National Credential
Credential: Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Informs

INFORMS, Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification advances the use of analytics by setting agreed upon standards for the profession and advances the profession by providing a means for organizations to identify and develop qualified analytics professionals, by contributing to the career success and continued competence for analytics professionals, and by improving the credibility and visibility of the analytics profession. The CAP examination measures acceptable performance across seven major areas or domains of practice that adhere to the analytics end-to-end process: business problem framing, analytics problem framing, data, methodology selection, model building, deployment, and model life cycle management. Candidates must have a minimum of a BA/BS degree and at least 7 years of professional analytics related experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35G Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35X Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35Y Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 35Z Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief MOS some          
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI other          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI some          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI some          
Enlisted S1 Source Handler ASI other          
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI other          
Enlisted T1 Counter Threat Finance Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI other          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255A Information Services Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255S Information Protection Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 350F All Source Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 350G GEOINT Imagery Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351Y Area Intelligence Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 351Z Attache Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 352N Signals Intelligence Analysis Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 352S Signals Collection Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 7 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)

Option 1: Candidates must have at least seven (7) years of professional analytics related experience for individuals holding a BA/BS degree or higher in an educational area unrelated to analytics.

Option 2: Candidates must have at least five (5) years of professional analytics related experience for individuals holding a BA/BS degree in a related educational area including, but not limited to: analytics, operations research, management science, statistics, engineering, business (and directly related areas such as marketing, finance, etc.), theoretical or applied mathematics, information technology, computer science, decision science, and others deemed appropriate by INFORMS Analytics Certification Board.

Option 3: Candidates must have at least three (3) years of professional analytics related experience for individuals holding an MA/MS degree or higher in a related educational area including, but not limited to: analytics, operations research, management science, statistics, engineering, business (and directly related areas such as marketing, finance, etc.), theoretical or applied mathematics, information technology, computer science, decision science, and others deemed appropriate by INFORMS Analytics Certification Board.

Degrees must be obtained from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or similar entities in other countries.

INFORMS requires submission of a photocopy or electronic version of an official university or college transcript to demonstrate compliance with all education requirements.

Waivers of the educational criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)

  • Business Problem Framing (12-18%)
    • Obtain or receive problem statement and usability requirements
    • Identify stakeholders
    • Determine whether the problem is amenable to an analytics solution
    • Refine the problem statement and delineate constraints
    • Define an initial set of business benefits
    • Obtain stakeholder agreement on the problem statement
  • Analytics Problem Framing (14-20%)
    • Reformulate problem statement as an analytics problem
    • Develop a proposed set of drivers and relationships to outputs
    • State the set of assumptions related to the problem
    • Define key metrics of success
    • Obtain stakeholder agreement
  • Data (18-26%)
    • Identify and prioritize data needs and sources
    • Acquire data
    • Harmonize, rescale, clean, and share data
    • Identify relationships in the data
    • Document and report findings (e.g., insights, results, business performance)
    • Refine the business and analytics problem statements
  • Methodology Selection (12-18%)
    • Identify available problem solving approaches (methods)
    • Select software tools
    • Test approaches (methods)
    • Select approaches (methods)
  • Model Building (13-19%)
    • Identify model structures
    • Run and evaluate the models
    • Calibrate models and data
    • Integrate the models
    • Document and communicate findings (including assumptions, limitations, and constraints)
  • Deployment (7-11%)
    • Perform business validation of the model
    • Deliver report with findings
    • Create model, usability, and system requirements for production
    • Deliver production model/system
    • Support deployment
  • Model Life Cycle Management (4-8%)
    • Document initial structure
    • Track model quality
    • Recalibrate and maintain the model
    • Support training activities
    • Evaluate the business benefit of the model over time

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Analytics Professional (CAP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CAP certification is valid for 3 years. Certification holders must achieve a minimum of 30 PDUs within those 3 years.