board review

Open Professions Stepwise Certification Path

Milestone Badge Requirements

The specific Milestone Badges required for each level of certification are defined below. Further information on these requirements may be found in Section 2.4 of the Configuration Document.

  Professional Communication Professional Development Experience Profile
Level 1 Yes Yes 2 Experience Profile Milestone Badges required
Level 2 Yes Yes 3 Experience Profile Milestone Badges required
Level 3 Not required Yes 3 Experience Profile Milestone Badges required


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