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Best Blockchain Training Courses and Classes for 2019

Best blockchain training courses

If you want to expand your knowledge of blockchain technology and applications, there are many blockchain courses or classes that you can take. We researched a number of such classes, and here we narrow them down to our top picks.

All of the blockchain courses we’ll discuss here focus on helping you learn more about blockchain technology beyond the fundamentals. This can include learning how to install and manage blockchain systems, learning use cases and business theory, and, in some cases, learning how to code your own apps and blockchains. All of these courses have been reviewed from the standpoint of a reader interested in working as a professional in the field.

Each course is reviewed as either “Developer-Focused” or “Investor-Focused.”

Courses we rate as developer-focused are oriented toward technology and application. They teach you to install and code within the blockchain environment. These courses are best for a reader interested in working in blockchain as a developer.

Investor-focused courses teach business and theory. While they will often discuss technology, they do so from a theoretical standpoint. These courses are best for a reader interested in understanding blockchain from a business perspective.

Investor Focused

Name Description Course Caliber Languages Taught Depth Interactivity Sophistication Score
Oxford Said Blockchain Strategy Programme Investor Focused – This is a business-oriented program run by Oxford University’s Said School of Business. While an outstanding investor-oriented program, it does not teach many technical skills and will not prepare you to be a developer. 5 1 4 5 4 4.25
Princeton University Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies Investor Focused – This program focuses on theoretical architecture and system design in Bitcoin and blockchain. While outstanding for understanding the nature of this technology, it does not teach you to actually program a blockchain. 5 1 3 2 5 3.85
Certified Bitcoin Professional Investor Focused – This program focuses almost exclusively on use cases for cryptocurrency. It is less of a training course than a pure credential, but is administered by an organization with growing credibility. 4 1 4 1 3 3.05
Berkeley Blockchain Fundamentals Investor Focused – This survey course taught by computer science professors from Berkeley covers blockchain theory, use cases, and anticipated future development. Despite its pedigree, readers can likely do better. 5 1 3 3 2 3.4

Developer Focused

Name Description Course Caliber Languages Taught Depth Interactivity Sophistication Score
Udemy Ethereum Blockchain Developer Developer Focused – This online lecture series is run through the website Udemy and teaches you how to develop only for Ethereum. It is best for skilled developers interested in Ethereum. 2 3 1 2 3 2.15
IBM Blockchain Foundation for Developers Developer Focused – This developer-oriented course teaches the basics of how a blockchain functions and how to build one. However, although geared towards coder, it spends almost half of its five-week syllabus on business concepts. 4 2 3 5 2 3.4
Edureka Blockchain Training Developer Focused – This beginners-oriented program promises to have you coding your own blockchain by the end of the course. 3 4 3 5 4 3.6
Cryptozombies Developer Focused – This game-based app teaches you the basics of coding in Ethereum’s proprietary Solidity scripting language. It is a good place to start for beginners. 3 4 3 5 4 3.6
Linux Foundation Blockchain For Business Developer Focused – This course offers a little bit of both. Students learn use cases and blockchain applications as well as how to perform basic installs and build lightweight dapps. 5 3 3 5 3 4.1
Udemy Ethereum and Solidity: The Complete Developer’s Guide Developer Focused – This is a programming-oriented course that promises to teach students how to code with blockchains with training based on the Ethereum platform. However, Udemy has some reputational concerns. 2 4 4 2 4 2.9
Udemy Build a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency From Scratch Developer Focused – This is our final Udemy entry on this list (although their site has many, many more options). This course is a top-to-bottom review of how to build a blockchain. Coding is done in JavaScript. While thorough, and potentially quite useful for a sophisticated audience, readers should treat it as an entry point rather than a complete survey. 2 5 4 3 4 3.15
Blockchain Certification Training Course Developer Focused – This is a survey course that teaches the “core structure and technical mechanisms” of cryptocurrencies and blockchain platforms. Built for developers, it is a good introduction to developing in this field. 3 5 5 5 4 4

Now, for a few words about our selection process…

Coding Counts, Language Doesn’t

Learning to code means learning the ins and outs of programming.

It’s more important that you understand how to think like a coder than that you learn specific languages. Like most modern development, blockchain is spread across a wide variety of languages. Some rely on standard workhorse languages, such as Bitcoin’s C++ codebase. Other projects go out and invent their own programming languages, like Ethereum’s Solidity.

The most important takeaway from any good blockchain course isn’t the language(s) you’ll learn. It’s your ability to learn new ones as a project demands it. So we have not reviewed technical courses for how well they will teach you specific languages, but rather how well they will help you to think like a programmer.

These courses will teach you what you need to understand without pigeonholing you into a niche language you might never need again.

Architecture Is Everything Else

Other than programming, your blockchain course will focus on blockchain architecture, development, and business.

These courses will teach you how blockchain works from a developer’s standpoint. They will teach you about the back-end infrastructure that tokens rely on, how to actually use the public ledger once it’s working, and how to build upon other people’s work. All of this is called “architecture” in development-speak.

It’s basically what you do with that fancy coding language once you understand it.

Finally, readers may notice that we have not included price as one category of our evaluation. This is by design. This article discusses some of the best blockchain courses for people who have a financial interest in this field, such as potential developers or investors. As a result, we did not consider upfront cost the most important factor when compared to getting a better understanding of this field.

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