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Course Report

(2021) Massive List of Thousands of Free Certificates and Badges

Thousands of courses with free certificates and badges offered by MOOC platforms, universities, companies, and nonprofits worldwide.

A certificate might be an important incentive for learners to enroll and complete a course. At the beginning of the MOOC movement, major MOOC (massive open online course) platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udacity offered free certificates. But by 2015, paid certificates had replaced free ones in most courses.

However, MOOC platforms like Coursera and FutureLearn still provide free certificates from time to time. And companies like Google and Microsoft have also started offering free certificates to promote online education related to their technologies and products.

To keep track of free certificates that are scattered across various platforms, I compiled the following list, and I will keep updating it as new offerings appear.

If you know about more offers or notice an error in the list, please let us know in the comments. And if you don’t find what you need here, either browse our extensive catalog of 30,000 online courses or have a look at our thematic collections:

To see all our compilations, visit Class Central’s Collections.

Google

My certificate: Google Analytics for Beginners

If you look for Google on Class Central, you will find Google and Google Cloud courses offered via online learning providers such as Coursera or Udacity. But Google also offers online courses through their own platforms and other third-party platforms. These are aggregated in their “Grow with Google” platform, which includes many courses with a free certificate.

So I looked through Google’s different learning platforms and compiled all their offerings. Then, I filtered the list to keep only Google’s free certificate courses.

Here is what I found: 600+ courses with free certificates and badges offered by Google. Topics include online business, digital marketing, Google analytics, and Google cloud.

LinkedIn Learning

Class Central’s @suparn searched LinkedIn Learning’s catalog of 9,000+ courses and 425 learning paths (which consist of a set of bundled courses) and identified the ones which are available for free and offer a free certificate.

Here is what he found: 185 courses and 14 learning paths offer free certificates, which represents 350+ hours of free online learning resources. You can find the list of learning paths below. And here’s the complete list of LinkedIn Learning free certificate courses.

A LinkedIn Learning certificate is available once you complete videos, quizzes, or exams. To earn a certificate for a learning path, you need to complete all individual courses in the path.

Harvard CS50 Course Series

CS50 Free Course Certificate
Harvard’s CS50 Free Certificate

Class Central’s @manoel wrote a comprehensive guide explaining how to earn a free certificate in CS50, Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science, and in six other courses in the CS50 lineup, including:

The core course is one of the world’s most popular MOOCs with over 2.7 million enrollments on edX. It is also one of the Best Free Online Courses of All-Time on Class Central. To learns more about CS50 and its lineup of free certificate courses, head to Class Central’s CS50 in-depth guide.

Coursera

Coursera offers 6 free courses about COVID-19 that include a free certificate. Before trying to enroll, please wait for the promo banner to load at the top of the Coursera page, so you’ll be able to redeem the course for free.

Here is the list:

You can also find 1600+ free courses on Coursera. They are, however, only free-to-audit. To earn a certificate you need to pay.

FutureLearn

FutureLearn offers 70+ online courses with a free “digital upgrade”, which includes unlimited access to the course and quizzes. A digital Certificate of Achievement will be available upon completion. Some of the courses might not be available at the moment.

freeCodeCamp

freeCodeCamp is a nonprofit that can teach you how to code online for free. It includes thousands of hours of learning content exploring topics ranging from web development to machine learning. The content is structured into certifications. Each is dedicated to a particular topic and leads to a free certificate of completion.

Here are the certifications currently offered by freeCodeCamp:

Microsoft Learn

Microsoft offers over 1960 free modules and 430 learning paths to learn about its products, such as Office 365, Visual Studio, Windows, SQL Server, and Azure. Once you finish a courses’ tutorials and quizzes, you’ll earn a badge on your learner profile.

Visual Studio Dev Essentials

Through Visual Studio Dev Essentials, you can redeem a one-month free subscription to Pluralsight and LinkedIn Learning, and a two-month free subscription to DataCamp. Certificates of completion are available on Pluralsight, LinkedIn and DataCamp when you complete the courses.

IBM Cognitive Class

IBM Cognitive Class offers over 80 courses and 20 learning paths in data science, AI, big data, cloud computing and blockchain. It also provides a virtual lab environment allowing users to practice what they’ve learned in the courses. You can earn a badge or certificate of completion when passing 70% grade of each course.

Salesforce Trailhead

Trailhead is a free learning platform launched by Salesforce. It provides learning materials mainly in Salesforce related skills. You can also find topics outside of Salesforce such as BlockchainiOS App Development, or even Civic Engagement in the US and Contact Tracer Roles and Responsibilities.
900+ modules and 100+ hands-on projects are accessible free of charge on the platform.  Guided learning paths such as  trails, superbadges, and career paths are offered based on modules. You can even discover or curate personalized trails with trailmixes. After finishing all of the units in each module, you can get a free badge in your profile.

DataCamp

DataCamp offers 30+ free certificate courses in Python and R. These are designed to be interactive and involve gamification whereby you accrue XP as you progress through the course until you unlock a certificate of completion.

University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania offers 3 free certificate courses:

All 3 have been ranked among Class Central’s Best Free Online Courses of All-Time. After completing the final quizzes of each course module, participants are eligible to download certificates of completion.

Reaktor & University of Helsinki

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki offers several free online courses through their independent MOOC platform MOOC.fi. 5 of the 17 free courses provide free certificates.

openHPI

The MOOC platform of the Hasso Plattner Institute, openHPI, offers 70+ free certificate courses in computer science and digital technologies. Upon completion of a course, you may receive a Record of Achievement or a Confirmation of Participation.

OpenSAP

OpenSAP offers 200+ free certificate courses in business and technology. You can earn a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least half a course, or a Record of Achievement by scoring at last half the points on all graded assignments.

Canvas Network

Canvas Network offers 60+ courses on professional development (PD) for educators that are free to enroll. Free badges and certificates are available through the course instructor or institution. Canvas itself does not issue certificates.

Marginal Revolution University (MRU)

Marginal Revolution University (MRU) now provides 18 economics courses and series to everyone for free. Learning videos are also available on Youtube Channel. You will earn a certificate on your MRUniversity profile if you pass the final exam of a course you will earn the certificate on your MRUniversity profile.

Twitter

Twitter Flight School allows you to learn about video advertising on Twitter. You can earn a the badge by completing a series of training courses and achieving 80% or higher on a final assessment.

Great Learning

Great Learning offers 90+ free certificate courses in a wide variety of subjects like artificial intelligence, data science, programming, cloud computing, and digital marketing. A free certificate is available once you complete all videos and quizzes, and claim the final course certificate.

upGrad

upGrad offers 30+ free tech programs. These include courses in data science, programming, web development, and management. An e-Certificate of Completion is provided in 30 days after you successfully finish all the modules within your program. Your phone number is required while registering a course and you may receive calls and messages from upGrad.

Hubspot Academy

Hubspot Academy offers 20 free certificate courses in digital marketing. You can earn a certificate after completing all videos, quizzes, and exercises, and passing the certification exam.

SEMRush Academy

SEMRush Academy offers 30 free certificate courses in digital marketing covering topics such as SEO, consent marketing, and competitive research.

MongoDB University

MongoDB University offers 13 courses with free certificate. You will receive a proof of completion if you achieve a grade of 65% or better on graded materials such as quizzes, labs, and a final exam.

Redis University

Redis University offers 7 free certificate courses to learn how to use Redis. You can earn a certificate by achieving a combined score of 65% or more on the weekly homework and the final exam before the course ends.

Y Combinator Startup School

Y Combinator’s Startup School offers a free online program that includes 16 courses where founders explain how they built their startups. To get certified, you need to complete the entire curriculum, participate in a group session, and submit company updates 8 weeks in a row.

GitLab

GitLab offers free certification programs to grow your tech professional skills. To earn a certificate, you have to score 80% or higher on all the quizzes and assessments.

Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy offers 100+ college level courses with free certificates in History, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Computer Science, and many more. To earn a free certificate, you have to pass a final exam with a grade of 70% or higher.

Jovian.ai

4 free self-paced courses in Data Science with Python from Jovian.ai. After completing all weekly assignments and the course project, you can earn a verified certificate of accomplishment for free.

Chinese University MOOC

Chinese University MOOC offer over 9,000 free certificate courses.

Edraak

Edraak offers 185 free courses and specializations with free certificates in Arabic.

Gacco

Gacco offers 90+ free courses with certificates in Japanese. Some courses are currently open to enroll; some are currently archived.

Stepik

Stepik, an interactive computer science education platform in Russian, offers 100 free courses with free certificates. You can automatically receive a certificate after completion of the course.

OpenWHO

Open WHO offers 240+ self-paced courses with free certificates in epidemics, pandemics, and health emergencies. Courses are translated in three to five different languages. There are two types of certificates: learners can earn a Certificate of Participation simply for completing the course, and a Record of Achievement if they score at least 80% on all grade assignments.

FAO elearning Academy

The FAO elearning Academy offers 140+ free courses in food and nutrition security, social and economic development, and sustainable management of natural resources. A Digital Badge Certification is granted for some courses by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, after passing the final evaluation with a score of 75% or more.

UN CC:e-Learn

The UN CC:e-Learn platform offers 32 free courses with certificates in climate change. Once you complete all learning materials and pass the final quiz with a score of at least 70%, a Certificate of Completion will be available for download on the course’s Certification page.

Philanthropy University

PhilanthropyU offers 30+ free courses with free certificates. To get a Certificate of Achievement, you need to score at least 50% on all quizzes and assignments.

Global Campus of Human Rights

The Global Campus of Human Rights offers several MOOCs. Two MOOCs are currently ongoing. Upon completion of the course material, you can earn a Certificate of Completion.

Acumen

Acumen offers 12 free scheduled team certificate courses about social change. You can receive a Statement of Accomplishment after submitting all of the required assignments before the final day of the course.

International Training Centre

ITCILO offers 27 free certificate courses in sustainable enterprise development, labor laws, and gender equality in the workplace. Certificates or badges can be earned by meeting each course requirements.

CISCO Networking Academy

Cisco offers 9 free self-paced courses with certificates covering topics such as networking and programming.

Looker

Looker offers 7 free courses with certificates to learn how to create data reports and dashboards. You can earn a certificate after completing all course videos and practices.

University of Urbino

The University of Urbino offers 9 courses with free certificates. A certificate and a badge can be obtained after completing all the learning materials and passing the online tests.

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    Abdul Majeed

    IBM http://cognitiveclass.ai/ is free too , open ptech is free too , please add those

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    • Rui Ma

      Rui Ma

      Thanks. We’ve added IBM Cognitive Class to the list.

      Reply
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    Aly Dsz

    Wow ! This is amazing !

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    Racha

    thank you so much for the hard work you made to provide us with these links,
    i really appreciate it! we all do
    thank you again, best of luck!!

    Reply
    • Rui Ma

      Rui Ma

      Thanks Racha, hope it helps.

      Reply
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    Casey E.A.

    Trailhead (trailhead.salesforce.com) is an amazing resource and has training on Salesforce and other platforms. Superbadges that demonstrate knowledge. They even have free certification webinars with a $70 discount code for the exam.

    Reply
    • Rui Ma

      Rui Ma

      Thanks, added

      Reply
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    Ram

    You can add the famous Marginal Revolution University (MRU) – https://mru.org/

    Has free courses on Economics (Micro, Macro, Development, etc) and free certificates of completion!

    Reply
    • Rui Ma

      Rui Ma

      Thanks for your suggestion.

      Reply
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    Karol

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    Tafarie Griffiths

    Great

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    jamal_dt

    Thanks a lot

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    Rajat Dadhwal

    Great work guys … I can only imagine the Hard work you went through to compile this extensive list.
    Cheers to you

    Reply
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    Kaushik Ramgude

    please can you create a list of courses for mechanical domain with certification…that would be of great help….like autocad,catia,solidworks

    Reply

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