April 2018: Upskilling and continued learning is vital to keep you at the top of your game in the business world. The online space provided incredible learning opportunities for free to those who are willing to take the time to finish the courses. From giants like Google, Microsoft, and The University of Adelaide we have selected five free online courses that will reward you with a fully recognised certification on completion of your studies. You’ve literally have nothing to lose.
1. Digital Marketing Certification by Google Prerequisites: None Free Certificate: Yes Course Creator: Google
For all those who want to become expert at online marketing and skyrocket their online business then this course is a real game changer for you. Google is offering this free online marketing certification to all. It will not only enable you to learn digital marketing skills for your business but will also add an awesome badge to your CV if you’re looking for a similar job. Whether we deserve it or not we gotta take advantage of this opportunity.
2. Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Prerequisites: None Free Certificate: No Course Creator: Microsoft Virtual Academy
Microsoft is widely known for its Server management products all around the world. They also offer a number of server management related certifications for IT professionals. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and 2016 are the most popular server operating systems in the world currently and almost ever enterprise uses their OS to manage their IT work spaces. If you want to make a career as a Server administrator then this free course from Microsoft Virtual Academy should get you started. Although you won’t receive certificate at the end of the course but you will earn points that will enable you to recognize yourself in the MVA portal among other professionals. They also offer promotions to their most valuable learners.
3. Microsoft Azure Virtual Bootcamp Prerequisites: None Free Certificate: Yes Course Creator: Catapult Systems
Microsoft Azure platform has gained a lot of popularity recently in the world of cloud computing. Their premium partner Catapult systems has designed a free Bootcamp for those who are interested in learning Cloud technologies focusing on Microsoft Azure. The best thing about this course is that it will carry on for seven weeks and will provide 2 or 3 videos each week for you to watch at your ease. They will also provide a free certificate of completion at the end of the course. This however requires you to enter a promo code in their application form which is VirtualCloud.
4. Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security Prerequisites: None Free Certificate: Yes Course Creator: The University of Adelaide
We all know how cyber security has become one of the main focus areas in the world of technology. Reason being that with so much advancements in technology, systems have become more prone to cyber attacks and hacks. To keep up with the hackers we all need to educate ourselves with the tools and techniques that are being used in the modern world and we need to prepare ourselves for such. The University of Adelaide has designed a brilliant course for us to achieve that goal.
5. Microsoft Office Training Center (Multiple Courses) Prerequisites: None Free Certificate: No Course Creator: Microsoft
Whether you're an IT professional, an accountant, a doctor or a clerk, you will always need Microsoft office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) to manage and edit your data. For this purpose we decided to share this amazing opportunity to get familiar with all their products by watching detailed video lessons created by Microsoft itself! Yes, you can now become an MS Office guru for free and show off your amazing skills to your colleagues and make them jealous.
6. Google SketchUp for 3D Modeling Prerequisites: None Free Certificate: yes Course Creator: Google
If you are not familiar with Google SketchUp, it is a software developed by Google for 3D modelling. It is used by architects, mechanical and civil engineers and graphic designers to produce 3d models and animations. Google has created a free certification course for all who want to develop their skills in 3D modeling and animation. This is an introductory to expert level course that does not require you to have any background skills. The course will involve a final assessment and those who pass it will receive a free certificate from Google.