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8 FREE courses to master AI in 2024


Ever since ChatGPT burst onto the scene in late 2022, the discourse surrounding AI’s ever-evolving role in the workplace has ranged from blind panic to over-enthusiastic optimism. 

There’s no disputing that Gen AI has the ability to completely transform the way we work, particularly within the tech sector, but the good news is that it’s not a zero-sum game: humans will be integral to the adoption of AI tools and for now, won’t be replaced by the bots entirely. 

What this also means is that it’s wise to start upskilling in AI, whether you want to pivot to a career in AI or simply want to stay ahead of the curve as AI infiltrates our day-to-day lives. 

3 AI roles to apply for 

If your current organisation doesn’t have AI learning and development opportunities in place, the good news is that there are several free AI courses you can access and complete online, such as the eight we’ve identified below. 

Google AI Essentials 

If you’re looking for a self-paced course that has been designed to help people across various roles and industries glean the basics to boost productivity, Google AI Essentials is a great place to start. Taught by AI experts at Google, you don’t need any prior experience to participate.

Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals 

If you’re contemplating completing the Certified AI-900 Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals Exam, this course is for you. It will allow you to get a foundational knowledge of the core concepts of AI and how to implement this knowledge using Microsoft Azure. 

Introduction to AI with Python  

If you’d like to add Harvard University to your educational credentials, this full seven-week course will allow you to do just that while also exploring the concepts and algorithms of AI, how to use AI in Python programs and how to design intelligent systems while diving into the ideas that give rise to technologies like game-playing engines, handwriting recognition, and machine translation. 

Prompt Engineering for ChatGPT  

Jules White, associate dean for strategic learning programs and associate professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University wants to make ChatGPT more accessible and useful for the broader public and as such, has launched a free online course via the Coursera platform. The course teaches the most effective patterns and approaches to writing inputs and works towards writing sophisticated prompts to solve problems across all domains.

3 AI roles currently hiring across the UK 

ChatGPT Prompt Engineering for Devs  

If you’re looking for a very short course that can be completed in your lunch break, OpenAI in collaboration with DeepLearning is offering this one-hour course taught by Isa Fulford and Andrew Ng. You’ll learn prompt engineering best practices for application development, discover new ways to use LLMs, including how to build your own custom chatbot, and gain hands-on practice writing and iterating on prompts yourself using the OpenAI API. 


Google Cloud in collaboration with DeepLearning is offering this short one-hour course taught by Erwin Huizenga. You will learn how to adapt an open-source pipeline that applies supervised fine-tuning on an LLM to better answer user questions, learn best practices, including versioning your data and your models and explore responsible AI by outputting safety scores on sub-categories of harmful content.

Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Ethics  

In this four module, one-day course with the University of California – Davis, you will get first-hand experience of big data opportunities, will get an introduction to IBM’s Watson and also leave knowing the limitations of AI. 

AI Applications and Prompt Engineering  

If you want to go beyond the basics, this one-week course that requires five to 10 hours of work is being offered by edX. You’ll learn how to define AI applications, prompt engineering, and machine learning. Crucially, you’ll learn how to structure questions or requests in a way that guides an AI application to give the best possible answer and leverage LangChain and ChatGPT to create your own application. 

Whether you want to pivot to a career in AI or check out all the tech hiring landscape has to offer, head to the Tech Funding News Job Board today

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