IBM SkillsBuild

Take Your Skills to the Next Level

Florida Gulf Coast University has partnered with IBM Global University Programs to provide access to relevant, cutting-edge technology education. Both students and professionals within the community may enhance their technical knowledge, skills, and abilities to remain current and earn a digital badge issued by IBM. Learn from university experts and master IBM technical skills. These digital badges are meant to build expertise with each new level, step-by-step levels are shown in the flowchart. 

Free Foundational Courses - Level I

Foundational activities are geared toward learners who are new to the subject matter and seeking to learn basic concepts and build knowledge. These credentials are typically issued to individuals with little or no prior knowledge or experience in the content area. Content represents real-world scenarios with top IBM client stories and solutions. These courses are designed to help close the talent gap for industry partners. 

Registration for Free Foundational Courses

Foundational IBM Data Science Badge

This course provides a basic understanding of the foundations of Data Science including: Data Science Team Roles, Data Analysis Tools, and real-world use cases for the application of the Data Science method.


Foundational IBM AI Badge

This course covers the foundations of Artificial Intelligence for business, including the following topics: AI Evolution, AI Industry Adoption Trends, Natural Language Processing and Virtual Agents.


Foundational IBM Cloud Badge

This course covers the basic foundations of cloud for the enterprise including: Consumer applications, Enterprise adoption, Delivery models and Industry Cloud Adoption.


Getting Started with Threat Intelligence and Hunting Foundational IBM Cybersecurity Badge

This is a foundational course, exposing the learner to threat intelligence concepts including: Attack trends by geography, threat intelligence tools and real-world use cases. Complete this course to get your badge.


Program Foundations

Learn why badges are beneficial to students, faculty, and professionals looking to advance their skills. The IBM SkillsBuild prepares students and professionals to apply advanced technical skills in the workplace. Employers can confidently hire recently certified professionals and rely on FGCU to advance the skills of current staff.

FGCU faculty can embed additional levels of IBM SkillsBuild into their curriculum to enhance student learning on specific topics or as an OER. Faculty members interested in this opportunity can email Innovative Education & partnerships at to learn more.

These courses build upon foundational knowledge and are staff/faculty-led courses that prepare participants to refine and better hone their skills and advance their knowledge in the topic. Participants earn a digital Certificate of Completion from IBM for $312.

  • Enterprise Data Science in Practice

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  • Building Trustworthy AI Enterprise Solutions

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  • Enterprise Security in Practice

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  • Journey to Cloud Envisioning Your Solution

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  • DevOps for Enterprise Business Agility

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Following completion of Intermediate Level Certifications, participants can dive deeper into the following skills through FGCU faculty-led courses designed to achieve mastery in a specific technical area. Participants earn a digital Certificate of Completion from IBM for $312.

  • Machine Learning for Data Science Projects

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  • Ethical AI Applications of Deep Learning and Computer Vision

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  • Security Operations Center in Practice

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  • Cybersecurity 

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  • Data Science

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  • Cloud Computing

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  • Artificial Intelligence

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Have Questions? Need Further Assistance?

If you have any questions or need further assistance, we're here to help! Whether you’re seeking more information about our programs, need guidance on your application, or just have a general inquiry, don't hesitate to reach out.  Drop us a message or give us a call—we’re excited to help you on your journey. Let's make your experience awesome!


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