We have seen an exponential increase in the demand of R among a large and variant set of audiences. People from various domains are keen to learn it and further improve their skills. This has created a supply and demand gap which is being filled by various teaching channels. While there is no dearth of the amount of R teaching material, both in-class and online, there is still arguably a shortage in skilled R users who possess quality skills in R. This shortage of qualified personnel and abundance of self-taught data scientists leads to confusion for employers as well as prospective employees who have the required skill-set but no way to differentiate themselves.
There is no system today to certify qualified R Professionals. The R-Consortium, as the governing body for the R community, needs to step in as the neutral agency before another third-party comes in with a similar certification mechanism and tries to fill this gap. From a competitive perspective, SPSS and SAS already has a certification mechanism in place.
We understand that there are multiple moving pieces and we have identified 3 main areas to bucket them –
We have also taken a stab at the sub categories under those buckets and the multiple paths that we can have for those functional areas that would allow the R Community to solve for the above mentioned challenges.
Key decisions to be made
The WG will work on the following elements regarding R certification:
1. Financials –
- Vendor Cost
- Consortium Cost
- Student Cost
2. Marketing and Promotions 3. Testing
- Pass/Fail outcome
- Percentage – 0 to 100%
- Certification Levels
4. How long the certificate remains valid 5. Partnerships
6. Curriculum –
7. Phased Approach
- Identify the next couple of phases
- Phase 1
- Phase 2
- David Smith (Microsoft)
- Jeremy Reynolds (Microsoft)
- Jonathan Cornelissen (Datacamp)
- Martijn Theuwissen (DataCamp)
- Mark Sellors (Mango Solution)
- Aimee Gott (Mango Solutions)
- Hadley Wickham (ISC liason, RStudio)
- Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel (RStudio)
- Dinesh Nirmal (IBM)
- Trishan de Lanerolle (Linux Foundation)
- MeharPratap Singh (ProCogia)
- JuanPablo Murillo (ProCogia)
2/1 Working Group Meeting
Attendees: Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Trishan de Lanerolle, Mehar Singh, JuanPablo Murillo, Mark Sellors
- Identified tech representatives in partner companies to collaborate on domain objective for certification.
- Discussed potential focuses of certification and certification seeker’s profile.
- Agreed on reaching out to connections at Linux Foundation for their expertise in technical certification logistics and setup.
- Updated deadline of domain objective completion to 2/28 and deadline of opening domain objective to R community in mid March.
2/13, 2/22, 3/1 Technical Representative Meetings - Domain Objective
Attendees: Richie Cotton, Aimee Gott, Garrett Grolemund, Mehar Singh, JuanPablo Murillo, Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Jeremy Reynolds, Nick Carchedi
- Developed a comprehensive content outline, which breaks R programming proficiency into several competency areas.
- Put together a list of packages/libraries to accompany content outline.
- Discussed and proposed a composite score in addition to a pass/fail final score. Composite score would take into account mastery within each competency area of the outline.
3/17 Working Group Meeting
Attendees: Richie Cotton, Aimee Gott, Mehar Singh, JuanPablo Murillo, Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Mark Sellors, Nick Carchedi, Clyde Seepersad, David Smith
- Updated larger group of recent progress with regard to certification topics and scoring approach.
- Shared completed certification content outline and package list internally with the Working Group.
- Discussed financial details of launching a performance based certification with an expert in the field.