Analytics students: Start your career on the road to success with aCAP certification
With an increasing number of industries relying on analytics to better understand and harness the power of their data, the need for talented analytics professionals is increasing rapidly. By next year alone, the United States will be facing a shortage of nearly 190,000 data scientists. At the same time, a growing number of universities across the country are launching or expanding their analytics programs, and more and more students are preparing to enter this growing field.
For emerging analytics professionals who lack the real-world experience necessary to distinguish themselves from their peers in an increasingly competitive job market, the Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP™) program serves employers as a trusted, independent verification of an individual’s analytics knowledge and abilities. In addition, as the first step towards the full Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) certification, it demonstrates an early dedication to staying abreast of current best practices through continued learning opportunities.
With more than 200 companies in 20 countries employing professionals with a CAP certification, the program is a world-renowned certification, recognized by organizations both large and small. Currently, 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies employ at least one analytics professional with a CAP certification.
Managed by INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, the CAP program was launched following a job task analysis conducted by a group of subject matter experts selected from around the world. Built upon seven unique analytics areas of practice, the program combines education, skill and experience with an analytics code of ethics and an in-depth exam that ensures anyone with a CAP certification represents the highest standards in the analytics field.
The aCAP certification serves as a bridge for young professionals who are transitioning from their university experience to successful employment opportunities, where they will accumulate the necessary experience for a full CAP. By adhering to most of the same rigorous requirements as the CAP certification (minus the additional years of related work experience and a demonstration of soft skills that comes with experience), potential employers are assured that anyone with the aCAP certification will be a valuable addition to their organization. For these young professionals, the requirements of the aCAP program will ensure continued growth and education on the most up-to-date best practices in the analytics field. Si
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie is Director of Analytical Consulting Services at the University of North Carolina Health Care System and past chair of the Analytics Certification Board overseeing the CAP and aCAP programs.