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1000+ Free Developer and IT Certifications

Massive list of free certificates and badges for developers in data science, software development, and more.

Free Certificates Earned by Rui Ma
Some of my certificates of completion

As an avid online learner who has taken dozens of online courses (check out my Class Central profile: @ruima), I find certificates highly motivating in helping me complete the courses.

But since 2015, free certificates for MOOCs (or Massive Open Online Courses) have largely been replaced by paid certificates.

I couldn’t afford to pay for a certificate for every course I’ve completed. So I started looking for courses which offered free certificates.

Last year, I compiled a list of 1000s of free certificates and badges. This Class Central compilation has proven to be immensely popular. It has been read by half a million learners and has gone viral on Reddit a couple of times.

In this article, however, I decided to compile free certificates for a specific group of learners: prospective and current developers.

Below, you’ll find more than a thousand free IT certifications from:

  • Universities, like Harvard and the University of Helsinki.
  • Big tech companies, like Google, Microsoft, and IBM.
  • Tech providers, like MongoDB, Redis, and GitLab.
  • Developer platforms, like Kaggle and HackerRank.
  • Online learning platforms, like LinkedIn Learning, FutureLearn, and freeCodeCamp.

If you know about more opportunities or notice an error in the list, please let me know in the comments. And if you don’t find what you need here, either browse our extensive catalog of 50,000 online courses or have a look at our curated collections:

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

Harvard CS50 Free Certificate 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 the other courses in the CS50 lineup, which includes the courses below.

To get the certificate for free, you’ll want to take the courses through Harvard OCW. For more details, head to Class Central’s CS50 in-depth guide.

The core course is one of the world’s most popular MOOCs with over 3.2 million enrollments on edX. It is also one of the Best Free Online Courses of All Time on Class Central.

LinkedIn Learning Free Certifications

Linkedin Learning Certificate
Linkedin Learning Certificate: Customer Service Foundations by @suparn

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: 160 courses and 22 learning paths offer free certificates, which represents 750+ 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.

Google Free Certificates

Google Free Certificates

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.

After looking through Google’s different learning platforms, I have compiled all their offerings with free certicates. Here is what I found: 600+ courses with free certificates and badges offered by Google. Here are a few examples:

FreeCodeCamp Free Certificates

freeCodeCamp Certificate
freeCodeCamp Certificate: Responsive Web Design by @ruima

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:

MongoDB Free Certificates

MongoDB Certificate

MongoDB University offers 13 courses with free certificates. 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 Free Certificates

Redis University Certificate: Querying, Indexing and Full-Text Search
Redis University Certificate: Querying, Indexing and Full-Text Search by @vishnu

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.

FutureLearn Free Certificates

Future Learn Free Certificates

FutureLearn offers 500+ 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.

Recently, FutureLearn launched a Study-UK program, providing 425+ courses with free digital upgrades for certain countries. You can check eligibility for your country and claim your free upgrade after completing 5 modules of the course if you’re eligible. The offer for Study-UK free upgrade courses are valid till 25 February 2022 and each eligible learner is entitled to one free digital upgrade in total. Here are some examples:

Microsoft Free Certifications

Microsoft Learn Certificate
Microsoft Learn Profile Page by @ruima

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.

Free Certificates from 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.

Free Certificates from HackerRank

HackerRank provides 21 free Skills Certification Tests including Angular, Java, Javascript and Python to help learners get certified in technical skills. Upon successfully clearing an assessment, you can promote yourself using the HackerRank certificate to peers and employers.

Free Certificates from Reaktor & University of Helsinki

Certificate of Completion: Elements of AI
Certificate of Completion: Elements of AI by @pat 

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki offers several free online courses through their independent MOOC platform MOOC.fi. 8 of the 17 free courses provide

Free Certificates from Kaggle

kaggle certificates

Kaggle is an online community for data scientists and machine learning practitioners. You can build your own data science and machine learning projects with over 50,000 public datasets and 400,000 public notebooks through a no-setup Jupyter Notebooks environment. Kaggle has run over 500 open competitions for learners and experts to grow data science skills. It also provides 16 free step-by-step practical courses to help you learn basic data science like Intro to Machine Learning or Feature Engineering. You’ll earn a completion certificate when you finish a course.

Free Certificates from DataCamp

DataCamp Certificate
DataCamp Certificate: SQL Tutorial for Marketers by @ruima

30+ free courses with certificates in Python and R. Courses are designed into interactive document-based learning mode. A Statement of Accomplishment is available to download when you pass each chapter of the course.

Free Certificates from Salesforce Trailhead

Trailhead Certificate
Salesforce Trailhead Profile Page @ruima

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.

Free Certificates from 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.

Free Certificates from 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.

Free Certificates from upGrad

upGrad Certificate: Economics Masterclass
upGrad Certificate: Economics Masterclass by @suparn

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.

Free Certificates from 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.

Free Certificates from 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.

Free Certificates from CISCO Networking Academy

Cisco offers 12 free self-paced courses with certificates covering topics such as networking and programming.

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Rui Ma

With a background in Health Statistics and Sociology, she has built a career path in Data Analytics. She joined the team as a Data Analyst and is helping Class Central to improve its services for global MOOC learners.

Comments 5

  1. Lucio

    Manu many thanks!!

    So apreciated!

    Greetings from Argentina.

    Reply
  2. MESSAOUDI Mohamed

    Manu many thanks!!

    So apreciated!

    Greetings from tunisia

    Reply
  3. Nhan

    Many thanks for your effort creating such a great list.

    Reply
  4. Jennifer Burkhart

    Can Highschool students take these courses? Thank you

    Reply
  5. JK

    What an awesome share Rui Ma, for such rich content we couldn’t possibly thank you enough!! Many many thanks and God Bless You immensely!

    Reply

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