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Upskilling individuals with vendor-neutral expertise in Big Data

APMG has partnered with the Big Data Framework to educate and certify Big Data experts by launching the Enterprise Big Data (EBD) Certifications. 

Big Data Framework is an independent organization dedicated to upskilling individuals with expertise in Big Data.

As a global accreditation and certification body – APMG administers the EBD Certification exams and quality assures its training courses.

The partnership was formed in response to high demand for expertise in extracting valuable insight from large volumes of enterprise data, and the need to be able to apply it to any platform required.

Read launch announcment HERE

What is Big Data?

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.

Data growth, speed and complexity are being driven by the deployment of billions of intelligent sensors, devices and platforms that are transmitting data (popularly called the Internet of Things). The data generated is known as Big Data.

Big data is more than a simply large data collection and storage management challenge. Enterprises that can make sense of it will be the big winners in this information economy. As the saying goes, “information is power”.

Big Data Framework®

The Big Data Framework® was developed by the Big Data Framework Alliance to provide a uniform industry-leading and vendor-neutral standard for big data proficiency in enterprise organizations. It provides the basis for the supporting training and certification scheme from APMG.

The framework supports organizations with the development of their Big Data capabilities. It provides a vendor-neutral, standardised approach to big data analytics, machine learning and big data best practices across any platform including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform. 

The Big Data Framework Alliance

The Big Data Framework Alliance is an independent body for the development and advancement of Big Data best practices. Find out more at

Training outcomes

Big Data Framework training and certification provides delegates with a strong foundation of the fundamental concepts and theories of big data technologies and tools, supporting them and their organization in leveraging the potential benefits, which include:

  • Discovery of new patterns and data relationships impacting the business
  • A greater understanding of customers to more precisely target products and services
  • Enhanced decision-making by collecting more exact and detailed information
  • Greater ability to accurately predict business outcomes and trends
  • Accelerate the identification and correction of operational problems
  • Improve the development of new and existing products and services

Who is it for?

The Big Data Framework training and certification scheme is designed for organizations and individuals that want to become proficient in enterprise analytics, machine learning and big data. 

The framework is specifically designed for enterprise organizations that store massive quantities of data and are looking to enhance their big data capabilities.

Free Big Data Training Guide

The Enterprise Big Data Professional Certification is based on the Enterprise Big Data Professional Guide, which can be donwloaded for free - see HERE for for further details.

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Qualifications available:

  • Enterprise Big Data PROFESSIONAL

Coming soon:

  • Enterprise Big Data ANALYST
  • Enterprise Big Data SCIENTIST
  • Enterprise Big Data ENGINEER
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Enterprise Big Data Professional

Confirm your understanding of the fundamental Big Data terminology, core concepts and solutions.

Information Management & Analysis
Who is it for?

Enterprise Big Data Professional is an entry-level certification - ideal for professionals either currently or intending to be involved in Big Data analysis.

This certification suits the following roles:

  • Data Analysts
  • Business Analysts
  • IT Advisors
  • IT Professionals
What are the key things you will learn?
  • The difference between Big Data and traditional data analysis techniques and solutions.
  • The key functions, roles and competences in organizations necessary to capture value from massive quantities of data.
  • The fundamental characteristics of data analysis, Big Data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • The core benefits of contemporary Big Data architectures.
  • The importance and concept of Artificial Intelligence and its relation to Big Data methods and solutions.
Exam format:
  • 90 minute duration
  • Multiple choice
  • 60 questions
  • 39 marks (65%) requried to pass
  • Closed-book


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Do I have to receive training to take the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examination.

You can self-study for the exam by downloading EBDP’s main publication from the Big Data Framework website.

APMG International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study.

How do I take the exam?

Exams are typically included in EBDP training courses – please confirm with your chosen Accredited Training Organization.

For individuals self-studying or who wish to take an exam separately – online exam options are available.

APMG also runs public exam sessions around the world. Contact your local APMG Office to see if a public exam session is hosted near you.

There are four dedicated centre’s in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

In many countries where an APMG International office is yet to be established, exam sessions are organized at British Council offices.

How much does it cost to take the EBDP examination?

If you are taking the examination through an Accredited Training Organization, the costs of the exam is generally included in the course fee.

APMG International uses a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at:

What is the main publication to support the EBDP certification and where can I purchase this?

EBDP has one main publication supporting the certification scheme. This will be available as a free download from the Big Data Framework website. Hard copies of the guidance will also be available to purchase.

If training with a EBDP ATO please check to confirm if a copy of the guidance is included as part of the course fee.

When can I expect the results of my EBDP examination?

The EBDP examination can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Please note this will only be a provisional result.

Your formal result will be sent to your Accredited Training Organization (ATO) approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.

If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your result will be sent directly to you via the relevant APMG International office approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

When will I receive my EBDP certificate?

If successful, a certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper.

Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an Accredited Training Organization (ATO), certificates are dispatched to the ATO. Therefore, if you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frame please contact your ATO directly.

How long is the EBDP certification valid for?

The EBDP certification is not valid for a defined period of time and will not expire.

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become a EBDP trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become a EBDP trainer, individuals must achieve a score of 75% (45/60 marks) in the exam.

How do I become a EBDP approved trainer?

All EBDP trainers must be "sponsored" by a EBDP Accredited Training Organization (ATO).

Can I use the EBDP logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the EBDP logo. Such organizations include EBDP Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) and registered partners accredited by APMG International.

The EBDP Logo is a is a registered trademark of Big Data Framework B.V. All rights reserved.

How does my organization become a EBDP Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

Please register your interest in becoming an ATO by using the Contact Us form on the EBDC web page.


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