World-first comprehensive certificate for data literacy launched

The Data Literacy Project has introduced the first globally recognised certification for data literacy skills

In a world first, the Data Literacy Project has released a certification that will enable individuals to document and demonstrate their data literacy skills.

The certification is free and has been developed by academics and data literacy specialists at Qlik, a partner in the Data Literacy Project.


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Kevin Hanegan, chief learning officer at Qlik, said: “The potential for data-informed decision making across all roles and business functions is massive.

“Data literacy has been proven to positively impact organisations’ enterprise value by up to 5%, so it is little surprise that this skillset is becoming highly valued.”

Those undertaking the certification will be required to complete a 70-question exam, which will measure performance in data skills that support better business decision-making, including:

  • Analysing, asking questions of, making decisions and communicating with data
  • Interpreting business requirements
  • Understanding how data is built, used and transformed in order to analyse and tie back to business objectives
  • Utilising visualizations to make data-informed decisions

Following the two-hour exam, successful candidates will receive a physical certificate and a badge for their LinkedIn and CV, certifying to employers their ability to meet the above criteria.

Participants can access e-learning resources on the Data Literacy Project’s website, including 19 free courses from Qlik. These courses cover core data literacy skills such as understanding data, data storytelling, and an introduction to data-informed decision making.


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The recently launched Data Literacy Project community forum also allows participants to engage with and ask questions of experts in the field.

More information can be found at https://thedataliteracyproject.org/learn

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