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Updated on November 12, 2016
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Free Online Courses and Certificates

If there's one thing we increasingly need these days it's more education. The world is changing so fast around us that it's easy to get left behind. Maybe you work long hours, or perhaps you're geographically unable to participate in courses. Whatever the reason it's frustrating for you to not be able to learn new skills easily, or to undertake professional training or certification.

The Internet can help you participate in online classes, online courses, self-paced learning and even certification in some subjects.

Below are a selection of some great courses that you can do for free, online courses and certification that you can do in your own time, wherever you are - and without cost.

Some of these courses will hopefully be able to help you do any of:

  • Get back into the modern workplace
  • Build confidence
  • Get IT certifications
  • Take that next step up the career ladder
  • Change career entirely
  • Provide evidence to potential employers of your commitment to lifetime-learning
  • Pursue your interests, or explore new areas
  • Help you to start a new business, or generate a second income

... in short, to be more fulfilled, more able and more employable!


Who the heck is Alison? Well, ALISON is the world's leading provider of free online courses with certificates for basic and essential workplace skills.

Alison is a training organisation dedicated to bringing free learning and free education to people worldwide. The courses are high quality and can provide you with that all important certification, or as I call them "magic bits of paper" that get your resume read by employers.

Having an active and recent list of subjects you've studied will demonstrate to an employer that you're actively improving your skillset - and by taking courses relevant to the industry you wish to work, or progress, in you can stand head and shoulders above those who just never bothered.

The free online courses you can take with the Alison online learning system include:

  • Digital Literacy and IT Skills: Enabling you to use computers and technology efficiently. Courses from complete beginners to advanced certification. Full Microsoft Office training, touch typing, using gmail - you choose from a huge range of free online courses.
  • Diploma Courses: Professional level diplomas in a range of subjects including multimedia development, web development, business & entrepreneurial studies.
  • Business and Enterprise Skills: Free project management courses and free business management courses. Ideal for that 'step up' the career ladder.
  • Financial and Economic Literacy: From economics, to accountancy, these free financial and economic literacy courses and certification could help get you noticed for applications to enter the financial industry.
  • Health & Safety Compliance: Occupational health and safety courses, office safety, fire safety, manual handling, Workstation Ergonomics (DSE) and managing health and safety in schools. The world of health and safety is immense (and a growing industry), offering great future jobs potential.
  • Health Literacy: From basic biology courses to HIV/AIDS awareness. An ideal entry point if you're considering working in the healthcare industry.
  • English Language Skills: English language training, business English, FCE Certification coming shortly.
  • Personal Development & Soft Skills: Psychometric tests, basic study skills, touch typing, US Citizenship test preparation - and more.
  • Schools Curriculum: Subjects covering the school curricula, ideal for current students or returners to education. Biology, mathematics, science and more.

Get a Certificate: All courses offer you the choice of receiving a printed certificate at the end, or not. Great to take to job interviews.

National Computer Science Academy

Free IT Certification courses are available online from the National Computer Science Academy. Choose from a range of popular subjects, within the areas of:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Computer Hardware
  • Microsoft Office
  • Visual C++ Programming
  • Javascript
  • ... and many more

Whether you're looking to work in IT as a hardware engineer, or a web programmer, there's a free certification exam that'd be suitable to impress a potential employer with, or to help you change careers.

If you're not currently working, these courses will get you noticed as employers will see from your resume that you're interested and motivated.

The NCSA also develops relationships with large companies, inviting them to access their pool of certified professionals for any vacancies they might have. The NCSA also provides exam testing of candidates to these large employers, so there's a strong relationship there which you might benefit from.

Free IT Courses from Staff Kit

Staff Kit provide professional IT courses and IT certification programs, at very affordable rates - but they also have some free courses. A free course is great for a beginner, or for those working on a budget, but they're also a great way to test out companies to see if their learning style suits you and your needs.

The free online courses on offer are:

  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • CompTIA A+ Certification, for PC engineers
  • Microsoft MCSE Exam 70-215 - Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows Server
  • Photoshop
  • Flash
  • HTML
  • DHTML (Dynamic HTML)
  • Dreamweaver
  • Project Management

A great opportunity to try either the subjects, or the company providing the training!

Free Writing Courses

I've previously written a list of free online writing courses, so rather than cover that again here, I'll refer you to my previous hub, which you'll find here:

Discover free writing courses for just about every type of writing you could wish to explore.

More Free Courses

As I find more free online courses and certification programs, I'll keep the list above updated and growing.

Please tell your friends about this list, we need to support these free training providers!

Thanks for reading - and good luck with your course.


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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Great info. I'd not heard of Alison. Certs are great tools for advancing a career or starting a new one.

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      Dedicated Content Curator 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi nicomp

      Yes, having a certificate is evidence that you're keen to impress and do well. Taking a course shows potential employers, or a promotions board, that you're pro-active and eager.

      You also never know what the future will bring - and when you'll suddenly wish you had certain knowledge already under your belt.

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      Dedicated Content Curator 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's handy to know. There are so many free resources these days online, if you go digging around.

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      Puroney 6 years ago

      Thanks for this hub, earner, very useful information

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      LULU SUE1987 6 years ago

      Thanks for a really good hub.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow--very useful! Voted up and bookmarked. Thanks.

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Very useful information.

      I believe that learning / education should be a life-long pursuit ~ and the Internet can be really helpful in this area.

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      james_white7533 6 years ago from New York

      Simply great!!Voted up, Bookmarked and twitted.

      Thanks and keep it up

      good luck

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      Patthebaker 6 years ago

      Awesome resource. Had not heard of before! Well done to all involved.

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      HennieN 5 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub. Thanks for the wonderful links.

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      Gayatri 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Really an informative hub. I was in search of a free online course. Thanks for the details.

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      Kate H 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow I had no idea I could take some of those IT courses for free! That is going to be so helpful to me thank you so much. I've been trying to learn JavaScript and C++ so I will definitely check that out. I totally "liked" and "tweeted" this.

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      bjornborgboxers 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks earner. Now it's just a matter of deciding which course to take first. :)

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      sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

      Thank you very much earner. I was not aware of any of this.

      I definitely voted you up and awesome! Because this hub certainly is.

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      andrewwilliams63 5 years ago

      Great info, thanks very much.. i didn't even know it was possible to do online courses for free, thanks for the info!

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      jcales 5 years ago

      I never say wow. but I am impressed it is free in this day and age. How about the quality and up-to-date (a new word?) of the material?

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      shamani67 5 years ago

      Excellent Hub, voted up and useful. I may just have to start up studying again, especially if its free.

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      sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

      Just to let you know earner, I tweeted your hub page last night. I have this site saved to my favorites and am definitely going to use it!

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      wilbury4 5 years ago from England I think?

      Useful and interesting!

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      amithak50 5 years ago from India

      Thanks ..Great info

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      GOODNEX 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this info. I've visited Alison and its truly a great place.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I liked your pun "who the heck is Alison?" Thanks for sharing, these resources look like real nuggets. I'm passing them along to a programmer friend of mine.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great article. To stay "current," one needs constant updates and "refresher" courses. Most of us are life time learners. The opportunity to learn on a "free" basis is welcomed.

      A brain is a terrible thing to waste...

      Awesome and flag up!

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      amynichter 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      Great article! I'm going to check some of this out for myself ... need a few refresher courses!

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

      You are brilliant. What a great money making hub! Wish I would have thought of it first. LOL Now I must read your hub on free on-line writing classes as I would like to take one. Smile!

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      SafetyEquipment 5 years ago from South Florida

      I've never heard of ALISON. I'd like to get a degree in IT as I'm not very good with computers.

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      Sarah Kolb-Williams 5 years ago from Twin Cities

      Very interesting! I wonder about the quality control and standardization of these certifications -- are they nationally recognized? Perhaps you could expand this hub to address that... I'd be very interested.


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      Patti Riggs Hale 5 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      Thanks for this! Good info!

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      MarleneWheeler 5 years ago

      Wonderful. Now this is something that I can put to good use. Just a week ago I was trying to study Access and not having any fun. Maybe this will help. Thanks.

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Very good information here. I'm willing to investigate and study nearly anything that doesn't require a classroom. At least, that's the preference. :)

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      soniacharan 5 years ago from Mumbai,INDIA

      Thanks for this hub, earner, very useful information

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      nevskyfrant 5 years ago from Saint-Petersburg

      Thanks, very useful

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      Kathi Truscott 5 years ago from Canada, Windsor Ontario

      Thanks for info gonna check them out when I get home

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      pmiles 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! Thank you so much! I'm always looking for more schooling, but have enough student loans.

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      briharn 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks! So helpful for me since I am struggling to find a job currently!

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      RachieH 5 years ago

      Wow, this is some great info! It's amazing how much is out there, if you know how to look for it. I appreciate the leg up in my search for further education without the hefty price tag :)

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      This is a valuable source of information! I had not heard of ALISON, voted up!

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      Kiss andTales 5 years ago

      Great Info thanks for gathering info that is valuble to many!

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      JJ Snow 5 years ago from New York

      I love this hub, I found it very informative and I personally will look into some of these free courses. I also have a work counselor that I will forward this article to. A lot of her clients will benefit form this as well.

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      Abeer Gh 5 years ago from UK

      Great well researched info :). Thanks!

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      Iggy Falcone 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia

      Excellent info here! Voted up and useful!

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      victor 5 years ago

      it is a helpful and resourceful site- Alison

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      FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Very good information.Thanks for sharing.

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      Versatile D 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      This is a great article! Many individuals have no idea these resources are available for them, and free for that matter! Thank you for sharing.

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      nikashi_designs 5 years ago

      Never even considered free learning courses. This is a great hub, one that I will use as reference. Will start researching tonight. Thanks

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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      thanks for the information...

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      This is an Awesome Resource. I am always looking for free training opportunities. In fact, I took a free 4 hour course about AIDS treatment a few weeks ago. Will that course help me? Not Sure, but it was still fun and I learned something. However, these resources will most definitely help me. Thanks for creating this!

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      Paulette LaRocque 5 years ago from Dominica/Guyana

      Nice work. I am tagging u so I can refer to this again.

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      Margie Hill 5 years ago from Bluffton, South Carolina

      This is a great article, I know I will get some use out of it.

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      Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Really great hub! So much information. Didn't know there were so many free opportunities for learning out there!

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      realestatebytodd 5 years ago from Northeast Pennsylvania

      What great information. Thanks for sharing!

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      Venture Boyz 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      Great resource here. I haven't heard of some of these before. Knowledge is power.. We always need to keep learning new things.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Online courses are very convenient and becoming more and more popular, even with major colleges and universities. What I had not heard of were FREE courses. That is exciting news.

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      mozaemoza 5 years ago from dhaka

      Cool info..

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 5 years ago from Nigeria

      great news and a bit of imformative

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      satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

      This is great. One more reason for me to be behind the laptop! I will definitely be taking a few of the IT courses. Thanx for sharing! Voted you up and to the max!

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      Michael Adewale Olubode 5 years ago from Celestial Church of Christ, +2347067550237.

      Thumb up for this great info...See CRROOOOWD!

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      You are doing so appreciable work by writing these types of hubs, which need not to be commented except appreciation. I vote it up and admire you a lot.

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      iain-mars 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent hub very helpful.

      I've been looking for free online courses for a while but gave up. Thanks ;)

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      Ania L 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic list of free courses, I'm bookmarking it for later to show them to my boyfriend as he is currently trying to qualify as web developer so that would come handy. Thanks a lot!

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      Facebook Apps Developer 5 years ago

      I was looking exactly for one like this. Thanks and regards for the post. Working from home would be easier with that.

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      ewelz51 5 years ago from Somewhere in the South...

      This is great information! Thanks so much!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Earner, great hub! Very informative, this is exactly what I need right now, thank you very much :) voted up and awesome!

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      nasake 5 years ago from England

      Wow! this is amazing information. And its so timely for me as well. It's almost fate that this was at the top of the hub pages for me on the very day that I am regretting my decision to stay on for A-level.

      If these courses are free i will do all of them :) I love learning and I am going to enjoy taking part in these courses. Thankyou very much.

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      istanbul34 5 years ago from istanbul

      thank hub...

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      rzch25 5 years ago

      Very nice and helpful hub.

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      nikkiraeink 5 years ago from So. Cal.

      Great hub. I love free knowledge. Another great site that sounds a little like Alison is Check it out.

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      lender3212000 5 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      This is a very good resource for anyone wanting to learn a little something new. Great hub!

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Wow! This is an incredibly helpful hub! Thanks for not only highlighting free online courses, but free certifications as well. I'll have to look into some of these. I love learning new things and I think that stocking up on certs could help me get a nicer job! Thanks for sharing!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      I had a look through the Alison site and am excited to sign up to learn a few things.


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      ajayshah2005 5 years ago from Mid Asia

      i got this from google search.thanks for great hub and useful information.

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      raf669 5 years ago

      i have taken 22 diferent courses love it thankyou very much

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      Joel Durant 5 years ago from Canada

      A very informative hub. Thanks!

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      Daniel Christian 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Online courses and online education are more popular than ever these days.

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      clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      All this was very informative!! God hub.

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      dagny roth 5 years ago from Neverland

      Terrific Resource! Thanks for the info and the research.

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      suejanet 5 years ago

      Thanks, I am always trying to improve myself and love free courses.

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      Charles Webb-it 5 years ago from Edmonds,WA

      Man this was really good stuff i bookmarked the free exam site thanks

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow - I just found this. VU.

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      ThomasRydder 5 years ago

      Earner-good morning. Superbly written article, both well-written and containing crucial info. I'd not heard of any of these online choices, and plan on passing them onto a friend of mine who is in a category you mentioned. WELL DONE :)TR

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      Anil Kumar Bage 5 years ago from Kolkata,India

      I am also very keen to do some online courses for free.You provided some very helpful informations for me and others also.Thanks.

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      shannajs 5 years ago from Bear Lake, Utah

      Very good information. Thank you!

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      erikasreview 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Great information I will definitely be passing this information on.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      thank you for sharing this...i am newly retired and am interested in finding out about things i did not really have the time to pursue when i was teaching...i will definitely be looking into some of these classes.

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      This is such vital info! SO many people will benefit from it! Awesome!

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      Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      I'm signing up right now because you can always learn something new. great hub.

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      Dorothee-Gy 5 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

      Extremely interesting and great ressource, bookmarked for more in depth-study later! Thanks for your work!

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      Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

      As I work for It company, its very useful.thanks for this hub.

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you for such an informative Hub! I was unaware there were so many courses available at no cost. I am mainly interested in improving my writing, so I will be visiting the Hub you wrote on that as well. Thanks again!

      Voted up and useful!

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      Devout Maven 5 years ago

      Excellent! Voted Up.

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      Tricia Ward 5 years ago from Scotland

      Good info here. Thanks.

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      Keith Schroeder 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Our education never stops. Many jobs require continuing education to remain in our job. And, of course, free is always nice, too.

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      David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

      Very useful information, thank you for sharing this. Not often that I bookmark a hub so quickly. I'm sure I'll be looking back to this hub many times as I look into all the options you graciously shared.

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      MelissaVsWorld 5 years ago from Here, There, and Everywhere. USA

      Very good information. I will be looking into some of these free online courses and certifications for myself and my husband. Thank you for this Hub. Voted Up, +Useful +Interesting. Shared.

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      DRidge 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, MS

      I love this! I found Alison last week and now here you are telling me about it! I signed up for the UK one and now I find out they have a US one, too.

      I think Alison is awesome! I love the info on the other computer courses, too. I'm trying to learn coding and Adobe Dreamweaver. It's nice to know there are resources out there!

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      DRidge 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, MS

      NCA actually not free... $25 for on demand learning/month. Still a great deal from the looks of it.

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      This is a wonderful bit of sharing for the multitudes out there who wish to advance themselves , yet lack the resources to do so. It is an excellent hub, both in style and content. You are doing a great job!

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      Cassandra Smith 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Great information!

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      jonta 5 years ago from Bangkok

      There is more and more to learn.. and more and more about everything, our brains most getting bigger and bigger..actually do they?

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your info!

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a good informative hub. I will go to the writing ones for sure thanks a lot.

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      livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great list! I will definitely check this out. Voted up!

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      This is absolutely fantastic information! I've been dying to get back into school but we live paycheck to paycheck and it's just not an option right now! Thank you so much for giving me an alternative!

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      Yes there are definitely a lot of things that you can learn online!

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      I've checked ALISON and it was brilliant. I'll definitely, one of these days, get a certification from there. Thank you for sharing. This is so valuable.

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      I need or don't but the fact is that great stuff shared here. I may think to benefit from such online free courses or I may recommend someone. Keep sharing things like these to spread free knowledge to build a good career.

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      blogallaboutit 5 years ago

      Great information I am definitely going to put this information to use.I am currently in School now for my BSBA, and almost done certificates like this will set me apart from therest of the grads. Nice job

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      Senovia 5 years ago

      Thanks so much ! I am going to learn computer !

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Awesome! thank you for all this info, this is a great hub.

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      Madison 5 years ago

      I had done a short course on Alison. The course material is good and the exam helps to evaluate what you have learned. Thanks for sharing this great info.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for the information and great hub! I really do need to get my IT skills improved, and if I can get this done online for free, that's great!

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Thanks Earner.Informative hub

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Thisis such an infromative hub. I believe that continuous learning is important to know the latest trends.

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      Jhudah 5 years ago

      wow! i think this is great. thanks.

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      Sandra Mireles 5 years ago from Texas

      Excellent list of free online courses. You certainly did your homework. Great job. Voted up.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thanks. Excellent information. The computer programming and writing courses really caught my eye. Voted up, awesome and sharing :))

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      tiffany delite 5 years ago from united states

      one of my strengths is learning so i always like to learn about new opportunities to learn!! i voted this hub up and useful! blessings...

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      mcaneny23 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info! I didn't realize there were such tools out there.

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      procreate-light 5 years ago from Charlotte NC

      Wow, great Hub! Thanks.

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      Abhaque Supanjang 5 years ago from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia

      You have shared a very useful information to the world, Earnes. In addition..... Is there any information of scholarship provided by certain Open University for their students ? that the students may get their diploma from the distance learning ? Thank you for your answer...!

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      am301986 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Great Information.....some thing I dn't alison. Great post... cheers!

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      frantisek78 5 years ago

      good info, thanks!

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Great hub! very useful information here. I will let people know about this nugget

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      I appreciate you taking the time to share. A lot of people, because of the economy cannot afford to pay for school. You took the effort to lead some horses to water, now it's their turn to drink. Thank you for this insight. I for one am going to look into both of them. I need to brush up on my computer skills. Take care.

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      Vicky C. 5 years ago from New England

      Thanks for the info. Definitely going to check out the National Computer Science Academy. I have done some classes with Alison. They are good.

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      snigdha.s 5 years ago from India,mumbai

      This is very useful information.Commendable work.Bookmarked this hub.Thanks for sharing

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      DaveSimps 5 years ago from Guildford, Surrey, UK

      Thanks for the info

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      Great and very useful hub. I wasn't aware that there are many online free courses that one can take. Thanks for tips.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Thank you for sharing this valuable information!

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      kingmaxler 4 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

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      ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

      Superb hub and great information! Voted up and bookmarked.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Very helpful! Thanks for this information.

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      George Wanambisi 4 years ago

      I have been taking courses at Alison for some time now and I like it. However I went for greener pastures and landed myself at Three more exciting Institutions. Ethica is a good isntitution although they charge for their studies. Those who wish to take Islamic finance can do so at Ethica since its a certified and accredited institutiton in the world. Its the leading Islamic Finance institutions in the world and the have discounts of over 75% for selected services.I love their courses which are easy to grasp and last a period of 4 months and in the end, you are awarded with a CIFE cetificate that is Handcrafted rather than printed.

      Another great institution that offers the cheapest or almost "Free" Courses is Global Courses. This institution is a great one and it only costs as little as $18 to take a Diploma or $40 to take a Barchelors Degree. Unbelievable but very much true. The exciting part is that you can even take MBA for as little as $80. Undeniably brilliant for distance laearning since you don't have to travel over there "Ireland" to study. You should probably take a look at their site for more details. University of the People is another great institution for learning. Altough the University is not Accredited, its worth it for those who wish to take BA's and Diplomas in computer Sciences. I liked the University although I never joined. What's interesting is that the University is recognised by UN thus making it better than most free online programs. You can join them for a fee not exceeding $100 and get your career going. For those who require more information about free online learning they can find me on Facebook "Sulayman Loop". I will be glad to help

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

      Thank you for this useful information.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This is really amazing information. I know there are many companies and schools trying to make headway with offering free courses and certificates, but this company has a lot more offerings than any I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing this detailed information.

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      roxygurl464 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow, great article! I was recently thinking of taking some online courses at my local college. I'll definitely check out these suggestions first though! Thanks!

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      Chen Suen 4 years ago from Arcadia, California

      Great informative hub especially in a slow economy where money is tight. Thank you.

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      jenp123 4 years ago

      Thank you for the hub! I'm always looking for free courses, especially for computer technologies. I was wondering, does the National Computer Science Academy have Dreamweaver courses? I need to brush up on that.

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      choosylicious 4 years ago

      Super Like! Nowadays, certification is essential in building credibility.

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      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Useful, I voted up! I love free especially when I includes learning something new. Thanks for this hub!

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      merry88 4 years ago

      thanks, great hub

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      James Robertson 4 years ago from Texas

      Great article. I've also found Udacity and MITx to be great sites for free online classes. You can pay extra to get a certificate but the entire class is free.

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      marketingbloke 4 years ago

      With the internet its amazing what you can learn online nowadays.

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      Beverly 4 years ago from Lakewood,WA

      Thanks to your awesome hub, I am now signed up and currently starting "Introduction to Banking". There are many places in my area that are looking for people in this particular service and I plan to land one of those jobs. It i going to be a really big step up fo me. Thanks again, and I will be looking out for more helpful hubs from you.

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      Dedicated Content Curator 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Beverly

      I am glad you found a great course. Introduction to Banking sounds really useful. Although the banking sector has received bad press in recent years, the industry's still recruiting and paying good wages. Now is a good time to get a job in banking, so I hope you achieve your dreams!

      All the best.

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      Joseph 4 years ago

      Thanks Mate

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      I've used Allison for some French courses and for some website courses. Great information here. I'm going to be revisiting to let you know how the other sites work for me.

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      Shirley22225 3 years ago

      I have done Diploma in web design,

      Diploma in C programming,

      Certificate in Introduction to Computer science, and

      Certificate in Introduction to Python

      From Alison But i do not know if those certificate can help me apply for bachelor Degree in a university in either Canada or Australia. Basically a university not in my country for a Computer Science Degree

      How about Applying for Scholarships using my Alison Marks?

      Can someone please advise me

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      Dedicated Content Curator 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well done Shirley, you'd done a lot of online courses with certification there!

      You'd have to enquire at each University that you'd want to apply to; each University and country would have different criteria. They would know the value of all courses and be able to tell you if it's enough/more than enough.

      All the best.

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      Evan Smiley 3 years ago from Oklahoma City

      THIS IS FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for the hub! Definitely will be sharing!

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      nicomp really 3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      This may be the greatest hub of all time.

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      Dedicated Content Curator 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you nicomp - it's a good list of free online courses and certificates which can help people discover if they're really interested in a subject, or to get them up to speed for job interviews and advancement.

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      Hub4care 17 months ago

      Thanks for the course information, I've used Alison for myself and for students and it's a great resource to boost your skills and CV.

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