Certificate in Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

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Certificate in Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Your AI journey starts here. Ready to begin?

Want a career in AI but need the introductory skills and knowledge?

This 12 week, online, Level 8 [10 ECTS credits] Foundations Certificate in Artificial Intelligence is designed as an introduction to the foundations of AI. It is specifically targeted at those with an interest in and aptitude for transitioning into the AI disciplines but who do not necessarily have a background in AI or a related area.

It aims to provide students with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to start a career in artificial intelligence, pursue higher education, or gain advanced insights that complement their current role. AI can enhance operational efficiency, and leaders who are knowledgeable in this area can identify opportunities to streamline processes and increase productivity. Additionally, this programme would be suitable for those returning from a career break or simply seeking to upskill in artificial intelligence.

This course provides one-to-one mentoring and support clinics to guarantee that you derive maximum benefits from your learning journey. You will have the chance to receive guidance from a knowledgeable mentor who will assist you during the course.

We are delighted to have developed this Level 8 10 ECTS Continuing Professional Diploma in partnership with the Krisolis, TU Dublin, and Women In AI Chapter in Ireland.


The programme will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm as a live online classroom event over 12 weeks.

The course material will include video recordings as well as readings, exercises, and assignments. Each student will receive 1-1 private mentoring sessions.

Assessment of learning achievement will be through a mix of online examinations, class assignments, a personal learning journal compiled in an academic style, and a capstone project addressing a specific AI problem or issue.


Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland(Business, Consultant, Freelancer) to avail of the grant-aided fees. As a government-funded training network we can only support those meeting this criteria.

Please note: Applicants who do not meet our funding criteria may in some cases be able to apply privately/directly to the college and pay the full fee of €1,259 if there are any available places. Contact us for more information.


Academic Eligibility

Applicants need to possess a Level 8 (NFQ) Primary Degree, ideally but not necessarily in a cognitive discipline and will be expected to have an appreciable level of quantitative aptitude.

Although, applicants with relevant IT work experience and IT-oriented Level-7 qualifications can apply to be considered for application. These applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please advise upon application.

Please note TU Dublin is the sole arbitrator on who is accepted on the course. ICT Skillnet only assesses your eligibility for funding.



Full Course fee: €1,259
Skillnet grant: – €364
Student fee: €895*
*Part-funded fees are only available to eligible applicants.


Click “Apply now” and attach your updated CV to be assessed for funding eligibility.

Alternatively, email info@ictskillnet.ie with the below information:

– Subject line “CPD Certificate in Foundations of AI”

– Current Employer

– Current Highest NFQ

– Attach your CV


Once approved for funding, applicants will be directed to TU Dublin for their official college application where their academic eligibility will be assessed.

TU Dublin is the final arbitrator on who is accepted onto the course.

Please note: Due to the high levels of interest this course will close once capacity is reached. We are only running 1 iteration of this course in 2024.


What our students say

“I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to get a solid understanding of AI and perhaps pursue or enhance a career in the field of AI”

“Overall the course is fantastic and would certainly recommend it to anyone”

“The variety of topics that were covered during the course were all relevant and provided a good insight into how AI needs to be understood and basics needs to be learnt”

“The practical real-life examples that were used helped me understand the theory much easier and the engaging style of the presenters”

“Getting a conceptual understanding of what exactly AI is. Getting practical experience with different AI tools. “

“Data quality and governance, Project management and understanding of AI and its current uses, the use of python for data analysis and prediction”

“The tutors delivered the training with enthusiasm and encouraged participation.”

“An awareness of Al, technical methods and machine learning “

“The practical introduction to Python”

“The practical work near the end for prediction models, data prep, model evaluation”


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View our information webinar to discover everything you need to know about the course!

00:01 Introduction

02:24 Meet the team

04:00 Women In AI Welcome Address

08:55 Programme Details

10:50 What will I learn

14:45 How will I learn

19:20 Should I take this programme

22:35 Student Experience

31:20 How to Apply

33:00 Q&A Student questions answered