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[2021] 350+ Hours of Free LinkedIn Learning Courses with Free Certification

LinkedIn joins the ranks of course providers offering free online courses in response to the pandemic.

Early last year, in response to the global pandemic, many providers offered free online learning resources which Class Central compiled into a list and updated regularly. Our list grew to ~100 resources and has been viewed by one million learners.

LinkedIn Learning was one of these resources. In June 2020,  Microsoft joined the ranks and made 14 learning paths on LinkedIn Learning available for free. We shared the list of learning paths with Class Central’s learners, which again proved to be very popular.

So, I decided to find out if there are more free learning resources available. I looked through 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 I found: 156 courses and 11 learning paths offer free certificates. A total of 350+ hours of free online learning resources. You can find the comprehensive lists below.

(You may also want to have a look at our Massive List of Thousands of Free Certificates and Badges offered by MOOC platforms, universities, companies, and nonprofits worldwide.)

Ace the Basics: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro is a new free learning path, added since we compiled the original list. One learning path has been removed: Become a Software Developer. Some courses that are part of this path are still open and offer a free certificate. You can find them in the overview of courses listed below.

We are not sure how long these courses (and certificates) will be available for free. However, we plan to keep an eye on LinkedIn Learning and update the list continuously. So, stay tuned! And if you find more free resources or notice an error in the list, please leave us a note.

How to earn a Free LinkedIn Learning Certificate

To earn a certificate for an individual course, watch all videos and take the quizzes. For some courses, you will need to take an exam to complete the course. Once you are done, go to the “Related to this course” section below the video (on the desktop) and click on “Show all”.

A window will pop up with possible certificates for the course (see an example above). Click on “Download” to get your LinkedIn Learning Certificate. Some courses also offer Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits, in addition to the LinkedIn Learning certificate.

To earn a certificate for a learning path, you need to complete the individual courses. Then, you will be able to download the learning path certificate.

LinkedIn Learning Paths with Free Certificates

LinkedIn Learning Courses with Free Certificates

These courses are organized in alphabetical order.

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Suparn Patra

Suparn developed an interest in MOOCs through a project he worked on during his MSc in Artificial Intelligence. He joined Class Central as a Full Stack Engineer.

Comments 46

  1. Marwa

    Heartfelt thanks. That’s genuinely amazing.

    • bich

      not really because we students use to be able to get all the content free thru lynda, so really we get less with more. thanks microsoft, you corpnazis.

      • as

        how to applythis

      • d. jenner wasn’t free. It’s not now as part of LinkedIn, but it wasn’t free before so not much has changed.

        • Xander Vaughn

          Yes, you could get it free through most large libraries, now you can’t. I won’t be paying for a subscription anymore and I will stop recommending it to people. In this time of people needing to train for employment, this is just gouging.

          Poor morals and poor business practices.

  2. Rohini R Reddy

    I hope that it will be very helpful for students especially for the students who are at poor background

    • Lazarus Jamison

      what courses are offered free with certificate on LinkedIn
      ? .because of majority of them they do ask to pay something .

  3. hanane ouhammouch

    Many thanks for the sharing

  4. Olumide Ojelabi

    Glad I found this. Thanks

  5. Mohammad A Khan

    Thanks for offering great service to everyone with out borders
    God bless you

  6. Prathyusha

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Daniel

    very helpfull thanks a lot.

  8. zzz

    where? it just says 1 month free trial.

    • Dhawal Shah

      You can ignore the notification and directly click on the videos to access it. You might have to be logged in first.

  9. Amna

    It would be great if we could have a list of free courses with certificates from Linkedin Learning as it is really difficult to find out by opening each course manually o ly to see that either we need to buy the course or to download the certificate we need to have Linkedin Premium.

  10. Sifiso Dhlamini

    Thank you so much for your generosity. This goes a long way for someone like me in Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland)

  11. ZZZ

    The problem with these courses is that all of them appear to be partially functional.

    That you do not have access to the ability to ask a question, you may reply is all. Also unknown is if the certificates will be available. I’ve not gotten that far.

    • Suparn Patra

      They don’t send certificate. You may need to download it manually.
      Click on certificates from course page (Given you’re logged in) and click on download.

  12. Alexandra Goicoechea

    When I click on the courses I get to the course page, but it says “click here for free month”. How do you get it free until next summer? Want to do the Graphic Design path

    • Suparn Patra

      You will get free certificate once you finish the course. But you need to manually download it.
      You need not to start free trial for free course, free certificate courses/paths.

    • Muhammad Fakrul Islam

      Alexandra Goicoechea, first sign up on, then click on ‘Become a Graphic Designer’ link.

  13. Tarun S. Kuckian


    I am am assistant professor teaching in an undergrad college in Mumbai, India. I want to recommend some of these free courses to my students. I wanted to confirm whether the students will get certificate on completing the course? Also will there be any examinations?


    Tarun S. Kuckian

    • Suparn Patra

      Yes, They offer free certificate of completion after finishing individual course (Need to manually download it) and for paths, all courses needs to be finished.

      For some courses, student needs to give exam in order to get another certificate of completion with mentioned “continuing professional education credit” in it.

      Note: Apart from this, there are many courses for which watching content is free but in order to download certificate premium subscription is needed or free trial. And of course there are many courses for which watching video content also requires paid subscription or free trial one (initial a few preview videos are available for free)

  14. Muhammad Fakrul Islam

    ‘Become a Software Developer’ learning path is still working. Thank you so much for your help.

    • Dhawal Shah

      Great. But seems like it might be based on the region you are in.

      For me, the first course of “Become a Software Developer” learning path doesn’t offer a free certificate even though all the course videos are free.

      • Aliaa

        I am already enrolling in Become a Software Developer learning path , but now I don’t have time for it. Will it remain free for me after March?

        • Dhawal Shah

          Unfortunately, I am not really sure how long these will be free.

      • Michelle

        Dhawal, maybe you should give it another go. I’ve come across a few errors when accessing the courses.
        I had to switch browsers sometimes. There were some videos I couldn’t watch in Firefox that I could access in Chrome.
        Occasionally, the videos wouldn’t be marked as complete.
        There was also a course on Google Ads that seemed to have some problems with links, so I had to access the videos manually, and gave it a few tries. I’m still working on it, actually.
        For me, the course on SQL in the Software Developer track was archived while I was taking the learning path and I had to click on the videos directly to go around the one-month trial (they weren’t actually locked).

  15. Dr Aejaz Husain

    Thanks a lot for sharing so useful resources

  16. Rujin

    Thank you thank you!!!

  17. Aliaa

    I am already enrolling in Become a Software Developer learning path , but now I don’t have time for it. Will it remain free for me after March?

  18. Elçin

    I have spent all my day by analyzing this page reading and clicking every page. This work is amazing.The Question is I am in search of Certificates in German Language.
    How can I find finance or economy related certificates but I need it for Germany.And Want to have the courses in German Language.
    This is my first time in your web site.So sorry for this perhaps it is a stupid question.

  19. Hector

    Hello Suparn: Thank you for compiling the list, I do appreciate it. However, I cannot get around the ‘Start my free month’ to do any of the free courses you identified. Like Alexandra, how can I get around this issue to not activate the free month and saving it for course (s) that are for pay? Cheers

    • Michelle

      This might be a bit late, but Hector, for SOME of these courses you can get around activating the free month. For example, for the SQL course in the Software Developer track, you just click on the first video while logged in. It simply starts and it’s marked as completed after you watch it.
      However, if you see a lock next to the video, it means you can’t access it without starting the free month, which means that you won’t be able to get a free certificate.

  20. Rig Ved

    The leadership course doesn’t seem to be free any longer

    • Rig Ved

      Also People Analytics

      • Suparn Patra

        Thanks for letting us know.
        I’ve removed the courses that are no longer completely free.

  21. Rowan Randle

    Good Morning / Evening where you may find yourself self in the world. I completed some courses for free without registration for the month to test whether I could before signing up for the free month.

    I know after covid we all need to study more to upgrade our skills to be relevant in the work environment. To earn a salary. I in my humble opinion I think we need a radical tactical shift in our thinking and our modus operandi.

    The world as we knew it has completely done a 360 degree , so we need to adapt accordingly.

    I am upgrading my skillset with a strategy that would enable me to be more relevant to current market’s.

  22. Chandu

    It looks like they are extending these free courses till end of 2021
    this i learn from today media updates

  23. Jude Gaal

    Thank you Suparn for this information. I know it will help a lot of people strengthen their skills!

  24. Samyak sharma

    This is very useful and great post!

  25. Arbab Ahmed

    Great work !

  26. Benji

    Hey, thanks for the (huge) list of free courses. I’ll definitely look into them.

    My question is, what are they worth in the eyes of employers?

    More specifically the Microsoft certificates. I can imagine employers won’t value these LinkedIn certificates at the same level as actual MS Certificates?

  27. Tawra Lundy

    Suparn, thank you SO MUCH for this!!!

    • Moro John Alex

      Thank you very much


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