Exploring free online courses with certificates of completion can open up a whole new world of educational and career opportunities. After all, expanding your skills and broadening your knowledge base will always serve you well. You can punch up your resume to make yourself more attractive to employers or develop new skills that will help you be more effective in your job; if you don't have to spend any money doing it, there's not much of a downside.
MOOCs (massive open online courses) are college-level courses that are published online and are accessible to anyone in the world for free; many come with a certificate of completion that you can put on your resume or share on social media. MOOCs offer a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts without spending a cent. In 2018 alone, 20 million people around the world signed up for at least one MOOC.
However, the big English-language MOOC providers (Coursera, edX, Udacity, and FutureLearn) operate on a model of offering the actual courses for free, but charging a fee if you want to receive a certificate of completion. In some cases, you have to pay the fee in order to complete exams or access the full course materials.
But there are still plenty of online courses available that come with a certificate of completion and don't cost you a dime. We've compiled a list of examples below, along with some tips on how to make the most of free online training and how free online certifications can boost your career prospects.