Why an online certificate?
Level up quickly
Build career-ready skills in just a few months — or even weeks.
Elevate your résumé
Prove your proficiency by earning certificates backed by top universities.
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No in-person attendance is required.
Types of certificate programs
Self-paced or instructor-led? Overview or deep dive? It’s your choice. edX partners with leading institutions to offer certificate-granting programs that meet a variety of personal and professional needs.
Here are the types of online certificate programs you’ll find on edX:
Professional Certificates: curated series of self-paced courses that can provide a pathway to your next milestone. Build comprehensive, career-relevant skills in high-demand fields in 2–18 months.
Executive Education: instructor-led, cohort-based courses that hone leadership skills, and offer academic and career support. Stay ahead of trends and develop organizational strategies in 2–10 weeks.
XSeries: self-paced course sequences designed to develop your knowledge in interesting and popular subjects. Gain fundamental industry skills or simply feed your curiosity in 1–7 months.
Courses: self-paced courses focused on a particular skill or topic. Try courses for free, or upgrade your enrollment to be eligible to earn a certificate. Learn something new in 4–12 weeks.
Looking for online certificate programs that are pathways to a degree? Our MicroBachelors® and MicroMasters® programs enable you to earn certificates while also making progress toward a degree.
MicroBachelors Programs: undergraduate-level course series that prepare you for entry-level roles. Build foundational skills and earn undergraduate credits in 2–9 months.
MicroMasters Programs: graduate-level series of courses that count as credits toward eligible master’s degree programs. Plan for your future and gain immediate industry expertise in 4–17 months.
Explore certificate programs by topic
Whether you’re a tech professional or want to adapt AI-powered technologies for your organization, our AI certificates can help keep you current in a quickly evolving field.
With machine learning certificates, you can enhance your understanding of the technical foundations and practical applications of algorithms and computer learning methods.
Our wide range of IT certificates can give you a technical knowledge base and train you in database development, computer networking, software engineering, and more.
Earn a certificate online from leading institutions
Wherever your career path takes you, edX can help you navigate. Choose from online certificate programs led by well-known universities and organizations — such as Harvard, MIT, IBM, and many others — so you can build toward your next milestone. If you’re not part of the edX community yet, register for an account and start learning today.
Frequently asked questions
A certificate (or certificate of completion) demonstrates that you have successfully completed a course or program with a passing grade and thus have understood the material. Certificates are signed by edX as well as the university or organization offering the program. You can use certificates to elevate your résumé or LinkedIn profile, and prove your skill set to current or future employers.
edX offers several types of courses and programs that enable you to earn a certificate of completion from a university or institution. Professional Certificates, XSeries, MicroBachelors, and MicroMasters programs are bundled course sequences that enable you to earn certificates for each course and the program as a whole. With instructor-led Executive Education courses, you also receive academic and career support. Single courses are free to try, but you can upgrade your enrollment to earn a certificate and get unlimited access to course material and graded assessments.
For instructor-led Executive Education courses, you can expect to finish in 2–10 weeks. For certificate-granting courses and programs that are self-paced, the amount of time depends on how quickly you choose to move through the materials. We provide an estimated time frame based on a recommended number of study hours per week — but you have the flexibility to progress more quickly or slowly, to accommodate your needs.
For certificate-eligible courses and programs, fees vary based on several factors. Visit the webpage for your program of interest to see pricing. However, a certificate of completion is only awarded after receiving a passing grade — the certificate itself is something you earn, not something you can purchase.
We certainly think so, but that’s a question each learner must answer for themselves. Certificate-eligible programs provide graded feedback and hold you accountable for your learning progress. By earning a certificate, you receive tangible, university-backed evidence of your proficiency — which may be especially valuable if you are seeking career advancement and need to demonstrate your competency in a particular skill or field.
Earning a certificate of completion indicates that you have received a passing grade in a particular learning program. Receiving a certification, or getting certified, usually means earning a standardized, industry-specific credential from a professional organization. You may need to pass a certification exam or meet other requirements. In certain fields, such as nursing or social work, certification is required to be able to practice.