Should You Take the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) Exam?

Data Science was once considered the sexiest career of the 21st century. Could analytics training help you stand out in this crowded field?

Nicole Janeway Bills
6 min readAug 24, 2022


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The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) exam is an independent verification of the technical expertise needed for top performance at a data-driven organization. The certification is vendor-neutral, so it’s a great foundation for any role involving data analytics. The CAP exam evaluates seven domains, which I’ll cover in detail below.

If you’re a data practitioner looking for a way distinguish yourself in today’s highly competitive workforce, read on. Certifications like CAP may help you broaden your skillset beyond the tasks you perform in your day-to-day work. Attaining this well recognized credential can help you solidify relevant skills, leading to more opportunities, higher pay, and increased job security. Earning the CAP is sure to help set you apart in the job hunt or in your current position.

💡 If you would like to study for the exam alongside others, be sure to check out the CAP Study Group on Facebook. If you’re looking for extra practice, check out this set of practice questions.


The Certified Analytics Professional examination is based on the Job Task Analysis (JTA) framework developed and validated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). CAP evaluates mastery of the assessment of complex problems and application of advanced analytics. It also tests business acumen.

To get started with the certification process, you’ll first submit your professional credentials. The CAP requires a set number of years of experience depending upon the level and relevance of your academic qualifications:

  • 3 years with MA/MS in related area
  • 5 years with BA/BS in unrelated area
  • 7 years with any…



Nicole Janeway Bills

Founder of where we help busy professionals ace the Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) exam and other data-related exams.

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