York University announces certificate in machine learning to tackle skills gap

The York University School of Continuing Studies has announced a part-time certificate in machine learning.

York University said the certificate is meant to address the high demand for machine learning specialists in Canada, especially as tech companies in the finance, healthcare, and automative industries increasingly rely on data and AI.

“York University is eager to help employers meet an unprecedented need for trained data science professionals.”

During an eight-month program, students completing the certificate will take online and in-person courses to develop technical skills, learn about the viability of different machine learning data models, and understand the programming languages required to build and test machine learning algorithms. Students will also develop their project management skills and gain access to networking opportunities.

“Job growth in machine learning in Canada has already grown by 450%, and by 900% in the Greater Toronto Area. Growth is expected to exceed another 56% over the next few years,” said Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly, assistant vice-president at the school of continuing studies. “York University is eager to help employers meet an unprecedented need for trained data science professionals capable of developing and implementing machine learning solutions in response to complex business problems.”

Students interested in the machine learning certificate should have a minimum second-year undergraduate level understanding of linear algebra, calculus, probability, and inferential statistics, and have experience with Python. Those interested in completing the certificate can register here.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.