Certification – The Center of Applied Data Science

CADS Certification


CADS Certification is a leading symbol of talent, skills, and knowledge in data science.

Whether you are new to the field of data science or an experienced data scientist, CADS certifications are an avenue for you to have your skills and talents recognized by industries internationally. By choosing CADS, you can rest assured that our certification process corresponds to global industry benchmarks. CADS Certification furnishes a notable professional credential for any data professional, giving you a distinctive edge in this fast-growing and in-demand field.

CADS certification exams are based on the collective experience of our acclaimed in-house data science team. The questions represent years of experience and professional knowledge in the field. An impressive score is a surefire signal that you are well on your way to conquering the data science landscape.

Seize the opportunity and get CADS certified today!

Available Certifications

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Excel Analytics

Excel is everywhere and often used for quick descriptive and diagnostic analyses. This certification test covers the following topics: Pivot Tables, Dashboards, Analytical Functions, Distributions, and Statistical Relationships. If you know the ins and outs of using Excel for analytics, stand out from the crowd with a certification that will attract the right attention.

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SQL Essentials

SQl is just that; essential for working with relational databases. This certification covers written SQL statements/queries and Join statements. Put your SQL chops to the test and get your skills certified.

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Descriptive Statistics

Descriptive Statistics takes data in samples and evaluates data-driven decisions. This certification shows mastery of sampling, distributions, relational variables, and various graphical representations. Do keep in mind that the test is in R code. If you work from clear data-driven insights instead of assumptions, get certified.

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Machine Learning: Supervised

Machine Learning is the gateway to Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. If you know how to train a model with supervised learning algorithms and evaluate its performance, we say prove it! Own your niche and proudly shine a spotlight on your expertise.

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CADS Certification Process
  • Step 1 - Select Exam

    Select a certification that works for you.

  • Step 2 - Select Test Date

    Select a test date that works best for your schedule.
    All tests are available on Mondays to Fridays at 9.00 am (Malaysian Time).

  • Step 3 - Make Payment

    Once payment has been made, you will receive a receipt via email along with a confirmation email. You will also receive a reminder email 48 hours prior to your scheduled time.

  • Step 4 - Receive an Invite

    You will receive an invitation to your exam through TalentSpy on your selected date at 9.00 am (Malaysian Time).

  • Step 5 - Official Results

    CADS will send your official results to you between 9.00 am and 10.00 am (Malaysian Time) on the following business day.

  • Step 6 - Outcome

    Graduates will receive one of the three passing outcomes below:
    a. Bronze passing mark
    b. Silver mark, exemplary knowledge in the field
    c. Gold mark, expert level knowledge and skill in the field

    Those who did not achieve a passing mark will be officially informed in an email with details about areas to improve.

How long do I need to complete the exam?

You will receive an invitation to your exam through TalentSpy on your selected date at 9.00 am (Malaysian Time) and you will have 24 hours to complete the exam. Upon commencement of the exam, you will only have 50 minutes to complete the exam.

What is TalentSpy?

TalentSpy is a conceptual framework to help users explore the various data science roles and to uncover their own data science profile type.

Can I retake a certification exam?

Yes, you can, but you are only eligible to do so one (1) month after a previous attempt. However, you are welcome to sit for a different exam.

What happens if there is a technical failure during my examination period?
  1. Before taking the test, please run a browser compatibility check to ensure a smooth process. The certification exam will not work on a mobile browser.
  2. For your information, CADS will not be responsible for technical failures during the examination period, such as the lack of internet connectivity, electricity blackouts, etc.
  3. However, if there is a failure within TalentSpy, kindly contact certification@thecads.org where an alternative time can be scheduled for you. You should expect a response from our team between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm (Malaysian Time) on the following business day.
  4. We would like to highlight best practices for examination day includes taking the exam in a quiet place with a secure internet connection and after a good night’s rest.

Important note: TalentSpy is not configured for Internet Explorer. Test can be completed using the following browsers; Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Can I withdraw or reschedule my certification exam?
  1. However, requests for withdrawal will not be eligible for a refund if received less than 48 hours before the scheduled test time.
  2. Rescheduling must be requested at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled test date. Both or either request should be emailed to certification@thecads.org and a response should be expected between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm (Malaysian Time) on business days.
What do the certification exams cost?

The exams fees are from RM200 to RM300, depending on the module, as different modules test different data professional skills.

What format are the certification exams?
  1. CADS Certification exams are multiple choice and each question is selected from a large pool of exam questions created and vetted by our in-house team of data professionals and instructors.
  2. Incorrect answers are penalized -0.25 points. Please be aware if you are trying to understand your exam score.
How long is a CADS Certification valid for?

CADS Certifications are valid for three (3) years and are renewable. The fields of data science and data analytics are rapidly changing and our requirements for certification will too.