Base SAS certification officially known as “The SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential” is a certification for beginners in SAS programming. This certification requires knowledge and experience of SAS version 9.3 and is one of the essential requirements for many other advanced SAS certifications. The certification is a decent assessment of a person’s SAS programming skills. However, it does not cover a number of non-SAS related skills that are essential for a business analyst. Here is a link to an interesting debate on Stack Overflow.
The Body of knowledge for SAS Base certification
- Getting data in and out of SAS
- manipulate and transform data
- combine SAS data sets
- create summary reports using SAS procedures
- identify and correct data, syntax and programming logic errors.
To earn this credential, you must pass the SAS Base Programming for SAS 9 exam.
How do I prepare for Base SAS certification?
If you are an experienced SAS analyst and want to get a feel of the kind of questions asked in the test, you can try and check your readiness taking a Demo Exam (follow the link)
This is not a comprehensive exam but it gives you an idea of what to expect in the exam.
If you need more preparation for the exam, one option is to take one of the many training programs offered by the SAS Institute (but very expensive) or one of its certified partners. A 2 week SAS training by SAS institute costs around $1500.
It is strongly recommended to practice with online practice exam incase if you have experienced of SAS and now getting yourself certified or you have spent for the first option of training and ready for exam but not confident or do not have experienced the exam and style. One of the best online practice exam for SAS certification is www.sas-exam.com
You can also buy one of the many books available from the SAS Institute that can help you prepare for the exam. But given the nature of the exam, learning by books only may not be the best option.
You can enroll for the Base SAS certification online by clicking below link http://support.sas.com/certify/creds/bp.html#t2