BCS Foundation Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

BCS Foundation Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

Learn the general principles of ethical, trustworthy and sustainable artificial intelligence and why organisations will be defined by how well they implement it.

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Artificial Intelligence builds on the knowledge taught in the BCS AI Essentials Certificate. Intended for a more technical audience, the BCS AI Foundation Certificate is aimed at systems engineers, developers and others tasked with implementing AI systems.

As the adoption of AI increases across all sectors of the economy, so does the need for certified professionals who can address the ethical challenges that AI raises. It's not enough to simply create AI systems that can perform tasks efficiently, we must ensure that they are also developed in a way that is fair, safe, and beneficial to everyone involved.

Couse Dates

Starts April 22nd, 2024 | Online | 4 x 4hr sessions

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Course Contents

The BCS Foundation Certificate in Artificial Intelligence addresses the fundamental principles, concepts, and trends of AI, along with its practical implications in the real world. Participants will consider how to take a human-centric approach, prioritising ethical and sustainable AI as we move towards a more technologically advanced society. This includes the challenges and risks associated with AI projects, such as those related to privacy, transparency and potential biases in algorithms that could lead to unintended consequences.

The Foundation Certificate examines the rapidly growing field of machine learning, which involves using algorithms and statistical models to enable machines to learn from data and make predictions or decisions without explicit instructions. The programme compares the theory of developing and refining these algorithms and models to improve their accuracy and effectiveness with the practice of testing and validating models to ensure they are robust and reliable.

Ultimately, award holders will demonstrate an understanding of the future of machines and humans working together as one of collaboration and mutual benefit. They will recognise AI is not infallible and that by following a 'learning from experience' process, errors or unintended consequences are addressed quickly and appropriately.

Delegates can gain a recognised workplace AI qualification, whether working at their desk or from home, by attending four consecutive 4-hour live online sessions. The course follows the latest BCS Syllabus (v1.2) and prepares participants for the 60-minute multiple-choice BCS Foundation Exam, administered separately via Questionmark through online remote proctoring.

Learning Outcomes

  • Human-centric ethical and sustainable AI

  • AI and robotics

  • Applying the benefits, challenges and risks of AI projects

  • Building a machine learning toolbox, theory and practice

  • The management, roles and responsibilities of humans and machines

  • The future of AI

What is included:

  • 4 x 4-hour live online sessions on consecutive days

  • Entrance to the 60-minute, multiple-choice online BCS Examination

  • 1-2-1 coaching and support

  • 1st year BCS Associate membership

Who should attend this course?

  • Chief Privacy Officers (CPOs), Data Protection Officers (DPOs) and practitioners (with a technical background)

  • Privacy Engineers, technicians

  • Data Scientists, analysts, architects


  • Systems administrators, developers, engineers

  • Information security, IT security and IT managers,

  • Software Engineers, Designers, Programmers, Test Managers & QA Engineers

  • Information Security Managers, Professionals

  • Ethical Hackers & Forensics Investigators

  • Website developers & UX/UI designers

  • Game Developers

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Ethical and Sustainable Human and Artificial

  • Module 2: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

  • Module 3: Applying the benefits of AI - challenges and risks

  • Module 4: The Management, Roles and Responsibilities of humans and machines

BCS AI Foundation Syllabus

Foundation Certificate in Artificial Intelligence (AI-F)
Syllabus version 1.2
(August 2023)

Exam Required
Guaranteed Pass
Practice test
Exam Fee Included
On-site exam
Timezones Covered:
PST [GMT-8:00]
EST [GMT-5:00]
MET [GMT+3:30]
IST [GMT+5:30]
SST [GMT+8:00]
ACST [GMT+9:30]
Training Instructor accredited by: BCS - The Chartered Institute of IT
Certification Body: BCS