5 Best free online courses with certificates

Careers Avenue blog post on the best free online courses. Learning and development are key to boosting your career so why not take an online course for free.

Are you looking at learning a new skill?

Whether you have time on your hands or busy with life or work, there are free online courses with certificates sites to use to develop your career or for personal development.

Universities, companies, and experts are creating online courses with certificates which you can do in your own time and at your pace. Once you have completed the course, add certificates to your CV / Resume and LinkedIn profile.

Are you looking to progress your career with a specific course or wanting to take up a new hobby, you can find what you want by checking out the 5 best free online courses with certificates.

1. Udemy

Udemy is the largest online learning course provider with over 150,000 online courses and has had a whopping 295 million course enrolments.

An impressive 80% of Fortune 100 companies trust the site for employee upskilling.

I was really impressed with the wide variety of free courses Udemy has to offer, across a wide variety of categories including IT, Finance, Marketing, Business and many more.

Once you have selected your category, scroll down the left-hand side and you can select free courses, you can also choose video duration, ratings, subcategories, languages etc.

2. Coursera

According to the Coursera website, 53 million people are learning through the site and 87% of people learning for professional development report career benefits like getting a promotion, a raise or starting a new career.

They currently have over 4100 courses from leading universities and companies which you can learn at your own pace. They offer an online community where you can learn with self-paced quizzes and hands-on projects.

Really easy to navigate across the site, select your category then subcategory and choose free courses, you can drill down further by choosing level, language, creator and many more.

3. Edx

Founded by Harvard and MIT, Edx are a global non-profit providing over 2500 online courses, 20 million learners across a multitude of subjects including IT, Law, History, Design and many more.

They provide a handy ‘Tips for successful learning online’ which talks about self-care, time management, community and social learning, logistics and learning strategies.

I like the options they provide like choosing from an introductory, intermediate, or advanced course. You also have the option to choose from courses which are current, self paced, starting soon and upcoming.

Careers Avenue blog post to find free online courses. Develop your career with free learning and development courses.

4. Alison

Alison provides over 1000 courses, 14 million learners, offering a wide variety of different free courses like Maths, Lifestyle, Humanities, Business and many more.

I really like the option to choose from a course type based on your current life stage. So, whether you are a student, upskilling your career or looking for a career change they have advice and courses relevant to you.

The business is set up as a social enterprise and is free to use, they make their money through advertising and merchandise.

5. Open Learn

Open Learn are an multi award-winning site is the home of free learning from The Open University.

They pride themselves on offering 900+ bite sized (1-100 hours of study) learning courses across a wide variety of subjects including Money & Business, Science, Maths & Technology and many more.

In addition to courses the site has a variety of articles, quizzes, and interactive games. They have helpful guides on ‘For Study’ or ‘For Life’ learning to help you decide what is best for you.


We are in a digital world where we can learn whatever we want, whenever we want. Why not stay ahead of the future of work and enrol for a free online course with certificate.

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Author: Kaan Azmi

I have worked in the recruitment industry for over 20 years and have placed thousands of candidates in to their dream careers. I have always enjoyed passing my knowledge onto candidates to progress their careers. I provide information around CV and Coversheet writing, job search tips, interview techniques, salary negotiation, resignation letters, entrepreneurship, networking, first time jobber, graduate assessments, recruiter relationships, linkedin strategy, hiring, leadership & management, career fit, career change, career development, career goals, income & money. There are testimonials on the website and on my LinkedIn profile, please go and see the impact I have made on people's careers. My background has seen me start as a Resourcer which is where I learnt how to find candidates on job sites so I have a keen eye for a keyword in a CV. I then went onto become a Recruitment Consultant where I would engage with clients to understand their needs and deliver passive talent pools. I ended up managing teams of up to 30 individuals ensuring they achieved personal and company targets. I engage regularly on social media channels answering career based questions, feel free to look me up and connect! I am a family man, husband to Beks and father to my 3 boys. Well, 4 boys if you include Picasso our dog! Since I was a boy I have supported Liverpool FC, some would say I was a glory supporter however I started supporting them when they were not winning trophies and stuck with them through dark times. On wards and upwards and Liverpool FC are now achieving trophies on a regular basis. My aim is to help individual's with any aspect of their career, so please get in touch for more information on careers.

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