Base SAS Certification after two months?

Posted by bkloss | SAS | Friday 5 September 2008 5:04 am

Yes, it can be done.

I passed the Base SAS Certification after only 2 months working with the tool.

That being said, I truly crammed my bum off to make the grade.

I can’t blame SAS for creating a tough exam because the benefits of certification are clear.  This is what SAS has to say about obtaining certification…

With a professional certification from SAS you will set yourself apart from the competition by earning the only globally-recognized credential endorsed by SAS. Put your SAS skills to the test today and reap the benefits tomorrow.

  • Increases your career opportunities and marketability
  • Enhances your credibility as a technical professional
  • Assesses your knowledge of SAS software
  • Allows you to earn industry validation for your knowledge

Durn Right!

So, here’s how a green thumb went about preparing for the big day…


  • Set aside at least 80 hours for study if you are totally new to SAS
  • Save your pennies because the best materials don’t come cheap


  • SAS Self-Paced E learning.  This one is expensive but it provides an interactive way to step through all the material covered on the exam.  It also includes a practice test that is similar in format and content to the real exam.
  • SAS Notes and Samples.  Here’s a set of free resources that can get you acquainted with many of the topics found in the exam.
  • Unofficial SAS cert Blog.  Here’s a collection of difficult questions that will explain some of the in depth complexity of SAS coding.

So, check out the resources and you too can reap the benefits of SAS certification.

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