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IBM Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Professional Certificate

Acquire the valuable skills you need to build a career in AI application development. Discover Python programming, create AI-driven chatbots, and deploy AI-powered applications on the web.

Earn your IBM Professional Certificate and kick-start your AI career.

This program is sponsored by Pacific Lutheran University in collaboration with SkillUp Online.


IBM Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Professional Certificate Highlights

Starts on

19 October 2021

Enrollment closes on
19 October 2021



  • 12 weeks, online
  • 2 hours/week



Starts on

19 October 2021

Enrollment closes on
19 October 2021


  • 12 weeks, online
  • 2 hours/week



The power of artificial intelligence is helping businesses to save time and reduce costs. By automating routine tasks and processes, AI is increasing productivity and enabling faster decision making. With the huge benefits that AI brings, therefore, expertise in this field is now one of the most sought-after skill sets.

In this program, you will be introduced to machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks. You will learn to build smart apps using IBM Watson services. You will take your first steps in the exciting world of chatbots. You will create and deploy AI-powered chatbots using Watson Assistant. And you will gain practical skills in Python programming as you go. You will also work on multiple Watson AI services, including Discovery, Speech to Text, Assistant, and Text to Speech, to build AI applications.

In addition, you will be introduced to packaging and unit testing in Python. You will create functions and unit tests, run the unit tests, and package all the files in a standard Python package. You will build a language translator in Python using Watson APIs. Plus you will create web applications using Flask through a hands-on lab.

For students keen to pursue an exciting career in AI, the IBM Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Professional Certificate is a superb opportunity to showcase your AI development skills.

This IBM Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) Professional Certificate Program comprises six purposely designed courses that take you on a carefully defined learning journey.

It is an instructor-led program which runs to a fixed schedule, with set start and finish dates. It is driven forward by your instructor and features live sessions that are aired at a set time. You will, however, have time to complete certain activities at your own pace outside of the live sessions, and you will be encouraged to stay connected with your learning community, mentors, and instructors through the program discussion space.

Courses also include videos, hands-on labs, exercises, and knowledge checks. The materials for each course are accessible from the start of the course and will remain available for the duration of your enrollment.

Enrollment in the program includes all six courses. You cannot enroll for the courses separately. Your PLU Certificate of Completion and IBM Professional Certification will be issued upon successful completion of the full program.

  • An understanding of AI and AI terminology.
  • Practical knowledge of how IBM Watson works.
  • Ability to visually create chatbots without needing code.
  • Competence in Python for the purposes of AI and data science.
  • Ability to carry out unit testing and create Python packages.
  • Ability to create web applications using Flask.
  • Practical knowledge of how to build interactive information retrieval systems.

This Professional Certificate is suitable for learners with both technical and non-technical backgrounds.

The program is specifically aimed at :

  • Individuals who are keen to begin their career in artificial intelligence.
  • College graduates looking to land their first AI job.
  • Experienced developers seeking to upskill, enhance their AI knowledge, and participate in AI projects.

Program Outline

This program is offered through a series of 6 courses.

Your IBM Professional Certificate will be issued once you have completed the full program.

Learn about AI, its applications, and use cases.

Topics Covered

  • What is AI? Understanding its applications and use cases, and how it is transforming our lives.

  • Getting to grips with terms such as machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks.

  • What are the issues and ethical concerns surrounding AI?

  • Starting a career in AI; advice from the experts.

Course ID: AI0101EN-Skillup

Begin your AI journey using IBM Watson.

Topics Covered

  • How does Watson AI work? How does it help professionals and businesses?

  • Watson AI services - intelligent chatbots, virtual assistants, Watson Assistant, and Discovery.

  • Getting hands-on with Watson Discovery, NLB (network load balancing), Knowledge Studio, and Speech to Text.

  • Watson Studio, Machine Learning, Knowledge Catalogue, OpenScale, and Computer Vision.

  • Practical hands-on lab experience with Visual Recognition.

  • Watson AI in action: Use cases.

Course ID:AI102EN-Skillup

Develop skills to create chatbots using Watson Assistant without programming.

Topics Covered

  • Developing AI-powered chatbots using Watson Assistant.

  • How chatbots are changing the world.

  • Developing chatbots and how to integrate them with any website.

  • Chatbot development methodology: Intents, Entities, Dialog, Deployment, Context Variables, Slots, and Digressions.

  • Developing chatbots without coding.

Course ID: CB0103EN-Skillup

Getting started with Python programming language.

Topics Covered

  • What is Python? How is it used?

  • Application of Python in data science.

  • Defining variables in Python.

  • Using sets and conditional statements in Python.

  • Using functions in Python.

  • Working on files to read and write data in Python.

  • NumPy library in Python.

Course ID: PY0101EN-Skillup

Hands-on experience using Python to develop applications and AI powered solutions.

Topics Covered

  • Describe the purpose of unit testing and packaging.

  • Demonstrate how to unit test Python code.

  • Demonstrate how to create a Python package..

Course ID: PY0222EN-Skillup

Gain competency in developing various AI applications leveraging Watson AI services.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Watson services.

  • Creating Watson instances.

  • Watson Discovery; insights from large volumes of unstructured data.

  • IBM cloud function; integrating Watson Assistant-powered chatbots with Watson Discovery.

  • Watson Speech services; giving chatbots a voice.

Course ID: CB0106EN-Skillup

IBM Professional Certification

Earn your certificate

Once you have completed this program, you will earn your certificate.

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