MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are free online courses offered by universities, organisations and industry experts to anyone wishing to learn. For a fee, a number of MOOC providers award successful graduates with a “verified certificate”. These are particularly useful if you are studying MOOCs for career or academic advancement as they provide proof that it was you who completed the course.
What are the advantages of paying for a Verified Certificate?
Depending on the MOOC provider you are using, Verified Certificates verify your identity in a number of different ways, including webcam, keystroke analysis, valid photo identification, and/or test centers.
If you are looking to get a better job, or a promotion, or to apply to college or university, getting a verified certificate for an online course can help as they provide proof of your identity and what you have achieved in the course.
Working towards a paid certificate will also help you stay motivated and you are more likely to complete the course.
Usually, MOOC platforms provide a dedicated link to your certificate enabling you to easily share it with others securely.
This guide covers verified certificates offered by the three major MOOC platforms, edX, Coursera and Udacity.