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Accredited Online Training Courses

Updated on March 31, 2016

Taking an unaccredited course is similar to eating flavorless cotton-candy. It can be worthless. By being accredited, a course can be ensured of high quality and legitimacy. A resume with accredited courses will have a much higher employability rate. A training course will also have a higher employability rate. Studies by the NCFE showed that demand for vocational graduates is steadily increasing. 8 out 10 people think that a vocational diploma is on-par with a university degree. In this article, I have provided you a list of affordable accredited online training courses. Warning, I have personally tested the first one only.

Vocational Diploma Vs University Degree

1. The Shaw Academy

At first glance, the Shaw Academy seemed like a big time scam, but after the first webinar, you'll see that they're a professional organization. The Shaw Academy is accredited by two awarding bodies, the NCFE and CPD. Their advanced courses are accredited by the NCFE while the basic courses are accredited by the CPD. CPD courses will only provide you a PDF certificate for an additional $5. NCFE courses will provide you with a hardcopy certificate with the NCFE's seal of authenticity. Normally, purchasing a course from them will cost around $349. However, you can purchase courses through my affiliate link 95%-98% off. By doing this, you'll also help me.

2. Virtual College

Virtual College is considered as a competitor to the Shaw Academy. However, they are taking a different selling approach. They normal price their courses around £15-£100. They also have a wider array of courses than the Shaw Academy. They're accredited by the CPD and other awarding bodies. Most courses non-CPD accredited courses will come with a physical certificate will seal of authenticity. As usual, CPD courses will come with a PDF certificate.

3. GoSkills

GoSkills is another competitor to the Shaw Academy. However, they use a selling strategy similar to Virtual College. Unlike the Shaw Academy or Virtual College, a course at GoSkills will be bought in a form of a subscription. The subscription can be a month or a year. If you finish the course contents within the subscription period, you will receive your certificate. GoSkills is accredited by the CPD. This means PDF certificates only. However, each certificate will come with a verification code. This code can be used on GoSkills' website to verify the certificate.

4. Stonebridge Associated Colleges

Stonebridge claims to be internationally recognized, but they're accredited by many awarding bodies which are recognized in certain countries. Their most common accreditor is ABC Awards. They offer the most affordable prices compared to other UK providers and if place a course in the shopping cart and leave it for a couple of days, they will offer a 15% discount. The only reason why I would recommend Stonebridge over the above is that they have a much a larger library of courses. They have excellent course contents. However, they offer bad customer service.

5. Online Learning College

The only reason I've included this institute is because of my first impression of them. They look like an exact replica of StoneBridge. They offer the same courses and are accredited by ABC Awards. They have a chat box and they seem like a legal and professional company. However, take a course from them at your own risk. They somehow at the same time give an aura of fraudulence.

6. University of the People (Online Tuition-Free Degree)

The first and currently the only university that offers a fully accredited degree course online for free. That's right,they offer two free degree online programs. Although taking the program is free, there are examination fees. They currently offer a degree in computer science and business administration each. There are some entry requirements, which can be accessed on their website.

Alternative Free/Paid Courses

The courses that are going to be mentioned here are all basic courses, which are not accredited, but are recognized in specific regions as quality education. This section will include courses which have Diploma titles, but isn't as prestigious as the courses mentioned above.


ALISON offers many courses on various subjects and they also offer courses with the Diploma title, but these courses are not accredited. They do however give printed certificates at a fee. All the courses are free to do so, but requires money to acquire a certificate.

2. Udemy

Udemy is a more professional organization that an ALISON, mainly because of its recognition across most regions of the world. Udemy however, doesn't offer printed certificates, but PDF certificates which are signed by the instructor. I recommend that you do the courses offered by Manipal at Udemy, as they have professional courses and the institute is widely recognized around the world. The value of a course highly demands on the reputation of the instructor.


I hope that my list of affordable accredited online training courses helped. If you need more information on any of the accredited online training courses above, leave a comment below. Thank you for reading and I hope that you'll have a nice day.


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    • Jaiselin profile imageAUTHOR

      Jaiselin Subramaniam 

      2 years ago from Port Dickson

      Thank you for sharing this important information with us.

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      2 years ago

      Hi, a CPD certification is a lot less prestigious than a NCFE (QCF level 4). QCF level 4 is recognised as equivalent to stage 1 of a university degree. A CPD certification means NOTHING.

      I have un-subscribed from the Shaw Academy because of this.

    • Jaiselin profile imageAUTHOR

      Jaiselin Subramaniam 

      2 years ago from Port Dickson

      They didn't mention the level of accreditation for the CPD. Here's the CPD link for reference. Also, sorry for the late reply.

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      Dominic George 

      2 years ago

      Hi, Jaiselin.

      Thank you very much for the reply. Now I know how the certs may look like and which level is the diploma on. So they changed from NCFE to CPD..

      Thank you for taking the trouble to upload the copies :-)

    • Jaiselin profile imageAUTHOR

      Jaiselin Subramaniam 

      2 years ago from Port Dickson

      Level 4

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      Jaiselin Subramaniam 

      3 years ago from Port Dickson

      Level 4 I think. Do note that the online marketing course now only offers pdf certificates. They no longer offer hard copy certificates. I will temporarily upload both previous and current diplomas that my son received. The NCFE accredited one is a hard copy certificate. Please notify me after viewing the photos, so I can remove them.

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      Dominic George 

      3 years ago

      Hi, Jaiselin.

      Since you've taken the Online Diploma Marketing course, do you know what qualification level does the accredition body puts it? E.g level 1,2,3,4, or 5?



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