Massive List of thousands of free online Course/Certificates.

Massive List of thousands of free online Course/Certificates.

Certificates can motivate learners to complete online courses. When the modern online course movement began, platforms like Coursera and edX offered free certificates. But by 2015, these had largely been replaced by paid ones.

Fortunately, universities like Harvard and Stanford still offer some free certificates. And so do platforms like FutureLearn and LinkedIn Learning. Finally, companies like Google and Microsoft also started offering free certificates to promote their products.

Free certificates can be hard to find. So we compiled them all here, testing each platform, and earning a few certificates ourselves along the way. We’ve spent 60+ hours on this article, and we’ll continue to update it as new offers appear.

If you know a free certificate not listed here, please share it in the comments.

While Coursera and edX are not currently offering free certificates, you can learn from almost all of their courses for free.

Table of Contents

This article is long. To make it easy to navigate, we’ve divided it into sections. Click on a section to jump to the corresponding free certificate courses:

Google 700+ free certificates and badges on Android Development, Google Analytics, Google Cloud…
LinkedIn Learning 1000+ hours of online courses with free certificates on business, design, technology…
Microsoft 3700+ modules and 800+ learning paths with free badges on AI, data science, business apps…
Harvard 9 online courses with free certificate on computer science, programming, AI…
Stanford 300+ medical courses with free certificates and CME credit.
Open University 1000+ free certificate courses on business, law, science..
freeCodeCamp 1000+ hours of free certifications on web development, programming, data science…
Digital Marketing 1000+ free certificates and badges on digital marketing: SEO, social media marketing…
FutureLearn 100+ free certificate courses primarily made by universities on a wide variety of topics.

But there’s more! The following universities and companies also offer courses with free certificates. Click on one to jump to the corresponding courses:

Google Free Certificates

Dhawal‘s free Google Analytics 4 certification

From Gmail to Maps, Google offers a ton of useful apps. What many people don’t know is that Google also offers numerous online courses — and some of them include free certificates and badges!

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 in our dedicated article: 700+ Free Google Certifications. 

Here are some examples of the certificate courses offered by Google, starting with courses on Google Analytics 4:

You can find the full list here.

Harvard Free Certificates

Harvard CS50 free certificate

Class Central’s @manoel wrote a comprehensive guide explaining how to earn a free certificate in CS50, Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science, and in the other courses in the CS50 lineup, which you can see below.

To get the certificate for free, you’ll want to take the courses through Harvard OCW. For more details, head to Class Central’s CS50 in-depth guide. We also have course-specific guides: Harvard CS50 certificate and Harvard CS50 Python certificate.

The core course is one of the world’s most popular MOOCs with over 5 million enrollments on edX. It is also one of the Best Free Online Courses of All Time on Class Central.

Stanford Medicine Free Certificates & CME Credit

@manoel‘s certificate of completion for Stanford’s Intro to Food and Health

Stanford Medicine offers a flurry of online learning resources in the medical field, from podcasts to full-fledged courses, that include free certificates of completion.

Learners also have access to a formal transcript from Stanford, listing all the training they’ve completed. And if you work in healthcare, you can earn continuing medical education credit (CME credit) via the platform.

Here are some of Stanford free certificate offerings:

For more details on how to earn a free certificate from Stanford, head to our article: Stanford Medicine Offers Courses with Free Certificate & CME Credit.

LinkedIn Learning Free Certificates

Linkedin Learning Certificate
Linkedin Learning Certificate: Customer Service Foundations by @suparn

Class Central’s @suparn searched LinkedIn Learning’s catalog of 12,000 courses and 740 learning paths and identified the ones that offer a free certificate.

Here’s what he found: 137 courses and 5 learning paths offering free certificates, as well as 378 free courses, for a total of about 1000 hours of free online learning.

Below, you can find a selection of free learning paths. Visit our dedicated article for the full free certificate list: 1000 Hours of Free LinkedIn Learning Certifications.

A LinkedIn Learning certificate is available once you complete videos, quizzes, or exams. To earn a certificate for a learning path, you need to complete all individual courses in the path.

Microsoft Free Badges

Microsoft Learn Certificate
Microsoft Learn Profile Page by @ruima

Microsoft offers over 3700 free modules and 800 learning paths to learn about its products, such as Office 365, Visual Studio, Windows, SQL Server, and Azure. Once you finish a courses’ tutorials and quizzes, you’ll earn a badge on your learner profile.

Here are some of the free courses offered:

IBM Free Certificates

Some of IBM Cognitive Class courses

IBM Cognitive Class offers over 100 courses and 15 learning paths in data science, AI, big data, cloud computing and blockchain. You can earn a badge or certificate of completion by scoring 70% or above in a course.

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