MapR Technologies, Inc. has announced it is now offering a free, complete online Spark curriculum via MapR Academy’s On-Demand Training. The training is intended to lead to developer certification in Spark.

The company also made available a preview of Spark 1.6 for developers to test on the MapR Converged Data Platform.

“There is tremendous momentum propelling Spark, largely because of the benefits it provides for batch, interactive and streaming applications,” said Suzanne Ferry, vice president of global training and enablement, MapR Technologies. “We continue to evolve the coursework offered in our free On-Demand Training program to meet the learning needs of developers, data analysts and administrators.”

Free Spark Coursework Leading to Certification

Ferry says the MapR Academy’s free online Spark curriculum includes a Spark certification study guide and access to the Spark certification exam. That exam is usually priced at $250, MapR is currently offering theMapR Certified Spark Developerexam for only $100.

The Spark training coursework includes the following:

DEV360 – Apache Spark Essentials

DEV361 – Build and Monitor Apache Spark Applications

DEV362 – Create Data Pipelines using Apache Spark

Spark Certification Study Guide

Spark Certification Exam – MCSD (fee required)

The on-demand training for Spark enables developers to prepare for the MapR Certified Spark Developer (MCSD) exam, Ferry explains. “This industry credential validates a developer’s technical knowledge, skills and abilities to use Spark in an enterprise environment to process large datasets. Specifically, the MCSD-certified developer can use Spark to load and inspect data, build Spark applications, work with Pair RDD and Dataframes, monitor Spark application performance, and do advanced programming using MLLib.”

More than 50,000 professionals have enrolled in MapR Academy’s On-Demand Training, Ferry notes.

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