As an instructor for SAS, I receive a wide variety of queries before, during and after delivering my courses. Most frequently, I am asked questions such as: Should I learn SAS programming or a point and click tool instead? I know lots of code, should I go straight to the advanced programming course? I need administrator training, should I do the Quick Start or the Fast Track? I’ve taken these particular courses, what would you recommend I take next? Really, all of these questions can be categorized into one: which SAS course should I choose?
Perhaps you have started a new role which requires you to use SAS and you need training; maybe you have been allocated some training budget to develop your existing SAS skills; possibly the company you work for are transitioning their data platform to SAS; or perhaps you are wanting to reskill into SAS? Formal training is often the best way to quickly gain or grow your SAS knowledge. This is not an exhaustive list of scenarios but all of them lead to that question I mentioned above: which SAS course should I choose?
In my last post How Can I Learn SAS?, I discussed the various training formats SAS offers. Usually individuals do not decide the method of training format first – their initial search is to find a course to attend. If you have looked at the complete course list, it can be an overwhelming starting point. Below I have listed some of the most popular SAS courses and some pointers to help guide you. This is by no means an exhaustive list. For every SAS course offered on the SAS Education website, there is a detailed breakdown, including:
- Overview which provides a high level synopsis of the course, a summary of what you will learn and a guide to who should attend. Some courses also include a link to an online assessment, Ready for this course?, to determine if you are a good candidate for a particular class.
- Prerequisites which details what advance knowledge you should have prior to attending the course.
- Course Outline which lists the content chapters and sections of the course.