Tableau Certification FAQs

Tableau Certified Data Analyst Beta

Now you can get Tableau Certified in the hottest role in data analytics. Earning your Tableau Certified Data Analyst title proves your proficiency as a Data Analyst, whether it’s your current or future career. Available at a special price of $199 USD for the limited-time beta period.

What is a beta exam?

Beta exams are administered to ensure that the questions that we ask to discriminate between qualified and non-qualified candidates. We do this by collecting statistical information on how a cohort of candidates performs on each item and the test overall. It also provides candidates an opportunity to become one of the first users to earn this new credential. Beta tests are longer in terms of the number of items and amount of time given to complete the exam. Some items that are presented on the beta will not be on the final version of the test.

Who should take the beta exam?

We encourage those who are currently working as a Data Analyst, have recently worked as a Data Analyst, or have been studying to become a Data Analyst to take this exam. We recommend at least six months of experience using Tableau before attempting.

How do I know what’s covered in the exam?

You can find the objective domain in the Exam Prep Guide in the “Skills Measured” section. The objective domain, or the topics that you’ll be tested on, remains the same between the beta and final versions of the exam.

What types of questions show up in this exam?

This exam contains both knowledge-based questions (single-response, multiple response, etc.) and a performance-based lab. The lab component is a series of tasks in which you will need to use Tableau products within a virtual machine that will then be scored.

The Certified Tableau Data Analyst Beta also contains new, interactive special item types such as:

Active Area
Active Screen
Build List
Drag-and-Drop

Please read the Exam Guide for detailed descriptions of each item type prior to taking your exam.

Do I need an active Tableau license to take the exam?

No. Experience with Tableau products is important, but a licensed version of Tableau is provided within the lab environment to use during the Tableau Certified Data Analyst exam.

What date do I need to take the beta exam by?

The Tableau Certified Data Analyst Beta will be available from 8 September 2021 through 6 October 2021.

How do I sign up?

Create and sign in to your Pearson VUE exam account to register for the Tableau Certified Data Analyst Beta exam. You will be able to take this exam at either a testing center or online.

When will I know my score?

Once we achieve our goal number exam administrations during the beta, psychometricians perform statistical analysis on the items, the test, the time it took candidates to take the exam, and make recommendations as to which items performed well and should be included on the final test. This process can take up to 90 days.

What score is needed to pass the exam?

The Tableau certification program is moving towards the industry standard of scaled scoring. This means that the required score to pass a Tableau exam will be 750 on a scaled score of 100-1000. Scaled scores are a mathematical conversion of the number of items that a candidate answers correctly so that there is a consistent scale used across all forms of the exam. A relevant example is the process of converting pounds to kilograms. Scaled scoring models are used to equate scores across multiple exam forms that may have slightly different difficulty levels.

How many times can I take the beta exam?

You will only have one attempt to take the beta exam. If you fail, it will count as an attempt only toward the Beta. It will not count as an attempt against the final exam.

If I pass, do I get the title of Tableau Certified Data Analyst?

Yes. Should you achieve the passing score once it’s established, you will be granted the title of Tableau Certified Data Analyst. This title is valid for 2 years.

Pearson VUE Transition

Pearson VUE is the industry leader in test delivery, security, and exam experience, administering high-stakes exams globally, both online and in-person.

Why are we moving to Pearson Vue?

We are excited to partner with Pearson VUE to offer new capabilities and a simplified testing experience. You will still be able to take exams online from anywhere, and you will also have the option to test in person at more than 5,000 testing centers, in 188 countries and territories around the world. Find more information about exam delivery here.

Where are the testing center locations and how do I sign up to take my exam there?

During exam registration you will choose to take your exam online or in a test center. You can find a location near you here.

What are the technical requirements for testing online?

Please follow the instructions in the Technical Requirements document.

The Tableau Desktop Specialist and Server Certified Associate exams are converting to knowledge-based. What does that mean?

  • No hands on questions
  • No virtual machine and therefore no access to Tableau products or online resources including internet access and Tableau live help

What happens to the titles that I earned with LES?

Your current and past title history will move to our new candidate portal, launching by early September. In preparation for this, download any information you need from LES portal (receipts, certificates, score reports, or any historical information you may need).

When will I no longer have access to the LES candidate portal?

The last day to access your LES candidate portal account is 31 December 2021. In preparation for this, download any information you need from the LES portal (score reports, receipts, certificates, any historical information you may need).

When will the Tableau Server Certified Associate exam be available to purchase?

The exam will be available to purchase again by the end of August at Pearson VUE.

Exam Retirement

The Tableau Desktop Certified Professional and Tableau Server Certified Professional exams will no longer be available for new purchases after 31 July 2021. Find out more info below.

Which exams are being retired?

The Tableau Desktop Certified Professional and Tableau Server Certified Professional exams will no longer be available for new purchases after 31 July 2021. If you have purchased the Tableau Desktop Certified Professional exam, you must take it by 31 August 2021. The Tableau Server Certified Professional exam was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 - there will be no final administration of this exam.

When is the last day to purchase, schedule and take these exams?

Tableau Desktop Certified Professional

  • Last day to purchase - 31 July 2021
  • Last day to schedule - 25 August 2021
  • Last day to take - 31 August 2021

Tableau Server Certified Professional: Because this exam is limited to in-person delivery, we will not be offering any final administrations of this exam due to safety concerns.

If the exam is no longer available, what happens if I’ve already earned a title that’s going away?

We will continue to endorse, support, and promote your credential through its expiration date. We will not expire titles prematurely even though the exams will no longer be available. Your digital badge will also be available and will have an expired flag once your expiration date is reached.

Will advanced certifications be available in the future?

There is no better way to prove your proficiency than getting Tableau Certified and this is even more true for those who have advanced level skills. We will be exploring options for reimagined advanced certifications with the intention of launching new titles in the future.

Registering for an Exam

The information below is for those testing at Pearson VUE. If you’re testing with Loyalist Exam Services, visit the FAQ here.

I need an accessibility accommodation. How do I request that?

If you have a medical disability or condition that requires an accommodation during your exam you may submit a request that will be reviewed by the Tableau Certification team. You must submit the request and receive approval before scheduling your exam. Depending on the accommodation, we may request verified documentation by a physician or health specialist.

How do I register for an exam?

Exams are delivered online 24/7, or in a testing center with our exam provider, Pearson VUE. Exams can be scheduled online. Create and/or log in to your Pearson VUE account to select the exam you'd like to schedule. Sessions are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. IMPORTANT: if you are taking an exam as a Tableau Partner, you must use your work email when setting up your account. 

How can I pay for my exam?

You can purchase your exam with a credit card - American Express, Mastercard, or Visa. No other payment methods are currently available. Additional taxes may apply. 

Where are exams delivered?

Exams are delivered online 24/7, or in a testing center by our exam provider, Pearson VUE.  For online exams, all you need is a computer, a webcam, and a fast/reliable internet connection. 

Can I purchase exams in bulk?

No. At this time bulk purchasing is not available. We are actively working with Pearson VUE to enable this, however. Stay tuned!

Can I reschedule an exam?

Yes. You can reschedule your exam by logging into your Pearson VUE account. Once you have selected the exam you would like to reschedule you will see the option to cancel or reschedule your exam. Please note, you must reschedule no later than 24 hours before the exam start time for online exams, and 48 hours before the exam start time for testing centers. As of 1 October 2021, Tableau will begin charging a $25 rescheduling fee. 

Can I cancel my exam?

Yes, you can cancel your exam and receive a refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before the exam start time for online exams, and 48 hours before the exam start time for testing centers. If you fail to show for a scheduled exam time, you will forfeit your exam fee.

Preparing for an Exam

The information below is for those testing at Pearson VUE. If you’re testing with Loyalist Exam Services, visit the FAQ here.

How do I prepare for an exam?

First, and most importantly, for online-proctored exams ensure your computer and environment are prepared. Technical problems experienced during an exam are most often the result of the test-takers’ internet connection. Please follow the instructions in the Technical Requirements document. Next, read the Exam Prep Guide which will provide competencies measured and resources for studying.

Am I required to take Tableau Training to take an exam?

No, but it is highly recommended. Exam content maps with Exam Readiness, eLearning, and Tableau Classroom Training course materials. Information on these courses can be found within each Exam Prep Guide.

Do I need an active Tableau license to take the exam?

No. Experience with Tableau products is important to be successful but a licensed version of Tableau is not a requirement to taking an exam. If your exam has hands-on items you will be provided a licensed version of Tableau within the lab environment to use during the exam.

Is hands-on experience necessary?

Role experience and time using the product with various scenarios and data sets is critical. It is not likely you will pass the exam immediately following a training course.

How difficult are the exams?

Every exam is difficult if you are not properly prepared. To be successful, it is highly recommended that you complete the corresponding Tableau Classroom Training courses and Learning Paths outlined in the Exam Prep Guide.

Taking an Exam

The information below is for those testing at Pearson VUE. If you’re testing with Loyalist Exam Services, visit the FAQ here.

How do I check-in for my exam?

Learn about the check-in process and test experience for exams proctored online or in a test center by watching this short video. For online exams we recommend having your mobile phone handy to aid the check in process.

Will I need to show identification to take the exam?

Yes. You must show a valid government-issued ID in its original form (not a photocopy). The ID must include a recent, recognizable photo. More information on ID requirements can be found here

Can I use resources during the exam?

It depends on the exam you are taking. Please review the Exam Prep Guide for information on approved resources, if applicable.

How are online tests regulated?

A proctor will monitor the testing environment through your webcam and microphone for online exams. Copying or sharing exam questions is strictly prohibited, resulting in dismissal from the program.

What if I disconnect during my online-proctored exam?

It is the test taker’s responsibility to maintain connectivity throughout the exam session. If connectivity is lost your proctor will call your mobile phone to re-establish connection. We understand that phone use is prohibited during the exam so we recommend keeping your phone out of arm’s reach but close enough in the event the proctor needs to reach you due to technical issues.

What do I do if I have a technical issue during my online proctored exam?

If you experience a technical issue during your online-proctored exam and cannot resume your session after you have met with a greeter, Pearson VUE will automatically log a case on your behalf.

After Exam

The information below is for those testing at Pearson VUE. If you’re testing with Loyalist Exam Services, visit the FAQ here.

When do I receive exam results?

You will receive an email when your score report is available in your Pearson VUE account.

What score is needed to pass the exam?

The Tableau certification program is moving towards the industry standard of scaled scoring. This means that the required score to pass a Tableau exam will be 750 on a scaled score of 100-1000. Scaled scores are a mathematical conversion of the number of items that a candidate answers correctly so that there is a consistent scale used across all forms of the exam. A relevant example is the process of converting pounds to kilograms. Scaled scoring models are used to equate scores across multiple exam forms that may have slightly different difficulty levels.

What happens if I fail? What is your retake policy?

  • If you fail your first attempt, you must wait 24 hours before registering for your second attempt.
  • If you fail your second attempt, you must wait 14 days before registering for your third attempt.
  • If you fail your third attempt, you must wait 6 months before registering for your fourth attempt.
  • The retake policy will reset after the fourth attempt.

You must pay the exam fee for each attempt.

Can I find out what questions I missed?

No. Tableau Certification follows industry standard practices. To ensure exam integrity, questions or details beyond what is shown in your score report will not be provided.

How can I improve if I don’t know what I got wrong?

Tableau exams, like most certification exams, are designed to measure skills, not enable skills. Most score reports will indicate module or topic area detail which you can utilize to understand areas that need further study.

Title Management

How will I receive my digital badge?

You will receive an email from the Credly Platform which will have instructions on how to accept your digital badge.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is a verifiable, portable online artifact that displays an achievement. It can demonstrate your skill set on your digital resume or social platforms. Tableau has partnered with Credly to translate your achievements into a badge, issued and maintained through the Credly Platform.

Is there a fee associated with my digital badge?

No. This is a benefit Tableau provides to you, at no cost.

How do I share my digital badge?

Share your badge(s) to your social profiles or grab a unique URL to share where you want from the Credly Platform.

How do badges help communicate my skills?

With multiple levels of certification, it’s important for people to be able to discern your skill level. Representing your skills as a badge enables you to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide concrete evidence of our skill level.

What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?

While badges are simply digital files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly’s Platform. This eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Does my certification title expire?

It depends on the exam type. See the Exam Prep Guide for information on how long a title is active for.

What should I do as my title inactive date approaches?

As your title inactive date approaches, you will want to pass the corresponding exam again to reset your active term. If you purchase your renewal exam before your title becomes inactive, a 40% discount will be applied at the time of purchase.

What happens when my title becomes inactive?

You will want to pass the corresponding exam again to reset your active status. Expired titles are unable to receive certain certification benefits and do not allow for any discounts on exam purchases. Digital badges for expired titles will remain available to you, but will show as expired.

If I leave my current organization, what will happen to my title or certification?

Since titles are held by individuals, you will take it with you. To change the email address on your exam account, reach out to Pearson VUE Customer Service.