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Anaconda Debuts Data Science Certification Program

Anaconda put out a press release this morning that states the following:

“Anaconda, the most popular Python data science platform provider, today introduced the Anaconda Data Science Certification, giving data scientists a way to verify their proficiency, and organizations an independent standard for qualifying current and prospective data science experts.”

Anaconda is in a non-exclusive partnership with Datacamp to make this program available. Datacamp is one of the largest websites for learning about data science with the Python and R programming languages.

According to the press release, the method needed to earn the Anaconda Certified Professional (ACP) – Data Scientist designation, individuals must pass seven module exams and complete a comprehensive exam. The modules include:

  • Data import and export
  • Data manipulation and analysis
  • Visualization
  • Statistical analysis and inference
  • Machine Learning
  • Data science at scale

I know there will be businesses that will appreciate the certification. However I personally haven’t found that getting certified has helped me all that much. This might be useful but it might not. It will be interesting to hear from people who go through the certification process and see what they think of it and whether or not they thought it was worth the time and expense.

To learn more about Anaconda’s new certification program, check out the following links:

Anaconda and Microsoft Partner for Machine Learning

Anaconda released a statement that they are partnering with Microsoft to “deliver Python-powered machine learning”. Anaconda is a data science distribution of the Python programming language. If you go check out the statement, you will find that Microsoft is specifically planning to “embed Anaconda into Azure Machine Learning, Visual Studio and SQL Server”.

I used to use Python for system administration on Windows desktops and servers and this sounds pretty exciting to me. I liked the PyWin32 package, but if I had had a native Python implementation in SQL Server, that would have been awesome!

The Python Reddit community seems to be cautiously optimistic about this partnership.

Overall, I believe this will be a good thing for Python as a whole and Python in the data science community specifically.