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Certificate in Blockchain for Business - SPRINGBOARD+

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Discipline: Business

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Online delivery

Entry Requirements: A level 7 qualification (i.e. ordinary degree or equivalent) under the National Framework of Qualifications, in any discipline.

Why Study?

The Certificate in Blockchain for Business will appeal to business professionals and managers in a wide range of businesses.

Blockchain is a new, disruptive technology which has the potential to change way business is conducted in the future.

Graduates of this course will have the knowledge and skills necessary to apply Blockchain techniques and capabilities to their own businesses.

This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of Blockchain, and its implications and effects on business models and processes.


About Blockchain

Blockchain is the technology which underpins the Cryptocurrency market, it's most famous incarnation being the Bitcoin digital currency.

There is a great deal of debate about the legitimacy of such electronic currencies and their future is somewhat uncertain especially given their dramatic devaluation over the past year, however, commentators and technologists both agree that the underlying technology of Blockchain is the real star of the show and its potential uses seemingly limitless.


What exactly is Blockchain?

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology, a decentralised, distributed database that maintains a list of records that are secured from tampering and revision (so-called immutable) without the need for central authority.

The core characteristics of Blockchain, immutability, speed and security, create the ideal platform for tracking and protecting high-value assets and critical data.

Records encrypted on the Blockchain are immutable i.e. they cannot be changed or erased. This provides a single version of the truth and provides assurances of the authenticity of the data as the Blockchain system itself will confirm the authenticity of transactions through the consensus of all users.

The decentralised nature of Blockchain provides security for the records and all parties to the transaction hold a complete copy of the database as no one entity has control.

Blockchain can also provide for Smart Contracts, otherwise called self-executing contracts where assets can be exchanged for remuneration without the need for intermediaries (Middlemen) as a system with trust built-in. In this format, contracts could be converted to computer code, stored and replicated on the system and supervised by the network of computers that run the Blockchain.


International impact of Blockchain

Businesses all over the world are waking up to the potential of Blockchain.

One of the World's leading professional services companies, Deloitte, conducted a global Blockchain survey "Breaking Blockchain open" in April 2018 surveying over 1000 respondents from seven countries around the globe.

They see Blockchain as being at an inflection point, with momentum shifting from "Blockchain tourism" and exploration to the building of practical business applications and while some 44% of respondents believe Blockchain to be over-hyped, more than one-third of respondents to our survey say they have already brought a Blockchain implementation to production; another 41 percent plan to bring Blockchain to production in the next year.

Programme Modules

  • Blockchain Technology
  • Economics Foundation
  • Financial Management
  • Blockchain Business Models
  • Cryptonomics
  • Fintech

Essential Information: 

Free to employed and unemployed.

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To complete your application process you must email the following

  1. A scanned copy of your EU Passport, or a scanned copy of your non-EU Passport with a copy of your Stamp 4 visa.
  2. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A copy of your Level 7 Degree/ Major Award or highest other qualification. Translated if not in English
  4. A scanned copy of a recent payslip if employed showing your PPSN, or a scanned copy of a recent payment slip if in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ benefit, or a copy of a recent Bank Statement showing receipt of a different, eligible, Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, or a letter from your Accountant confirming that are Self-employed, or an Affidavit signed by you and the appropriate third-party confirming that you are a Homemaker.

When sending jpgs they must be attachments to your email, -not jpgs within emails. Documents sent as ZIP fles cannot be accepted - they must be send as individual documents.

Contact Us

Peter Butler
Graduate & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Galway City

(091) 742328



Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020