In this blog, we’ve created a (non-exhaustive) list of courses you should consider if you want to learn essential data science skills in South Africa. These courses are mostly classroom training from South African institutions, but if you’re more interested in online learning, check out our blog Where To Learn Essential Data Science Skills Online.
Please note: Principa has recently launched an eLearning platform for corporate training in collections, credit and general financial skills and best practices, called Wisdome. We do not currently offer training in data analytics or machine learning, but always welcome applications to work at Principa. View our careers page for more.
Data Science Training In South Africa
Explore Data Science Academy’s 1 Year Data Science Programme
Course description: The EXPLORE Data Science Academy is the premier Data Science Academy in South Africa and teaches students the skills that matter: how to solve real-world problems using the latest Data Science technologies that have emerged. Our Data Science Accredited Skills Programme is an intense one year course that teaches students what they need to know: how to work with SQL like a Pro, how to code in Python like a mamba and how to use the latest machine learning algorithms like a ninja.
Location: Cape Town and Gauteng Campuses
Duration: 1 Year
Cost: The course is fully sponsored by BCX, and covers living expenses for students.
Prerequisites: You do not need any specific qualifications. You just need to exhibit a strong aptitude for solving complex problems, a flair with numbers and an ambition to make a difference. Our selection criteria are based on a series of challenging aptitude tests. If you show that you have what it takes then you will have a free pass to our Academy for 2019.
Learn More: https://www.explore-datascience.net/
The Knowledge Academy’s Data Science Analytics
Course description: This 1-day course will help you develop your skills to become a successful Data Analyst. By taking this course, you will be able to successfully study different types of data and turn it into a valuable source of information. You will also be able to learn various theories which include digital, technological and analytical techniques
Location: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth
Duration: 1 day
University of the Western Cape’s Postgraduate Diploma in Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
Course description: An interdisciplinary curriculum of analytical and qualitative studies incorporates the disciplines of business management, information systems, statistics and computer science to be followed by an internship during which candidates need to demonstrate their ability to solve complex problems.
Location: Cape Town
Duration: 18 months, part-time
Cost: R50 000
Prerequisites: Admission requirements for the degree include a B-degree with an average of 55% for exit modules in Information Systems, Business Management, Computer Science or Statistics – or a B-degree (or equivalent) with two years relevant working experience.
University of Cape Town GetSmarter’s Data Analysis Short Course
Course description: On this data analysis online course, you’ll practice on real-world data sets and learn valuable skills to drive effective decision-making in your organisation. You’ll walk away from this course with a sought-after skill set and a certificate in data analysis, backed by UCT, making you an asset to any organisation.
Duration: 8 weeks, with between 7 and 11 hours’ effort per week.