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 weekly 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||69||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 Google Digital Garage Courses||125||Free courses from Google on data, tech, digital marketing and career development. 1 free certificate I already I mentioned in the free Google certification list, as well as 1 paid cert available.||There is 1 free cert & 1 paid, but the other 123 do not have certificates.||Unknown|
|Free Microsoft Learn Courses||Microsoft||1,375||This has basically become some of Microsoft’s best documentation and easy to share training material. If you’ve looked into Microsoft certification or tutorials for some of their services, then you’ve probably already run across this resource. Still, I had to add it because the list wouldn’t be complete without it.||No, but can help you study for MS certs.||Unknown|
|Free Eduonix Courses||Eduonix||156||A large selection of quality tech courses including stuff on 3d modeling, game programming, Photoshop, personal development and a lot more.||No||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|
|Free Adobe Courses||Adobe||2,406||These courses are largely aimed at teachers and some of these “courses” are nothing more than a link to an article on the web. Regardless, this is a good resource for learning some Adobe products and design related topics.||No||Indefinite/Unknown|
|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.||Yes, you get a completion certificate via email||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|
|93 Free Courses||Guru99||93||Guru99 provides a bunch of tech related courses including TensorFlow, programming, software testing and more.||No||Unknown|
|750 Free Course||Government of India||750||A selection of very good courses on a variety of subjects provided by the Government of India.||No||Unknown|
|24 Free Courses||Coggno||24||A modest selection of various online courses. A handful of them are demos and not full courses, but the rest are free and complete.||No||Unknown|
|14 Free Courses||Acumen Academy||14||Click on “free” to filter out the paid courses. A small selection of courses that focus on social change.||No||Unknown|
|GitHub Learning Lab||GitHub||48||Most of these courses teach you how to use Git and GitHub for programming projects. In addition to that, there are basic introduction courses to popular coding languages like Python, Ruby, Java, and PHP.||No||Unknown|
|MongoDB University||MongoDB||13||These free courses teach you everything you need to know to use and deploy MongoDB in your projects.||No||Unknown|
Expired Free Courses
Since I’m updating this regularly, I’ve decided to move inactive or expired deals
into a dedicated section it’s own page. I also figure that over time it will grow pretty big, so I’ve decided to have it folded away by default move expired courses to the expired page. Click the button the expand the list of expired deals.
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.
- June 7th, 2020 Update: Added IPv6 Certification to the bottom of the other “Other Free Certs” list.
- June 9th, 2020 Update: Added the Microsoft Learn site to the free courses list.
- June 10th, 2020 Update: Fixed the link to Oxford Home Study, which was incorrectly linking out to Alison.com. Also notated the fact that you do get a certificate of completion emailed to you when you’ve finished the course.
- June 12th, 2020 Update: Added Think Employment to the bottom of the “other free certs” list, but note that it is for EU only. Also, I didn’t log it yesterday but I put up a free interactive Coursera offer that expires today which I will be removing from the list tomorrow.
- June 13th, 2020 Update: Added Google Digital Garage courses near the top of the free courses list.
- June 14th, 2020 Update: Added SEMRush Academy to the bottom of the “other free certifications” list.
- June 15th, 2020 Update: Added Torrens University Australia to the bottom of the “other free certs” list.
- June 17th, 2020 Update: Added Virginia Wesleyan University to the bottom of the “other free certs” list (expires June 30, 2020.)
- June 19th, 2020 Update: Added BitDegree to the bottom of the “other free certs” list.
- June 21st, 2020 Update: Added Sophia.org to the bottom of the “other free certs” list as well.
- June 24th, 2020 Update: I didn’t abandon the page, it’s just there hasn’t been anything new that I’ve discovered. Let me know if you find anything in the comments below.
- June 27th, 2020 Update: Added the rest of the RedHat free courses to the top of the other certs list and added Canvas.net to the bottom of that list.
- June 28th, 2020 Update: Added SoloLearn.com to the bottom of the other free certs list.
- July 1st, 2020 Update: Added Saylor near the top of the other free certs list. Moved RedHat DO101 and Virginia Wesleyan University to the expired list.
- July 6th, 2020 Update: Added the Gymnasium’s free 58 web development courses to the bottom of the “other free certs” list. Sorry about the delay in updates, I downgraded from a high-end workstation to a low-end laptop and it took a few days to get up and productive again. Thanks for sticking with me!
- July 9th, 2020 Update: Added Guru99’s tech courses to the bottom of the free courses list.
- July 16th, 2020 Update: Added 750 free courses from the Government of India to the bottom of the free courses list.
- July 23rd, 2020 Update: So yeah, I still look for free courses daily, but at this point it’s more of a weekly update. Today I added 24 free coursesfrom Coggno to the bottom of the free courses list.
- August 1, 2020 Update: Moved Coursera courses to the expired list. Moved Sophia courses to the expired list.
- August 9, 2020 Update: Added a new list free Coursera courses with free certificates that expire at the end of 2020.
- August 17, 2020 Update: Added Acumen Academy to the bottom of the free list.
- September 2, 2020 Update: Haven’t had a lot to add over the last few weeks. However, Microsoft has a free Azure certificate voucher if you attend a 2 day virtual webinar. I signed up and I put the link at the top of this page.
- September 7, 2020 Update: Added Courses10.com to the bottom of the free course list.
- September 20, 2020 Update: Added Adobe courses to the middle of the free list. Moved the Microsoft voucher offer to the expired list.
- September 24, 2020 Update: Added Eduonix near the top of the free list.
- October 2, 2020 Update: Moved Sophia.org and Idaho National Laboratory free Cyber Security certificates to the expired list because both of the links were dead.
- October 28, 2020 Update: Moved the entire list of expired free courses to it’s own page, removed Google G Suite Certification since Google stopped offering it. Moved courses10.com to the expired list because the URL was 404 and I couldn’t find a replacement on the site.
- December 9, 2020 Update: Yep, I had nothing to add to the list in November, but I did some digging around and found some courses to add. Added GitHub Learning Lab and MongoDB University to the bottom of the free courses list. I added Learn2vision to the bottom of the certs list.
- March 31, 2021 Update: I’ve been super busy this year but definitely wanted to add the free month of Pluralsight for April 2021 to the top of the list. Don’t miss it!
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!