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Blockchain Certifications and Courses – 25 of the Most Interesting Options

Business executives and software developers alike are trying to learn more about blockchain technologies. Blockchain certification courses are rising up to meet that demand. Whether your priority is understanding how the blockchain could impact business or building new skills to land a better-paying job, you have a lot of options.

Check out 25 of the most interesting blockchain certification courses at your disposal.

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Boot Camps

Lighthouse blockchain certification boot camp
Source: Lighthouse

People looking to get into software development or existing developers looking for a better career path often turned to boot camps. These intense training programs usually focus on full stack development and other topics, but increasingly they offer a path to blockchain certification.

Lighthouse Labs, Blockchain for Developers

Blockchain for Developers

Lighthouse Labs recently launched Canada’s first blockchain boot camp, Blockchain for Developers, to address the talent shortfall facing the Canadian blockchain industry.

“With the help of industry experts, current blockchain specialists and active blockchain developers,” Jeremy Shaki, CEO of Lighthouse Labs said, “we’ve put together a robust curriculum including group discussions, lectures, mentorship and project-based learning, that will help developers learn the tools necessary to be successful in blockchain development.”

Instructors

Sage French, educator and developer, creator of TrendyTechie.ca.

Juan Gonzalez, Lighthouse Labs instructor.

Outcomes

  • Understand how and why blockchain solutions are better than centralized systems.
  • Learn best practices and architecture patterns.
  • Develop decentralized applications on the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Understand the full development cycle for distributed apps.

Program details

  • Duration: 12 weeks (full time).
  • Format: On-campus (Toronto or Vancouver).
  • Prerequisites: Experience in software development.
  • Target Market: Developers looking for new opportunities.
  • Certification: Certificate of completion.
  • Cost: CAD $3,500.

B9Lab Academy

Ethereum Developer Course

B9Lab is a blockchain training and consultancy firm in London that offers a number of blockchain certification boot camps through its B9Lab Academy. The Ethereum Developer Course, for example, gets existing developers up to speed on how to create blockchain-based apps.

Instructor

B9Lab staff.

Outcomes

  • Understand how the Ethereum platform works.
  • Learn the Solidity programming language and other tools.
  • Build, deploy and test a decentralized app.

Program details

  • Duration: 12 weeks (8-12 hours per week).
  • Format: Online.
  • Prerequisites: At least one year of development experience.
  • Target Market: Developers looking to move into the blockchain industry.
  • Certification: Certificate of completion.
  • Cost: €1450.

Blockchain Vocational Programs

Blockchain Training Alliance's certification programs
Source: Blockchain Training Alliance

Several groups have set themselves up as official-sounding blockchain certification programs for developers. Few of them provide any details about their backgrounds or who runs the organizations. Do your homework before spending your money.

Blockchain Training Alliance

One of the more credible organizations is the Blockchain Training Alliance (BTA). It has formal partnerships with Pearson VUE, an IT certification testing provider with more than 5,600 locations around the world. You will find several blockchain certification programs on the BTA site, including the Blockchain Solution Architect.

Blockchain Solution Architect

The certification demonstrates knowledge and skills in developing blockchain-based solutions. Topics on the test range from testing and deployment practices to Byzantine Fault Tolerance to the differences between private, public and permissioned blockchains.

Instructor

BTA staff teach the courses.

Outcomes

  • Architect blockchain solutions.
  • Work effectively with blockchain engineers and technical leaders.
  • Choose appropriate blockchain systems for various use cases.
  • Work effectively with both public and permissioned blockchain systems.

Program details

For $1895, you can attend a live 3-day instruction session at various locations around the world. You also have the option of watching the session through a live WebEx webcast.

Other blockchain vocational companies

There are many “councils” and “associations” popping up that offer blockchain training and certification. Usually, their websites say little about who runs the organizations, how they developed their courses, or what expertise they bring to the table. These groups could be perfectly legitimate vocational education providers. Or not.

Developer Courses

EdX blockchain certification from the Linux Foundation
Source: EdX

The demand for software developers who know how to work on the blockchain keeps increasing. The challenge for employers is knowing which candidates have the skills they need. That’s where blockchain certification programs like these come in. Developers can show they have the skills needed to build solutions on Ethereum and other blockchains.

EdX/Linux Foundation

Blockchain for Business Professional Certificate

Developed by The Linux Foundation, these courses introduce developers to tools like HyperLedger before teaching how to develop apps on the Ethereum blockchain.

Instructors

The courses are taught by experienced developers with The Linux Foundation, Nodeunlock and the Blockchain Training Alliance.

Outcomes

  • Be able to explain concepts like blockchain and distributed ledger to any audience.
  • Understand blockchain’s global impact.
  • Observer use cases in the enterprise.
  • Get to know Hyperledger, how to build distributed applications and how to install them on the blockchain.

Program details

  • Duration: 13 weeks (3-4 hours per week).
  • Format: 2 online modules.
  • Prerequisites: None for the first module, the second requires an understanding of programming languages like Java or Python as well as comfort with the command line.
  • Target Market: Business professionals who can code.
  • Certification: EdX Professional Certificate.
  • Cost: $198

Coursera/University at Buffalo

Blockchain Specialization

This series of courses, designed and delivered by the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, will prepare students for programming on the Ethereum blockchain.

Instructor

Dr. Bina Ramamurthy is a Research Associate Professor in computer science at the University at Buffalo, where she teaches courses in data-intensive computing and emerging platforms.

Outcomes

  • Understand the blockchain ecosystem.
  • Learn how to create nodes on the Ethereum blockchain, mine the blockchain and check balances.
  • Design a smart contract and test it in a development environment.
  • Design a decentralized application.

Program details

  • Duration: 16 weeks (3.5 hours per week).
  • Format: Online.
  • Prerequisites: Know a high-level programming language, object-oriented design, and how to use the command line. Also have a basic understanding of HTML, JavaScript and web applications.
  • Target Market: Programmers and designers.
  • Certification: Coursera Specialization.
  • Cost: only available during application.

Udacity

Blockchain Developer Nanodegree

Students will learn how to develop applications for the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. The hands-on approach provides real-world skills and prepares students for careers in the blockchain industry.

Udacity developed the course in consultation with experts in the world of blockchain development:

  • Balaji S. Srinivasan is the chief technology officer of Coinbase
  • David Johnston is the chairman of Factom’s board of directors.
  • Aaron Brown is the Vice President of Engineering at Madhive.

Instructors

The course is taught by Udacity’s in-house team of instructors with a wide range of backgrounds in software development and blockchain development.

Industry experts provide real-world perspectives on how blockchain development gets done. Students will learn from people like DECENT co-founder Adam Gall, Blockchain at Berkeley instructor Brian Ho.

Outcomes

  • Learn the blockchain transaction types and how to build web services that interact with the blockchain.
  • Learn how to use smart contracts to secure digital assets on the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Integrate blockchain services with legacy platforms.

Program details

  • Duration: 6 months.
  • Format: Online.
  • Prerequisites: An understanding of JavaScript, object-oriented programming, front and back-end development, and how to use a remote API.
  • Target Market: Software developers looking to advance in the blockchain industry.
  • Certification: Udacity Nanodegree.
  • Cost: $2000.

IBM

Blockchain Foundation Developer

This IBM developerWorks course provides a quick introduction to the technologies and tools that businesses use to build blockchain-based networks. Both command line tools and Hyperledger Composer will be used to develop a simple app.

Outcomes

  • Learn why and how Hyperledger Composer is used to build business networks.
  • Understand how Hyperledger Fabric hosts smart contracts.
  • Understand the blockchain ecosystem including wallets, ledgers and smart contracts.
  • Get to know the roles and responsibilities of people who maintain blockchain-based business networks.

Course Details

  • Duration: 6 hours.
  • Format: Online.
  • Prerequisites: IBM Blockchain Essentials.
  • Target Market: Software developers.
  • Certification: IBM badge.
  • Cost: Free.

Blockgeeks

Founded by Vitalik Buterin’s father, Dmitry, Blockgeek offers an experience similar to Coursera but with a course listing purely focused on blockchain technologies. Rather than a course-by-course payment structure, Blockgeek operates on a Lynda-like subscription plan. You can pay $30 per month or $300 per year and get access to the entire library.

HyperLedger 101

As an example of Blockgeek’s offerings, this introductory course provides an overview of blockchains and how to use HyperLedger Fabrics to develop code.

Instructor

Blockgeek staff instructor Niloo Ravaei teaches the course.

Outcomes

  • Get a quick introduction to HyperLedger Fabrics

Program details

  • Duration: Self-paced.
  • Format: 6 videos.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Target Market: Developers new to HyperLedger.
  • Certification: None.
  • Cost: n/a.

BitDegree

BitDegree is a blockchain training program that runs on the blockchain. The founders hope to use the blockchain to match employers’ needs for skilled workers with students’ needs for good paying jobs. BitDegree’s tokens are the means for matching the two needs. Employers offer tokens to people who take the classes or “learn to earn”.

Unfortunately, BitDegree isn’t too picky about what courses get offered so you’ll have to hunt for useful classes.

Learn Solidity

This course, for example, teaches developers how to use Solidity to create smart contracts on the Ethereum network.

Instructor

BitDegree staff instructors

Outcomes

  • Learn the Solidity programming language.
  • Develop and deploy a fully functional smart contract.

Program details

  • Duration: Self-paced.
  • Format: Online.
  • Prerequisites: Programming experience.
  • Target Market: Experienced developers.
  • Certification: n/a.
  • Cost: $190.

Academic Degrees

University of Nicosia's Master's degree in Blockchain
Source: University of Nicosia

With the growing acceptance of blockchain technologies’ benefits, universities are beginning to look at academic degree programs based on blockchain technology.

University of Nicosia (Cyprus)

MSc in Digital Currency

The University of Nicosia became the first to offer a full academic degree based on blockchain technology with its Master of Science degree in Digital Currency. The island nation of Cyprus is hoping to become a center of the European Union’s blockchain industry and the university’s program gave the country a head start.

“We pride ourselves on pushing the envelope in university adoption of blockchain technology and advancing cutting-edge research and education in this area,” the head of the initiative Soulla Louca said in a press release.

Instructors

University of Nicosia faculty.

Outcomes

Overall, the master’s program gives government officials and business professionals an understanding of how digital currency works, how it interacts with the fiat system and its regulators and how companies use digital currency to innovate.

Program details

  • Duration: 3 semesters.
  • Format: Distance learning.
  • Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree.
  • Target Market: Government officials and business leaders.
  • Certification: Master of Science in Digital Currency.
  • Cost: €12,080 for 8 courses.

University of Malta

The island nation of Malta is vying with Cyprus for the title of European crypto center. Binance and other exchanges kicked out of China have recently moved in. The University of Malta will integrate blockchain into its curriculum over the next two years.

At first, the school will add classes in blockchain and digital ledger technology within the computer science and liberal arts program. A research-based master’s degree will start in February 2019 and a non-research master’s degree will start the following October.

Saint Peter’s University, Blockchain Technology Summer Course

Blockchain Technology Summer Course

Saint Peter’s University offers a Master’s of Science program in Cyber Security which has a summer option for students to learn about blockchain technology. The university opens enrollment in the summer course to working professionals who need to learn more about blockchain implementations.

Instructor

Saint Peter’s University faculty.

Outcomes

  • Understand and be able to explain how blockchain technology solves real-world problems.
  • Learn the underlying technologies that let blockchains provide security, privacy, transparency and other benefits.
  • Explore blockchain technologies like Ethereum as well as the applications built on top of them.
  • Design blockchain applications for several industries.

Program details

  • Duration: 5 weeks.
  • Format: On-campus.
  • Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree or enrollment in M.S. Cyber Security program.
  • Target Market: Business professionals.
  • Certification: Certificate of participation.
  • Cost: $5,000.

Virginia Tech undergraduate programs

Virginia Tech will offer one of the first undergraduate blockchain programs. The development is made possible by a $3 million grant from Virginia Tech alumnus Dan Larimer and his company Block.one. Larimer is a serial entrepreneur in the blockchain industry, most recently launching the EOSIO digital app platform.

“Block.one is dedicated to creating a more prosperous society by improving the integrity of business interactions, and blockchain is the key driver of this vision,” Larimer said in the announcement. “If we are to achieve this goal, it is important to work with a leading institution such as Virginia Tech to provide students with the tools to succeed as the technology is developed.”

In addition to the undergraduate minor, the university will offer short course and bootcamps. The first aspects of the program will roll out in the Fall semester.

Wake Tech community college program

Wake Tech is a North Carolina community college that will give its students hands-on experience with blockchain technology. In collaboration with local employer IBM, the school created a blockchain-oriented capstone course for students in Data Science and Computer Programming.

For the first 8 weeks of the course, students will go from “Zero to Blockchain” through classroom studies. The final 8 weeks consists of a capstone project developing a blockchain-based app using HyperLedger. In addition to their Associate in Applied Science certificate, the students will get an IBM Wake Tech badge recorded on the tech giant’s blockchain.

The Zero to Blockchain program is part of an IBM initiative to promote “new collar jobs” that place skills ahead of academic credentials.

Executive Development Programs

MIT executive training on blockchain
Source: MIT Sloan School of Management

Executives, managers and entrepreneurs who want to learn about blockchain can take advantage of executive development programs offered by some of the world’s elite institutions.

MIT Sloan School of Management

Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application

The MIT Sloan School of Management produced this short online course in conjunction with digital education company GetSmarter. It provides a high-level introduction to blockchain technology, digital applications and their effect on business.

Instructor

Christian Catalini’s received his Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He was hired by the Sloan School of Management soon afterward and is now the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor. Catalini’s research explores communications networks in the scientific community, crowdfunding and blockchain technology

Outcomes

  • Understand blockchain technology.
  • Explore blockchain’s long-term impact on business.
  • Definition of blockchain’s relationship with artificial intelligence and Internet of Things.
  • Develop an economic framework to evaluating blockchain solutions to business problems.

Program details

  • Duration: 6 weeks (5-8 hours per week).
  • Format: Online.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Target Market: Business managers and executives.
  • Certification: Certificate of completion.
  • Cost: Not published.

Oxford Saïd Business School

Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme

This course is meant to help managers and executives who are not in the financial industry grapple with the implications of blockchain technology. The Oxford Saïd Business School developed this course with GetSmarter.

Instructors

Nir Vulkan is an Associate Professor of Business Economics at Oxford Saïd Business School and the author of The Economics of E-Commerce: A Strategic Guide to Understanding and Designing the Online Marketplace. Nir received his doctorate in economics from University College, London. His research focuses on market design, entrepreneurship and automated negotiations.

David Shrier is the founder of Distilled Analytics, a big data firm that integrates behavioral analytics with financial services.

Outcomes

  • Learn the Oxford Blockchain frameworks for strategy and regulation.
  • Apply the frameworks and ecosystem maps to make better business decisions.
  • Understand blockchain technology and its impact on industry’s future.

Program details

  • Duration: 6 weeks (12-15 hours per week).
  • Format: Online with a collaborative group project.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Target Market: Business managers and executives.
  • Certification: Certificate of attendance.
  • Cost: Not published.

London School of Economics

Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption

This course focuses on the financial applications built upon the blockchain. It is meant to help finance professionals understand the volatile cryptocurrency markets and the regulatory moves governments are making. The LSE developed this course with GetSmarter.

Instructors

Dr. Carsten Sørensen received his doctorate in information systems from Aalborg University and is now an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Innovation at the LSE. Sørensen’s research focus has been the impact of ubiquitous technology on consumer behavior.

Outcomes

  • Understand how and why people invest in crypto assets.
  • Through theory and expert commentary, understand cryptocurrency markets.
  • Explore how distributed ledger technologies may transform industries.
  • Learn how an ICO works and how it gives businesses an alternative to equity markets.

Program details

  • Duration: 6 weeks (7-10 hours per week).
  • Format: Online.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Target Market: Financial professionals.
  • Certification: Certificate of completion.
  • Cost: £1,800.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Certified Blockchain Expert

This high-level course from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management helps business decision makers understand how blockchain-based applications can benefit their companies.

Instructors

Dr. Philipp Sandner heads the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management’s Blockchain Center. His research focuses on fintech and entrepreneurship. Sandner is joined by a number of blockchain experts who specialize in software development, entrepreneurship and the law.

Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of blockchain technology’s role in business.
  • IT managers will get an introduction to smart contracts and distributed apps.
  • Business managers will learn how blockchain can be used in business.

Program Details

  • Duration: 6 months (two 4-day weeks plus 6 weeks to complete paper).
  • Format: On-campus.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Target Market: Business and IT decision makers.
  • Certification: Block Chain Expert.
  • Cost: €6950.

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

Fintech-Innovative Banking

Imperial College’s course introduces key topics to managers and executives in the banking industry: distributed ledger technology, digital identity, digital money and cryptocurrencies, and digital payments.

Instructors

Andrei Kirilenko is a former chief economist of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a key regulator of cryptocurrency markets in the United States. He is a visiting professor at Imperial College.

Marcin Kacperczyk is a finance professor at Imperial College where he researches asset management and financial markets.

Outcomes

  • Understand blockchain-based fintech.
  • Learn how the underlying technologies work.
  • Understand how to prepare for the changes fintech is making to the banking industry.

Program Details

  • Duration: 2-days.
  • Format: On-campus.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Target Market: Professionals in banking and related industries.
  • Certification: Certificate of participation.
  • Cost: £2,950.

Georgia State University

Blockchain Strategy Bootcamp

Georgia State University’s boot camp introduces blockchain technology to business leaders and entrepreneurs to help them develop appropriate blockchain-based business strategies.

Instructor

Roop Singh founded blockchain consultancy Intuit Factory and is an advisor to Airbase, a startup company merging drones and blockchain technologies.

Yusen Xia is a professor of analytics at Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Xia’s research focuses on machine learning, data analytics and supply chain management.

Outcomes

  • Get a solid grounding in smart contracts, cryptocurrency, and other aspects of blockchain technology.
  • Understand how to incorporate blockchains into business models.
  • Learn how blockchain will disrupt industry and how to make the disruption work in your favor.

Program Details

  • Duration: 4 days.
  • Format: On-campus.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Target Market: Executives and seasoned entrepreneurs.
  • Certification: Certificate of participation.
  • Cost: $4,650 (early registration discounts available).

University of California, Irvine

Blockchain Technologies Certificate

This course is a professional development program for business managers who need to support their companies’ efforts in deploying blockchain technologies. UC Irvine’s Advisory Committee of blockchain developers, researchers and entrepreneurs provided their insights into aligning the course with real-world requirements.

Instructor

UC Irvine Continuing Education staff.

Outcomes

  • Learn about blockchain technology, how it works and what blockchain-based applications are capable of.
  • Understand when blockchain-based solutions are most appropriate.
  • Get to know the cryptocurrency ecosystem.
  • Understand the range of software, tools and methodologies used to develop blockchain solutions.
  • Learn about the landscape of blockchain applications and how they differ from traditional systems.

Program details

  • Duration: 6-15 months.
  • Format: 6 online courses.
  • Prerequisites: Knowledge of Python, JavaScript or C++ (introductory courses are available).
  • Target Market: Business professionals.
  • Certification: UCI Specialized Studies Certificate.
  • Cost: ~$6,200 depending on course selection.

EdX/UC Berkeley

Blockchain Fundamentals

Based on a popular student-led course at the University of California Berkeley, the Blockchain Fundamentals Professional Certificate Program provides a broad overview of the blockchain landscape. After completing the course, students will have a better understanding of how blockchain technologies will impact industry.

Instructors

Blockchain Fundamentals is taught by members of the Blockchain at Berkeley student group. Blockchain at Berkeley has consulted with Fortune 500 companies.

Nadir Akhtar is the President of Blockchain at Berkeley, an undergraduate computer science major and a consultant to Qualcomm and Berkeley Law.

Rustie Lin is the EdX team lead for Blockchain at Berkeley. An undergraduate computer science major, Lin has helped startups and Fortune 500 companies develop blockchain proof of concepts.

Mengyi (Gloria) Wang is an undergraduate student majoring in computer science and economics. Her studies focus on bitcoin mechanics, distributed systems and use case theory.

Outcomes

  • Introduce how blockchain solutions are created.
  • Understand how bitcoin’s blockchain works.
  • Learn about Ethereum, smart contracts and distributed apps.
  • Explore blockchain in the enterprise space and how the blockchain struggles with scale.
  • Understand the regulatory landscape and what blockchain means for anonymity.

Program details

  • Duration: 12 weeks (3-5 hours per week).
  • Format: Two online modules.
  • Prerequisites: None, but knowledge of computer science or cryptography will be helpful.
  • Target Market: Anyone interested in blockchain’s impact on business.
  • Certifcation: EdX Professional Certificate.
  • Cost: $198.

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