Upskill During Quarantine

Posted by nroames on May. 18, 2020  /  Education  /   0

Upskill During Quarantine

Looking for ways to improve your skills during quarantine? We have assembled a collection of free and paid certifications we thought you might be interested in.

First let’s look at the free certifications and courses:

Cvent is offering their full suite of certifications for free. You have to sign up by May 30th for the free certification. This is available to event planners, suppliers and students! Cvent has extended the free registration to August 31st
Cvent Certifications

Are you involved with event marketing? Hubspot offers free certifications in inbound marketing, content marketing and social media strategy, among others.
Hubspot Certifications

While MPI Academy certifications are not free, they are offering free access to their entire academy of sessions.
MPI Academy

PSAV doesn’t have a certification connected to it, but their free Professional Edge series is worth the watch for education value.
PSAV Professional Edge

Another course for event marketers is the EventBrite Event Marketing Course and Certification. It is slightly older, but it is free!
EventBrite Event Marketing Course and Certification

PMI offers a variety of free resources, virtual events and even a sneak peak of new digital offerings to help you connect with the global community, build skills and prepare to advance in a post-COVID-19 world.
PMI Virtual Resource Hub

Microsoft offers free online courses to advance your computing skills. There is everything from excel data analysis to python.  The courses are free, but the certification has a fee.
Microsoft free online courses

Google Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Course covers the basics of digital marketing. Packed full of practical exercises and real-world examples.
Google Fundamentals of Digital Marketing

Interested in learning the basic and advanced features for google analytics?
Google Analytics Academy

Paid Options:
When it comes to paid options, we have plenty! We won’t go into detail on the common ones like CGMP, CMP, CMM, CEM, etc. Let’s look at digital certifications and the unique ones you may not have looked at before.

First, two digital certifications exist. One from PCMA and one from MPI.  The PCMA course has been around for several years and the MPI course is new and offered in conjunction with the Event Leadership Institute.

Digital Event Strategist PCMA’s DES Online Course is a seven-week, interactive program teaching you how to strategically plan, produce and measure digital and hybrid (in-person and digital) events. Take the live, seven-week, interactive program, or the self-paced course that best fits your schedule. Following the course, the candidate must pass the DES exam to earn the credential.

Virtual Event & Meeting Management Program This course is designed for industry professionals who are looking to build on their existing event management skillset and experience by learning the fundamentals needed to plan and manage virtual events.

Other Options:
Hootsuite Academy offers multiple certifications ranging from a Standard Hootsuite Platform Certification to Advanced Social Advertising Certification. This is a great fit for planners who manage multiple social media channels.

Digital Marketing Certification The Digital Marketing Pro program leverages the power of partnership between the AMA and the Digital Marketing Institute to help you get world-class learning and dual digital marketing certification credentials.

eCornell Cornell University’s online learning platform, eCornell, delivers online professional certificate programs to individuals and organizations around the world. The certificate programs are personally developed by Cornell faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics, including leadership and management, marketing and technology, human resources, healthcare, hospitality, and more.

Don’t forget that LinkedIn also offers a variety of certifications: LinkedIn Learning Certifications

If you have any others that you have seen or heard of, and would love to share to our community, let us know!  Quarantine or no quarantine, never stop learning and growing!

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