Browse Definitions :

Getty Images

11 online cryptocurrency and NFT courses for all skill levels

The cryptocurrency market is new and continues to change. There are online cryptocurrency courses for all skills levels to stay on top of trends and improve general knowledge.

More and more people and businesses are turning to digital wallets, blockchain technology, and NFT and Bitcoin investments. But this new technology also comes with a learning curve.

Cryptocurrency is an encrypted digital currency that doesn't rely on financial institutions for transactions. Using blockchain technology, peer-to-peer transactions are stored and recorded on a public ledger.

Businesses are also turning to blockchain technology for operations and sharing data. Blockchain technology is suitable for decentralized businesses where multiple parties need the same data. Blockchain also prevents users from changing details within the data. For example, healthcare industries use blockchain to share patient health records privately.

However, most people lack general knowledge of cryptocurrency and its technology. Two-thirds of Americans do not invest in cryptocurrency because they lack knowledge, according to a survey from NORC at the University of Chicago.

Whether someone wants to advance their career to stay on top of cryptocurrency investments, online courses can help. Here are some to check out.

1. The Complete Cryptocurrency Course

Course details: Learn about blockchain and cryptocurrency, including mining, investing and trading. This course will also discuss investing mistakes, learning the warning signs of scams, discovering the next great cryptocurrency, keeping investments safe in digital wallet and reading charts.

Prerequisites: There is no prior technology, Excel, cryptocurrency or accounting experience required for this course. Excel 2013 or newer is recommended.

Cost: $129.99

Approximate course length: 20+ hours


2. The Complete Cryptocurrency Investment Course

Course details: Learn more about cryptocurrency investment, including details about:

  • blockchain
  • buying coins on different exchanges
  • managing advanced portfolio techniques with passive and active investing
  • determining allocations
  • securing investments
  • increasing the reward-to-risk ratio on investments

Attendees will also watch live examples of how to buy, store and transfer cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and altcoins.

Prerequisites: Investment or cryptocurrency knowledge is required. 

Cost: $84.99

Approximate course length: 12.5 hours


3. FinTech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technology Specialization

Course details: As part of this four-course series from the University of Pennsylvania, learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain in the financial world, investing in products with modern theories and learning about regulatory issues. Take all four courses or choose one or more in any order. The four courses include:

  1. FinTech: Foundations, Payments and Regulations. Learn modern investment strategies using FinTech.
  2. Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: An Introduction to Digital Currencies. Discover how to invest in cryptocurrency.
  3. Lending, Crowdfunding and Modern Investing. Learn how to use crowdfunding and marketplace lending for investments.
  4. Application of AI, InsurTech and Real Estate Technology. Find out how machine learning and AI are used with InsurTech and real estate technology.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but general knowledge of financial services and products is recommended.

Cost: $79 monthly subscription

Approximate course length: Four months (one hour per week)


4. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

Course details: Offered through Princeton University, this course focuses on the technical level of Bitcoin. Learn how Bitcoin works with decentralization, what makes it different, how to secure it and how its price is determined. Instructors will also discuss regulations and the future. Find out how to use secure software when interacting with trading networks and how to use Bitcoin in various projects.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but general knowledge of investments is recommended.

Approximate course length: 23 hours

Cost: Free


5. Introduction to Blockchain

Course details: Learn more about blockchain and the decentralized digital payment system of Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrency. Industry leaders from IBM will discuss ways to use the different types of blockchain technology globally. Students will also learn how assets are moved on the network and how to create Bitcoin wallets, smart contracts and distributed ledger systems.

Prerequisites: None

Approximate course length: Three weeks (three to four hours per week)

Cost: Free. Optional upgrades for $149 include unlimited access to materials, a shareable certificate and graded exams and assignments.


The four types of blockchain technology include public, private, hybrid and consortium.
There are four types of blockchain technology.

6. Blockchain Fundamentals Professional Certificate

Course details: Discover the specifics of Bitcoin to understand applications and how to implement an enterprise blockchain system. Instructors from the University of California, Berkeley will also discuss cryptocurrency regulation, implications of anonymity and what the future holds. Other more in-depth presentations include creating smart contracts, alternative algorithms and understanding scaling and other struggles with blockchain.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites except for general knowledge of investments.

Approximate course length: Three months (three to five hours per week)

Cost: $198


7. Introduction to Trading with Technical Analysis Certificate

Course details: Technical analysis defines financial market conditions with data and forecasts the upcoming trends. Using this analysis is helpful for day trading, managing retirement accounts and preparing reports on possible market gains. Learn the fundamentals of when to buy and sell in the cryptocurrency market with this course.

Prerequisites: None

Approximate course length: Three months (two to three hours per week)

Cost: $498


8. Blockchain and FinTech: Basics, Applications and Limitations

Course details: Presenters will focus on blockchain technology's opportunities, limitations and applications with a focus on its relation to finance. Other topics include ledger technology, blockchain applications across multiple industries and cryptographic technology.

Prerequisites: None

Approximate course length: Six weeks (three to four hours per week)

Cost: Free. Optional upgrades for $199 include unlimited access to materials, a shareable certificate and graded exams and assignments.


9. The Complete NFT Course

Course details: NFTs are constantly changing. Learn more about this trend such as how to buy, sell and create NFTs. This course will also cover topics such as smart contracts, blockchain, NFT marketplaces, NFT minting, cryptocurrency wallets, NFT scams and evaluating projects. Discover how to use NFTs for business across various industries in addition to personal investments.

Prerequisites: None

Approximate course length: Five hours

Cost: $24.99


10. Advanced Certificate in Blockchain Technology

Course details: Become a blockchain developer and learn to code blockchain and build smart contracts. Skills learned in this course include Ethereum, distributed application development, Hyperledger fabric and back-end development. This course is for developers and IT professionals that want to advance their career and learn blockchain technology.

Program prerequisites: A bachelor's degree with 50% passing grades is required. Coding experience is not required.

Approximate course length: 7.5 months (12-15 hours per week)

Cost: $1,999


11. Certified Cryptocurrency Expert (CCE)

Course details: Blockchain Council offers the CCE certification for those wanting expert-level knowledge of cryptocurrencies and digital assets applications and development. Learn about cryptocurrency trading, technical analysis, legality and taxation, cryptocurrency mining and avoiding cryptocurrency scams.

Prerequisites: None

Approximate course length: Four hours

Cost: $149


Next Steps

NFT wash trading explained

Proof of work vs. proof of stake: What's the difference?

Dig Deeper on Certifications

  • firewall as a service (FWaaS)

    Firewall as a service (FWaaS), also known as a cloud firewall, is a service that provides cloud-based network traffic analysis ...

  • private 5G

    Private 5G is a wireless network technology that delivers 5G cellular connectivity for private network use cases.

  • NFVi (network functions virtualization infrastructure)

    NFVi (network functions virtualization infrastructure) encompasses all of the networking hardware and software needed to support ...

  • cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting internet-connected systems such as hardware, software and data from cyberthreats.

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a symmetric block cipher chosen by the U.S. government to protect classified ...

  • operational risk

    Operational risk is the risk of losses caused by flawed or failed processes, policies, systems or events that disrupt business ...

  • Risk Management Framework (RMF)

    The Risk Management Framework (RMF) is a template and guideline used by companies to identify, eliminate and minimize risks.

  • robotic process automation (RPA)

    Robotic process automation (RPA) is a technology that mimics the way humans interact with software to perform high-volume, ...

  • spatial computing

    Spatial computing broadly characterizes the processes and tools used to capture, process and interact with three-dimensional (3D)...

  • OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)

    OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) encourage companies to set, communicate and monitor organizational goals and results in an ...

  • cognitive diversity

    Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives ...

  • reference checking software

    Reference checking software is programming that automates the process of contacting and questioning the references of job ...

Customer Experience
  • martech (marketing technology)

    Martech (marketing technology) refers to the integration of software tools, platforms, and applications designed to streamline ...

  • transactional marketing

    Transactional marketing is a business strategy that focuses on single, point-of-sale transactions.

  • customer profiling

    Customer profiling is the detailed and systematic process of constructing a clear portrait of a company's ideal customer by ...