Several MOOCs, Universities & tech companies are offer FREE Professional Certificates & online courses. Here are links to every free online educational resource that I am aware of. Please bookmark, share and comment below with anything I’ve missed, as I am making daily updates to this list of free online courses with certification.
Free Professional Certificates
What websites offer free courses and free certificates? The next section lists all the free professional certificates I am aware of, organized by expiration date and organization.
List of Free Online Course
The following resources either offer too many free courses to list at once, or quickly rotate which courses are free or not. In addition, these courses may or may not provide a certificate as noted in the column. Without further ado, here is the list of online courses you can take for free:
|Free Course Catalog||Platform||# Free Courses||Description||Free Certification?||Expiration|
|Free FutureLearn Courses with Digital Upgrades||55||Some of these courses come with free certificates, some are provided by universities and some are accredited and can provide credits towards a college degree. Since there are so many of them and they seem to rotate them, you should check the details for each. Note that these are free courses that also have a free Digital Upgrade and some do provide certificates for free. I’ve filtered this link to only include those results.||Yes, but read my description for details||Unknown|
|Free FutureLearn Courses||556||Here is all of the free courses being offered by FutureLearn. While most of them do not provide certificates, you can always upgrade and get one. Many of these free courses are created by accredited universities.||No||Free to take, certificates cost money|
|Free Courses Master of Project Academy||18||This MOOC is dedicated exclusively to Project Management based courses and certifications. All 18 of the freebies relate to specific Project Management topics like Six Sigma, Agile, etc.||No||Unknown|
|Free Udemy Courses||703||Udemy currently has over 700 free courses to choose from. Unfortunately, you will not get a certificate for completing a free course, but you can learn all types of new skills.||No||Unknown|
|Free Pluralsight Courses||5 per week||Pluralsight offers 5 free courses at any given time. If you look on the bottom right of the sidebar you can preview the next 3 weeks of free courses. Unforunately, no certificate is provided, but you can learn some new stuff.||No||5 new courses every week|
|Free Codecademy Courses||Over 20 Free Courses||All of their basic courses are free, which means if you’re browsing their catalog, any of the courses without the PRO label are free.||No||5 new courses every week|
|Free edX Courses||2000+||You can take their courses for free and generally only pay if you want a certificate for completion.||No||Free to take, certificates cost money|
|Free Harvard University Courses||Harvard University &
||90||While they do offer a few courses directly, this portal contains a catalog of all of Harvard University’s free online courses offered through edX. You can take these courses for free and generally only pay if you want a certificate for completion. Thanks to vfzxc01 for leaving us a tip in the comments about this.||No||Free to take, certificates cost money|
|Free Linux Academy Courses||20 (changes each month)||Linux Academy updates their free course page every month and generally have some awesome courses that you should check out.||No||New course selection every month|
|Fortinet Free Courses||Fortinet||25+||A series of free courses on cyber security, remote working, firewalls, VPNs and more.||No||Indefinite/Unknown|
|Free Open Learn Courses||The Open University||Almost 1000||A bunch of free courses on virtually any subject||Yes, some have free Badges||Indefinite/Unknown|
|Free Alison Courses||Alison||1000||All their courses are free and provide a record of your achievement. However, certificates cost money.||No||Indefinite/Unknown|
|Free Oxford Courses||Oxford Home Study||40+||This is an updated list of all the free courses that they provide. While you do not get a certificate, you get a record of completion that can be used on resumes.||No||Indefinite/Unknown|
|Free Udacity Courses||Udacity||197||Make sure to use the sidebar on the left and select Filter By “Free Courses” in order to see only the free courses currently available.||No||New course selection every month|
|Free Kahn Academy Courses||Kahn Academy||1000+||This entire platform is free. While a lot of the content is geared for K-12 and college prep, there are also computer and science courses that are highly relevant to people interested in IT||No||Always free|
|Free K12 Courses||K12||4+||During the lockdown K12 is providing a few free courses and educational resources. Click “Find Out More” in the Coronavirus section.||No||Unknown|
|200+ Free GCF Global Courses||GCF Global||200+||This is a website dedicated to providing free online courses and tutorials on a range of subjects, including many basic IT related topics.||No||Indefinitely|
|Free online training for CompTIA ITF+||CompTIA||1||If you register using this link they are giving away 30 day licenses for the CertMaster Learn eLearning course for CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+).||No||Unknown|
|6 Free Cyber Security Courses||United States Government||6||These 6 courses can be taken without even registering. However, they do offer free certification and a bunch more free IT courses to veterans of the U.S. military.||No||Unknown|
|700 Free K-MOOC Courses||K-MOOC||700||K-MOOC is a Korean online learning platform that also has english content and over 700 free courses (mostly in Korean of course.)||No||Unknown|
Expired Free Courses
Since I’m updating this daily, I’ve decided to move inactive or expired deals into a dedicated section. I also figure that over time it will grow pretty big, so I’ve decided to have it folded away by default. Click the button the expand the list of expired deals.
— Manoj (@HeartofManoj) May 25, 2020
Sources, Links, Changelog and Other Resources
I was inspired by and sourced some of these links from this Reddit post (I didn’t include any of the expired offers such as Juniper Networks and Palo Alto Networks) as well as reading questions asking about free courses and certificates on Quara. Since that Reddit post will eventually get locked, and I wanted a specific up-to-date resource to point others to, I’ve decided to make a permanent resource that gets updated regularly so that we can keep track of all the free professional certificates and free online courses.
- May 8th, 2020 Update: Nothing new to add today, but I added this changelog.
- May 10th, 2020 Update: Moved the Oracle tests out of the expired category because they’ve added more testing slots.
- May 11th, 2020 Update: I was made aware that FutureLearn has some free courses with free certificates so I added those links to the top of the free courses section.
- May 12th, 2020 Update: vfzxc01 left a comment pointing out Harvard University’s free courses, which I added to the free courses section. Thanks again vfzxc01!
- May 14th, 2020 Update: Added FreeCodeCamp.org to the top of the “Other Free Online Courses with Certification” table. Added Stanford University courses to the bottom of the Coursera list. Added Udacity to the bottom of the free courses section. Added Kahn Academy to the bottom of the free courses list.
- May 15th, 2020 Update: Thanks to k230 for letting us know about the free cyber security certificates from Idaho National Laboratory. I have added this resource near the top of the “Other Certificates” table.
- May 16th, 2020 Update: Thanks again to vfzxc01 for reaching out with free MSI certifications links, which I added to the bottom of the “Other Free Online Courses with Certification” table. I also moved the Oracle tests back to the expired section because they’ve finally literally expired.
- May 16th, 2020 Update: This page was barely usable on mobile, so I’ve changed the page so that mobile users get tables with only 2 columns: the certificate/course name and link in one column and a description in the other. This retains the most important information and looks good on phones.
- May 17th, 2020 Update: Added GCF Global to the bottom of the free courses section since it seems to be on-topic.
- May 19th, 2020 Update: Thanks to k230 for commenting regarding the free certs from PMI which I added to the bottom of the “Other Certificates” table. Thanks to maz for pointing out the ICSI free course, which I added to the bottom of the free course list.
- May 21st, 2020 Update: Added Scrum Fundamentals Certificate to the top of the “Other Free Online Courses with Certification” list. Added (ISC)2 course to bottom of the free course list. Added CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) to the bottom of the free course list.
- May 22nd, 2020 Update: Added 19 Cybrary courses with certification to the top of the “Other Free Certs” list. Added The United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime courses with certs to the bottom of the same list.
- May 23rd, 2020 Update: vfzxc01 reached out via Facebook and alerted me to the free RedHat DO101 course. I’ve added it to the top of the other Free Certificates! Modified Stanford free certificate details per k230’s comments below (thanks again!) I moved the free Google certs to the top of the page.
- May 24th, 2020 Update: Added Ajiry to the bottom of the Other Certs list. Also added Pathways International Power BI and Tableau courses to the bottom of the same list.
- May 27th, 2020 Update: Added Microsoft Advertising Certified Professional to the top of the Other Certs list and added Qualys to the bottom of it.
- May 28th, 2020 Update: Added 6 free cyber security courses from the US Government to the bottom of the free course list.
- May 30th, 2020 Update: Added free CISSP Security Certification from IT Masters & Charles Sturt University to the bottom of “other free certs” list.
- May 31st, 2020 Update: Moved International Cybersecurity Institute and Official (ISC)² CISSP® Review to the expired section.
- June 1st, 2020 Update: Moved ServiceNow Certified System Administrator to the expired section.
- June 3rd, 2020 Update: Added K-MOOC to bottom of the free courses list.
- June 5th, 2020 Update: Added 18 Free Courses from Master of Project Academy near the top of the free courses list.
Thanks for reading my list of the best free online certification courses available today. Please bookmark this page and let me know if I’ve missed anything. Thanks!