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Get DATA Certified!

Get RDS@GSU Data Certified!

Here's how:

  1. Learn about our various Research Data Services (RDS) workshops:
  2. Find listings of the dates/times/location of our RDS workshops on the Library Calendar.
    • Look for the logo with the GET DATA CERTIFIED seal (see image at right), or
    • Filter by: Category = Data Services Workshops.
  3. Attend a minimum of five unique RDS workshops during the certification period.
    • There are two certification periods per year: (1) Summer & Fall semesters, and (2) Spring semester.
    • What does "unique" mean? While you're welcome to attend the same workshop multiple times in a certification period, to earn the data certificate you need to attend a minimum of five *unique* workshops within the given certification period:
      • For example, if you take Stata 1 two times within a certification period, it can only count once toward your five workshops during that specific certification period. If you take Stata 1, Stata 2, and Stata 3, those count as three workshops toward the five needed for the certification in that certification period.
    • You can repeat a workshop in a different certification period and have it count toward the new certification:
      • ​For example, if you took Stata 1 during the Spring certification period, and you wish to earn another certificate in the Summer/Fall certification period, it is alright to take Stata 1 again in the Summer/Fall certification period and have it count toward the five unique workshops you need for that new certification.
    • It is your responsibility to check-in via our online check-in link provided during the workshop -- it is the only way that we are tracking workshop attendance for the certificate requirements.
      • Once you submit the online check-in form, you will receive a confirmation email listing the individual workshop title and its date -- please save these emails to track your workshop attendance.
      • We will not retroactively check you in to a workshop if you failed to do so, and we will not count workshops toward the certification if our online check-in system does not show you as having attended.
    • Attending a Data in the ATL talk *does not* count as a workshop toward the certificate.
      • ​Only workshops/sessions in which a methodology and/or a software application is taught and that involve learning specific data/methods skills are counted toward the certification; Data in the ATL talks do not meet these specific outcomes.
  4. If you've attended a minimum five unique RDS workshops during a certification period, you get certifed!
    • Once the last workshop has been offered for the entire certification period, we'll tally attendance to determine who should be awarded certificates.
    • If you've made your minimum five, you'll be invited via email to a ceremony where you can mingle with others committed to getting RDS@GSU Data Certified *and* receive a custom printed certificate (see example at right).
    • After the ceremony, all certificate awardees also will receive a PDF version of the certificate via email as well as directions for picking up print certificates if they weren't able to attend the ceremony.

So get RDS@GSU Data Certified!

Here is what some of the RDS@GSU Data Certificate awardees had to say about the experience:

The certificate is a great opportunity to become a more competitive candidate while applying for a job. The workshops were very interactive.

I thought the RDS@ GSU Data Certification incentivized my participation in the RDS workshops. The workshops themselves were great and it definitely helped me brush up on prior skills and knowledge.

Certification looks amazing on resumes, I also found what was covered useful to my practice of SAS & SPSS.

It is essential for me as a student majoring in Epidemiology. I will be involved in research, and the only way to answer some of the world’s health problems is making sense out of data. I’m confident this certificate will prove useful for me in getting a job. The entire program is flexible, and the materials are very helpful in understanding the course content.

Questions?

Direct questions to the RDS Team Leader, Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh (aswygarthobaugh@gsu.edu).

 

Why get RDS@GSU Data Certified?

Data Skills = Jobs, and Free Workshops are a Bargain

Data skills -- even just basic data skills -- are highly valued by today's employers -- being called "the most lucrative skill[s] to have" and "the most valuable skill[s] you can learn." By getting RDS@GSU Data Certified, you demonstrate to potential employers that you are committed to growing the data skills that they look for in hires. 

Best of all, our data workshops are all free.

You may be thinking, "So what if they're free?" Well, we researched how much workshops on our various topics would cost out in the real-world market, and what we found may make you re-think that "so what" reaction:

  • You could expect to pay $110 on average for a 1.5-hour workshop (the typical length of our workshops).
  • You could pay as low as $61/1.5-hour workshop, or as high as $200/1.5-hour workshop.

In other words, our free workshops are clearly quite a bargain and something you should be taking advantage of while you can...

Ways to highlight your RDS@GSU Data Certificate accomplishment…

Add it to your résumé or CV

– See sample language below and adapt as you see fit:

Research Data Services @ Georgia State University (RDS@GSU) Data Certification: Completed workshops on data analysis tools (SPSS, 3 hours; SAS, 3 hours; Stata, 4.5 hours; NVivo, 3 hours), data analysis methods (Survey Design, 3 hours; Mixed Methods, 2 hours; Networks, 3 hours; Logics & Logistics of Qualitative Methods, 1.5 hours), data visualization (Tableau, 3 hours; GIS, 4 hours), and finding data (ICPSR, 1 hour; Marketing Data, 1.5 hours).

 

Add the PDF of your certificate to Portfolium

– Learn more at success.students.gsu.edu/portfolium and create a Portfolium account at gsu.portfolium.com

 

 

 

 

 

Describe it using College-to-Career (CTC) Competency Skills

– Learn more at collegetocareer.gsu.edu