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:
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.
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.
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.
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 offers 85+ 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 offers 30 free certificate courses in digital marketing covering topics such as SEO, consent marketing, and competitive research.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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