By Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera
Demand for industry certification exams, especially in the IT field, continues to grow. These certifications can help serve as proof of a specific skill set, with individuals reporting greater confidence, earnings, and career advancement following a successful exam.
This quarter, we introduced new content from industry partners to help learners develop the right skills and prepare for these exams, in topics ranging from cloud computing and cybersecurity to computer-aided design (CAD) and bookkeeping. In addition to new courses and Specializations, several industry partners have recently launched special offers for learners on Coursera to more easily and affordably access certification exams and, in turn, boost their careers.
Certified in Cybersecurity Specialization from (ISC)²
This beginner, five-course Specialization takes about eight months to complete with one hour of coursework per week. Throughout the Specialization, learners explore cybersecurity foundations and prepare for the Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level exam.
Cybersecurity Attack and Defense Fundamentals Specialization from EC-Council
This beginner, three-course Specialization takes about five months to complete with five hours of coursework per week. It helps learners build competencies in Ethical Hacking Essentials (EHE), Network Defense Essentials (NDE), and Digital Forensics Essentials (DFE). These courses are designed for anyone interested in entering or advancing in the cybersecurity field.
IT & Engineering
This beginner certificate is designed to be completed in about four months at about four hours of work per week, and prepares learners for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam. Learners who complete the AWS certificate on Coursera are eligible¹ to receive 25% off the AWS exam, which is typically priced at $150. According to a 2022 survey, AWS certification helped workers boost their earnings, confidence, and influence among coworkers.
Introduction to Solid Edge from Siemens
This beginner course can be completed in under 10 hours and helps learners practice and prepare for the Solid Edge Associate Level certification exam. In addition to preparing for the exam, this course exposes learners to the foundations of computer-aided design (CAD) in 2D and 3D environments with the Siemens Solid Edge software.
Intuit Bookkeeping Professional Certificate from Intuit
Since this entry-level certificate launched last year, it has taught thousands of learners the core skills needed for an entry-level bookkeeping role, including learners like Nickkole and Viviana. Now, after learners have explored bookkeeping foundations through the certificate on Coursera, they can take the Intuit Academy Bookkeeping certification exam for free ($149 value). Upon successful completion of the exam, learners will receive a badge that can be shared with employers.
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¹ A limited number of vouchers are available to learners. Terms and conditions apply.