Becoming SAS Certified is no easy task. Don't you have the fondest memories of studying for the SAT or GRE? Late nights poring over practice exams, running through vocabulary flashcards with study partners, and attending prep courses. What I remember most was the absolute rush of relief upon finishing these kinds of tests. Woo hoo—done! While similar in some aspects, obtaining the coveted SAS Certification is a whole different ballgame, and one I can only relate to on the most basic of late-night-studying, exam-taking, hoping-for-a-huge-score levels.
Enter our first feature here at Open Mic we affectionately call PROC CERTIFY;. Two of my colleagues have agreed (yes, willingly) to blog and Twitter their experiences toward becoming SAS Certified. Stacey Hamilton (pictured right) and Christine Kjellberg (pictured left) both share a liberal arts background and work only a few offices from each other. They have no background in SAS programming, save an introductory course or two, and want to pursue the Base Certification while juggling their 9-5 responsibilities in the Publications division.
Their plan is to use the new edition of the SAS Certification Prep Guide to prepare for the exam, along with a few other of our titles, including Learning SAS by Example and SAS for Dummies. We will follow their journey here on Open Mic through weekly posts each Friday. In addition to their blogging, follow Stacey and Christine on Twitter and on our Facebook page for updates, photos and all kinds of goodies related to their studying woes, late-night snack choices, and exam tips.
Join us here this Friday for Stacey's first post where she reveals her motivations for becoming SAS Certified. I look forward to your comments and hope that you will support my two courageous friends along with me!