Free Online Certification Courses to Advance Your Career

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

Google Digital Garage offers 134 free online career courses, and its course on Fundamentals of Digital Marketing includes a certification. You’ll find 26 modules of self-paced video tutorials in this training program that will take you an estimated 40 hours to complete. By the end of the course, you’ll have a basic understanding of digital marketing principals to help boost your own business or amplify your career. The program is accredited by the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe and The Open University.

Fundamentals of Virology

During a global pandemic, job opportunities in health care will be multiplying. A timely free certification course is Alison’s Fundamentals of Virology. Delivered in two modules with 16 topics, this online career course should take you three to four hours to complete to earn your free certification about how viruses affect human health.

Financial Markets

Offered by Yale and available as one of the free certification courses on Coursera, Financial Markets provides an “overview of the ideas, methods and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise.” The course focuses on teaching students the skills they will need to be a financially savvy leader. You’ll earn a shareable certificate upon completion of the course.

Machine Learning

Another invaluable skill set in today’s job market is machine learning, which is described on Coursera as “the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed.” Coursera offers a free training course called Machine Learning that’s offered by Stanford University and taught by Andrew Ng, an adjunct professor at Stanford and co-founder of Coursera. A free certificate is provided once you complete the course.

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History

Coursera also offers free certification in an online course about Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The course helps learners gain a deeper understanding of the many ways that race, ethnicity and cultural diversity have affected the United States and its institutions.

Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

Earn a free certificate from this Alison online course that teaches you how to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence. This critical leadership skill involves learning how to blend thinking with feeling to improve your decision-making and relationship-building skills. The free course covers 28 topics and takes two to three hours to earn certification.

Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour

London Business School has a free online certification called Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behaviour. The course includes guest videos from branding professionals, and according to the Coursera website, 46% of those who took the course received a tangible career benefit from it, with nearly a quarter of learners receiving a raise or promotion after the program’s completion.