Microsoft Teams up with freeCodeCamp for Free C# Certification

The certification covers essential concepts, from variables, data types, and control structures to practical software development applications.

In a move to bolster tech and accessibility, has announced a collaboration with freeCodeCamp to launch a free Foundational C# Certification. The initiative aims to provide comprehensive training in C#, a leading language. As highlighted by Katie Savage in the official announcement, “the Foundational C# Certification is completely free, globally available, and includes a full 35-hour C# training course hosted on Microsoft Learn”.

What the Certification Entails

The certification is designed to offer a robust foundation in C#. It meticulously covers essential concepts, from variables, data types, and control structures to practical applications. Beyond just being a badge, this certification wants to verify quality education. Katie Savage emphasized its significance, noting that while no certification can guarantee a job, possessing this in one's portfolio demonstrates dedication and proficiency in C#. Given its comprehensive nature and global accessibility, it's poised to benefit learners worldwide.

Earning the Certification: A Step-by-Step Guide

For those keen on acquiring the certification, the pathway is straightforward:
  1. Begin by navigating to the Foundational C# Certification path on freeCodeCamp.
  2. Delve into the training content listed under ‘Courses'.
  3. Engage with and complete the training modules on Microsoft Learn. For those who've previously finished the training, there's no requirement to revisit.
  4. Post completion of each course, a comprehension check awaits on freeCodeCamp.
  5. Earn trophies on Microsoft Learn at the culmination of each course, with clear instructions provided on freeCodeCamp for claiming and submitting these accolades.
  6. With all training modules done, the final step is the certification exam.

Supplementary Training and Community Engagement

To enhance the learning experience, Microsoft has scheduled six office-hour style sessions from September 20 to October 25, every Wednesday at 2:00 pm UTC. Available on the .NET YouTube channel, these sessions promise insights from expert presenters who will review training content, guide participants through projects, and address queries. In tandem, freeCodeCamp offers a detailed video walkthrough of the certification journey. For those seeking additional support or community engagement, the vibrant freeCodeCamp forum, especially the C# section, is a valuable resource.

Beyond Certification: The C# Challenge

For learners eager to test their skills further, the C# Challenge presents an exciting opportunity The Foundational C# Certification is catering to both novices and seasoned C# professionals. Set to kick off on August 29th, the challenge allows participants to measure their learning trajectory against global peers.