From Gmail to Maps, Google offers a ton of useful apps. For instance, this article was originally drafted on Google Docs, like most of our articles at Class Central. What many people don’t know is that Google also offers many online courses — and some of them include free certificates and badges!
Indeed, besides offering courses on platforms like Coursera and Udacity, Google itself runs a series of educational platforms with different goals. For example, the Grow with Google initiative and Google’s Digital Garage offer online courses to help learners gain digital skills or prepare them to run online businesses.
Fortunately, hundreds of these courses offer free certificates or badges. We even earned a few ourselves, as you’ll see below. So we decided to sift through Google’s entire online learning ecosystem to compile all their free certificate courses.
In total, we found over 700 courses, covering topics such as digital marketing, Google Analytics, and Google Cloud. You can find the full list below.
Without further ado, here are Google’s online courses with free certificates and badges.
Free Google Analytics Certifications
As you can imagine, Google Analytics Academy provides online courses on Google Analytics, the company’s web traffic monitoring platform. Each course includes a series of videos and assessments.
After getting a score of 80% or higher on each assessment, you’ll earn a free certificate of completion, like the one above. These will appear on your profile on the platform, but you can also download them and share them via LinkedIn.
Here are the free certificate courses offered on the platform:
Later this year, Google will complete the transition to the latest major version of its analytics platform, Google Analytics 4. For the occasion, Google has launched new online courses. Here’s the list:
For each module you complete, you’ll earn a badge. Once you complete all the modules, you’ll unlock a certificate like the one above. All your badges and certificates will be added to your profile page.
Google Skillshop provides free training programs for a large number of Google services, including their marketing tools. There are courses on all the following subjects: Google Ads, Google AdMob, Google Marketing Platform, Google My Business, YouTube, and more.
Notably, a substantial portion of the platform’s catalog is dedicated to Android development.
You can take individual courses, but if you’re looking for a deeper dive, you may prefer one of Google’s 130 learning pathways. These consist of a sequence of mini-courses and culminate in a quiz. After passing the quiz, you’ll receive a badge that appears on your developer profile.
Here’s a selection of courses you may take on the platform:
Qwiklabs, a startup acquired by Google and since then rebranded to Google Cloud Skills Boost (though the Qwiklabs name lingers), lets you learn Google Cloud through a hands-on approach. On the platform, you can complete close to 600 labs in a real cloud environment.
In addition to individual labs, you can take full courses or so-called “quests”, which typically consist of a series of labs. There are over 300 courses and quests. These typically end with a timed assessment. Upon completion you’ll receive a badge.
Finally, there are 26 learning paths, which consist of a series of quests and courses.
While the platform offers free or free-to-audit courses, completing labs typically requires spending “credits”. However, there are multiple ways to get credits for free.
For instance, if you’re a student with a valid university email address, you can claim 200 free Qwiklabs credits through this page. That’s what I did a few years back, allowing me to earn the certificate above.
100+ Qwiklabs Quests
Qwiklabs quests, just like learning paths, consist of a series of labs. These are hands-on activities conducted within a real cloud environment. That’s what makes Qwiklabs special: you’re getting genuine hands-on practice.
For instance, if you start a Kubernetes quest, you’ll be dropped into a real GKE instance — that is, an actual virtual compute cluster created temporarily for you to practice on.