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50+ Free Awesome Certificates to Earn in 2021

panxproject profile image Waleed Sadek ・Updated on ・6 min read

TL;DR
A curated list of free Computer Science & Information Technology certificates and badges.

Note:
πŸ…= Digital Badges & πŸ† = Certificate of Completion

Why?

Most online certificates are paid and most employers want to see a project or a certificate that's why I've decided to make this list.
If you enjoy free things, then you'll appreciate this!

Contents:

Security

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Intro to Cybersecurity Cisco Networking Academy Beginner 15 πŸ…
Cybersecurity Essentials Cisco Networking Academy Intermediate 30 πŸ…
Intro to Packet Tracer Cisco Networking Academy Beginner 10 πŸ…
Cybersecurity Fundamentals IBM / SkillsBuild Beginner 10 πŸ…
Information Security Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†

Front End

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Responsive Web Design Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
Front-End Libraries Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
Selenium 101 LambdaTest Beginner 4 πŸ†

Back End

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
APIs and Microservices Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
CS403: Introduction to Modern Database Systems Saylor Academy Professional 42 πŸ†

Blockchain

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 6 πŸ…
Blockchain Essentials IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

Data Analysis and Visualization

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Data Analysis with Python IBM / Cognitive Class Intermediate 3 πŸ…
Data Analysis with Python Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
Data Visualization with Python IBM / Cognitive Class Intermediate 3 πŸ…
Data Visualization with R IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Data Visualization Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†

Statistics

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Statistics 101 IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

Data Science

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Data Science Methodologies IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Data Science 101 IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Data Science Tools IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 4 πŸ…
Python for Data Science IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

Big Data

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Big Data Foundations - Level 1 IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Hadoop Foundations - Level 1 IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 4 πŸ…
Spark Fundamentals I IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 5 πŸ…

Machine and Deep Learning

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Deep Learning Fundamentals IBM / Cognitive Class Intermediate 3 πŸ…
Deep Learning with TensorFlow IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Introduction to Machine Learning with Sound IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 4 πŸ…
Machine Learning with Python IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Machine Learning with Python Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
Elements of AI University of Helsinki Beginner 30 πŸ†

Networking

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Networking Essentials Cisco Networking Academy Intermediate 70 πŸ…
CS402: Computer Communications and Networks Saylor Academy Intermediate 60 πŸ†

Operating Systems

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
NDG Linux Unhatched Cisco Networking Academy Beginner 8 πŸ†
NDG Linux Essentials Cisco Networking Academy Intermediate 70 πŸ†
CS401: Operating Systems Saylor Academy Professional 120 πŸ†

Robotics and IoT

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Introduction to IoT Cisco Networking Academy Beginner 20 πŸ…
Building Robots with TJBot IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

Chatbots

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
How to Build Chatbots IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

DevOps

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Containers, K8s and Istio on IBM cloud IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 9 πŸ…
Docker Essentials IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 4 πŸ…
IBM Cloud Essentials IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 4 πŸ…
Introduction to Containers, Kubernetes, and OpenShift IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

Programming Languages

C

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
CS107: C++ Programming Saylor Academy Professional 40 πŸ†

JavaScript

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†

R

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
R Essentials IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Using R with Databases IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

Python

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Programming Essentials In Python Cisco Networking Academy Intermediate 70 πŸ†
Scientific Computing with Python Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†

Theories and Concepts

Course Name Course Provider Level Hours Reward
Quality Assurance Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
CS101: Introduction to Computer Science I Saylor Academy Professional 52 πŸ†
CS102: Introduction to Computer Science II Saylor Academy Professional 42 πŸ†
CS201: Elementary Data Structures Saylor Academy Professional 38 πŸ†
CS202: Discrete Structures Saylor Academy Professional 44 πŸ†
CS301: Computer Architecture Saylor Academy Professional 48 πŸ†
CS302: Software Engineering Saylor Academy Professional 45 πŸ†

What's next?

Awesome Certificates is hosted on Github so that anyone can contribute to it. If you know any free certificates or have any suggestions you can simply add it to list by opening a new issue, I'd love to hear/see them. Have an awesome year!

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Zac Smith

Might I recommend Mongo University? Free and excellent for those interested in MongoDB.

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Waleed Sadek Author

Thanks Zac! Do you know if they offer free certificates or badges?

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Waleed Sadek Author

I see interesting find!πŸ‘That's great, can you add them to the list on github?

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Zac Smith

They offer many free certificates.

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Asaduzzaman Himel

You have to pay 150$ to take the exam!!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Indeed but while checking their website out I saw they offer 14 courses with proof of completion upon passing the course exam!

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Asaduzzaman Himel

yeah but the exam should be taken at a cheaper price!!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Couldn't agree more that's why I made this list!✨

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Brandon Bawe

Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to acquire a couple of these certificates in 2021.

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Waleed Sadek Author

My pleasure, update me if you end up taking one!

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Brandon Bawe

Okay I sure will. But any recommendations? I am fullstack web dev student.

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Waleed Sadek Author

It depends on your goal but it's safe to checkout the backend, frontend certificates and choosing a programming language you're comfortable with, is always a good start!πŸ€

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Brandon Bawe

Okay thank you very much.

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Waleed Sadek Author

Don't mention it!😊

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Shahzeb Hoda

You can also include Selenium 101 from LambdaTest

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Waleed Sadek Author

Thanks Shahzeb for the great find! ✨
Added it to the list! ☝️

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Shahzeb Hoda

Thanks Waleed for including it.
However, if you can correct the spelling (LambdaTest), that would be Great! :)

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Waleed Sadek Author

Done! πŸ˜‰ If you find more free certificates you can add it here anytime 😊

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great complete list, thanks.

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Waleed Sadek Author

You're welcome! If you know any awesome free certificates out there, don't hesitate to add them. πŸ˜‰

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Yash

Oh boi! You deserve an dev.to version of Oscar.

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Waleed Sadek Author

Hahaha thanks man!

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njordfromsouth

What about Edx? Awesome list!!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Thanks!! Edx is an awesome platform for MOOCs, it's free to take the courses but usually to get the certificate you need to pay.

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njordfromsouth

Did I just unmasked myself for not completing a single edx course since I didn't know about the paying part? Damn I'm bad at society..

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Waleed Sadek Author

Hahaha no worries but now you didπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Joe Lee

Sorry if already mentioned but the link to CS403: Introduction to Modern Database Systems is incorrect should it be: learn.saylor.org/course/view.php?i...

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Waleed Sadek Author

Joe you're great, thanks for pointing out! πŸ’œAll fixed now!

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Ruthiel Trevisan

Thank you so much!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Ruthiel anytime!

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Joseph Giuffrida Jr

Just registered for the two blockchain courses. Thanks!

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Waleed Sadek Author

That's awesome! πŸŽ‰ Best of luck!

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jansoriano

Thank you!

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Waleed Sadek Author

You're welcome!

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Arnab Sen

Wow!! Thanks for this amazing resource.

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Waleed Sadek Author

You're welcome! I'm currently working on adding digital marketing certificates.

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Amber Bdr. Kharka

Good work!! Thank you for sharing.

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Waleed Sadek Author

Amber, it's my pleasure!

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Kadir BarcΔ±n

Awesome, thanks.

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Waleed Sadek Author

Much appreciated!

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SHAHNAZAR

Great...thnks

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Sathish Selvaraj

Thanks for the share!!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Hey, anytime! Happy you like it.

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Yuli

Hi

I am running my own privacy training for startup founders and architects.
It is provided for free: basebunker.com/

Thanks and best regards,
Yuli

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Waleed Sadek Author

That's a really cool project actually! Maybe consider adding it to this ➑️ Awesome Courses

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Lucky3152

πŸ‘πŸ»

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Ashley RNDLL

thank you so much for this list.

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Waleed Sadek Author

Glad you enjoy it!

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RealToughCandy.io

Nice list!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Thanks, love the name btw!

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Dias Taufik Rahman

Great collection, thanks!

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Waleed Sadek Author

You're welcome Dias!

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Kirby Shabaga

Fantastic resource, thanks for sharing!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Kriby, thanks for your kind words!

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Raj Kasaudhan

Great Collection!
I will be surely getting a certificate this year
Thanks :)

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Waleed Sadek Author

I'm happy you enjoyed it!😊 Same here I'm planning on taking the APIs & Microservices on FreeCodeCamp.
Best of luck!

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MDigitalSitizen

Nice work, thank's for this great list.

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Waleed Sadek Author

Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

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@PriyaMondal

oHH THIS IS GREAT!! THANKS.

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Waleed Sadek Author

You're welcome!!!

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Antony Mhazo

great list, thanks

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Waleed Sadek Author

Thanks Antony! Feel free to add to it.

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kamilliano

Thank you for putting this together. I think I might get tempted to do a certification this year. After leaving uni I never did any certs, just a few on EdX for fun.

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Waleed Sadek Author

It's my pleasure! Same here actually that's how it started since uni I wanted to invest in learning but didn't have money or time. So I started collecting free learning resources in topics I'm interested in.

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Matt Curcio

Interesting list, could you tell us what (if any) ties you have to these institutions?

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Waleed Sadek Author

Thanks Matt! No I don't have any connections to them. I'm only connected to Panx Project which is my own baby project that I started 4 years ago.

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Justin

Great list.

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Nika-Soltani-Tehrani

That was one of the best lists I’ve ever seen, Thanks for sharing🌺

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Waleed Sadek Author

🀩Thanks a lot! I'm glad you find it helpful.