SAS Certification

Do I need to enter my SAS user ID when registering for a SAS certification exam?

Yes. To ensure that your certification results count and are tracked, you must enter your SAS user ID in the appropriate registration field. If you do not have a user ID, please contact SAS at

What methods of payment does Pearson VUE accept?

Whether registering through the call center or online, you must use a credit card, voucher, or promo code to pay for the exam.

How do I register to take an exam at a Pearson VUE test center?

You can visit the Pearson VUE Web site to register for exams. The step-by-step registration process includes selection of location, exam type, date, and payment method. You can also use the SAS Partner Testing Centers link on the Certification options page of the Training and Certification Shop to look for testing options available through Pearson VUE, or you can contact your local SAS Education organization.


Is there any difference between taking a certification exam at an SAS Education organization center and taking one at Pearson VUE?

No. Certification exams are the same no matter where you take them. SAS has partnered with Pearson VUE to provide our customers with the greatest possible number of exam locations. You can take certification exams at SAS Education organization centers as well as at any of the 4,500 Pearson VUE centers worldwide.


How can I prepare for my SAS certification exam?

Each SAS certification exam has its own set of preparation strategies. We refer to them as “Exam Structure & Syllabus” under “certification details” and you can find them on the Web pages associated with individual exams. The pages also show the number of questions in the exam, the duration of the exam, the areas you will be tested on, the required passing score, and recommended course work and content you can reference. You can also find a selection of sample questions that can help you to better understand the type of questions to expect in the exam.

What changes can individuals who have completed certification in the past expect?

The SAS Global Certification Program now issues versioned credentials that do not expire. For example, if you earn the SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential, you will retain this credential and it will not expire. Please note: Some exams may retire as new software is developed and/or enhanced. 

What qualities which actually measured by SAS Certification Exam? or What are the exams like?

Each exam challenges candidates to apply specific knowledge they have acquired through SAS software training and/or job experience. Computer-based in format, SAS Global certification exams are comprised of multiple-choice and/or short-answer questions, depending on the exam. Exams are generally scheduled through Pearson VUE but are also held at various locations throughout the globe on a prescheduled basis. Candidates are allotted varying time limits to complete the exam, depending on which exam is taken.

What are prerequisites of SAS Certification programs?

The SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential is a prerequisite to obtaining the SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 credential. If you do not hold a SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 credential prior to taking and passing the SAS Advanced Programming for SAS 9 exam, the SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS 9 credential will not be awarded until the prerequisite has been met.

Do certifications expire after a period of time? How do I reclaim them?

The SAS Global Certification Program now issues versioned credentials that do not expire.

Do existing certificates hold their validity?

In previously released exams, there were some non-versioned SAS credentials that had a 3-year expiration date. We no longer offer non-versioned credentials. All SAS credentials that were non-versioned have expired. These include

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