The best online certifications to get you hired

While there are more and more remote job opportunities out there, it can seem like just about everyone wants them. There’s a lot of competition, especially for the best paying, long-term jobs.

To give yourself the best chance at getting the job, you need an edge. A standout portfolio, experience in the industry, or in-demand skills. But all those elements can be tricky, especially when you’re just getting started or you’re trying to break into a new field. Another way to improve your chances of getting picked for the job is to get Certifications.


Getting certified in a relevant skill shows you’re investing time (and sometimes money) in your ongoing education. And you’ll stand a better chance of impressing your employer once you started.

A lot of the time, certifications will be more relevant and up to date than your university degree. And they’re a lot faster and cheaper to do!

So we’ve put together a guide to 6 of the best online certifications (including some free ones) that you can do from home to help you boost your profile and get your dream remote job.


Google Adwords Certification

  • For SEOs, web designers, and digital marketers

  • Cost: free

“The Google Ads certification is a professional accreditation that Google offers to individuals who demonstrate proficiency in basic and advanced aspects of Google Ads. a Google Ads certification allows individuals to demonstrate that Google recognizes them as an expert in online advertising. You can earn the certification through Academy for Ads, Google's online training program.” - Google

Sign up here

Xero Certification

  • For bookkeepers and accountants

  • Cost: free (but you’ll need to be a Xero partner to access the training)

“Xero certification shows businesses how well you know key areas of Xero... You’ll learn valuable tips to help you work efficiently, minimise errors, and overcome or prevent any issues.” - Xero

Sign up here

LinkedIn Certification

  • For recruiters and HR professionals

  • Cost: $99USD to take the exam

“The LinkedIn Certified Professional—Recruiter certification shows you’re an expert in candidate recruitment using LinkedIn Recruiter.” - LinkedIn

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Hootsuite Certification

  • For digital marketers and social media marketers

  • Cost: from $99USD - $999USD

“Whether you're looking to build your skills or ready to take the next leap in your career, our courses and certifications will help you succeed with social media… Earn industry-recognized social media certifications that will make you stand out from the crowd.” - Hootsuite

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HubSpot Certifications

  • For digital marketers and social media marketers

  • Cost: free

“Access all of HubSpot's free tools and training to grow your business, and your career… Learn inbound marketing techniques that range from creating content and social promotion to converting and nurturing leads.” - Hubspot

Sign up here

Facebook Certified Planning Professional

  • For digital marketers and social media marketers

  • Cost: $150USD

“Boost your business—and your career—with valuable credentials from Blueprint. Our certification program is designed to thoroughly assess advanced-level competency in the skills needed to be a successful Facebook advertiser.

We currently offer two certifications, each comprised of two exams. Although you may take the required exams in any order, we recommend taking them in the order listed below. All Facebook Blueprint certifications remain valid for 12 months, with options to maintain your certification status by demonstrating your ongoing proficiency.” - Facebook

Sign up here


Do you know of any other certifications that are ideal for remote workers? Leave a comment below with your favourites.

Let’s keep building on this resource to include the best online certifications to help you get a work-from-home role.

If you’re ready to start applying for remote roles, you can check out our current openings here. Don’t forget to include details of any certifications you’ve earned with your application.

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