Online Courses to Add in your Resume

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Online Courses to Add in your Resume

Most of the young people out there understand that being a student nowadays – at least in some countries – could cost you an arm or a leg.

Fortunately, there are options for free study. Some people, though probably very few, would enter into a degree mill certificate program. Well, it’s not really a program at all. These are just fake transcripts and certificates that are attained for a certain fee.

Of course, we don’t want you to become a dishonest person. So, today we will focus on free, real educational programs.

There are many courses out there, and there’s probably more than you think. We will look at what we consider as the best courses, and perhaps the most unique. In fact, these free online certifications will even make your resume look good.

Dog Psychology Course

Okay, so it might not be a shining light on your resume. But when you think about it, who doesn’t want to know how dogs think and feel?

Dog lovers do! Obviously, if you have the passion for being a canine behaviorist or a dog trainer, then this course is for you.

We discovered a MOOC course, which meant “Massive Open Online Courses”. The program focused on dog emotion and cognition, and it is an 8-week free online course implemented by Duke University. You can learn online, usually by watching quick 20-minute videos. Just like the usual programs, there are books to read, quizzes to answers, and homework to be done. In the end, a certificate is awarded once you pass. It seems that you may have to pay a small fee for the certification itself.

The course usually received four or five-star reviews, with one previous student saying, “The class was interesting, and it helped me to know and understand dogs better.”

Medical Terminology Certificate

You can become quite savvy regarding your understanding of medical terms with the help of the American Association of Medical Assistant. It can give you enough literature in PDFs and help you become a little savvy when it comes to knowing medical terms.

There are many terms, too, and you will have to memorize all of those before you take the free exam. If you pass, you can get a certificate. Trust us, anything medical is useful and can make your resume look good.

In fact, there are a lot of free medical terminology courses available online. However, some will charge you if you want to get a certificate after passing the test.

CPR Course

Still sticking with the health topic, you can take a CPR course online for free, specifically at First Aid Web Inc. Its course is totally free, and you can study online.

Here is the catch again, though. You must pay a small fee to get the hard copy of the certificate. And with that piece of document in hand, you can state on the resume that you have taken the course. And who knows? Those skills you learned could also save other people’s life someday. All you’ll need to do is to read the material and then take the exam.

Occupational Health & Safety Training

In the website, you can find a bunch of free courses being offered, relating to safety at work. One example of this course is the Electrical Safety in Construction course. And guess what? It doesn’t cost a single cent.

Based on the reviews, it was a helpful course, and it was not even that difficult. According to its creators, the students will learn cord and wire safety, how electricity works and how it travels, safe power-tool use, standard safe work practices, and many more.

A few other options for free safety education includes Fall Protection for Construction, Hazard Recognition, and Assessment Training, and an introductory course to work safety. Each session is guaranteed to be short, and there is no exam.

Coding Bootcamp Prep

Most people would say this course could be useful, but it may not be as fun as you think. So, do you want to become a coder but may not be able to afford a university? Why not take the online Flatiron School introduction to the coding course?

It is a 75-hour course in total. You will have instructors ready to answer any question you have, and you’ll collaborate with other students.

You’re probably wondering: where is the catch? Are you sure it’s free?! And for that many hours?

The good news is that there is no catch. They even mentioned it on their homepage that you don’t have to worry about any payment. No credit card needed, no hidden fees, and you can study at your own pace. You will learn JavaScript. You can even learn to make simple games and have a lot of fun during the process.

One student made a review saying that “Finding Bootcamp Prep may be the single greatest thing I ever stumbled upon. It is free, but no doubt if you get through that course, you’ll be offered advanced courses that are not free. Still, you don’t have to take them if you don’t want to.”

Learn with Google

Google provides many free online courses under what it calls a set of skills for the increasingly innovative digital world. This could mean enrollees could learn how to make effective presentations, understand how websites work, or know how to build a business online.

The advantage here is that you can learn at your own pace. You just need to watch one video after the other and then check afterward if you have understood the lesson. It’s only a matter of minutes for every part of the session.

The best part is that Google will certify you for free once you have passed the entire lesson. You can search for these courses at the Google Garage and Learn Digital.

Emergency Management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a set of free courses that allow you to learn about what to do in an emergency. However, you can only do that if you get a user ID with them by signing-up.

There was a 10-hour Learning to Identify Hazardous Materials course. It is a lesson that anyone can join. You can download the course materials and start studying the five units. When you are ready, you can take the exam.

You can also study Radiological Emergency Management, Animals in Disasters, and many more courses. Some of these lessons even give you college credits and, no doubt, such serious-sounding credentials will really glow on your resume.

These courses will require a few hours of your time. For example, the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism was a 6-week, free course online with Stanford University on this topic.

Anyone can take it, as long as you have a passion for learning new things. There will be various units, such as “What Are the Historical and Contemporary Security Issues with Nuclear Weapons and Materials?” and “What Would Be the Consequences of an Improvised Nuclear Device’s Detonation in a U.S. City?”

Stanford has many free courses online, but it seems you won’t really get a formal certification.

Blockchain Essentials

Do you keep hearing about Blockchain but don’t quite understand what it is? If so, take a free course with You will learn all the basics of Blockchain, and then at the end, you will have to take an exam.

If you are successful, you don’t get a certificate, but you do get an online badge. The same website has myriad courses for you to take, such as Watson Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning with Python, Deep Learning, and more.

Sign Language

If you are in the U.S., you will be learning ASL or American Sign Language. Many of the courses online are totally free, and it is a great skill to have. One website, Sign Language 101, is free, but it is basically just following a bunch of videos.

A website called Start ASL has a much more comprehensive free course, which has videos but also has a workbook. All the resources are out there for free, but with this, you won’t get a formal certification. But if you include in your resume that you know the fundamentals of sign language, it certainly makes you look like a dedicated and caring person.

So, those are the nine courses you can take, and just think about how much you could learn if you just took five of them. Not to mention how that would bolster your resume.

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