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CompTIA Data+ (Exam DA0-001)

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As the importance of data analytics grows, more job roles are required to set context and better communicate vital business intelligence. Collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data can drive priorities and lead business decision-making.CompTIA Data+ is an early-career data analytics certification for professionals tasked with developing and promoting data-driven business decision-making.

The CompTIA Data+ exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to transform business requirements in support of data-driven decisions through mining and manipulating data, applying basic statistical methods, and analyzing complex datasets while adhering to governance and quality standards throughout the entire data life cycle.


Analytics professionals responsible for collecting and analyzing data in order to provide an accurate picture of business operations or performance for a company. The analyst may specialize in a core business function such as marketing and sales, finance and accounting, HR, or operations or may be aspiring to a more general data analyst role. Roles for which this course would be ideal are: Data Analysts, Report Analysts, Business Intellignece Analysts, Market Research Analysts or Operations Analysts.  


After completing the course you should be able to:

  • Identify basic concepts of data schemas
  • Understand different data systems
  • Understand types and characteristics of data
  • Compare and contrast different data structures, formats, and markup languages
  • Explain data integration and collection methods
  • Identify common reasons for cleansing and profiling data
  • Execute different data manipulation techniques
  • Explain common techniques for data manipulation and optimization
  • Apply descriptive statistical methods
  • Describe key analysis techniques
  • Understand the use of different statistical methods
  • Use the appropriate type of visualization
  • Express business requirements in a report format
  • Design components for reports and dashboard
  • Distinguish different report types
  • Summarize the importance of data governance
  • Apply quality control to data
  • Explain master data management concepts
  • Identify common data analytics tools


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • 18–24 months of hands-on experience working in a business intelligence, report/data analyst job role.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or a spreadsheet program.
  • Understand how to build basic math calculations, like add, subtract, divide, and multiply (basic arithmetic).
  • Know how to build basic functions like Sums, Average, and Count.
  • Understand the basics of sorting and filtering data sets in Excel or a similar spreadsheet program.
  • Have a working knowledge of how to build very basic pivot tables.
  • Have some understanding of databases and all knowledge toward understanding how databases designed will be helpful.
  • Have a basic understanding of how to build simple charts in using data.


Recommended as preparation for the following exam:

  • DA0-001 - CompTIA Data+ Certification Exam
  • Number of Questions: 90 questions
  • Type of Questions: Multiple choice and performance-based
  • Length of Test: 90 Minutes
  • Passing Score: 675 (on scale of 100–900)

Recommended Experience: CompTIA recommends 18–24 months of experience in a report/business analyst job role, exposure to databases and analytical tools, a basic understanding of statistics, and data visualization experience

Languages: English


Lesson 1: Identifying Basic Concepts of Data Schemas

  • Topic 1A: Identify Relational and Non-Relational Databases
  • Topic 1B: Understand the Way We Use Tables, Primary Keys, and Normalization

Lesson 2: Understanding Different Data Systems

  • Topic 2A: Describe Types of Data Processing and Storage Systems
  • Topic 2B: Explain How Data Changes

Lesson 3: Understanding Types and Characteristics of Data

  • Topic 3A: Understand Types of Data
  • Topic 3B: Break Down the Field Data Types

Lesson 4: Comparing and Contrasting Different Data Structures, Formats, and Markup Languages

  • Topic 4A: Differentiate Between Structured Data and Unstructured Data
  • Topic 4B: Recognize Different File Formats
  • Topic 4C: Understand the Different Code Languages Used for Data

Lesson 5: Explaining Data Integration and Collection Methods

  • Topic 5A: Understand the Processes of Extracting, Transforming, and Loading Data
  • Topic 5B: Explain API/Web Scraping and Other Collection Methods
  • Topic 5C: Collect and Use Public and Publicly Available Data
  • Topic 5D: Use and Collect Survey Data.

Lesson 6: Identifying Common Reasons for Cleansing and Profiling Data

  • Topic 6A: Learn to Profile Data
  • Topic 6B: Address Redundant, Duplicated, and Unnecessary Data
  • Topic 6C: Work with Missing Values
  • Topic 6D: Address Invalid Data
  • Topic 6E: Convert Data to Meet Specifications

Lesson 7: Executing Different Data Manipulation Techniques

  • Topic 7A: Manipulate Field Data and Create Variables
  • Topic 7B: Transpose and Append Data
  • Topic 7C: Query Data

Lesson 8: Explaining Common Techniques for Data Manipulation and Optimization

  • Topic 8A: Use Functions to Manipulate Data
  • Topic 8B: Use Common Techniques for Query Optimization

Lesson 9: Applying Descriptive Statistical Methods

  • Topic 9A: Use Measures of Central Tendency
  • Topic 9B: Use Measures of Dispersion
  • Topic 9C: Use Frequency and Percentages

Lesson 10: Describing Key Analysis Techniques

  • Topic 10A: Get Started with Analysis
  • Topic 10B: Recognize Types of Analysis

Lesson 11: Understanding the Use of Different Statistical Methods

  • Topic 11A: Understand the Importance of Statistical Tests
  • Topic 11B: Break Down the Hypothesis Test
  • Topic 11C: Understand Tests and Methods to Determine Relationships Between Variables

Lesson 12: Using the Appropriate Type of Visualization

  • Topic 12A: Use Basic Visuals
  • Topic 12B: Build Advanced Visuals
  • Topic 12C: Build Maps with Geographical Data
  • Topic 12D: Use Visuals to Tell a Story

Lesson 13: Expressing Business Requirements in a Report Format

  • Topic 13A: Consider Audience Needs When Developing a Report
  • Topic 13B: Describe Data Source Considerations for Reporting
  • Topic 13C: Describe Considerations for Delivering Reports and Dashboards
  • Topic 13D: Develop Reports or Dashboards
  • Topic 13E: Understand Ways to Sort and Filter Data

Lesson 14: Designing Components for Reports and Dashboards

  • Topic 14A: Choose Design Elements for Reports/Dashboards
  • Topic 14B: Utilize Standard Elements for Reports/Dashboards
  • Topic 14C: Create a Narrative and Other Written Elements
  • Topic 14D: Understand Deployment Considerations

Lesson 15: Distinguishing Different Report Types

  • Topic 15A: Understand How Updates and Timing Affect Reporting
  • Topic 15B: Differentiate Between Types of Reports

Lesson 16: Summarizing the Importance of Data Governance

  • Topic 16A: Define Data Governance
  • Topic 16B: Understand Access Requirements and Policies.
  • Topic 16C: Understand Security Requirements
  • Topic 16D: Understand Entity Relationship Requirements

Lesson 17: Applying Quality Control to Data

  • Topic 17A: Describe Characteristics, Rules, and Metrics of Data Quality
  • Topic 17B: Identify Reasons to Quality Check Data and Methods of Data Validation

Lesson 18: Explaining Master Data Management Concepts

  • Topic 18A: Explain the Basics of Master Data Management
  • Topic 18B: Describe Master Data Management Processes

Appendix A: Identifying Common Data Analytics Tools.

Appendix B: Mapping Course Content to CompTIA Data+ Certification (DA0-001)

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