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The next round of application will open on 14 September 2020.

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AI Certified Engineer Associate: 14 Sept – 27 Sept 2020
AI Certified Engineer Level I & II: 14 Sept 2020 – 4 Oct 2020

AI Certification

AI Certification is a professional qualification programme to recognize and award credentials to working professionals in AI-related engineering roles. Please note this is not a course or academic programme.

AI Certification validate the technical competencies and qualified work experiences of applicants and award the title of AI Certified Engineers to those who passed the assessment, listed in the AI Certification Handbook.

The assessment framework of AI Certification is mapped to real-world industry needs through AI Singapore’s 100 Experiments (100E) programme and its award-winning AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP)®.

Students aspiring to become AI/ML engineers can explore learning resources such as AI For Industry (AI4I)™ and the “Becoming an AI Apprentice” Field Guide to gain proficiency in the necessary skills and knowledge before applying for AI Certified Engineer Associate.

What is an AI Certified Engineer

An AI Certified Engineer (AICE) is an individual who has been assessed to have the technical competencies to build AI applications.

AICE Associate and AICE Level I can use their capabilities to build AI models or solutions to address business problems.  Those certified at Levels II and Level III can lead team(s) of AI engineers to develop and deploy multiple AI solutions which unlock and deliver business value.

As the demand for skilled AI engineers grows, AICEs are well positioned to provide the necessary technical knowledge, professional skills and competencies to build AI solutions successfully from start to end.

Competency Table

 Certified Level Competencies demonstrated Required knowledge and skills 
 AI Certified Engineer Associate Able to build an AI model to solve a use case
  • Python/programming
  • SQL
  • Linear algebra and statistics
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Model design
  • Principles of AI Ethics
 AI Certified Engineer Level I Able to replicate AI research and deploy real-world AI solutions
  • Business needs analysis
  • Data preparation/feature engineering
  • Model design and deployment
  • Statistics and theoretical knowledge
  • Stakeholder management and communication
  • Principles of AI Ethics
 AI Certified Engineer Level II  Able to deploy production AI at scale
  • AI implementation consulting
  • Model design and process management
  • Stakeholder management and communication
  • AI Ethics and Governance frameworks
 AI Certified Engineer Level III  Able to architect and manage multiple complex AI solutions
  • Strategic thinking
  • Thought leadership
  • Project design, development, management and deployment
  • Intellectual property management
  • Stakeholder management and communication
  • AI Ethics and Governance frameworks

AI Ethics

AI solutions must be built and used ethically, fairly and responsibly.  An AI engineer should always be aware of the principles that underpin this, reflect on the wider impact of his/her work, and consistently support the public good in his/her projects.

When developing and deploying AI solutions, certified AI engineers should strive to adhere to established AI ethics and governance frameworks and documentations including Singapore Model AI Governance Framework, Microsoft’s FATE and other public references such as Australia’s Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI and Japan’s Social Principles of Human-Centric AI.

All successful awardees of AI Certification programme are required to complete an online e-learning module on AI Ethics before their certificate can be awarded.

Who is this for?

AI Certified Engineer Associate

For students and adult learners who wish to validate their AI knowledge and skills

AI Certified Engineer (Level I, II, III)

For working professionals who wish to validate their AI competencies and qualified working experiences in AI-related roles

Qualified work experiences and job profile

AI Certified Engineer (Associate)

  • Students with proficiencies in coding and able to perform EDA and build a ML pipeline.
  • Working professionals who employ data analysis techniques in the course of their work.  

AIAP Field Guide

Reference for the requisite skills and knowledge

AI Certified Engineer Level I (AICE I)

  • Working professionals with a minimum of 1 year of working experience in AI related roles.
  • Individuals at this level are AI specialists in AI project teams in a commercial organisation.    

AI Certified Engineer Level II (AICE II)

  • Working professionals with a minimum of 3 years of working experience in AI related roles.
  • Individuals at this level are Managers or Senior Managers who are team leads for large scale AI projects in commercial organisations.                                                                     

Timeline

The next round of AI Certification application will start on 14 September 2020.

AI Certified Engineer Associate: 14 Sept - 27 Sept 2020
AI Certified Engineer Level I & II: 14 Sept 2020 - 4 Oct 2020

Professional Certificates​

AI Certified Engineer Associate

Qualification and Recommended Experience Level

  • Have programming background in Python
  • Able to understand databases and run basic SQL queries
  • Have knowledge and familiarity in software engineering, AI cloud services, data engineering and data management.

Competency

  • Able to understand major AI frameworks and cloud infrastructure, and build an AI model to solve a use case

AIAP Field Guide

Reference for the requisite skills and knowledge

For those who prefer structured CET training, you can approach our AI Certification training partner, Reluvate Technologies (reluvate.com). AISG will continue to grow this list of accredited partners.

AI Certified Engineer Level I (AICE I)

Qualification and Recommended Experience Level

  • At least one (1) year working experience in AI-related roles
  • Deployed at least one AI project value of at least SGD 250,000 or equivalent and/or built an AI product that is being used by a commercial customer

Competency

  • Able to replicate a published AI research work and deploy real-world AI applications

AI Certified Engineer Level II (AICE II)

Qualification and Recommended Experience Level

  • Minimum Three (3) years working experience in AI-related roles
  • Deployed at least one AI project value of at least SGD 500,000 or equivalent

Competency

  • Able to replicate a published AI research work and deploy production AI at scale
  • Able to manage/lead a small AI engineering team

Application Flow

Technical Test overview for Associate

An overview of the format of the Technical Test is shown for your reference.

  1. A problem statement paired with a given dataset, and requires a ML solution. Some examples include predict amount of future sales, forecast air quality around a city, predict likelihood of machine fault.
  2. Perform three (3) tasks related to building a ML model and pipeline:
    1. Data extraction. Write an SQL query in python to perform data extraction from the given dataset.
    2. Exploratory data analysis. Create an interactive notebook in Python with appropriate visualisations and clear explanations.
    3. End-to-end ML pipeline. Create a ML pipeline to ingest the dataset, feed into the appropriate algorithm and return suitable metrics as outputs.
  3. Package and submit your solution in according to the test instruction, which include the following:
    1. A folder named `mlp` containing Python modules/classes.
    2. An executable bash script `run.sh` at the base folder of submission.
    3. A `requirements.txt` file at the base folder of submission.
    4. A `README.md` file that includes the pipeline design and its usage, the choice of model(s) and the evaluation of the model(s) developed.

Applicants will receive the technical test via their registered email.  The test must be completed with five (5) days and submitted according to test instructions or considered invalid.

Applicants will be assessed on quality of the code in terms of clean separation of functionality, creativity, and ease of use. Code reusability between the tasks will be viewed favorably.

Those subsequently shortlisted for assessment interview will be assessed on the clarity of visualizations, depth of insights, presentation flow and structure of his or her analysis.

AI Certified Engineer Level III (AICE III)

Qualification and Recommended Experience Level

  • Six (6) or more years working experience in AI-related roles and is widely regarded by the AI community as being an authority or key opinion leader

Competency

  • Able to architect and manage multiple complex AI applications, and is widely regarded by the AI community as being an authority or key opinion leader
  • Able to manage multiple AI engineering teams

Management Skills

  • Able to manage multiple AI engineering teams

Application

Application for AI Certification will open on 9 April 2020, 9.00am. Please check back later.

View our AI Certification Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

About the programme

What is AI Certification programme?

AI Certification is a professional qualification programme to recognize and award credentials to working professionals in AI-related engineering roles.  This is neither an academic examination nor a course.    Assessment of your technical competencies and submitted technical documents are done by current certified AI engineers and recognized AI practitioners from the industry.

Is AI Certification a course?

No.  AI Certification is not a course.

How long is the certificate valid for?

This varies with the certification level: 2 years for Associate; 3 years for Levels I and II; and lifetime for Level III (subject to T&Cs).  Please refer to the AI Certification Handbook for details.

Is there a quota or restriction on the number of certified AI engineers?

There is no quota. Each applicant is assessed based on his/her competencies.

How recognized are the certifications from AISG by MNC employers?

In developing the AI Certification Framework, AISG worked closely with MNCs, LLEs, SMEs and startups to map our competency requirements to real-world AI engineering talent needs. The framework therefore validates that successful applicants have attained the competencies required by employers. Do note that this is not an academic programme and does not test applicants on their academic abilities.
For more details on the competencies and work experience required for certification, please refer to the AI Certification Handbook.

What are AISG's plans for promoting the certification to employers?

We work with closely with companies on a continuous basis to strengthen and drive our core programmes which include AI certification.

Eligiblity

Can I apply for the certification if I am a non-Singaporean?

Yes.

Am I eligible for the AI Certified Engineer Associate certification if I am a fresh graduate?

Yes, anyone with the requisite knowledge and competencies can attempt the technical test and assessment interview to qualify for the AI Certified Engineer Associate certification. Those without a background in AI can embark on self-directed learning guided by resources such as AISG’s “Becoming an AI Apprentice – A Field Guide“.

I am interested, but I do not employ AI techniques at my workplace. Most of the knowledge is self-learned. Can I still apply for certification?

Yes, working adults who have no working experience in AI but have embarked on self-directed learning may attempt the technical test and assessment interview (if shortlisted) leading to AI Certified Engineer Associate.

Application Fee

Do I have to pay for taking the AI Certification?​

Yes, a different fee applies for each certification level. 

If I am a non-Singaporean studying in public schools, can the application fee be waived if I am keen to take the AI Certified Engineer Associate certification?

No. The application fee is waived only for full-time polytechnic and undergraduate students in Singapore who are Singaporeans or permanent residents. Terms and conditions apply.

Can I get a refund if I withdraw (after submitting an application)?

No, the application fee is strictly non-refundable. 

Can I get a refund if I didn't pass the interview?​

No, the application fee is strictly non-refundable.

Can I get a refund if I didn't get the Certificate?

No, the application fee is strictly non-refundable.

Can I make use of my SkillsFuture credits to apply for certification under the AI Certification Programme?

No, because the AI Certification Framework is not a course.

Does AISG plan to get CITREP support for the AI Certification programme?

No, because the AI Certification Framework is not a course.

Application Process

Can I be exempted from 'AI for Industry'?​

The AI for Industry (AI4I)™ course is not a pre-requisite for applying to the AI Certification.

When will I be notified of the certification attainment result?​​

You can check the timeline for the latest application here at this website.

Can I defer my Technical Test to a later date?

No.

Can I apply for extension of time for the Technical Test submission?

No.

Application submissions

How do I submit my Technical Test if I am applying for AI Certified Engineer Associate?

The submission instructions will be included in the technical test that will be sent to shortlisted candidates. Do take note that the maximum file size is 5MB.

What platforms and libraries will be used for the assessment, e.g. Azure, Python, pandas, matplot, flask, SAS, pickle?

For AI Certified Associate Engineer, the assessment will be in the form of a technical test, and the language will be Python. The assessment will focus on the quality, integrity and cleanliness of the code/pipeline and the overall solution, as opposed to things like coding speed.

For AI Certified Engineer Level I and II, the assessment will be in the form of a written report. There is no restriction on the choice of platforms and libraries used to develop and deploy the AI solution, as long as the candidate can demonstrate that it has met end users’ requirements successfully.

If the technical report is on an AI project done for a commercial organisation, will there be confidentiality issues?

We advise candidates to seek permission from the company/organisation before they make use of any confidential information in their technical report. The technical report will be used strictly for the assessment of the applicant and will not be shared outside of relevant members of the assessment panel.

If I am unable to get permission from the company to cite their project for the technical report, can I make use of an open source project instead?

We accept reports on products that have been deployed in industry as long as they fulfil the requirements for size, value and complexity according to each certification level.

Can I attempt the AICE (Assoc) Technical Test using other languages than Python and SQL?

You have to follow all the instructions in the technical test document. Submissions that do not adhere to the instructions will be disqualified.

How do you determine the development value of an AI project if it is done in-house (e.g. in a government agency)?

We will assess the relevant project devleopment costs i.e.. manpower costs, compute costs as well as any other costs related to the design, development and/or deployment of the AI product. These information should be included in the submitted technical report.

Do you have sample questions for the technical test? Will it include multiple choice questions or will it be pure coding?

No, we do not publish sample questions for the technical test.  You may reference above what the format of the test will be. 

Do you have a sample or guide for the technical report?

We provide a template for the technical report which includes some guiding questions.

Re-certification

When and how do I renew my AI certification?

You may start applying for renewal six months before your AI certication expires. For more information, email ai-cert@aisingapore.org.

I am currently an AI Certified Engineer II and I have left the AI field. Will I still be able to get myself re-certified?

You can re-certify as long as you fulfil the recertification requirements as listed in the AI Certification Handbook.

What is the rationale for having an expiry date for the certification?

Certified engineers are expected to engage in continuous professional development in the field of AI, and certification renewal allows them to demonstrate their currency in their knowledge, skills and experience.

What kind of courses can be considered into the verified learning hours?​

Verifiable learning hours, or hours spent on self-directed learning, can be accumulated by attendance at enrolled courses with learning providers, online courses, reading books/publications/research papers, as well as attending conferences.

What documents do I need to provide to show the number of verifiable learning hours accumulated?

For enrolled courses:

  • Indicate the course title
  • Upload the certification of completion
  • Indicate your estimated learning time in the application form

For online courses:

  • Indicate the course title
  • Upload the statement of completion/attainment
  • Indicate your estimated learning time in the application form

For books, publications and research papers:

  • Indicate the title of book/publication/research paper
  • Indicate the date you completed your self-directed learning
  • Enter the number of hours you took in the application form

For attendance at conferences:

  • Indicate the name of the conference
  • The dates attended
  • The total number of hours you spent at the conference

Others

How do I apply for AI Certified Engineer Level III?

AICE III is conferred only upon recommendation and evaluation, and is therefore not open for application. The award process is conducted once a year through nominations by recognised leaders in the AI field and AISG’s partner organisations. For more information, email ai-cert@aisingapore.org.

Can I nominate someone for AI Certified Engineer Level III?

You may send your nominations to ai-cert@aisingapore.org.