SAS Certification

5月 122020

You’ve chosen the right class, added-to-cart, and hit submit.

You’re committed – now what?

Once you book a class with us, no matter the format, you can expect an email confirming your request within 24 hours. For instructor-led training courses, a reminder email is sent 3-5 days before the course is set to begin providing access to the course notes and instructions on what will happen the first day. SAS Live Web course instructions include tasks to perform to ensure your system is set up properly. If you’re taking in-person, classroom training, you can expect an email with guidelines for the specific training center location with the address and travel or parking tips.

For e-Learners, you can start right away! Your confirmation email will give you a link to your personal My Training page where you’ll log in to access your training – anytime, anywhere.

Depending on the course level, you may be asked if you’ve met all the prerequisites. Maybe you’ll even take a training assessment. We’re always available to answer your questions and want you to be 100% satisfied with your course, so reach out and we’ll be sure you’re in the correct class.

The time has come – class is starting.

First day jitters? Nah, we’ve got you covered. The reminder email you’ll receive has all the tools you need to get started. So, relax and just show up! SAS instructors are some of the best teachers in the business – and you can be assured they know their stuff. You’ll learn tips and tricks, even when they’re reviewing familiar content!

Live Web classes are as interactive as traditional classroom training. With our state-of-the-art technology, you’ll interact with the instructor and classmates throughout the course and have access to a virtual lab with the software and data. As you noticed when you registered, the class layout varies – sometimes you have full-day training and sometimes the class is split into half-day sessions over a longer time period. Always check the times to be sure you log in to the right time zone.

One of the greatest things about SAS instructors is their diversity – we really love to encourage uniqueness, so our classes vary a bit. Each instructor has their own way of breaking down the course, and much of it will depend on you, the students who make up the class. So, be ready to speak up and share what you know, what you don’t, and what you want to accomplish.

What remains the same across the board is the fact that you’ll undoubtedly walk away with several ah-ha moments. Expect lectures interspersed with mathematical details on the algorithms used in the demos. You’ll have quizzes and exercises that take it to the next level. Don’t worry, there’s always room for Q&A, and the instructors make themselves available 30 minutes before and after class to answer questions. And, we’re all human, so expect some breaks. Full-day classes will also have a lunch hour.

As you approach the end of your training, reflect on and realize the accomplishments you’ve achieved – including all the new SAS skills you have to show off!

Success! You finished the course.

But that doesn’t mean the fun ends!

That’s right, you’ve only scratched the surface – to really solidify your skills, you must use what you learned. Most classes have Extended Learning Pages, which you’ll get access to in your Thank you email after class. As you practice your newfound knowledge you may have questions. While you probably have someone at work who can assist, most instructors encourage students to email them when questions arise.

If you were part of an onsite course or just have a group of people working on similar tasks, it might be a good idea to schedule a mentoring session with an instructor. While this is not free, it’s invaluable to see SAS in action using your own data.

There are plenty of other great resources available free of charge, right at your fingertips.

  • SAS Communities is a great place to go for discussion boards – search for a topic or start your own thread.
  • Subscribe to the SAS Users YouTube channel. There are tons of amazing videos done by our subject matter experts and some renowned guests. New content is released every other Monday.
  • Find your path – with so many amazing instructors, we’re bound to have lots to offer. Check out all our learning paths and pick what’s right for you.

So, track your progress, earn Learn Badges and prepare for a globally recognized SAS Certification. Then, see where it leads.

What to expect when you take SAS training: Before, during and after was published on SAS Users.

11月 252019

The SAS Global Certification Program started in 1999 and has issued over 150,000 credentials to SAS users. Today, the program offers 23 different credentials across seven categories. According to, “SAS Certification gives recognition of competency, shows commitment to the profession, and helps with job advancement.”

The SAS Global Certification Program and SAS Documentation have partnered together to work on SAS® Certified Specialist Prep Guide: Base Programming Using SAS® 9.4 and SAS® Certified Professional Prep Guide: Advanced Programming Using SAS® 9.4. This partnership has improved the prep guides and offers additional assets to support their use.

Changes to the Prep Guides

We have implemented changes to the certification guide based on the changes to the exam. We have taken the opportunity to make numerous general improvements to the certification guides. Both prep guides have been streamlined, shortened (significantly), and include more easy-to-use examples. For example, through reorganization and removing redundant topics, we have shortened SAS® Certified Professional Prep Guide: Advanced Programming Using SAS® 9.4 by more than 400 pages (428 pages to be exact).

Other changes to the prep guides include:

  • streamlining the examples and making them easier to read
  • aligning the quiz questions so that they are more like what the user will see on the exam
  • developing a workbook to provide hands-on practice for the programming portion of the exam

Tip Sheets

In 2018, I attended my first SAS Global Forum and I spoke with professors who use the certification guides in their class. They expressed interest in having a downloadable document with syntax that students can use for quick reference. Based on this feedback, I worked with SAS Training to develop tip sheets that summarize key concepts and syntax covered in the certification guides.

You can download the tip sheets from each guide’s book page. The tip sheets are expected to be incorporated into the extended learning pages for the related classes offered through Training.

We also made changes to how you can download sample data.

Sample Data Changes

In the past, we received feedback that the sample data that users were trying to download and import into SAS was generating errors. This was happening because of the copy and paste functionality that we had before. Due to some changes internal to SAS, we decided to streamline the process of downloading sample data.

We wanted to make the sample data easy to access.

The sample data now is “environment agnostic” and can run on any SAS environment. These changes are particularly helpful to customers who use SAS University Edition, SAS Studio, and SAS On-Demand. Incorporating these changes required modification to virtually all the previous examples in both prep guides.

The sample data now lives on the sas-cert-prep-data repository, which is on the SAS Software page in the GitHub repository. The repository is organized by the name of each prep guide. This enables our users to provide feedback by simply creating an issue on GitHub. The GitHub repository itself contains a lot of additional resources such as other SAS Press books, links to SAS documentation, Base SAS Glossary, and the SAS User YouTube channel with How-To videos.

With all of these changes and more, we hope that you find the new prep guides easier to use on the path to becoming SAS Certified.

Are you a SAS certified professional? was published on SAS Users.

2月 132019

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4月 242018

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4月 052018

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2月 092018

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2月 072018

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2月 022018

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1月 242018

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10月 182017

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