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70+ Free Awesome Certificates to Earn in 2021

panxproject profile image Waleed Sadek ・Updated on ・8 min read

TL;DR
A curated list of free Computer Science & Information Technology certificates and badges. Thanks for the Dev Community for hunting down 25+ awesome certificates!

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 Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) Reward
Responsive Web Design Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
Front-End Libraries Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
Selenium 101 LambdaTest Beginner 4 πŸ†
Angular HackerRank Beginner 1 πŸ†
React HackerRank Beginner 1.5 πŸ†
Node.js HackerRank Intermediate 1 πŸ†

Back-End

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) Reward
APIs and Microservices Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
CS403: Introduction to Modern Database Systems Saylor Academy Professional 42 πŸ†
REST API HackerRank Intermediate 1.5 πŸ†
MongoDB Basics MongoDB Beginner 8.5 πŸ†
MongoDB for SQL Pros MongoDB Beginner 2 πŸ†
MongoDB Cluster Adminstration MongoDB Beginner 9.5 πŸ†
MongoDB Aggregation Framework MongoDB Beginner 9 πŸ†
Crafting Conference Abstracts MongoDB Beginner 1.5 πŸ†
Atlas Security MongoDB Beginner 0.5 πŸ†
MongoDB Performance MongoDB Intermediate 7 πŸ†
MongoDB for Java Developers MongoDB Intermediate 7.5 πŸ†
MongoDB for JavaScript Developers MongoDB Intermediate 6.5 πŸ†
MongoDB for .NET Developers MongoDB Intermediate 6.5 πŸ†
MongoDB for Python Developers MongoDB Intermediate 6.5 πŸ†
Diagnostics and Debugging for MongoDB MongoDB Professional 6.5 πŸ†
MongoDB Data Modeling MongoDB Professional 7 πŸ†

Blockchain

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) Reward
Statistics 101 IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

Data Science

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) Reward
How to Build Chatbots IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…

DevOps

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) 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 Hour(s) Reward
CS107: C++ Programming Saylor Academy Professional 40 πŸ†
C# HackerRank Beginner 1 πŸ†

Java

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) Reward
Java HackerRank Beginner 1 πŸ†

JavaScript

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) Reward
JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
JavaScript HackerRank Beginner 1.5 πŸ†

R

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) Reward
R Essentials IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
Using R with Databases IBM / Cognitive Class Beginner 3 πŸ…
R HackerRank Beginner 1.5 πŸ†

Python

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) Reward
Programming Essentials In Python Cisco Networking Academy Intermediate 70 πŸ†
Scientific Computing with Python Certification FreeCodeCamp Professional 300 πŸ†
Python HackerRank Beginner 1.5 πŸ†

Theories and Concepts

Course Name Course Provider Level Hour(s) 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†
Problem Solving HackerRank Beginner 1.5 πŸ†
Problem Solving HackerRank Intermediate 1.5 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

Zac sorry it took my some time but I added 13 new certificates! Thanks for suggesting!

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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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Justin

The IBM badges are great. I've gotten few debating if I should link them to my Linkedin or not.

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Waleed Sadek Author

If you're looking for to land a job that's relevant to the badges you've earned, then add them. Otherwise it's not really necessary.

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Justin

Makes sense thanks for your advice Waleed !

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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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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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Marcel Cruz

Awesome list, thanks for sharing!

In case you're interested, I've put up a bunch of programming resources on devresourc.es, and maybe it'd be nice to add a "Certificates" section there too.

Feel free to check it out. :)

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Waleed Sadek Author

Anytime , Marcel! If you know of any free certificates feel free to add it! I'm sure it'll be appreciated. πŸ˜‰

I've checked DevResources out and it looks awesome. Feel free to link to this list! I'll be adding 20 more free certificates next month 😊

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Marcel Cruz

Amazing Waleed, thank you for the feedback.

I'll definitely include some certifications there! :)

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Waleed Sadek Author

I'll be on the lookout, let me know if I can help! Best of luck Marcel! πŸ€

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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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SLBUDDY.COM

I would like to add my article about the free online courses with certificates. Dear author please check and make a comment..!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Sure thing! Just link back to panx.io and github.com/PanXProject/awesome-cer.... Best of luck!

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Nill Webdev

Technologies are increasingly integrated into the work of the health care structure. This makes medicine progressive and effective treatment. But this poses a threat of cyberattacks to the hospital's servers.

For example, if information about the health of many patients gets on the Internet, this can attract not only drug sellers, but also dangerous people:
ο‚·Black market sellers;
ο‚·Fraudsters;
ο‚·Blackmailers who will try to redeem and disclose data on the health of a person (if we are talking about an influential person).

And many other dangerous people who can harm patients and the clinic. In order for the healthcare sector not to be afraid to introduce modern technologies into its work, it needs to ensure cybersecurity.

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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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Justin

I'm excited for this add.

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Waleed Sadek Author

I'll add them next month along with some other new certificates!😊

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Justin

Very Excited :D

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larson

emm~~, why not about android?

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Waleed Sadek Author

That would be a cool addition! Have you found any free Android certificates online?

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larson

"codelabs.developers.google.com"
Does this count?

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Waleed Sadek Author

That looks very interesting! It doesn't seem like they provide a certificate of completion though or am I missing it?

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larson

not yet. I'll tell you if I find it

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habijabi-dev

Google dev offer some course but not sure about certificate

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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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Tadeh Hakopian

Are the FreeCodeCamp courses really 300 hours a piece? That would be about 40 hours a week for 8 weeks. That is closer to an actual bootcamp workload. Has anyone actually completed their certifications and can speak to their time to complete?

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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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Alejo Garcia

You could add Hackerrank certification for APIS and React, that as far as I know, they are free (Link: hackerrank.com/skills-verification). Also, I want to say this is great.

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Waleed Sadek Author

That's awesome!! Great find Alejo, if you have a github account you can directly here github.com/PanXProject/awesome-cer...

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Waleed Sadek Author

Added now! :)

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Dheeraj Purohit • Edited

academyeurope.org/categories/
Text Content/Courses
Must check this has really great content and also they are providing certificate for the same :)

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Waleed Sadek Author

They seem to have many free courses covering everything! Thanks Dheeraj it would be helpful for the community if you can add some of them here github.com/PanXProject/awesome-cer...

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Dheeraj Purohit

Yes sure will add them to the list

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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 • Edited

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

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Ruthiel Trevisan

Thank you so much!

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Waleed Sadek Author

Ruthiel anytime!

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subatuba21

Kaggle's providing free certifications as well: kaggle.com/learn/overview
Looks good for Data Science and ML

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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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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 • Edited

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 • Edited

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

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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