What Free Professional Certificates Can I Earn Online in 2020?

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.

Free Google Certifications

Google has several free professional certificate programs across their spectrum of products and services. You can checkout the Google Digital Garage and filter by free courses to see if they’ve added anything new (drop a comment below if they have please!) Here is the list of free certification courses for Google:

Free Certificate Platform Description Certification? Expiration
G Suite Certification Google Course, exam and certification for G Suite. Yes Indefinite/Unknown
Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certificate Google Earn a Digital Marketing certification directly from Google following this course. Yes Indefinite/Unknown
Google Analytics Certification Google Analytics Academy 6 different courses on Google Analytics, each offering certification for various aspects of Google Analytics. Yes Indefinite/Unknown

Free Coursera Courses

Coursera provides free courses, professional certifications, Bachelors and Master’s Degrees. They work directly with organizations such as Google and AWS, as well as schools such as the University of Michigan, Arizona State University and University of London. In addition to the course outlined below, Coursera also has free courses for well-being and public health, free courses for high-school or college students, free courses for career development as well as free courses en español.

Note: If you’re having a hard time getting the discount to apply, try visiting the links from this webpage: https://www.coursera.org/promo/cloud-technology-free-courses

Free Course Platform Offered by Description Certification? Expiration
Getting Started with AWS Machine Learning Coursera Amazon AWS AWS This is a complete crash course on machine learning, which will teach you everything you need to know to work on machine learning projects using AWS. Yes 7/31/2020
AWS Computer Vision: Getting Started with GluonCV Coursera Amazon AWS AWS This course teaches you how to use and process copmuter vision using AWS, machine learning, Apache MXNet and the GluonCV toolkit. Yes 7/31/2020
Introduction to Cloud Identity Coursera Google Cloud The focus of this course is on securely managing users using the Google Cloud Platform. Yes 7/31/2020
Industrial IoT on Google Cloud Platform Coursera Google Cloud The business and industrial uses of “Internet of Things” are immense and in this course you will learn the theory and practice of IoT deployment, sensors and data processing using the cloud. Yes 7/31/2020
Machine Learning for Business Professionals Coursera Google Cloud This is a crash course designed to teach & demystify machine learning and artificial intelligence so that anyone can first understand it and then use it in real-world scenarios. Yes 7/31/2020
Building Conversational Experiences with Dialogflow Coursera Google Cloud This is a course that will teach you how to use the cloud to create a chatbot using DialogFlow. Yes 7/31/2020
Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals for AWS Professionals Coursera Google Cloud If you’re an AWS Solutions Architect or SysOp Administrator, this course will help transfer your AWS skills directly over to the Google Cloud Platform. Yes 7/31/2020
Cloud Computing Basics (Cloud 101) Coursera LearnQuest This is a course designed to teach the beginner everything they need to know to put the cloud to use in their business life, specifically using Microsoft Azure. Yes 7/31/2020
Developing AI Applications on Azure Coursera LearnQuest A complete, step-by-step guide on how you can master AI development while harnessing the power of the cloud for unlimited scalability. Yes 7/31/2020
Stanford Courses Coursera Stanford University 24 courses offered by Stanford University through Coursera which currently offer free enrollment & certificate for completion. Yes, if you complete it during your 7 day free trial. Otherwise upto $49.99 (thanks to k230 for pointing this out in the comments below.) 7/31/2020

Other Free Online Courses with Certification


Here are more free certifications that can be described in an entry or two instead of their own sections.

Google Cloud Certified Professional Cloud Architect
Free Certificate Platform Description Certification? Expiration
Microsoft Advertising Certified Professional Microsoft Microsoft A free course with a cert in Microsoft Advertising. Could be a good one for those in the marketing sector, with the biggest downside being that your certification expires after only a year? Yes Indefinite/Unknown
RedHat DO101: Introduction to OpenShift Applications Red Hat RedHat RedHat is providing free access to their OpenShift course and certificate on their website until June 30, 2020. Yes 6/30/2020
19 Free Cybersecurity Courses w/ Certification Cybrary Cyber security courses by Cybrary. If you visit as a guest you can only see 11 courses, if you sign up for a free acount you can see all 19 free courses. Quick registrations mean you can enroll in minutes. Yes Indefinite/Unknown
Free Scrum Instructor-led Training for SFC™ Certification ScrumStudy This resource offers a bunch of different language options for enrollment and includes a free exam and certificate in Scrum upon completion. Yes Indefinite/Unknown
Several free coding certificates FreeCodeCamp.org This learn platform offers free certificates in the following areas: Responsive Web Design, JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures, Front End Libraries, Data Visualization, APIs and Microservices and Information Security and Quality Assurance. Yes No expiration
Several free Cyber Security certificates Idaho National Laboratory The Idaho government through INL has provided 13 cyber security courses that you can take. These come with certification upon completion. Thanks to k230 for posting a comment informing us about these free certs. Yes Indefinite/Unknown
Six Sigma White Belt Certification Management and Strategy Institute (MSI) Earn a Six Sigma White Belt certificate. Thanks again to vfzxc01 for pointing this out in the comments below. Yes Indefinite/Unknown
Free Project Management Certification Management and Strategy Institute (MSI) Earn a free certificate in project management. Thanks again to vfzxc01 for pointing this out in the comments below. Yes Indefinite/Unknown
Project Management for Beginners Project Management Institute (PMI) This is an introductory course to project management. Thanks to k230 for alerting us to this link in the comments. Yes Unknown
Agile in the Program Management Office Project Management Institute (PMI) This is a course on using Agile principles to effectively manage projects. Thanks to k230 for alerting us to this link in the comments. Yes Unknown
Business Continuity Project Management Institute (PMI) This is a course on keeping business running during the COVID-19. Thanks to k230 for alerting us to this link in the comments. Yes Unknown
Free Courses from the UNODC United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime Kind of an odd one, but who knows, maybe getting a certificate from The United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime could help the right resume or CV. Anyway, most of these courses come with a certificate, but read the description to make sure. Yes Unknown
75 Free Courses from Ajiry Ajiry Looks to be a newer site. Some of the courses seemed to be very thin in content and I recognized a bunch of stock photos. Depsite those misgivings, there do seem to be a lot of content in other courses and they all seem to come with a certificate. Yes Unknown
Introduction to Tableau Pathways International Free course from Pathways International on Tableau that comes with a certificate of completion when successfully passed. Yes Unknown
Introduction to Power BI Pathways International Free course from Pathways International on Power BI that comes with a certificate of completion when successfully passed. Yes Unknown
Qualys Security Courses Qualys Free certified training courses from Qualys on network scanning, threat mitigation and policy compliance. Yes Unknown/Indefinite
CISSP Security Certification IT Masters & Charles Sturt University Free certified training courses about IT security. Comes with a certificate and help earn you college credits in Australia. Yes Unknown/Indefinite

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 Udemy 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 Pluralsight 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 Linux Academy 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
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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.

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!

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vfzxc01

Not I.T related but i think i found some more free online certifications this one is offered by harvard
https://online-learning.harvard.edu/subject/education-teaching

Im from /r/syadmin and i come here now regularly to look at updates while im at quarantine

vfzxc01

One more i’d like to add! on my quest to better my resume I found and took some managing related courses from Six sigma,Which is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. From where I am it is a requirement for most of the engineering managers

You can take two courses for free and get a free certification which are
Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certified (LSSWB)™
and
Project Management Essentials Certified (PMEC)

I’m a Computer engineering student I wont have any use for this but since it is free and might look good on my resume I’ve decided to take it who knows someday I might become a manager of my own I.T department.

Also it is said on the website that the e-certificate they offer data will not be stored on their DB unless you purchase a physical copy of the certificate. Meaning you wont be able to verify the validity of the cert you took unless you paid for it, managers can say that your cert is legit, so what i did what i took screen shots of my exam results and a copy of the recite they’ve sent me in my email for future reference.

k230

there’s also free cybersecurity courses to take with certification from Department of Homeland Security. Very interesting topics!

https://ics-cert-training.inl.gov/

vfzxc01

One more i’d like to add! on my quest to better my resume I found and took some managing related courses from Six sigma,Which is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. From where I am it is a requirement for most of the engineering managers

You can take two courses for free and get a free certification which are
Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certified (LSSWB)™
https://www.msicertified.com/lean-six-sigma-white-belt-certification.html
and
Project Management Essentials Certified (PMEC)
https://www.msicertified.com/free-project-management-certification.html

I’m a Computer engineering student I wont have any use for this but since it is free and might look good on my resume I’ve decided to take it who knows someday I might become a manager of my own I.T department.

Also it is said on the website that the e-certificate they offer data will not be stored on their DB unless you purchase a physical copy of the certificate. Meaning you wont be able to verify the validity of the cert you took unless you paid for it, managers can say that your cert is legit, so what i did what i took screen shots of my exam results and a copy of the recite they’ve sent me in my email for future reference.

k230

Nice. There’s also free Project Management courses through Project Management Institute. It is a great opportunity to learn and get free certification!

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/pmi-offers-free-project-management-courses-during-covid-19-quarantines/

maz

Another free course until end May2020

– Free Certified Network Security Specialist (CNSS)
-Labs+Exams are not included as part of this offer (Price is GB 75)

https://www.icsi.co.uk/courses/icsi-cnss-certified-network-security-specialist-covid-19

k230

This CNSS course actually comes with a certification after completion.

Hello
k230

For your reference,the Stanford courses does not offer free certificates, it cost between $39-$49.

k230

No problem! I will send feedback as I see more. 🙂

k230

The fortinet NSE 1 and 2 comes with a certificate after completion. You won’t be able to take NSE 3 unless you’re a partner.

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Himurashi

Are the AWS coursera free because of the Audit version of them? You don’t get certificates on audit versions, right?

Himurashi

I think I did something wrong here.

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Himurashi

Thank you for giving me the link https://www.coursera.org/promo/cloud-technology-free-courses.
 
From that link, the AWS course comes out with the 100% discount.
 
Pretty sneaky from Coursera, I think? LOL.