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The Certified Lead Data Scientist (CLDS™) program by the United Stated Data Science Institute will accelerate your journey into becoming a progressive Data Scientist. CLDS™ is the most effective cross-platform certification program for data science professionals looking for more challenging and impactful data scientists and data architect roles.

CLDS™ professionals can develop world-class data science designs and applications and manage any end-to-end project. You'll demonstrate your best talent, ability, and potential for handling a data scientist's complex tasks. Data scientists' demand will increase to more than 28% with an average salary of US $100K; however, the right qualification and advanced know-how in Data Science, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, IoT, Cloud, and many can up your ante by forty percent. Data science helps you understand big data, get insights quickly and make predictions based on the data effectively. It can also be applied to many different domains, and the CLDS™ credential is the most assured route for a Data Scientist Role.

A Self-paced and Agile Data Science Program

Get your latest program self-study kit worth up to US $675 FREE that includes:
  • Personalized Study-Books
  • Real-world workshop based eLearning
  • HD quality self-paced videos, vetted by the world’s best SMEs
  • State-of-the-art lab-based eLearning with sample projects and code
  • Sharable digital badge


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Impactful and Engaged Learning

  • Learn at your own terms based on your personal schedule with the most well-structured content divided between StudyBooks, eLearning videos + workshops, and codes with real world practice exercises.

  • The latest data science workshop gives you a new and interactive learning approach which will help you know the real-side of the data science project design, development and delivery.

  • Start your learning from where you left off. Access your learning from anywhere, any time.

  • A simple commitment of 8-10 hours/week is all that’s required to excel in data science and fast-track your career.

Explore CLDS™

The USDSI's Certified Lead Data Scientist program is an advanced-level data science certification program that helps you overcome the complexities involved in any data science project due to the learning that will positively impact your skills and push you to a much higher level.
The CLDS™ program is based on in-depth research in the industry, and the futuristic trends were acknowledged while designing the program for the emerging data scientists. The program is focused on the advanced fundamentals of data science and the topics like Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NLP, Text Analytics and more.

Programming skills are not mandatory to apply for CLDS™ certification.

Program Fee: US $781


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There are four paths to apply for the CLDS™ program. You must meet the below criteria that cover various foundational and levels of experience to acquire a CLDS™ certification.

  • PATH 1

    Required Minimum Mandatory Qualification

    Must have an Associate Degree or Diploma or equivalent in any academic discipline, preferably STEM, and willing to learn Data Science.

    Required Work Experience

    At least six years of experience in any programming language; however, proficiency in using Python/R/JAVA or equivalent is desirable.

  • PATH 2

    Required Minimum Mandatory Qualification

    Must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any academic discipline, preferably STEM, and willing to learn Data Science.

    Required Work Experience

    At least two years of experience in any programming language or engineering/finance/management/statistics, etc.

  • PATH 3

    Required Minimum Mandatory Qualification

    Either completed or pursuing Master's Degree or equivalent in any academic discipline, preferably with STEM, and should be willing to learn Data Science.

    Required Work Experience

    Work experience is not required; however, basic proficiency in any programming language or Engineering/Finance/Management/Statistics, etc. is desirable.

  • PATH 4

    Required Minimum Mandatory Qualification

    Must have completed CDSP™ or other  equivalent certification.

    Required Work Experience

    At least four years of experience for a candidate who has completed  Associate Degree or Diploma or equivalent and  one year of experience for a candidate  who has completed  bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Program Curriculum

According to the recent studies done by USDSI®, data scientists' demand is increasing annually with fast-growing new roles such as data developers and data engineers. Therefore, at USDSI®, we have analyzed the trend and concluded that a candidate with the right knowledge and skills could opt for any demanding role as a data scientist. The program curriculum below is meticulously planned and designed to counter any demands of an emerging data scientist.

  • Data Science and Data Analysis 10% +
  • Big Data and Data Science 12% +
  • Data Analysis Lifecycle and Workflow 8% +
  • Key Methods in Data Science 15% +
  • Working with Data and Databases 8% +
  • Advanced Big Data Analytics 20% +
  • Machine Learning and PowerBI 12% +
  • Data Analytics: Case Studies 8% +
  • Containerization, RPA , IoT and Cloud 7% +
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Resource Hub

CLDS™ has a self-paced learning program for emerging data scientists and covers the very advanced learnings that any data scientist requires for managing a data science project. The program is designed to push you through the exact rigor to prepare for the assessment that is required to be taken at the end of the program to win your credential. For better preparation, USDSI® will provide you with a ‘resource hub’ that includes Study-Books, e-learning (videos and workshops), and practice codes. The entire content of the resource hub is vetted and verified by the world-renowned ‘USDSI® Data Science Advisory Board’ that comprises of best subject matter experts and influencers of data science like CTOs, CIOs, Data Scientists, Technology leaders from fortune 500 companies. However, the program is designed as such that you require only 8-10 hours per week to grab the essential knowledge and get certified. We also update our curriculum at regular intervals to stay relevant and to reflect the modern data science trends.

The resource hub includes USDSI® Study-Book 1, Study-Book 2, and Study-Book 3 – all these eBooks cover the advanced data science and relevant topics like Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NLP, Text Analytics and more, specially designed for the CLDS™ candidates.

Get Your Personalized Study-Books

You’ll get to view and learn from the best e-learning program for CLDS™ certification, which includes a relevant collection of self-paced videos that will help you know the latest technological advances in data science and how to build your advanced knowledge of it. The e-learning also contains workshops that will help you know the real-world scenarios or use cases and further enhance your comprehension in Data Science.

Get Your Self-paced Sample Videos

Another very important part of your learning is to practically test your preciously acquired knowledge with real-world data and scenarios. The CLDS™ Practice Codes help you put your learning into practice and make you ready for the real challenges at the current stage of your career.

Certificate and Digital Badging

Once you clear the prestigious examination, you will get a downloadable certificate, which will be available on your myControlPanel dashboard within 72 business hours. You will also receive a link to showcase your achievement on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a world-class digital badge named digiBadge. digiBadge is a digital certificate that will help you showcase your achievement digitally to everyone in detail.

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