December 2, 2020
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Tableau Overview and Certifications

In this post, I am going to write about the Tableau certifications offered by Tableau and a brief overview. Tableau is the leading Data visualization and Business Intelligence tool and is placed as the leader in the Gartner magic quadrant 2020.

Tableau Overview

When we access different websites, shop online, send emails, access social media, and spend so much of our time browsing on our laptops and mobiles, we are generating data in exabytes ( bytes)! As one part of the globe sleeps, the other part starts their day and it so truly proves that data never sleeps.

With tremendous data being generated every second, it is not difficult to imagine the potential of the many vital insights that may be hiding in the data. Understanding the importance of data, using data for business decisions has become an integral part of many organizations.

But, can you imagine scrolling through this massive amount of data and trying to find trends and patterns? Every data set is telling us some story, but we need effective tools to find that out and communicate the details of the story with the stake holders.

Thus, visualization, which refers to techniques that help us graphically visualize data to find out trends, communicate insights and understand complex relationships between variables, has become an integral part of analytics.

Currently, Tableau is one of the most powerful and fastest growing Business Intelligence and visualization tool in the industry. Tableau is a visual analytics platform helping users to analyze data, find insights and solve problems. Tableau’s interface is designed for a natural and seamless flow of thought and actions.

Popularity of Tableau

  1. Tableau analyzes data in a quick, iterative way that provides immediate feedback; making Tableau engaging, and easy to learn.
  2. It is known for taking any kind of data from almost any system, and turning it into actionable insights with speed and ease.
  3. It caters to a wide range of users from business analysts, data scientists as well as business users.
  4. Being a popular tool, it has great community support.
  5. Tableau has significant contribution in advanced analytics and predictive modeling which can help us build complete and sophisticated analytics projects in just a few hours! With features like forecasting, clustering, trend lines, reference lines and bands, there are many exciting things that you can do in Tableau.
  6. It has a user-friendly, simple and intuitive workspace with numerous in-built features which help users to concentrate on the questions they are trying to answer rather than learning new software or writing queries.

Using Tableau

Let us look at an example to get an idea of how powerful Tableau can prove for analyzing data. Common scenarios involve analyzing something with the question: “Compared to what?” or “Compared to whole”.

Many times we would like to select something say state, city or product and look at its performance in comparison to the overall performance. Suppose we are analyzing sales in United States for a retail company and we want to understand the contribution of each state for different products.

The powerful dashboard below will give us those details precisely. You can see how accurately information can be presented while at the same time is displayed in a visually engaging and easy to understand format. This is the beauty of Tableau.

The dashboard allows us to select the state of our choice from the map and then in the left bar chart, product-wise total sales are displayed in lighter color and overlapping sales in darker color represent the sales for the selected state. This gives us an idea of how the state is performing. The right graph gives the percentage of sales contribution of the selected state for each product. This simple dashboard is packed with so much information!

Tableau Certifications in Depth

Tableau provides five different kinds of certifications under two categories: Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server. Each category has associate and professional exams. The associate exams demonstrate knowledge but not necessarily expertise. On the other hand, certified exams are designed with real-world problems with the best practices certifying your expertise.

Let us take a look at the requirements, fees and the structure of the Tableau certifications.

Tableau Desktop

It has three exams which you can attempt sequentially based on your expertise and experience. The specialist and associate exams have no prerequisites. You can find all the details in the below tables.

Desktop Specialist 

Certifies that you understand Tableau Desktop and its core functionalities.
Cost$100
Title validityNo Expiration
Wait Period between
Attempts
Four months
Required
Prerequisites
None
Suggested Product
Experience
Three months
Delivery PlatformProctor monitored Windows Virtual Machine containing Tableau Desktop.
Exam FormatTime Limit: 60 minutes + Extra time for set up Number of
Questions: 30
Question Format: Multiple choice, multiple response, true/false and hands-on.
Scoring: Automatically scored; point value varies per question type with hands-on worth
more.
Passing Score: 70%
Skills MeasuredConnecting to & Preparing Data, Exploring & Analyzing Data, Sharing Insights,
Understanding Tableau Concepts, Timeliness

Certified Associate

Certifies that you are a Tableau Desktop expert and comprehensively understand its
functionalities.
Cost$250
Title validityTwo years
Wait Period between
Attempts
Four months
Required
Prerequisites
None
Suggested Product
Experience
Five months
Delivery PlatformProctor monitored Windows Virtual Machine containing Tableau Desktop.
Exam FormatTime Limit: 2 hours + Extra time for set up
Number of Questions: 36
Question Format: Multiple choice, multiple response, true/false and hands-on.
Scoring: Automatically scored; point value varies per question type with
hands-on worth more.
Passing Score: 75%
Skills MeasuredData Connections, Organizing & Simplifying Data, Field & Chart Types,
Calculations, Mapping, Analytics, Dashboards, Timeliness

Desktop Professional

Certifies that you can apply the visual best practices and comprehend the advanced
functionalities.
Cost$600
Title validityThree years
Wait Period between
Attempts
Four months
Required
Prerequisites
Must be an active Desktop Certified Associate.
Suggested Product
Experience
Twelve months
Delivery PlatformProctor monitored Windows Virtual Machine containing Tableau Desktop.
Exam FormatTime Limit: 3 hours + Extra time for set up
Question Format: Hands-on, written response, building/saving solutions in Tableau
Desktop.
Grading: By committee, every exam is anonymized and scored by multiple graders.
Passing Score: Pass/Fail based on a detailed scoring rubric and Tableau Desktop
best practices.
Skills MeasuredVisual Best Practices, Advanced Technical Skills, Storytelling, Timeliness

Tableau Server

It has two exams which you can attempt sequentially based on your expertise and experience. You can find all the details in the below tables.

Server Certified Associate

 Certifies that you understand Tableau Server functionality in a single-machine
environment.
Cost$250
Title validityTwo years of hands-on Tableau Server experience.
Wait Period between
Attempts
Four months
Required PrerequisitesNone
Suggested Product
Experience
Six months
Delivery PlatformProctor monitored Windows Virtual Machine containing Tableau Desktop
Exam FormatTime Limit: 90 minutes + Extra time for set up
Number of Questions: 80
Question Format: Multiple choice, multiple response, and hands-on.
Scoring: Automatically scored; point value varies per question type with hands-on
worth more.
Passing Score: 75%
Skills MeasuredPreparation, Installation & Configuration, Administration, Troubleshooting, Migration &
Upgrade, Timeliness

Server Certified Professional

Certifies that you understand Tableau Server functionality in a single machine and
enterprise configuration.
Cost$800
Title validityThree years
Wait Period between
Attempts
Four months
Required PrerequisitesMust be an active Server Certified Associate
Suggested Product
Experience
Nine months of hands-on Tableau Server experience.
Delivery PlatformIn person delivery only with Windows Virtual Machines
Exam FormatTime Limit: 7 hours
Number of Questions: 80
Question Format: Application mastery: hands-on, short essay
Grading: By committee, every exam is anonymized and scored by multiple graders.
Passing Score: Pass/Fail based on a detailed scoring rubric and Tableau Desktop best
practices.
Skills MeasuredArchitecture & Planning, Preparation, Installation, Configuration, Maintenance &
Administration, Troubleshooting, Migration & Upgrade, Interactions with Tableau
Desktop, Timeliness

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