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CAP® is the premier global professional certification for analytics practitioners. Those who meet CAP®'s high standards and pass the rigorous exam distinguish themselves and create greater opportunities for career enhancement. For organizations seeking to enhance their ability to transform data into valuable insights and actions, CAP® provides a trusted means to identify, recruit and retain top analytics talent.
Certification can advance your career by setting you apart from the competition, enabling you to derive personal satisfaction from accomplishing a key career goal, helping to improve your overall job performance by setting you on a course for continual professional development, and recognizing the investment you have made in your career.
The CAP® credential is designed for analytics professionals in early- to mid-career. Applicants need a degree at the bachelor's degree with 5 years of professional analytics experience or a master's degree with 3 years of experience. All candidates sign an ethics code, have their effectiveness confirmed by a third party and take the examination. See the Candidate Handbook for more information.
The base price for CAP certification is $695. For individuals who are members of INFORMS the price is $495.
The base price for aCAP certification is $245. For individuals who are members of INFORMS the price is $195.
Team pricing is available for organizations. Organizations interested in team pricing should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the application you will identify a current or a previous employer to confirm your skills. An email will be sent to that person with links to the soft skills confirmation site. Notification that the email has been sent will go to you.
Self-employed consultants may request a soft skills confirmation statement from a recent client. Individuals who are unable to contact an employer or client may submit a detailed written summary of a recent analytics project describing in detail the application of soft skills in the successful completion of the project and in the implementation of its findings. See the Candidate Handbook for more information or contact INFORMS.
- Apply and get approved.
- Pay for the exam through the PSI website.
- Use the resulting payment voucher to pay for the exam at PSI, testing partner.
- Schedule the exam at a convenient time for you.
The passing score is criterion referenced and set by a panel of subject matter experts, led by a psychometrician. The method used is the modified-Angoff, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard-setting_study) an industry best practice. This requires that a panel of experts evaluate each individual test item (or question) and estimate the percentage of qualified analytics professionals (link to eligibility requirements) would answer the item correctly. These estimates are analyzed for consistency and consensus and are used to produce the passing score.
The passing score for each form the CAP® examination has been computed separately. Thus, to ensure consistency of reporting the results given to an unsuccessful candidate do not include the passing score but do include the percentage of test items correct for each of the 7 domains of practice. The passing rate has hovered around 70% since the beginning of the program, varying only slightly depending on the number of exams taken in any one day.