Is it worth getting a verified certificate for the Harvard CS50 course on edX?

I’ve decided to do the Harvard CS50 course on edX. They offer a verified certificate of completion for $90. Considering that most employers in this field are typically more concerned with your skills and what you can actually do over education, I’m wondering if having the (verified) cert on my portfolio and LinkedIn will do anything at all to help get a job faster or a better job? Worth getting or not?


Worth getting IMHO shows that your an autodidact and take your education seriously.

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I enrolled for a course (with cert) two days ago, just because I always had a dream to have a college education in computer science. But I haven’t paid certificate yet. Also want to know is it worth to get formal certificate?

Except that I can still put that I did it on my resume and profile if I want to. I just won’t have the actual certificate to prove it – but I’ve never been asked to show my university degree to anyone either. :wink:

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learning is the value there. the cert isnt worth anything.


Short answer: not worth the cash. Long answer: Companies aren’t looking for certificates. What sets FCC apart isn’t their certificates, it’s what you have to complete in order to earn the certificate, the PORTFOLIO. That is the only thing that matters for employment, it really is that simple!


I wouldn’t, but take the course, by all means.

This is one place where coders have it all over other types of IT workers. In my own field of network engineering, I’m required to take and maintain a variety of certifications. These are time-consuming to study for (just working in the field 8 hours a day doesn’t prepare you for them, strangely enough) and they are expensive. In my experience they have very little to do with the job.

On the other hand, no one in software seems to care what certs you have, if any. They look at your resume, your portfolio, and maybe give you a coding test, though even those are falling out of favor.

It’s all about what you know, which is exactly how it should be.

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Me too @slocodemonkey, I’m a network engineer also. It’s so annoying that they expire too. Cost a fortune. Last 3 years.

It seems so refreshing to me in this field not to have to have a cert to prove one can do a good job