Attending an industry conference requires an investment in time away from the office and maximizing that investment makes a lot of sense. In addition to gaining insight into challenges facing the analytics industry today, discovering and evaluating new products and services, and networking with the largest gathering of analytics professionals in the world, attendees at Analytics 2014 in Las Vegas are also taking advantage of workshops, training classes, and certification exam sessions to accelerate their personal development.
On Sunday, October 19, all public SAS exams were offered at the Bellagio, host hotel for the conference, and forty four candidates participated in the testing session. As you would expect at an Analytics conference, Predictive Modeling was the most popular exam, but candidates also took other exams ranging from Base Programming to Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS. We don’t disclose specifics about pass rates for exams, but I must say that this group of candidates were among the most motivated and well-prepared that we have seen. There are quite a few brand new SAS Certified Professionals in Las Vegas today.
If you missed out on becoming SAS Certified at Analytics 2014 in Las Vegas, you may be able to take advantage of exam sessions at other major SAS conferences. If you plan on attending the 2015 SAS Global Forum, April 26-29 in Dallas, Texas, be on the lookout for certification exam opportunities. We usually discount the price for conference attendees.