Technical Skills Badges

Here you will find the Technical Badges offered on SkillsBuild for Students. Click any badge to see more information and add it to your queue.

AI Foundations


This badge earner has the key knowledge, skills, and values necessary to understand and work with artificial intelligence (AI), and is aware of the implications of AI for the future of work and society in general. Earners have applied their knowledge through an AI Design Challenge, using design thinking to create a prototype for an AI-powered solution that helps people improve their skills.


Build Your Own Chatbot


The badge earner has demonstrated an understanding of the creation of Chatbots by leveraging Watson Conversation and their deployment on WordPress. Learn how to build chatbots without having to write any code by leveraging Watson Assistant. Then deploy your chatbot to a real site in less than five minutes.


IBM AI Foundations for Educators 



This badge earner is an educator who has participated in a series of online institutes to become fluent and knowledgeable in Artificial Intelligence (AI). They have an understanding of AI applications such as machine learning and natural language processing, along with how it is used to solve problems, collect data and identify bias. They have become equipped to share the foundational knowledge of artificial intelligence with their colleagues and students in their classrooms.



IBM Cloud Essentials



This badge earner is able to relate how the IBM Cloud enables the different service (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) models and different deployment (Public, Hybrid, Private) models of cloud computing. They know how to: access the IBM Cloud using various tools and interfaces; discover appropriate IBM Cloud products or services available for specific functionality; articulate the different ways IBM Cloud delivers services to developers and operational teams; and summarize core groups of available services.


Cloud Core



This badge holder understands the basics of cloud technology and is able to describe cloud platforms and models including IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Public, Private and Hybrid Multi clouds. The badge earner is familiar with essentials of cloud applications and terms like Virtualization, VMs, Containers, Object Storage, Microservices, Serverless, Cloud Native, and DevOps. The individual has also gained hands-on experience at creating a Cloud account and provisioning services on IBM Cloud.



IBM Blockchain Essentials



This badge earner has developed an understanding of Blockchain principles and practices and how they can be applied within a business environment. They have an understanding of Blockchain and distributed ledger systems, the important concepts and key use cases of Blockchain and how assets can be transferred in a Blockchain network.


Cybersecurity Fundamentals



This badge earner demonstrates a foundational understanding of cybersecurity concepts, objectives, and practices. This includes cyber threat groups, types of attacks, social engineering, case studies, overall security strategies, cryptography, and common approaches that organizations take to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks. This also includes an awareness of the job market. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education for a variety of roles in cybersecurity.



Data Science Foundations- Level 1



This badge earner has an understanding of the possibilities and opportunities that data science, analytics and big data bring to new applications in any industry.


Data Science Methodology



This badge earner has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the different stages that constitute the data science methodology, which is instrumental to solving any data science problem.


Data Science Methodologies                       



This badge earner understands the essential steps used in data science business and research problem solving. This includes problem definition, collecting and analyzing data, building relevant models and understanding model deployment results.


Big Data Foundations Level 1                           



This badge earner has a basic understanding of Big Data concepts and their applications to gain insight for providing better service to customers. The earner understands that Big Data should be processed in a platform that can handle the variety, velocity, and the volume of data by using components that require integration and data governance.


Big Data Foundations Level 2



This badge earner understands the big data ecosystem and hadoop commands and operations to work with big data. The earner also has foundational knowledge around Spark and its operations including RDDs, DataFrames, and the various libraries associated with the Spark Core (MLlib, Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, GraphX).


Data Science Foundations Level 1



This badge earner has an understanding of the possibilities and opportunities that data science, analytics and big data bring to new applications in any industry.


Data Science Foundations Level 2 (V2)



This badge earner has a solid understanding of data science methodologies, and tools. The individual also has a hands-on appreciation of programming languages to use in data science tasks.


Applied Data Science With Python- Level 2



This badge earner is able to code in Python for data science. They can analyze and visualize data with Python with packages like scikit-learn, matplotlib and bokeh.


Hadoop Foundations- Level 1



This badge earner has a basic understanding of Hadoop. The earner can describe what Big Data is and the need for Hadoop to be able to process that data in a timely manner. The individual can describe the Hadoop architecture and how to work with the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) using IBM BigInsights.