Did you know that organizations such as freeCodeCamp, Google, and Harvard offer online courses to help you learn software development? And that many of these include free certificates and badges?

To help you choose one that's right for you, I've created a full list.

As avid online learners, my Class Central colleagues and I have completed hundreds of online courses over the years, including many with free certificates, as you can see in the collage below.

In 2023, free certificates have become rarer. But if you know where to look, there is still an abundance of free certificates available online for learning software development.

Some of the free certificates earned by the Class Central team

As you likely know, freeCodeCamp offers free certifications. But so do big tech companies and institutions such as Google, Microsoft, and Harvard.

In this article, we bring together all the free certificates and badges that are scattered across the web. In total, the platforms below offer over 1000 free certificate courses for learning software development.

The Class Central homepage in 2023

I started Class Central back in 2011, when universities such as Stanford began to offer some of their courses online for free. Since then, the Class Central database has grown to over 100K online courses.

Having written about online education for over a decade, I remember when platforms like Coursera and edX offered free certificates. Then, rather abruptly, free certificates seemed to pretty much disappear.

This inspired us to write a Massive List of Free Certificates and Badges. To our surprise, we discovered there were still thousands of free certificates available online. To date, that article has received 2M views.

In the same vein, this article aims to draw attention to the organizations that continue to support open education in software development by offering free certificate courses. These include:

  • Learning platforms — for instance, freeCodeCamp, LinkedIn Learning, and FutureLearn.
  • Leading universities — for instance, Harvard, the University of Helsinki, and HPI.
  • Big tech companies — for instance, Google, Microsoft, and IBM.

Without further ado, here are the platforms where you can find 1000+ free developer certifications.

freeCodeCamp's Free Certifications

freeCodeCamp free certificate from my colleague Archisha

The natural starting point: freeCodeCamp, the website you’re currently on, where you can learn how to code for free.

The platform offers thousands of hours of learning content, broken down into certifications on subjects such as web development and data science.

Here are the certifications currently offered:

600+ Free Google Certifications

Free Google certificate from Rui

Google has launched several initiatives to teach people skills such as coding, digital marketing, and data analytics. You can find a complete list in our dedicated article.

Below is a selection of Google’s offerings:

Harvard Free Certificate Courses

Harvard free certificate

Harvard offers a series of academic online courses exploring various facets of computer science, including programming fundamentals and AI. You can find all the details in our dedicated article.

Here are Harvard’s current free certificate offerings:

1000s of Free Microsoft Badges

Microsoft badges from Rui

Microsoft offers thousands of modules and hundreds of learning paths to explore the company’s products, including Office 365, Visual Studio, and Azure. Once you finish a course, you’ll get a badge on your learner profile.

Here are some of the courses offered by Microsoft:

1000s of Hours of LinkedIn Learning Courses with Free Certification

LinkedIn Learning free certificate from my colleague Suparn

LinkedIn Learning, the online learning platform integrated with the LinkedIn professional social network, offers hundreds of online courses and learning paths that include a free certificate. Here too, we have a dedicated article with a full list.

Here’s a selection of LinkedIn Learning free certificate courses:

University of Helsinki Free Certificates

Elements of AI free certificate from my colleague Pat

The University of Helsinki offers academic online courses through its independent course platform, MOOC.fi, including the following courses which include a free certificate of completion:

1000s of Free Salesforce Badges

Salesforce badges from Rui

Salesforce, the cloud-based software provider, offers online courses through its Trailhead platform. You can learn skills related to Salesforce products. But you can also find courses on broader topics, such as blockchain or IOS development.

There are 1300+ modules and 100+ hands-on projects accessible free of charge on the platform. After finishing a module, you will get a free badge for your profile.

MongoDB Free Certificates

MongoDB free certificate from my colleague Suparn

MongoDB, the popular NoSQL database, offers free certificate courses through its learning platform, MongoDB University. Through these, you’ll learn database fundamentals of databases, and how to interact with them using various programming languages.

Here are some of the certificate courses MongoDB offers:

Redis Free Certificates

Redis free certificate from my colleague Vishnu

Redis is a flexible data storage solution, akin to a lightweight database, that is used a lot in web development. Redis has a dedicated online learning platform, Redis University, where they offer free certificate courses to learn how to use Redis. These include:

Cisco Free Certifications

Cisco Network Academy

Cisco, the IT and networking giant, offers a series of self-paced online courses through its Networking Academy platform that include a free certificate of completion. Here’s the list:

90+ IBM Free Certificates

The CognitiveClass.ai homepage in 2023

IBM’s platform CognitiveClass.ai offers 90 courses and 10 learning paths in data science, AI, big data, cloud computing, and blockchain.

The platform also provides a virtual lab environment allowing users to practice what they’ve learned in the courses. To earn a badge or certificate of completion, you need to score at least 70% in a course.

Here’s a selection of their free certificate courses:

Kaggle Free Certificates

Kaggle free certificate courses

Kaggle is an online community for data scientists and aspiring data scientists alike. It offers over 50K public datasets, allowing you to build your own data science projects through Jupyter notebooks, and participate in competitions.

In addition, the platform offers a series of courses to learn the fundamentals of data science. Each leads to a certificate of completion.

HackerRank Free Certificates

HackerRank free certificate from my colleague Manoel

HackerRank, a platform for learning algorithms and data structures and preparing for coding interviews, provides skills certifications tests in topics such as problem solving, Python, and JavaScript.

Here are some of the tests you may complete to earn a certificate:

30+ DataCamp Free Certificates

Free DataCamp certificate from Rui

DataCamp is a popular online platform for — you guessed it — learning about data science, but also general programming. The platform offers a series of courses that culminate in a statement of accomplishment. Here’s a selection:

100s of Great Learning Free Certificates

Great Learning free certificate from my colleague Manoel

Great Learning offers over a hundred free certificate courses in a wide variety of subjects, such as AI, data science, programming, cloud computing, and digital marketing. Here’s a selection:

60+ upGrad Free Certificates

upGrad free certificate from my colleague Suparn

upGrad is an online learning platform that offers over 60 free programs on subjects such as data science, business analytics, and technology.

Once you complete all the modules of a program, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.

Here are some of the free programs offered on upGrad:

100+ FutureLearn Free Certificates

FutureLearn free certificate from my colleague Elham

FutureLearn, the European counterpart to Coursera and edX, offers hundreds of courses that include a “digital upgrade” — which, among others, entails a free certificate of completion. Again, you can find more details in our dedicated article.

Here’s a list of some of FutureLearn’s free offerings:

Jovian Free Certificates

Jovian free certificate courses

Jovian is an online data science bootcamp that offers a handful of free certificate courses. Here’s the list:

GitLab Free Certificates

A couple of GitLab free certifications

GitLab, the popular version control website for hosting your repos, also offers free online courses to grow your professional skills.

Here are the free certifications on the platform: