October 19, 2016

Why do you need to take Tableau Certificate Desktop Exam?

You might already read my previous blog about How to prepare for the Tableau Certificate Exam. Before you invested time and money in the exam, you may have the moment when you are wondering if it's worthy to take the exam.

The fact is that there are not many certificates in the market for data science. Tableau Software becomes a very popular business intelligence tool in the past couple years despite their decreasing stock price. According to the Tableau Report Fiscal Year 2015, "
88% of Fortune 500 companies, such as Cisco, Wells Fargo and Capital One, use Tableau, which bodes well for our land and expand strategy".

1) Who wants to pursue the Tableau Desktop 9 Qualified Associate Exam? 

If a candidate wants to pursue the Tableau Desktop Professional Exam, the candidate must pass the Qualified Associate Exam first. Therefore, anyone who considers to pursue data visualization and business intelligence in their career should consider taking this exam. 

2) Do tech companies value the certificate during the interview?

I was not asked if I have this certificate when I went on interviews. However, it brought the interviewers' attention and interests when I mentioned that I took this exam. As the license of Tableau costs $999+, a lot of start-ups were not willing to pay for the software. 
Based on what I learned from Tableau Software Annual Meeting 2014, here is the list of some fancy tech companies that presented during the conference: Facebook, Intuit, Amazon, and Cisco. Please check the full list on Tableau website. To summarize, the candidate's Tableau skills might not be outstanding from the crowd in start-ups but in some big tech companies. 

3) Does the exam improve the data visualization skills?
The format of the exam is multiple choice. It did not ask for any concept or theory in data visualization when I took the exam. 

Please comment below if you have more questions. 


  1. What about the practical in certification like creating Visualization?

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