• Gain industry insights and apply knowledge through real-life case studies and interviews followed by AI-marked activities.
  • Learn tools for making ethical decisions when working with AI.
  • Understand the risks that come with developing AI solutions and the strategies for overcoming them.

Who is this ethical AI course for?

  • The learning programme is ideal for anyone involved with designing or developing software that uses AI.

    While the content is tailored to the financial services sector, it’s highly relevant to a wide range of sectors, from law to pharmaceuticals.

Entry requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this certification. 

What will I learn?

Our AI certification contains five online modules which cover how to apply ethical principles when designing and building AI systems.

You will gain a broad understanding of:

  • An ethical framework for using AI
  • Innovating ethically with AI to drive business change
  • Data privacy, governance and policy in AI
  • Data architecture, sustainability and ethics
  • Ethically building and testing AI solutions

By the end of our AI course, you’ll understand the risks that come with developing AI solutions and the strategies for overcoming them.

By completing these exclusive learning modules and assessment activities, learners will develop a practical understanding of, and skills relating to: 

  • The need for ethical and regulatory standards in AI
  • The use of different AI systems and their impact on the business and society
  • The lawful and ethical collection and use of data
  • The data, infrastructure and environmental considerations of AI systems
  • The ethical considerations in developing, testing and running AI

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

Download our latest syllabus (PDF)

Watch the video: Introduction to the BCS Foundation Certificate in The Ethical Build of AI

How do I get this certification?

Online training and exam

Self-paced learning on any device with internet access.

How long will it take?

  • Structured programme of 5 online modules
  • Each module takes 90 minutes
  • Scenario-based activities in between
    each module which will use ChatGPT for feedback
  • Mock test
  • Total course time, including exam is approx.12

How much does it cost?

£160+vat for all 5 modules and exam

Where can I study?

This is a self paced online course.

If you are interested in purchasing this course for your team or organisation, please contact our Customer Services team who will be happy to help you (UK +44) 01794 417417.

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour ‘closed book’ exam with 20 multiple choice (1 mark) and 10 practical multiple response (2 marks) questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Resources to help you study

AI Publications available on BCS Bookshop

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This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.