Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2011 18:21:14 -0400
Reply-To: Joe Whitehurst <joewhitehurst@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Joe Whitehurst <joewhitehurst@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Validity of (past) SAS certification exams
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SAS Certification is really valuable. With any SAS Certification and $3,
you can get a cup of coffee at any Starbucks.
On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 4:57 PM, Keintz, H. Mark
> I have yet to understand what the word "advanced" is supposed to mean to
> SAS Education. If you've passed something appropriately designated as
> "advanced", why do you need to have passed the "base" exam, regardless of
> its vintage?
> But putting aside the nomenclature problem, if you did not hold (according
> to SAS education) a currently valid base certificate, why did they let you
> even register for the advanced exam without also requiring you to register
> for the base exam as well?
> I ask because, for the hell of it, I took and passed the advanced exam back
> at the Orlando SGF, having never taken any other SAS exam. I only
> discovered afterwards that I would not get said certificate without taking
> and passing the base exam. When I asked why I would not implicatly get the
> base certificate, I was told that the two exams cover different material
> (which of course begs the question of why you would have to pass the base to
> get the advanced cert.).
> In any case, I declined. Subsequently, and in part because of this
> episode, I've been told that SAS Education would require registration for,
> or successful completion of, the base exam, in order to take the advanced.
> But given you experience, apparently not.
> Perhaps your situation is too "advanced" for implementation of this
> putative policy.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Jim
> Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:37 AM
> To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Validity of (past) SAS certification exams
> Hi friends,
> 5 years ago, on May 16th, 2006, I passed my SAS Base Certification exam.
> Yesterday I passed my SAS Advanced Certification V9 exam. Now I received an
> email from SAS saying that my versionless Base exam expired on December 31,
> 2009. Before recognising my successful Advanced level I formally have to
> redo the SAS Base exam, now explicitly for V9 (versionless exams don't exist
> anymore). I have never been aware of that and do not see any reference to a
> duration of validity in the official document that I got 5 years ago. Didn't
> V9 exist yet at that time? I found it did (V9.1.3 since April 2006), see
> So, formally I currently am not certified at all anymore!!!
> If I would have known that I could have done the Base exam yesterday as
> Does anyone of you have the same experience or know anything about that?
> Regards - Jim [:-(
> Jim Groeneveld, Netherlands
> Statistician/SAS consultant