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Online courses free with certificate

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In this article, I have listed top websites from where you can take online courses free with certificate.

Due to current pandemic situation (read COVID 19), many people have lost jobs due to cost cutting or closure of companies and also new job openings are very few. To compete in such situation, it is necessary to improve your skills or acquire new ones.

I have searched for various online course provider websites and found below three to be best in business.

Among these, udemy provides online courses free with certificate whereas to get certificate from coursera and edX, you have to pay a small fee.

At the end of this article, you can decide which option is best for you.

1 – Udemy



Udemy, Inc. is an American massive open online course provider aimed at professional adults and students. It was founded in May 2010 by Eren Bali, Gagan Biyani, and Oktay Caglar.

As of Jan 2020, the platform has more than 35 million students and 57,000 instructors teaching courses in over 65 languages. (Wikipedia)

udemy stats

Udemy offers more than 130,000 courses which are categorized in the following categories:

  • Development
  • Business
  • Finance & Accounting
  • IT & Software
  • Office Productivity
  • Personal Development
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Lifestyle
  • Photography & Video
  • Health & Fitness
  • Music
  • Teaching & Academics
udemy categories

Apart from categories, courses can be filtered by:

  • Topic
  • Level (Beginner, intermediate, expert)
  • Language
  • Price (Paid, free)
  • Subtitles (language)
  • Features (subtitles, quizzes, exercises, practice tests)
  • Ratings (4 star, 3 star)
  • Video Duration

Courses offered by Udemy are not expensive and have discount offers also.

Please note that Udemy offers certificate of completion to show your accomplishments to others but these certificates are not accredited. However, these days there is a trend to list MOOC based online platforms on Resumes.

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2- Coursera



Coursera is an American massive open online course provider founded in 2012 by Stanford University’s computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller that offers massive open online courses, specializations, degrees, professional and mastertrack courses. (Wikipedia)

Coursera gives option to pay for the course or view audit notes for free. Free option excludes assessments and certificate but still great for learning.

Paid courses are available on subscription basis or through one time purchase.

In a survey done by Coursera, “72% of survey respondents reported career benefits, with 43% reporting improved candidacy for a new job and 26% actually landing a new gig.”

3- Edx



edX is an American massive open online course provider created by Harvard and MIT. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including some courses at no charge. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform. (Wikipedia)

Subject categories at Edx

edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies.

As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences.

edX courses also can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.

If you took a pre-packed set of courses, such as a Coursera Specialization or an edX Micromasters, you can simply list it on your Resume.

Edx certificates are costly, the reasons being the courses taught by top tier universities. There is no compromise on the quality of the content.

edX are higher quality in general, they are produced by colleges, where as Udemy courses are by normal people who has some skill in that area.

Thanks to technology, it is now possible to take any course online and learn any skill of interest. Gone are the days when a child only dreamt about becoming a doctor, engineer, or teacher. But now, sky is the limit.

Hope this article was helpful and served your search intent. If you have any queries or questions, please comment below.

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