BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Develop an understanding of the basic principles of artificial intelligence, its benefits and risks, and the processes behind machine learning.

The BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence is the first internationally recognised professional certification for this innovative and fast-growing field. At its core, the BCS AI Essentials Certificate prepares award holders on how to capitalise on the digital transformation, which according to the World Economic Forum, will see over half of all workplace tasks being performed by machines by 2025.

Course Dates

▸ 19 February 2024 | Live (online) | 2 x 4hr s

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The BCS Essentials Certificate in AI aims to introduce a complicated topic. While there is an amount of technical detail in the course, it should still be suitable for people with a non-technical background. For some, the BCS AI Essentials Certificate is sufficient to provide a basic understanding in order to facilitate informed conversations with specialist teams responsible for developing AI systems. For others, it is the entry point into a longer learning and development journey.

The BCS Essentials Certificate tests delegates' knowledge and understanding of AI terminology and general principles. It explores the various forms of AI and the fundamental processes of machine learning. Alongside the advantages and difficulties associated with AI, the BCS Essentials Certificate examines how AI will transform the way people work, learn, travel and communicate with one another.

Delegates can gain a recognised workplace AI qualification, whether working at their desk or from home, by attending two consecutive 4-hour live online sessions. The course follows the latest BCS Syllabus (v1.2) and prepares participants for the 30-minute multiple-choice BCS Foundation Exam, administered separately via Questionmark through online remote proctoring.

Learning Objectives

  • An introduction and history of human and artificial intelligence

  • Examining the benefits, challenges and risks of AI

  • An Introduction to Machine Learning

  • The future of AI; Humans and machines working together

Who should attend this course?

  • Chief Privacy Officers (CPOs)

  • Data Protection Officers (DPOs) and practitioners

  • Governance, risk and compliance professionals (all grades)

  • Privacy Engineers, technicians

  • Solicitors advising on information law

  • Data Scientists, analysts, architects

  • Data research analysts

  • Systems administrators, developers, engineers

  • Chief Technical Officers (CTOs)

  • Chief Information Officers (CIOs)

  • Information security, IT security and IT managers, Chief Information Security Officers (CISO)

  • Ethical hackers & Forensics investigators

  • Website developers & UX/UI designers

  • Organisational/business change practitioners and managers

Course Outline

Module 1: An introduction to artificial and human intelligence

  • Human and artificial intelligence (AI) definitions

  • How learning from experience relates to Machine Learning (ML)

  • How machine learning has contributed to the growth of artificial intelligence

  • Universal Design and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Module 2: Benefits, challenges and risks of Artificial Intelligence

  • Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

  • Advantages of machine and human and machine systems

  • Understanding the challenges and risks of Artificial Intelligence

  • How AI projects are funded

  • Potential opportunities for Artificial Intelligence

Module 3: An introduction to Machine Learning

  • Understanding the AI intelligent agent description.

  • Machine Learning differences

  • The four rational agent dependencies

  • Agents in terms of performance measure, environment, actuators and sensors

  • The four types of agents

  • Examples of Machine Learning

  • How narrow AI capabilities are useful in Machine

  • Learning and AI agents' functionality

  • Neural network schematics

Module 4: The future of Artificial Intelligence

  • How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will drive humans and machines to work together

  • Future applications for Artificial Intelligence

BCS Syllabus

Essential Certificate in Artificial Intelligence (AI-E)- Syllabus version 1.2 (August 2023)

Exam Required
Guaranteed Pass
Practice test
Exam Fee Included
On-site exam
Timezones Covered:
PST [GMT-8:00]
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MET [GMT+3:30]
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SST [GMT+8:00]
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Training Instructor accredited by: BCS - The Chartered Institute of IT
Certification Body: BCS