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Free Online Courses that give Certificates upon Completion

Updated on July 27, 2013

Whether it is for better job prospects, or personal growth, education can improve life. As such, I have put together this list of free online courses which anyone with an internet connection can access.

ALISON (Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online)

ALISON is a training website providing around 400 free, open courses, diplomas, and certificates in a wide variety of subjects to people all over the world (e.g. business, IT, etc).

You can enrol for free in a diploma or certificate course. When you finish your course, you become certified as having completed the course. You don't need a paper diploma or certificate to be recognized as certified, but you can order one if you'd like.

Depending on which course you choose, the material may be presented through slides, audio, video, animations, or a combination of these. Most courses involve a few multiple quizzes and a multiple choice final assessment. Both can be done as many times as necessary. To get your certificate or diploma, you must earn 80% or more overall in your course.

The estimated completion time for some of the certificate courses are short (0 - 1 hour) and others are longer (2 - 3 hours). The time it takes to complete the diploma courses can range from 6 - 16 hours.


Udacity provides free courses in mainly computer science and math topics.When you successfully complete a course, you receive a certificate of completion.

Here are some of the courses offered:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Programming in Java
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Web Development
  • How to Build a Startup

The lessons are presented using videos, with multiple choice quizzes at various sections.

SAYLOR.ORG is an online website which offers free college-type courses in areas such as business administration, computer science, psychology and economics. When you complete a course, you are awarded a free certificate of completion.

Some of these courses may also be used for credit at some institutions, such as Saylor's partner colleges: Excelsior College and Thomas Edison State College. However, in order to use a course for college credit, you may need to pay additional fees.


Coursera is a learning platform which is used by many colleges and universities to provide various courses free online to many students at a time. These classes are commonly called MOOCs. Some participating institutions include Duke University and Berklee College of Music.

Courses usually last for several weeks, and involve active involvement with the class, including coursework, quizzes, and sometimes forum discussions. Upon completion, some courses provide a Statement of Accomplishment or a Verified Certificate for students who pass the course.



EdX is similar to Coursera in that it partners with universities, and offers MOOCs which last for several weeks. When you enrol in a course, you can choose to pursue a certificate of mastery for most courses. After you pass all asignments and tests, you receive the certificate.

Some reputable universities using this platform include Harvard University and MIT.


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      benlogy mafuta 3 weeks ago

      hey how can l get the link l want a short course in introduction to computer science for certificate

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      George khoza 3 weeks ago

      I want to proceed with my certificate course

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      Gary 13 months ago

      Ask the SCHOOL how to get your certificate not the helpful person that posted this. Also this poster is NOT going to sign you up for anything.

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      nkurunziza jeandeDieu 16 months ago

      hello sir please can you help me to study short course

      I would to do computer science and after completed of the course i get my certificate thank you.

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      liban 2 years ago

      I woud like a course of interior design but after completion how can i get my certificate

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      Alie 2 years ago

      I would like to do computer after the completion of the course hw do I get my certificate?

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      Alie 2 years ago

      I would to do computer after the completion of the course hw do I get my certificate?

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      Jeff 2 years ago

      Now how do i start? Which link do i have to get access to in order to get started?


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      ........ 2 years ago

      I would like to take administration diploma which is after bachelor & thanks.

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      Hassan Mudane 2 years ago

      Awesome! very useful information, many thanks.

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      Ashika 2 years ago

      How to start dis course....which link I should refer to for computer Online course???

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      Madonna 2 years ago

      I want to do Business Managemnt.

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      JOHN 3 years ago




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      Fidel Wasonga 3 years ago

      I want to take computer science pliz

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      sudip 3 years ago

      how do i get my certificate after completion of my study???

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      katherinequijada 3 years ago

      Does this certificate is valid in United states ?

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      Kadisha Lewis 3 years ago

      I'm a teenage mother whose looking to further her education to make a better life for my 2 kids

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      einsteins 3 years ago

      Good sorce,

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      firnas 4 years ago , is this a real website or fake

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      Ahmed El toukhy 4 years ago

      Thank you so much sir :)

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      ailidh 4 years ago

      Thanks for you article, very helpful!!

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      Deen 4 years ago

      This is wonderful, thanks for the time taken to get all this useful informations. Remain Blessed