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Artificial Intelligence on Microsoft Azure: Machine Learning and Python Basics

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Artificial Intelligence on Microsoft Azure: Machine Learning and Python Basics

Develop AI and machine learning skills using Python and Microsoft Azure, on the path to role-based certifications.

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Explore Azure’s AI functionality and learn Python basics for machine learning

Offered through a collaboration with Microsoft, this microcredential will teach you the fundamentals of AI and provide you with the skills to design and build an AI solution using Microsoft Azure. We will prepare you for the Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900) and Microsoft Azure AI Engineer Associate (AI-100) certification; the cost of this microcredential includes vouchers for those exams.

Artificial intelligence is one of the key drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Accordingly, artificial intelligence skills are frequently listed among the most in-demand workplace skills in the current and future job market, as organisations seek to harness AI to revolutionise their operations.

While in-demand tech skills are changing, employers are faced with a shortfall of qualified candidates.

On this microcredential, you’ll address this challenge by developing key AI skills that can serve as the first steps towards becoming an AI engineer, business analyst, or AI professional.

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, used by more than 95% of Fortune 500 companies.

As well as learning to use this advanced Azure AI functionality, you’ll get the latest Microsoft Azure training, gaining a detailed introduction to the core services on offer. These skills will boost your employability beyond just AI or machine-learning jobs.

Machine learning drives the predictive models at the heart of artificial intelligence. You’ll build key data science and machine learning skills, using the popular Python programming language.

This machine learning credential covers basic Python for data science, data science research methods, and machine learning for Python.

The culmination of this AI course will be an introduction to Azure Cognitive Services, which you’ll use to create your own chatbot. Using LUIS (Language Understanding), you’ll discover how to use machine learning to improve your chatbot using natural-language processing.

By the end of the microcredential you’ll have a solid understanding of the practical skills needed for AI and machine learning jobs.

Yes. If you successfully complete this microcredential, you’ll receive a voucher to sit a separate exam to earn the Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900) and Microsoft Azure AI Engineer Associate (AI-100) certification.

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Are you eligible for this microcredential?

There are no specific entry requirements for this credential but it’s a hands-on course, so some basic Python skills, knowledge of and experience in C# or Creative Studio, and experience working with data from Excel, databases, or text files, would help you to hit the ground running.

Machine learning leans heavily on mathematics, so a high-school level of maths and basic understanding of statistics is also highly advantageous.

You should be willing to learn through exploration and hands-on practice.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is for professionals who’d like to boost their employability and build AI career skills needed to plug the AI skills gap.

This may include:

  • Applied machine learning specialists and engineer
  • AI analyst
  • AI statistician
  • AI researcher or scientist
  • Artificial intelligence engineer or developer
  • Data and AI architect
  • Business intelligence analyst


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or additional information relating to your microcredential.

This course will provide foundational level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure.

  • 2 weeks
  • 6 hours per week

Artificial Intelligence will define the next generation of software solutions. This AI course includes hands-on labs exercises.

  • 3 weeks
  • 6 hours per week

Python is a very powerful programming language to promote efficiency.

  • 3 weeks
  • 5 hours per week

Learn the essential mathematical foundations for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

  • 4 weeks
  • 5 hours per week

This course is designed as one advanced next step from the Introduction to AI course.

  • 3 weeks
  • 6 hours per week

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, you’ll receive a voucher to sit the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AI-900) and Microsoft Azure AI Engineer Associate (AI-100) certification exams.

What you will receive

A Certificate of Completion from CloudSwyft

You’ll also receive a digital certificate of completion for each individual course in this microcredential, as well as hands-on lab completed badges. Badges can be added to your LinkedIn or social media profiles as evidence of your practical experience.

Additional benefits

Learners will also receive vouchers to sit exams for Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900) and Microsoft Azure AI Engineer Associate (AI-100) certifications.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by CloudSwyft Global Systems, Inc.

CloudSwyft has partnered with the top global technology companies to deliver cutting edge digital skills learning across the modern workplace.

This microcredential is in partnership with Microsoft

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You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. You can find more information in our code of conduct.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.


There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.