Best free online courses with certification

The COVID19 pandemic has forced most of us to stay inside our homes. And, we have a lot of time in our hand, how about using it to do something productive?

Whether you want to learn something new or hone your skills, free online courses are the best thing for you. Some even provide certificates too! Hack to make your resume stand out!

So, I have enlisted some websites that offer free online courses.

1. Google Skill Shop

It is a one-stop training centre for all of Google’s products and tools.

  • Google Ads
  • Analytics Academy
  • YouTube
  • Google My Business
  • Android Enterprise Academy
  • Google For Education

And you will certificate once you complete the course and pass the assessment test.

Google Digital Garage

Google Digital Garage offers 100+ courses which are completely free with no time limits, unlimited access, and quality content.

Google Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certificate
My Google certificate

Free certification is available for two courses:
• Fundamentals of Digital Marketing
• Elements of AI

I strongly recommend the course of Fundamentals of Digital Marketing. Especially to all my fellow bloggers.

2. FutureLearn

FutureLearn is a part of the Open University which offers diverse learning programs from many top educational institutions and organisations.

FutureLearn Diplomacy certificate
My Foreign& Commonwealth Office certificate

For extensive learning, you can choose full programs which contain various courses in them. FutureLearn also allows and encourage students to interact with each other.

List of subjects on FutureLearn
List of subjects on FutureLearn

There are so many free courses with a free certificate from prestigious universities waiting for you!

3. LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly known as has 15,000+ expert-led courses.

Screenshot of WhatsApp chat with writer friend
My recommendation for the writer friend

It is currently offering a 1 month free trial. What are you waiting for?

4. Philanthropy University

It is the best online learning platform for people working in the non-profit sector. They offer practical courses with knowledge-sharing communities just a click away for philanthropy enthusiast in you.


Sample certificate from
Sample certificate from is another great platform to refine your knowledge/skills and earn a free certificate on course completion.

They offer courses on art, biology, economics, philosophy, business administration, communication, etc.

Other websites with free certificate courses:


SWAYAM platform has been developed by Ministry of Human Resource Development and AICTE with the assistance of Microsoft to provide around 2000 courses for free.

Swayam initiative by Government of India
Swayam initiative by Government of India

But if you want to get a certificate, you will have to pay a nominal fee.


Edx was founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And if you want to learn from such premier institutions, Edx is probably the best option you.

Sample Microsoft certificate from edX
Sample certificate from edX

But there’s one major concern – they don’t provide any free certificates. But I think you might not hesitate to pay some if you are getting an official certificate from Harvard, right?

Other websites who offer courses by many prestigious universities but charge you certification fee:

Websites for great free courses (no certification)

Skillshare courses

Whether such courses and certificates are helpful or not is a very tricky question with no concrete answer to it. But what’s the harm in learning something new or upskilling yourself?

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58 thoughts on “Best free online courses with certification

  1. Thankyou so much Mahesh for providing us this helpful information. I was searching for such free courses with certification. It was much needed, thankyou once again 😌
    I’ll definitely apply for atleast one of the courses 🤗

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  2. Very Informative, interesting, and ready to help post. 👏👏
    It should reach to more and more people. 👍
    Thankyou so much for sharing this with us..
    Stay safe, stay healthy and happy..

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