Free Certifications That May Be Worth Your Time

baghdaddy19baghdaddy19 Member Posts: 51 ■■■□□□□□□□
First off, I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.
Since most of the world is closed and everyone is staying home, why not brush up on your skills with some free certifications?

Below is a list of certifications you can get for free:

Oracle
1) Oracle Autonomous Database Specialist
2) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations Associate
3) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Operations Associate
4) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer Associate 
5) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate
6) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Professional 

Palo Alto
1) PCCSA
2) PCNSA
3) PCNSE

Use the code PANWOP50 for 50% off (can be used on all tests)
Use the code PANW50WEB for another 50% off (can be stacked with the above mentioned code, but can only be used once)
So you can do one certification for free, and the other two are 50% off.

Scrum
1) Scrum Fundamentals Certified 

Juniper Networks
1) JNCIA-Junos
2) JNCDA
3) JNCIA-Cloud
4) JNCIA- DevOps
5) JNCIA-SEC
2020 Certification Goals
CompTIA: A+, Net+, Sec+, Cloud Essentials, and Project +
LPI: Linux Essentials
AXELOS: ITIL v3
SANS GAIC: GSEC, GCIH, and GCED

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  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 11,764 Admin
    And where would one use this code to get this discount?
  • itdeptitdept Registered Users Posts: 175 ■■■■□□□□□□
    edited May 6

    This might add some more detail

    Oracle Autonomous Database Specialist
    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations Associate
    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Operations Associate
    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Professional

    More info, and links to register: https://www.oracle.com/corporate/blog/free-certifications-oracle-oci-autonomous-033020.html

    All multiple choice exams.


    Juniper Networks. Juniper's "Open Learning" program always allows you to earn free associate level exam certs (one time per track; there's 5 tracks). JNCIA-Junos is the hardest to get access to as it requires enrolling in a web course to earn the voucher.

    You can earn the other ones (JNCDA, JNCIA-Cloud, etc) through Junos Genius. You do have to complete the exam within 3 months of earning the free voucher. No rush on this in general though it's been available for a couple years now. Earning a JNCIA cert automatically extends expiration on all other JNCIA Juniper certs you have. So good to space these out over a few years. Multiple choice. Pearson Vue.

    Here's direct links to the Juniper options:

    JNCIA-JUNOS: This one requires a special registration session and is capacity controlled. You can sign up for the 10/2020 session here while spaces are still open: https://learningportal.juniper.net/juniper/user_activity_info.aspx?id=10175 All current sessions are full up. Once you register the content will unlock in Junos Genius and you can earn the voucher. You need to use the above link first tho.

    JNCIA-DevOps: https://cloud.contentraven.com/junosgenius/learningpath-detail/813/3/0/1

    JNCIA-Cloud: https://cloud.contentraven.com/junosgenius/learningpath-detail/392/3/0/1

    JNCDA: https://cloud.contentraven.com/junosgenius/learningpath-detail/771/3/0/1

    JNCIA-SEC: https://cloud.contentraven.com/junosgenius/learningpath-detail/1789/3/0/1


    Palo Alto Networks: You can take one of these exams for free. Register now, take exam by 6/30/20. Pearson Vue.

    PCCSA (cheapest)

    PCNSA

    PCNSE (most expensive, so use the second 50% off on this one if you are doing multiple exams)

    Here's the discount codes: PANWOP50 - Can be used on multiple tests PANW50WEB - Can only be used on one test

    Link to Pearson exam site: https://home.pearsonvue.com/paloaltonetworks

    You can schedule the test in May or June 2020. Must take it by 6/30/20


    Cisco: Cisco Live is online and registration is free. Conference is June 2-3, 2020

    https://www.ciscolive.com/us.html

    No word on any certs or discounts yet, but it's customary to pass out codes at these events so I'll be on the lookout.


    IBM: IBM Think is online this year and registration is free. Conference is May 5 – 6

    https://www.ibm.com/events/think/

    IBM discount code is live. It's a $75 exam fee for any one IBM exam offered via Pearson Vue. USA code is 'Think2020D'. Meh. I'll pass this one. Discount is only available on 5/5 and 5/6, but exam can be scheduled up to 6 months away.


    Microsoft:

    MS Build is coming up. May 19-20. Free registration. Online format. Targetted toward devs so less likely to offer free certs but who knows? https://register.build.microsoft.com/contact

    There's also some free Azure Cert codes in the wild from various technical presentations. Here's an offer for the Azure Fundamentals for Education program (there will be similar sessions in the future, this is expired): https://info.microsoft.com/US-AzureApp-CATALOG-FY20-05May-12-TrainingAzure900fundamentalsforeducation-SRDEM15957_CatalogDisplayPage.html


    Coursera (Google Cloud/IBM/etc):

    These 85 courses with certificates are free, including several cloud provider ones: https://www.classcentral.com/report/coursera-free-certificate-covid-19/


    HP Enterprise Discover Conference, starting 6/23/20

    https://www.hpe.com/us/en/discover.html

    Sign up for certification program here before registering (there will be codes...):

    https://certification-learning.hpe.com/tr/get_started.html


    Scrum fundamentals training and cert is free and for life.

    https://www.scrumstudy.com/certification/scrum-fundamentals-certified


    VMware Carbon Black Connect 20 is free registration. Being held May 12-15th. During registration they ask if you'd like a free certification exam. There are 4 options.

    https://www.carbonblack.com/connect20/

  • NetworkingStudentNetworkingStudent Member Posts: 1,407 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Have you guys ever heard of ICSI? (UK based). It is some sort of security company/organization.  They offering their $600.00 course for free.  I think you need to pay for the exam and any virtual labs.

    https://www.icsi.co.uk/courses/icsi-cnss-certified-network-security-specialist-covid-19
    When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened."

    --Alexander Graham Bell,
    American inventor
  • srothmansrothman Member Posts: 39 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Qualys also has some free training available:
    https://www.qualys.com/training/
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,672 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Have you guys ever heard of ICSI? (UK based). It is some sort of security company/organization.  They offering their $600.00 course for free.  I think you need to pay for the exam and any virtual labs.

    https://www.icsi.co.uk/courses/icsi-cnss-certified-network-security-specialist-covid-19

    The labs plus exam cost approximately $95 USD.  Obviously, the exchange rate changes the price as the market fluctuates.
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  • NetworkingStudentNetworkingStudent Member Posts: 1,407 ■■■■■■■■□□
    @stryder144

    Thank for the info on the labs and exam. Have you ever heard of icsi?   This is the company that created  the exam.  This company seems pretty small
    When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened."

    --Alexander Graham Bell,
    American inventor
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,672 ■■■■■■■■□□
    @stryder144

    Thank for the info on the labs and exam. Have you ever heard of icsi?   This is the company that created  the exam.  This company seems pretty small

    Oddly enough, I have but I am not sure where I heard of them.  Frankly, there aren't going to be many US-based companies asking for it, but for those of us who are "cooling our heals" due to job loss, something like this will at least show our future employer(s) that we weren't sitting idly by.  That would be the extent of the face value of the training/certification.  It is quite possible that it could be of use, depending on the quality of the training.
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  • beadsbeads Senior Member Member Posts: 1,506 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Not sure if any of the scrum master exams really mean much from what I understand but an interesting insight nonetheless.

    Post number 1500. Congrats on making me write this. :D:smile:
    - b/eads
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 11,764 Admin
    Here is a longer listing of free courses that may not have a certificate: https://www.classcentral.com/report/free-online-learning-coronavirus/
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,672 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I saw a post on LinkedIn where someone doubled up the Palo Alto discounts and it was denied due to an error on the website.  I haven't confirmed it yet, but the screen shot mentioned that only one discount can be applied per exam.
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  • Info_Sec_WannabeInfo_Sec_Wannabe Senior Member Member Posts: 400 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I tried to schedule an exam for Oracle Cloud, but it seemed that all slots were already filled.
    Three year plan: (2018) CISSP [X] and eJPT [ ]; (2019) eCPPT [ ]; (2020) OSCP [ ]
  • baghdaddy19baghdaddy19 Member Posts: 51 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Sorry I have been AWOL for a couple of days guys. I had some family stuff to take care of, but let me address some of these questions.

    @JDMurray, you should be able to use the code when you register to take the exam and right before you checkout there is a section where you can put the discount code. I just learned this as well but Palo Alto does not allow you to stack discount codes anymore. I registered and put both the codes and 2 days later my exam date was canceled and when I tried to re-register they did not let me use both of the codes again. Oh and thanks for that class central list!

    @itdept, thank you! This is a much more comprehensive list

    @srothman, this is really cool, I will definitely be sure to check this out! 

    @beads, yeah I agree but it is free and the cert is for life so i thought some people might be interested in it.

    @Info_Sec_Wannabe, don't fret man I have actually been told to steer clear from Oracle anyways. These certs apparently don't mean much and Oracle itself is a terrible vendor. I have also heard from multiple people that while the cert maybe free right now, they actually charge you a fee to "hold" the cert. 
    2020 Certification Goals
    CompTIA: A+, Net+, Sec+, Cloud Essentials, and Project +
    LPI: Linux Essentials
    AXELOS: ITIL v3
    SANS GAIC: GSEC, GCIH, and GCED
  • denisehiltondenisehilton Member Posts: 17 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks for sharing these man. Much appreciated!
  • muelandimuelandi CEH, CHFI, CIW Master Administrator, CIW Professional Member Posts: 2 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Nessus (Tenable) also has free certification available.
  • muelandimuelandi CEH, CHFI, CIW Master Administrator, CIW Professional Member Posts: 2 ■■□□□□□□□□
    redhat Introduction to OpenShift Applications (DO101) free until June 30

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