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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Data Specialist

Apprenticeship Overview

A level 7 apprenticeship, for individuals who will be discovering and devising new data-driven AI solutions to automate and optimise business processes and to support, augment and enhance human decision-making.

AI Data Specialists champion AI and its applications within their organisation and promote adoption of novel tools and technologies, informed by current data governance frameworks and ethical best practices.

AI Data Specialists communicate, internally and externally, with technology leaders and third parties.

Typical duration to gateway (excluding EPA period): 24 months.

Maximum funding: £17,000.

Entry Criteria 

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include GCSEs, A levels, a level 2 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification.

Key information

No Knowledge Modules or Vendor Qualifications

There are no mandated knowledge modules or professional vendor certification for this apprenticeship standard. Although you may want to utilise professional vendor certification that has been mapped to the knowledge components listed in the apprenticeship standard, you will not be able to use apprenticeship funding to pay for the certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours

All knowledge, skills and behaviours will be assessed by the three different assessment methods: project report with presentation and supplementary questioning (AM1), professional discussion (AM2) and technical test (AM3).


EPA Gateway

In addition to the employer’s confirmation that the apprentice is working at or above the level in the occupational standard, the apprentice must have completed the following gateway requirements prior to beginning end-point assessment (EPA).

Achieved English and Mathematics Level 2

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and Mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.

Project report with presentation and supplementary questioning

The apprentice must submit a project brief (500 words).

Professional discussion

No requirements.

Technical test

No requirements.

AI Data Specialist EPA

The EPA consists of three assessment methods.

Assessment Method 1 (AM1) – Project Report with Presentation and Supplementary Questioning

A 5,000-word report based on a pre-gateway work-based project designed to meet the needs of the business, delivering real business benefit, submitted within 6 weeks of the EPA start date. 


A presentation based on the project report is also submitted within 8 weeks of the EPA start date; this is then presented to an independent assessor. The presentation will take 30 minutes and will be followed by 45 minutes of questioning on both the presentation and project.

Assessment Method 2 (AM2) – Professional Discussion

A 60-minute two-way discussion which involves both the independent assessor and the apprentice actively listening and participating in a formal conversation.

Assessment Method 3 (AM3) – Technical Test

An invigilated, closed-book test consisting of four long response questions based on scenarios. Apprentices have a maximum of 100 minutes to complete the test.


Apprentices must pass all assessment methods (1, 2 & 3), which can be taken in any order, to successfully complete their apprenticeship. Grades awarded are fail, pass, merit, or distinction. Apprentices will receive their grade ten working days after completing their final assessment method.


Link to Apprenticeship Standard

Link to Assessment Plan

Link to Qualification Specification

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