In an official announcement, Microsoft's Katie Savage stated, "We are excited to announce the release of the new Foundational C# Certification in collaboration with freeCodeCamp, a charity that creates free learning resources for math, programming, and computer science. The Foundational C# Certification is completely free, globally available, and includes a full 35-hour C# training course hosted on Microsoft Learn."
This certification course covers a wide range of topics, from the core concepts of variables, data types, control structures, and syntax to practical applications in software development. What's more, you can proudly display this certification on your LinkedIn profile, making it a valuable addition to your professional credentials.
To earn your Foundational C# Certification, simply head to the Foundational C# Certification path on freeCodeCamp. Start with the first course, and as you progress through the training, you'll earn trophies on Microsoft Learn upon completing each course. Once you've completed all the training, you'll have the opportunity to take the final exam and officially earn your certification.
In addition to this certification program, Microsoft is also hosting six office-hour streaming sessions on the .NET YouTube channel. These sessions will take place from September 20 to October 25, every Wednesday at 2:00 pm UTC. During these sessions, presenters will review specific training courses, walk through guided projects, and address any questions you may have. This interactive approach ensures that learners receive additional support and guidance throughout their certification journey.
For those eager to put their skills to the test, Microsoft has organized a C# Challenge on August 29th, offering participants the chance to apply their newfound knowledge in a practical setting.
In summary, Microsoft's collaboration with freeCodeCamp has paved the way for individuals worldwide to access high-quality C# programming education at no cost. The Foundational C# Certification, combined with the supplementary streaming sessions and challenge. Whether you're a budding developer, an experienced programmer looking to expand your skillset, or simply someone interested in the world of coding, this initiative offers a valuable and free opportunity to delve into the exciting realm of C# programming.