Do online certifications hold any value?

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Knowledge is power and nothing should come between you and your quest for knowledge. Not even the four walls of a classroom. Online certificate courses seem to be working on a similar philosophy.

They have emerged as an alternate means of education and are gaining popularity with each passing day. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) market is reportedly booming. Even Ivy League schools like Yale and Harvard are now offering free and open access to certain courses in order to make themselves more accessible.

Now, the question arises if such courses are worth your time. Here are some reasons why they are:

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Builds CV

An online certificate course works as a CV booster. You can simply add a list of relevant certificate courses in your CV depending upon the company you are applying to. However, it must be ensured that the certification is from a good institute or body.

Brings difference

Online certification not only adds value to your CV but also helps you stand out amongst other candidates. It shows that you have developed a relevant skill set which is unique. This makes for a better and interactive interview which then helps you in successfully landing a job of your choice.

Talks loads about you as a person

To complete an online course is in itself very impressive. It goes on to show that you have a personal drive, discipline, curiosity, motivation and a strong will to learn.

Demands less time

It can take a few weeks or a couple of months to complete a course depending upon the chosen field whereas a degree usually takes 3 to 5 years to complete. An online course thus allows you to maintain a balance between your work, social life, and family.


Some online courses are available free of cost while others charge a minimal fee.


When opting for an online certificate course, you are liberated from the four walls of a classroom. You can easily access these courses and study from anywhere, whether from your home, while travelling or while being on a holiday.

Wide acceptance

These courses are now widely accepted and recognized. It doesn’t matter to the employers if you gained your skills in a classroom or on an online platform as long as you have the relevant skill-set.

Choose the right course

The next step is to find the right course. Ask yourself what you want to learn and what your goals are. Always look for accreditation. Gather as much information as you can regarding the course you want to pursue.

There is a plethora of platforms and online certificate courses to choose from. Here are some popular online platforms which can help you narrow your search:


Founded by two Stanford professors in 2012, Coursera is one of the most popular online learning among others. It has about 33 million registered users and provides more than 2,400 courses on a variety of subjects such as engineering, humanities, biology, social sciences, mathematics among others.

You would need to confirm your identity digitally. After completion of the course, you earn a certificate.


This platform created by Massachusetts Institute Technology and Harvard University boasts of 14 million registered students and more than 1800 courses. edX is known for its rigorous and high-quality courses. In order to be eligible for a verified certificate of achievement, the registered student needs to watch course video, participate in Discussion Forums, complete homework and exams with a passing grade.

If the student does not pass, he can try again. If he passes, the student will then receive a certificate that includes an “edX verified” stamp.

A minimum fee is charged to obtain the certificate and these funds go towards class creation and improvement of edX.


Future learn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. It is owned by Open University in Milton Keynes, England. Courses span over a broad range of topics and are available in languages including English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Chinese among others.

Final takeaway:                                                                                                          

These online certification courses are widely recognized and are effective in the long run. They have proved to be a key to professional success and are not at all a waste of time. In fact, their value has increased with the rise in their popularity.

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