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Welcome to the SAS Certification Community

by SAS Moderator on ‎03-28-2016 04:54 PM - edited on ‎03-29-2016 08:50 AM by Community Manager (1,079 Views)

Welcome to the SAS Certification Community created for SAS Certified Professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about how to become SAS Certified.  We're happy you're here and hope you'll find this community both collaborative and useful.  My BeckyGray.JPGname is Becky Gray and I'm your community manager.  I am an exam development project manager for SAS Global Certification so I’m passionate about helping people become SAS Certified.

 

The first step in building our community is getting to know one another.  Please introduce yourself to the group in the comments below (reply to this discussion) and include any of the following:

 

  • What SAS Certifications do you already hold?
  • Why are you interested in becoming SAS Certified?
  • Tell us how being SAS Certified has helped you in your career?

You may be familiar with the old saying, “There is strength in numbers.” Over 94,000 SAS certifications have been awarded to individuals in 112 countries. As we launch and build this new community, you can harness the knowledge and power of this large group of individuals who collectively share a wealth of knowledge about many different aspects of SAS products and solutions.

 

We want to spread the word about the SAS Certification Community. Please share this link with your colleagues and encourage them to join this community so they can learn more about SAS Certification as well as share their knowledge with others about how to become SAS Certified.

Comments
by Moderator
on ‎03-29-2016 01:13 AM

Hi Beverly,

 

I have 4 SAS Certifications (technically 5 if you include the Base Certification which precedes the Advanced Certification):

  • SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified Platform Administrator for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified Data Integration Developer for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified BI Content Developer for SAS 9

 

I should get around to some of the VA Certifications..

 

SAS Certification was my gateway into presenting at SAS Global Forum, when I presented a Certification paper at San Francisco in 2013: "SAS Certification: Understand the Benefits of SAS Certification, Which SAS Certifications Are Avail...

 

As I indicated in my paper, what I found surprising was how those with many years of (un-certified) experience looked on the certification process as a "short-cut" to bypass experience. What I've tried to impress is that SAS Certification is simply yet another method of validating one's SAS capabilities - along with experience, publication, references, etc - with the one major factor being that SAS Certification is the one method which is objectively (and externally) measured.

 

 A quick question: I found your post in the "SAS Communities Library" group. Is there a separate group/community solely for Certification?

 

Regards,

Andrew.

by Trusted Advisor
on ‎03-29-2016 01:30 AM

@AndrewHowell, there is a specific community as per the link @beccagre shared above http://communities.sas.com/certification

 

I've been told, this is the soft launch with the Certification community being added in the "Find a Community" menu in the "Learn SAS" category next week.

 

Kind Regards,

Michelle

by Moderator
on ‎03-29-2016 01:34 AM

Thanks for the correction @MichelleHomes - my glance at the URL thought it was a link to the support.sas.com/certify site.. [Mea culpa..]

by Trusted Advisor
‎03-29-2016 02:26 AM - edited ‎03-30-2016 07:05 PM

Hi Becky,

 

Great to see a dedicated Certification community for SAS users and thanks for your introduction. I look forward to the collaboration, discussions and learning more about the programs.

 

Personally, I got certified for self-assessment and fun. :smileyhappy: I have the following SAS certifications (https://www.youracclaim.com/user/michellehomes)

 

  • SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9: Regression and Modeling
  • SAS Certified Visual Analytics Technical Specialist for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified Visual Business Analyst: Exploration and Design Using SAS Visual Analytics

 

SAS Certification has helped me gain a deeper understanding of the topic area which assists in working with SAS customers and as an instructor for SAS Education classes in Australia.

 

Kind Regards,

Michelle

by Moderator
on ‎03-29-2016 09:21 PM

Hi Becky,

 

Will the Certification Community be listed in the "Find a Community" menu soon?

 

Regards,

Andrew.

by Community Manager
‎03-29-2016 10:24 PM - edited ‎03-30-2016 08:29 AM

Hi @AndrewHowell: Monday, April 4 is when the SAS Certification Community will appear in the menu! I appreciate the comments from you and @MichelleHomes about your certifications. You're both quite accomplished! I look forward to the wisdom you'll share on that board.

by Moderator
on ‎03-29-2016 11:38 PM

@ANorthup & @SJSlaughter also presented an excellent Certification paper at last year's #SASGF in Dallas.

Paper 2620-2015: SAS Certification as a Tool for Professional Development

by Contributor RedPlanet
on ‎03-30-2016 11:39 AM
I will add an introduction to the group later. I was one of the first ones
to get certified in Base and Advanced SAS programming. My certifications
date from 2004, since I got certified in an earlier version of SAS.

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by Community Manager
on ‎03-30-2016 11:47 AM

 Welcome, @RedPlanet! I appreciate all your activity in our communities. Look forward to getting to know you better in here.

by SAS Moderator
on ‎03-30-2016 02:03 PM
Welcome to the Certification Community @RedPlanet<>. I look forward to seeing your posts.


by Occasional Contributor d8hayes
on ‎04-08-2016 12:09 AM
7 SAS Certifications so far including VA, 2 Grid, Base, Deployment, Migration, and Platform Administration.
All good.
Huge impact on my career and careers of my children.
by Community Manager
on ‎04-08-2016 08:15 AM

 Hi @d8hayes, you've been in the communities for a while! We appreciate your activity in here and look forward to all the wisdom you're willing to share about certification.

by SAS Moderator
on ‎04-08-2016 08:53 AM

Hi @d8hayes, thank you for sharing how many SAS credentials you've earned!   That is wonderful.  We look forward to seeing your future posts. 

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