BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence


BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

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

About this course

Launched in 2019, 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.

online sessions

online sessions

Flexible live
interactive training

In course
exam preparation

30-minute online
BCS examination

Course Overview

The BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence 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.

The course is delivered online for convenience and for the significant environmental and sustainability benefits it offers. 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.

Enrol today and take the first step towards expanding your knowledge and comprehension of AI.

Learning Objectives

BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence award holders will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the following areas:

  • 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?

The BCS Essentials Certificate in Artificial Intelligence is suitable for a range of technical and business process-orientated roles. The list includes those working within the privacy industry, where developing an understanding of AI is quickly becoming an essential skill.

  • 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

Why privacy and data protection practitioners should attend this course?

While it used to be sufficient for privacy and data protection practitioners to possess expert-level knowledge of data protection laws, modern professionals are increasingly being asked to advise on non-legal aspects of utilising and protecting personal data. To stay current, industry professionals must build on existing legal data protection knowledge to expand their capabilities to include machine learning and artificial intelligence knowledge. This is particularly relevant when considering algorithmic bias, transparency and automated decision-making issues.

Privacy and data protection practitioners with a technical background may find the BCS AI Foundation Certificate more suitable.

Course Itinerary

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

Download the new syllabus (PDF)

BCS AI Essentials Examination

Duration and Format of the Examination

The BCS Essential Certificate in Artificial Intelligence exam format is a 30-minute multiple-choice examination. The exam is closed book, i.e. no materials can be taken into the examination room.

Exam Format

20 Multiple choice questions
30 Minutes
Open Book
Pass Mark
No calculators nor mobile technology is permitted
Additional time for candidates requiring Reasonable Adjustments

Adjustments and/or additional time can be requested in line with the BCS reasonable adjustments policy for candidates with a disability or other special considerations, including English as a second language.

Course Cost

Get this BCS Essential Certificate in Artificial Intelligence for:


  • Receive a 15% online discount for multiple bookings onto public courses
  • Onsite courses can be delivered for teams of 6 or more 

BCS Accredited AI training package includes:

  • 2 x 4-hour live online sessions on consecutive days
  • Entrance to the 30-minute, multiple-choice online BCS Examination
  • 1-2-1 coaching and support
  • 1st year BCS Associate membership

Courseware: a complete Essential level AI manual

  • Detailed manual comes in an A4 bound folder + an editable electronic version
  • Includes free lifetime updates (electronic version), which means it will never go out of date
  • Electronic copy of the full course PowerPoint
  • Exercises & revision materials
  • Sample exam questions

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Course Dates

Code Course Start Duration Location Booking
AI-E BCS Essentials Certificate in AI 20 May 24 2 x 4hr sessions Online
29 Jul 24 2 x 4hr sessions Online Book now
14 Oct 24 2 x 4hr sessions Online Book now

BCS Essentials Certificate in AI (AI-E)

Starts: 20 May 24

Duration: 2 x 4hr sessions

Location: Online


BCS Essentials Certificate in AI (AI-E)

Starts: 29 Jul 24

Duration: 2 x 4hr sessions

Location: Online

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BCS Essentials Certificate in AI (AI-E)

Starts: 14 Oct 24

Duration: 2 x 4hr sessions

Location: Online

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