Certification in Practice of Data Analytics



Data Analytics is a burgeoning field due to the exponential growth of information created with today’s sophisticated technologies. The Certification in Practice of Data Analytics (CPDA) offers working professionals the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that support the management and use of big data. In addition, you will be able to apply what you're learning immediately to real-world situations. Learn to ask the right questions, make inferences, and publish results.

While this program is offered through the College of Engineering, it is designed for people in any profession or industry and requires minimal knowledge about data analytics. The CPDA program currently includes six, non-credit courses and at least four must be successfully completed in order to earn the certificate of completion. 

If you want to learn the fundamentals of data analytics and embark on this exciting path, the CPDA program is for you. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, you will be able to:

  1. Collect, clean, model, and report data as well as build data products
  2. Analyze data to support informed data driven decisions
  3. Learn how to use R software for statistical computing and Python a programming tool for data analysis. 


Advantages of this Data Analytics program

Busy professionals find this program meets their professional goals while providing a flexible learning experience. As a student in the program, you’ll enjoy:

  • All courses are delivered in 100% distance learning format and asynchronously.
  • Being taught by top faculty from The Ohio State University College of Engineering and Department of Statistics.
  • Courses that focus on the most important components of data analytics.
  • The option to take standalone courses for targeted learning or complete four courses to earn the certification.
  • Students select their own pace towards completion of the Certification.

What you can expect

The online delivery of each course is comprised of:

  • Instructional material equivalent to a one semester credit hour class.
  • Approximately 40 hours of class time per course that consists of 12-13 hours of recorded online instruction and 23-24 hours of additional out-of-class work (note - this is not the amount of time it will take a person to complete the course work).
  • All course lectures are recorded and available to you 24/7 through the university's Learning Management System (LMS) called - CarmenCanvas
  • ​Course duration of approximately 7 weeks. See course pages for exact schedule.
  • 4 CEUs are granted upon successful completion of each course.

Course Sequence and Pre-Requisites

The courses can be taken individually for specific interests, or students can pursue the full certification. If you intend to pursue the certification the courses must be taken in this sequence:  Introductory Statistics for Data Analytics first, Data Mining second, followed by Practical Application to Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning, then Neural Networks and Deep Learning. Visualization Analytics for Sensemaking can be taken at any time. Please be sure you understand all of the specific course pre-requisites that are noted on the course information web pages.   

How to Get Started in this Program

When you're ready to start, register for the first course. You do not have to apply to this program or be accepted. You can register and pay for one course at a time. When you register at least three weeks before a course start date, you can also receive a discounted price and save $125!

After you register for a course, you will be contacted by the program administration with information on how to set-up your OSU account in-order to obtain access to the Learning Management System (LMS) before the course begins. We also provide an online orientation to prepare you for online learning and it allows you to become familiar with Carmen, the LMS. 

CPDA Courses and Registration Links

Students must complete four of the six courses listed below to earn the certification.
Click on a course to learn more!


"I am finishing my 4th course of the Certification in Practice of Data Analytics. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an entry point into the Data world. Recruiters can't even find enough individuals with this skillset!"

Jayson Wollmann

“Three courses in the Certification in Practice of Data Analytics program earned and the last one underway, has really spiced up my resume. I just landed a Data Analytics job with a large Columbus employer. I’m so thrilled that I’m able to bring my newly learned skills from this program into this new position and continue to grow in this field."

Biljana Temovska

"I couldn't be happier with the program, and it's helped me tremendously in my work. I was able to land my dream job as a Data Visualization Associate with a prominent Real Estate Firm with a 70% increase in salary because of the skills I acquired in these courses." 

Reagan Brooks


$675 per course with early registration.

See each individual course for details and to register.


Learn more by attending the next online information session.

Wednesday, January 26th @ 12 pm EST


Find the complete schedule for all courses here.


If you have questions please contact:

Darla da Cruz
Professional & Distance Education Programs

Email: eng-profed-CPDA@osu.edu

Call: 614-292-7153

Text: (614) 654-8875

Or schedule a time to talk to Darla da Cruz below;




Click Here to open or download the program brochure.


Ohio's TechCred Program gives businesses the chance to upskill employees. Businesses who submit applications (for approved programs) are reimbursed up to $2000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials. Check with your employer to learn if they're willing to assist you with enrolling in the TechCred program and receiving funding to pay for the CPDA program.