A while ago, the question was asked at Quora What are the best artificial Intelligence certifications?. The following institutions are providing certificates:
- companies like Microsoft
- classical universities likes Columbia University and M.I.T.
- newly founded education service companies like Udacity
In every case, a high-ranking powerful institution is creating the lecture content and gives the certificate. The question is, if we should trust these companies or not. For example, to get a certificate from the M.I.T. university the participant must attend many years in courses. A phd career costs easily 100k US$ and more. Often, the certificate is connected strongly with the personal biography and professional job. For example, if someone is employed in an AI related job, his skills are high and Vice Versa. I would guess that programming the autonomous car at Uber or be a lead-programmer in the Facebook AI team is equal to have all needed certificates.
Another question are the skills in theoretical AI. Programming the sourcecode, is in most cases not enough to bring AI forward. What the community needs are new papers, which were uploaded to Arxiv and other Open Access repositories. In the classical educational landscape, publishing a paper is only possible if someone has a phd-title. Or to make the point clear: if someone has not published a paper at Arxiv, he is not a certified AI-engineer.