New certification alert: SAS® Certified Specialist: Administration of SAS® Viya®


Thank you to my co-author Raymond Thomas for his assistance on this post.

Learn more about the SAS Certified Specialist: Administration of SAS Viya and how to prepare.

Certification overview

SAS is pleased to announce a new SAS Viya Administration certification. Recognizing the growing need of cloud computing and Kubernetes, this new credential will help create a standard of knowledge within these areas.

Because of the growing skills required in cloud computing and Kubernetes, it’s critical that users can validate the skills they’ve learned and acquired to represent their knowledge. SAS developed the exam to cover the following major content areas:

    • Manage a SAS Viya environment.
    • Monitor, log and troubleshoot a SAS Viya environment.
    • Manage identities and users.
    • Manage content and functionality.
    • Manage data in SAS Cloud Analytic Services (CAS).

View more details about the certification: SAS Viya Administration Specialist | SAS.

To see a full list of topics covered, select the “Exam Content Guide.”

Why it's so important

This certification validates SAS Viya administration skills you have with employers. Proving your skillset through a certification shows your knowledge of managing and troubleshooting in SAS Viya, which greatly increases the opportunity for advancement in your career as a SAS administrator. Also, this certification is recognized worldwide by many leading industries, and obtaining this certification shows employers you are proactive and committed to your career.

Related job roles & industries

SAS Viya Administration applies to job roles across many industries such as Pharmaceutical, Banking, and Government. A few examples of job roles that may benefit from using the SAS Viya Administration include System Architects, Cloud System Administrators, Systems Analyst, System Administrator, System Engineer, and Linux or Windows Administrators.

The certification is intended for anyone with direct responsibility in administering SAS Viya or anyone administering a SAS 9 environment migrating to SAS Viya. SAS Viya administrators support users across many industries and this skill is highly prevalent.

How to prepare

While there are no prerequisites to take this exam, students often use a combination of training and experience to study for this exam. To prepare for the exam, these resources are available:


There are two free e-learning courses that are no prerequisites that may also be beneficial during your exam preparation:

Practice exam

Sample questions

Registration details

Follow this link to create an account or access your existing account to register: Certification Manager.

For detailed exam topics, hit the "Exam Content Guide" links on each credential's web page. The content guides contain exam sections, objectives, and expanded detail about the important topics.

The Specialist exam is A00-451. There are no pre-requisites for this exam, so anyone who is interested in this credential can register.


You can learn more about these new credentials at the links above. There you will find detailed exam content guides, free sample questions, and free practice exams (yes - free full length practice exams!).

We hope you tackle the recommended training, develop your skills, and register soon to be the first candidates to earn these credentials. Good luck with your preparations!

If you have additional questions, please ask in the comments below.


About Author

Kelly Hanson

Senior Certification Developer

Kelly Hanson is a Senior Certification Developer for SAS Global Certification and has been working in certification since 2008.


  1. Thank you for sharing this great article and it will help a lot.

    I've one question:

    Is there any Fast track administration guide for SAS Viya 4.0 just like for SAS 9 Platform Administrator or SAS Viya 3.5? Please advise


    • Kelly Hanson

      Hello, Asif,

      We do have this for Viya 4 Fast Track. You receive the course notes (administration guide) when you take the course.

      Thanks for writing in.


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