Certificate

AI and the Future of Automation

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY

Master AI and learn how to harness its benefits for business. Automation technology will deliver advantages for businesses and the economy. Learn to use it now, and you’ll reap the benefits tomorrow.

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Our certificates enable you to succeed in today's most in-demand fields. Apply your new skills from day one at work.

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Our intuitive learning experience focuses entirely on you – so you master valuable real-world skills, fast.

AI and the Future of Automation: certificate with four courses

When you take Nexford’s Certificate “AI and the Future of Automation”, you’ll need to complete four courses. You’ll cover an introduction to AI, machine learning, predictive analytics, robotics and IoT, and the fundamentals of cybersecurity — covering the essentials of this fast-moving field.

  • Introduction to AI

    AIA2100 Introduction to AI

    3 course credits

    Introduction to AI highlights the goal of artificial intelligence, which is to create software that can perform reasoning tasks and solve problems in complex environments the way humans do. This course begins with an overview of the evolution of AI tracing its history from the work of Alan Turing to the current state of the art software. Learners examine a range of AI techniques and their applications in business contexts, including knowledge representation, both basic and heuristic search, probabilistic modeling with Bayesian networks, and natural language processing techniques. Class discussions and readings address the philosophical and ethical implications of developing and deploying AI systems in a range of contexts. In the culminating course project, learners identify a problem or task that AI could effectively address, select and evaluate specific AI techniques, and identify and evaluate potential ethical questions surrounding the solution.

  • Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics

    BAN3200 Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics

    3 course credits

    Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics helps learners understand how in today’s global business markets organizations have the opportunity to reach a wider consumer base for their products, and as this consumer base expands, the need for a more sophisticated approach to data mining, analysis, and application is increasingly evident.

    This Predictive Analytics course focuses on the use of predictive analytics and the use of machine learning to find patterns in data sets; the organizations that can better understand the data they collect along with being able to make predictive calculations from that data will gain competitive advantages in their respective markets. In this course learners examine the tools and techniques of predictive analytics and machine learning, including regression analysis, decision trees, and rule models. Learn predictive analytics, and gain a better understanding of how to predict outcomes from available data. Learners explore and examine data, apply predictive tools and techniques to predict outcomes from the data, and interpret the results for improved decision making during this predictive modelling course.

  • Foundations of Robotics and IoT

    AIA3200 Foundations of Robotics and IoT

    3 course credits

    Foundations of Robotics and IoT engages learners in understanding how the interconnectivity of devices via the Internet is harnessed to improve robotic manufacturing processes. This course provides an overview of IoT architecture. Within the context of IoT ecosystems, learners explore software product design with cyber models, application modeling, IoT value modeling, and hardware product design with sensors, embedded systems, and connected sensors. Topics also include an overview of the network fabric in IoT, operational technology (OT), information technology (IT) and fog networks, IoT product cloud, and IoT platforms. This course provides an overview of intelligent process automation (IPA) and five major technologies supporting robotic process automation (RPA): smart workflow, machine learning, advanced analytics, natural-Language generation, and cognitive agents.

  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

    AIA3250 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

    3 course credits

    Information is the lifeblood for organizations of all types. Therefore everyone needs to have a fundamental understanding of the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity. This course provides this fundamental knowledge by taking the learner through the evolution of the discipline from information security to cybersecurity. Learners evaluate several important laws, which have significant impact on cybersecurity strategy.

    Learners also investigate multiple cybersecurity technologies, processes, and procedures; they learn how to analyze threats, vulnerabilities, and risks in these environments, and develop appropriate mitigation strategies by applying a mission-focused and risk-optimized approach.

    This survey course introduces learners to the three primary sources of threats (technology, policy, and people, both internal and external) and the three classes of tools: technology, policy, and people used to develop an organizational cybersecurity strategy. This course and exercises are designed to emphasize, encourage and enhance the critical thinking abilities of learners. Although the course is not designed to prepare learners for this test, the material covered in this course includes most of the knowledge tested in the CompTIA Security+ exam.

    Learners will apply their learning by performing systematic case studies of actual organizations.

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The future of automation and how to manage it

  • Discover how AI technology like automation and cybersecurity transforms businesses and contribute to economic growth
  • Gain soft skills of the future like critical and creative thinking
  • Learn hard skills like applying automation technology in your business and career to create intelligent workflows
  • Keep up with the fast-moving field of AI and lead with confidence: 94% of Nexford learners increased in confidence at work
  • Build a network of global professionals from 85+ countries working at firms like Google, TikTok, Deloitte, and EY
  • Earn a certificate as well as digital badges as you go – including credentials from LinkedIn Learning

Demonstrate skills with stackable credentials

Nexford’s curriculum is designed to equip you with a competency-based education (CBE). Competencies are skills and abilities – the things you need to know and be able to do. CBE is a program of study based on the mastery of specific skills tied to careers.

The best part? Our stacked credential model means that you can start with a certificate and fold those into a larger degree. You can even earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree whilst working towards achieving a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. So, even if you start small, you’re on your way to a degree!

This means that you are continuously rewarded with additional credentials, and at no extra cost.

Gain skills you will use in your career tomorrow

How you learn

Your certificate starts on the first of the month. Each course consists of six modules, each module will take you one week to complete and each course is designed to take you eight weeks to complete. Nexford’s learning design team has purposefully created courses to equip you with competencies mapped to the skills employers are looking for. Each course has 5-7 learning outcomes based on the skills employers need. Everything you learn gives you measurable skills you will use to succeed in today’s world of work.

The online learning environment contains everything you need to learn at Nexford. The courses are not live or recorded lectures. Instead, they’re reading, videos, interactive elements, quizzes and relevant case studies. Programs include assessments, peer-to-peer discussions, and a final project to practice what you’ve learned in a real-world context. Program content is available 24/7 during the course, and you have opportunities for collaboration and networking with learners during and after your program. Our global community of learners work at top companies such as Microsoft, Deloitte, and Google. Plus, you get a Microsoft 365 license at no extra cost.

You'll have 24/7 access to success advisors to support you. Faculty also provide you world-class support. Book appointments with them, get individual feedback, and attend regular optional webinars. Nexford courses are rigorous and they encourage critical thinking - because we care about what you know how to do not what you know you have regular hands-on assessments reflecting the business world.

How to apply

We’re no ordinary university! We make things simple so you can focus on what’s important: your goals! At Nexford, you can start learning straight away and send us your documents later (in exceptional circumstances). If you’re unable to immediately provide us with your transcript or diploma, you can just upload your government-issued ID and pay your application fee.

What happens next? After your first course starts, you’ll have 60 days to send us your missing information, such as a diploma or grade transcript. Please take advantage of our English test (at no cost), and achieve the minimum score outlined in our admission requirements.

  • We need proof of your graduation. For intermediate certificates (undergraduate level), this can either be your high school graduation or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. For advanced certificates (graduate level), we need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript in English.
    Documents not in English must be accompanied by official translations, such as those provided by a validated institutional official or embassy.
  • To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate/graduate programs, you’ll need to provide one of these:
    1. An official transcript from a high school or equivalent certificate (e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc.)
    2. A minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years

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How much it costs

At Nexford, you can earn a certificate for as little as $90 per month. We adjust fees to your local market, meaning a low monthly fee for a quality program.

Pay as you go, month by month. There’s no upfront cost, and you can cancel any time.

Fixed monthly tuition means the faster you go, the less you pay. Take more than one course and you could earn your certificate in as little as 6 months.

Check our tuition page to see how much you’ll pay per month for your certificate.

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What support will I receive?

When you have a dedicated team on your side, you'll never be alone studying at Nexford. Hailing from many different countries and with online education expertise, our faculty provides you world-class support. Ask them questions during one-to-one office hours or live chat, email them any time, and get individual feedback on your assessments.

At Nexford though, you'll do more than just learn. Alongside your studies, you'll receive access to all of our career services: beginning when you enroll, and ending... well, never.

From early career planning to personal branding to job applications, we'll be alongside you every step of your program. Even after you've graduated our support doesn't stop, as we'll continue to bring you lifelong learning opportunities — including LinkedIn Learning & the Nexford Digital Library.

Your career success is at the heart of everything we do. Discover our career services, and see how you'll come away from Nexford with more than just a certificate. 

More about Nexford’s online programs

Are you an experienced professional looking to advance with an MBA degree program? Perhaps you’re an early career professional wanting to kick-start your career with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business? Build skills in two to six months with our advanced and intermediate certificates and short courses, the choice is yours. Choose your program and submit your details to find out more about Nexford's online programs.

Certificates FAQs

Certificate admission requirements

Intermediate certificates (undergraduate level)

Proof of graduation

This can be either your high school graduation, or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a high school (or of their General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent certificate e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)
  3. Take the EF SET English test 100% online and achieve a minimum passing score, you’ll be able to take this test while you complete your Nexford application, at no additional cost.

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Undergraduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)500
EF SET50
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)61
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)5.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test44
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
ACT COMPASSLevel 3
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2


Advanced certificates (graduate level)

Transcript

We need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

We may ask you to certify that your undergraduate degree meets the university’s qualification standard and refer you to an external agency to evaluate your credit.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University graduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a college or university
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)
  3. Take the EF SET English test 100% online and achieve a minimum passing score, you’ll be able to take this test while you complete your Nexford application, at no additional cost.

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Graduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)530
EF SET60
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)71
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)5.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test50
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
ACT COMPASSLevel 3
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2



How long does each course take?

Each certificate has a number of courses, and each course should be finished in a set timeframe.

You have eight weeks to complete each course. Nexford is 100% online, which means you can log in when it suits you.

While you're learning, your personal Success Advisor will help you stay on track.

Are the certificates recognized internationally?

We are a licensed, degree-granting institution of higher education. We’re licensed the Higher Education Licensure Commission in Washington DC. All institutions of higher education licensed by the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC).

We're also accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC), which is an independent body based in the UK.

Each university sets its own credit transfer policy. To find out whether a specific school or university will transfer credit from your Nexford coursework, you should reach out to their admissions’ or registrar’s office to inquire.

Are courses and certificates credit bearing?

Yes, all Nexford courses and certificates are credit bearing.

How do courses and certificates work?

Don't want to commit to a full degree? Learn the skills you need in a fraction of the time with a course or certificate.

Courses let you learn one specific area of business, at a level that suits you (intermediate or advanced).

Certificates are built as a series of courses so you'll gain a collection of skills you can use. Finish a certificate in 3-6 months (the time it takes depends on how many courses you take).

What do I get with a certificate?

As well as an official diploma, you'll get a series of badges you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

As well as this, you'll get a series of skills you can use at work (or at jobs in the future).

Tell me about the learning experience

Your certificate is made up of a number of courses. Each course contains five modules and a final assessment so you can practice your skills. Our modules contain interactive content, including videos, blog-length articles, electronic flashcards and case studies.

Will I get support while I'm learning?

Everyone at Nexford benefits from our system of support. Our dedicated team of faculty and advisors is available 24/7 to answer questions, discuss content, and help you meet your goals within your course.

You also have the option to attend orientation. It's a great way to get familiar with the online learning environment. Access your dashboard and take your six orientation modules to understand where you'll take courses, view your grades and explore your resources.

Do I need to have a degree already?

Not necessarily! You can enroll in a certificate without having a degree. But if you're enrolling in an Advanced certificate, you may struggle if you don't have enough business experience. That's why we recommend people work in their field for a few years before they enroll in an Advanced certificate.

Instead, enroll in an Intermediate certificate to get a solid grounding in the topic you choose!

Do I need to have work experience?

No. Relevant work experience is helpful, but not required.

If you're advanced in your field, you should choose from Advanced certificates.

If you're just starting out, or want to reskill in another area, choose from Intermediate certificates.