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[2023 Edition] Comprehensive explanation of AI-related qualifications! Introducing the latest schedule and acquisition benefits

Now that the use of AI is a hot topic, there is a lot of interest in AI qualifications. If you get a qualification related to AI, you will not only improve your knowledge of AI, but also increase your market value, so you can expand your options in the future.

However, many people may not know what kind of qualifications they have or what they should acquire. In this article, we will introduce AI-related qualifications in detail.

Contents

  • Advantages of challenging qualifications
    • acquire comprehensive knowledge
    • be proof of one’s ability
    • Participate in AI-related communities
  • General question range
    • Machine learning/deep learning
    • database
    • Math
    • history
    • law and ethics
  • AI certification operated by JDLA
    • G test
    • E-qualification
  • Other AI qualifications
    • Python Engineer Certified Data Analysis Exam
    • Image processing engineer certification
    • AI implementation test
    • Database Specialist Examination (Advanced Information Engineer Examination)
    • AWS Specialty Certification 
    • GCP Professional Data Engineer
  • Qualifications related to the basics of AI
    • IT passport
    • Basic Information Engineer Examination
    • Applied Information Engineer Examination
    • statistical test
  • 2021 Qualifying Exam Schedule
  • summary

Advantages of challenging qualifications

Before going into the specifics of AI qualifications, I will first introduce the merits of challenging AI qualifications. It is important to understand the merits in order to study for AI qualification with a clear goal.

acquire comprehensive knowledge

Even if you want to study AI, there are many things you don’t know what to do and how to proceed. That’s where studying for certification helps.

The E qualification is a qualification given to “human resources who understand the theory of deep learning and have the ability to select and implement appropriate methods”.

In addition, studying the syllabus of the qualification exam and the contents of the book that covers the scope of the exam is the shortest route to grow into a person suitable for conferring the qualification. This kind of systematic study is much more efficient than random study and allows you to acquire comprehensive knowledge.

be proof of one’s ability

Qualifications serve as proof of competence when looking for a job or changing jobs. Qualifications may also support one’s career within the workplace, for example, national qualifications may be treated as criteria for salary increases and promotions within the workplace.

Participate in AI-related communities

It’s also important to join the AI-themed community and keep up with the latest information. For example, the Japan Deep Learning Association operates the Community of Deep Learning Evangelists (CDLE), a community of qualified candidates. Through acquiring AI-related qualifications and taking on challenges, you can make like-minded friends.

General question range

Next, I will introduce questions that are covered in general AI-related exams. Of course, not all qualifications fit into this scope. Some qualifications require a wide range of extensive knowledge, while others require fairly specialized knowledge with a narrow range of questions.

Machine learning/deep learning

Depending on the qualification, how difficult the content will be is different, but it is essential to understand AI technology and methods in order to obtain an AI qualification. Machine learning and deep learning have a considerable number of representative methods, so you will learn exhaustively.

database

Since AI deals with huge groups of data ( big data ), studying the database itself is unavoidable when studying AI. It is necessary to study not only AI methods, but also how to handle data and the field of data science using AI.

Math

Mathematics knowledge beyond high school mathematics is the main focus, but understanding AI from a mathematics perspective is essential to understanding the applied fields of AI. The exam tests a theoretical range of comprehension and computational problems.

history

Currently, it is said that we are in the third AI boom in the history of AI. You may be asked to understand the history of AI, such as the mechanism of old AI, historically important AI, and why the old AI boom came to an end.

law and ethics

As knowledge related to AI, there are qualifications that ask about laws and ethics related to AI. It’s important to keep your eye on current affairs and controversies, as they may be asked about current topics.

AI certification operated by JDLA

The Japan Deep Learning Association (JDLA) operates two AI certifications. G test and E qualification. In recent years, the number of applicants has increased rapidly, and it has become one of the major IT qualifications in society.

G test

The G test is a test administered by JDLA. It is a test established for the purpose of developing human resources who can use deep learning, and not only knowledge related to machine learning and deep learning, but also a wide range of knowledge such as history, law, and ethics.

It is recommended for a wide range of people, from engineers to those who use AI in business, and those who have recently become interested in AI. The 2nd exam in 2020 became a hot topic because 12,552 people took the exam, doubling from the previous time.

test name G test
organizer Japan Deep Learning Association
Held frequency 3 times a year
site https://www.jdla.org/certificate/general/
Exam fee ・General: 12,000 yen (excluding tax)
・Students: 5,000 yen (excluding tax)
overview There are about 220 questions, and the pass rate is about 60% to 70%.

E-qualification

The E qualification is a qualification for engineers operated by JDLA. It is given to human resources who understand the theory of deep learning and have the ability to implement it.

Candidates must have completed an association-accredited program within the two years prior to the date of the exam. As of 2021, 16 courses are accredited.

test name E-qualification
organizer Japan Deep Learning Association
Held frequency twice a year
site https://www.jdla.org/certificate/engineer/#certificate_No04
Exam fee ・General: 33,000 yen (excluding tax)
・Students: 22,000 yen (excluding tax)
・Members: 27,500 yen (excluding tax)
Exam outline There are about 100 questions, and the pass rate is about 60% to 70%.

Other AI qualifications

Python Engineer Certified Data Analysis Exam

The Python Engineer Development Promotion Association has operated the “Python3 Engineer Certification Basic Examination” so far. In addition to that, there is a Python Engineer “Data Analysis Exam”.

It is no exaggeration to say that Python is an essential language for AI development. As the AI/machine learning field grows, Python engineering skills are also in increasing demand.

test name Python Engineer Certified Data Analysis Exam
organizer General Incorporated Association Python Engineer Development Promotion Association
Held frequency all year
site https://www.pythonic-exam.com/exam/analyst
Exam fee ・General: 10,000 yen (excluding tax)
・Students: 5,000 yen (excluding tax)
Exam outline Passed 40 multiple-choice questions with a correct answer rate of 70%

Image processing engineer certification

As the name suggests, the Image Processing Engineer Certification is a certification that specializes in image processing. There are two types of exams: Basic and Expert.

Recommended for image processing engineers and researchers. In particular, experts are required to have more specialized knowledge, so the difficulty is quite high.

test name Image processing engineer certification
organizer Image Information Education Promotion Association
Held frequency twice a year
site https://www.cgarts.or.jp/kentei/guidance/index.html
Exam fee ・Basic: 5,600 yen (tax included)
・Expert: 6,700 yen (tax included)
Exam outline The pass rate is about 60% for Basic and about 30% for Expert.

AI implementation test

We certify mathematics that can express AI and programming skills that can be implemented. The degree of difficulty is about the same as or lower than the JDLA exam (G test / E qualification), and it specializes in AI-related programming and mathematics knowledge problems.

There are three types: Class B for those who plan using AI, Class A for implementation that is slightly more difficult than Class B, and Class S for practical applications such as natural language processing and model implementation.

test name AI implementation test
organizer Study-AI Co., Ltd.
Held frequency as needed
site https://kentei.ai/
Exam fee ・A grade: 3,500 yen (tax included)
・B grade: 2,000 yen (tax excluded)
・S grade: 5,000 yen (tax included)
Exam outline The passing rate of A grade is about 75%, and it is recommended for JDLA exam preparation because it covers the exam range.

Database Specialist Examination (Advanced Information Engineer Examination)

The database specialist examination is a category of the advanced information engineer examination administered by the Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA). It is a national qualification certified by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and an economic skill called IT Skill Standard (ITSS)

It corresponds to skill level 4 (highest difficulty) in the index of the Ministry of Industry. Advanced skills are required to manage and operate huge data groups, and to provide analysis and business. The difficulty level of the exam is very high.

test name Database Specialist Examination (Advanced Information Engineer Examination)
organizer Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA)
Held frequency once a year
site https://www.jitec.ipa.go.jp/1_11seido/db.html
Exam fee 5,700 yen (tax included)
Exam outline Pass rate is 10-15%

AWS Specialty Certification 

The AWS certification exam is an exam that measures technical ability through AWS, a cloud computing service provided by Amazon. Among them are specialized knowledge certifications such as machine learning, big data, and data analytics.

test name AWS Specialty Certification
organizer Amazon
Held frequency
site ・https://aws.amazon.com/jp/certification/certified-machine-learning-specialty/
・https://aws.amazon.com/jp/certification/certified-big-data-specialty/
・https:/ /aws.amazon.com/jp/certification/certified-data-analytics-specialty/
Exam fee 30,000 yen (excluding tax)
Exam outline Must be familiar with AWS services

G CP Professional Data Engineer

GCP Professional Data Engineer is a Google Cloud Platform exam that evaluates your data processing systems and machine learning abilities. A minimum of 3 years of industry experience is recommended.

test name GCP Professional Data Engineer
organizer Google
Held frequency
site https://cloud.google.com/certification/data-engineer/?hl=en
Exam fee $200
Exam outline Must be familiar with GCP services

Qualifications related to the basics of AI

The above test was an AI-centric test. Some of them require a fairly high level of expertise. Therefore, below, we will introduce a relatively easy exam that tests basic knowledge of IT, including AI.

IT passport

The IT Passport is a national exam that measures your ability in information technology. It is operated by a corporation under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. It corresponds to skill level 1 in the IT skill standard.

From 2018, the syllabus has been revised to accommodate technologies such as AI, big data , and IoT.

test name IT passport
organizer Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan
Held frequency as needed
site https://www3.jitec.ipa.go.jp/JitesCbt/index.html
Exam fee 5,700 yen (tax included)
Exam outline The number of questions is less than 100, and the pass rate is about 50%.

Basic Information Engineer Examination

The Basic Information Technology Engineer Examination is a national exam that measures the ability of information technology. It corresponds to skill level 2 in the IT skill standard.

It is a historical test that has been held since 1969, and around 70,000 people take the test each time.

test name Basic Information Engineer Examination
organizer Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA)
Held frequency twice a year
site https://www.jitec.ipa.go.jp/
Exam fee 5,700 yen (tax included)
Exam outline Pass rate is less than 30%

Applied Information Engineer Examination

The Applied Information Engineer Examination has a wider range of questions than the Basic Information Engineer Examination, and the degree of difficulty is also higher. It corresponds to skill level 3 in the IT skill standard.

The Advanced Information Engineer Examination mentioned above is a higher level of the Applied Information Engineer Examination.

test name Applied Information Engineer Examination
organizer Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA)
Held frequency twice a year
site https://www.jitec.ipa.go.jp/
Exam fee 5,700 yen (tax included)
Exam outline Pass rate is about 20%, programming is imposed in the afternoon (not required)

statistical test

The statistical test is graded from grade 4 to grade 1, and you can test your statistical skills according to the grade.

Especially for those who want to think about AI from the perspective of statistics, I recommend giving it a try.

test name statistical test
organizer Association for Promotion of Statistical Quality Assurance
Held frequency 1-2 times a year
site https://www.toukei-kentei.jp/
Exam fee 3,000 yen to 6,000 yen (tax included)
Exam outline Acquire the ability to understand AI from a mathematical perspective

2021 Qualifying Exam Schedule

Here is the 2021 version of the AI-related qualification schedule introduced this time.

summary

So far, we have introduced AI-related qualifications. Now that there is a shortage of AI human resources and the need to actively utilize AI human resources, how about trying AI qualifications to improve your skills and deepen your understanding of AI?

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