10 Free Online Certifications to Boost Your Resume

Are you hoping to get a promotion at work? Start your own side hustle? Make a big career change? The beauty of the Internet is that we are all empowered to continuously learn — without moving back into a dorm room.

We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite online (and free!) certifications that you can use to boost your resume, add some street cred to your personal website, or use as a bargaining chip in your next promotion negotiation.



HubSpot Academy’s Inbound Certification

Whether you’re a marketing professional or just starting your own side hustle, HubSpot Academy’s free courses cover everything from SEO and content strategy to lead generation. You’ll learn how to attract loyal followers and convert them into paying customers through inbound marketing — and get a certification to add to your website!


CFU’s Digital Marketing Certificate

Colorado Free University offers a certificate in Digital Marketing and Social Media strategies upon completion of a dozen free courses. Although there are a few required credits, you’re able to select the majority of the courses to tailor to your interests. Course options range from deep dives into specific social platform to general strategies for content creation.



Google Analytics Academy

Google offers free training and a Google Partner certification for anyone interested in learning more about their AdWords platform and all of the advertising products that are built on it. Courses include analytics for beginners and advanced users, as well as an in-depth e-commerce class.


Alison Project Management Diploma

Project management is applicable to almost any industry, and this course from Alison covers everything you need to apply the best techniques to your own job. Begin with the basics and best practices of successful project management before diving into a project management case study to tie everything you learned together.




Color Theory Certification from Alison

Understanding the concepts of color theory is an important skill for anyone working in visual arts. After learning the basics of color relationships and the technical aspects of each, you’ll be able to apply the knowledge to any design project.


RMIT University’s The Art of Photography

Whether you’re taking photos for your website, social media accounts, or product shots for an Etsy shop, better photography skills are a huge asset in the digital age. Upon completion of RMIT’s course, you’ll have a Certificate of Achievement to highlight your knowledge of DSLR hardware and post-production editing.


Creative Commons Certificate

Creative Commons is an organization dedicated to making the sharing of content easier — and legal. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, their certificate program gives creatives insight into the relationship between your work and applicable licenses and public domain usage. You’ll also get access to CC’s network, which includes YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo.




General Assembly’s Dash

General Assembly’s Dash course covers everything you need to know about the basics of coding. Start off with a personal website, then move on to creating a blog theme. Even if you aren’t in a tech industry, knowledge of HTML and CSS is a great addition to almost every resume.


MIT’s Introduction to Computer Programming

Not many people can cite MIT on their resume, but through edX.org, you can enroll in the university’s accredited Intro to Computer Programming course and, upon completion, have a very impressive MIT course on your resume. You’ll learn about programming languages and data structures, and you’ll be introduced to more in-depth concepts as well.


WordPress Academy

WordPress is a favorite platform for web developers because it is so easy to customize. WordPress Academy offers a 30 day free trial to their course library, which includes beginner and advanced classes with recognizable certifications. Impress your boss by updating your company’s blog, or start your own freelancing side hustle.


What are your favorite online resources to boost your skill set?

  • Great tips! I want to try some of the marketing certifications.

  • Kristin Alley Corrigan

    Thanks so much for this article! This is really helpful!

  • Daeyz

    I will definitely be checking out a couple of these and add them to my list!


  • Jessica Ackley

    Thank you for this! I’ll be saving this and looking into them more. I knew about the Google Analytics certification but I wasn’t sure what else was out there.


  • This is a godsend – what timing! I’m in the market for a job change (upgrade?) and the kind of stuff I’m really looking at would that much more accessible with some of these certifications under my belt. Thanks!

  • I would be curious to know what major employers think of certifications like these (i.e. do they really boost a resume?). That would have been a cool addition to this piece!

    • Mark Kuijpers

      It depends. If the certifications are relevant to the job then whey will boost your resume. When you follow a course in your free time it not only shows your knowledge of the followed subject, but also your commitment to keep evolving and learning.

      • Kali Sullivan

        Is there a preferred way of listing the completion of these certificates or diplomas on a resume?

  • A

    Coursera!! Coursera!! Coursera!! Literally college courses that you can get credit for across various disciplines.

    Also can’t aggree on the analytics suggestion, Datacamp offers a much more indepth program and is recognized across industries.

  • Ainaa Md

    OMG!!! This is AMAZING!! i had no idea that there’s free courses like this online!!
    Thanks a bunch!

    Ainaa (ainaamd.com)

  • I can’t wait to sign up for these! I’m pinning it right now so I don’t forget.

    xx, Tomi

  • Em

    Nice! I’ve taken some courses from Lynda, and is taking one at Gale right now. Both are highly helpful and offer plenty of different courses. Great for anyone looking to supplement their skills either in workplace or life.
    I’ll definitely be keeping these sites in mind for future reference.

  • Vanessa Insights

    Thanks , I’ve been looking for an article that talks about free certificates. 🙂