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Best Cryptocurrency Courses (2022) ranked by FinTech Experts

In FinTech by Gaurav SharmaUpdated On:

3trillion US dollars. That is the estimated market cap of the cryptocurrency market. Cryptocurrencies are not without fault, but they represent a fundamental shift in how finance is done. If you want to be on the bleeding edge of finance, you at least have to understand them.

I have been analysing and investing in cryptos since 2014. Because of my finance + fintech background, I was even asked to help launch a few ICOs. Most people don’t have that sort of time though. The train is about to leave the station and for many cryptos, it already has. You need to get on board now or you risk losing out.

Full disclosure here, a crypto course will not make you an expert overnight. But it will lay the groundwork. I see so many people on social media who pretend to be crypto experts because they have been at this for years but they still get the fundamentals wrong.  Never invest in things you don’t understand. These courses have been hand-picked to help you do just that – understand the world of cryptocurrencies.


1. Cryptocurrency Certification Program from MIT

Who is this for?

Executives, managers, organizational leaders in financial services, professional services and tech/ IT firms.

Course Review

MIT is a global leader in technical education and right at the forefront of innovation. While part of the mainstream is still scratching their heads about crypto, MIT has gone ahead and created this course to help learners better understand what it is and what it isn’t. The quality of the course is excellent, and so is the personal branding opportunity by earning this certificate.

Learn from the best about how money works, why crypto was created, why it is taking the world by storm, what issues are affecting the payments industry that led to all this. Smart contracts, DApps, ICOs are all covered. I highly suggest you download the course brochure as it really gives you a unique insight into developments at the very bleeding edge of crypto.

Crypto markets, exchanges and trading is also covered in great detail and this should appeal to the traders out there! But my favourite topic is the next one: Assessing the viability of crypto projects. As a banker, assessing projects is what I did my whole career and when I moved to FinTech, it just reinvigorated my interest in the topic.

The last couple of modules will likely appeal to bankers, regulators and other finance professionals. It outlines how central banks, the finance industry, the tech industry and other big players are handling this. Contrary to popular belief, these big companies are now investing heavily in crypto. I have seen hundreds of job postings on the sites of big banks just related to blockchain and crypto!

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Summary

Duration6 week (with 7-10 hours per week)
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelIntermediate

 


2. Certified Cryptocurrency Trader from Blockchain Council

Who is this for?

Crypto traders at all skill levels, crypto enthusiasts, value investors, day traders, crypto analysts and commentators.

Course Review

This course has been designed have you ready to start investing and trading in cryptocurrencies in no time. It is a highly condensed package that gets straight to the point without spending too much time on unrelated crypto concepts or lengthy introductions like some other courses do.

Topic coverage includes all you need to know to start trading cryptos like risk management, crypto market, the trade process, fundamental and technical analysis, derivatives, margin trading, taxation and so on. An essential guide that even experienced traders will find of value. The difficulty curve is smooth as you start with basics and gradually move on to more advanced topics to up your game. Beginner traders might not want to jump too quickly to the more advanced topics which works out just fine as you do get lifetime access to the course!

The best part about this certification is that it will give you the confidence that you know all you need to know before stepping into the world of crypto trading and investment. Most people I talk to are apprehensive because they feel like they are missing something critical. While there are too many factors that determine success, this course is more for making sure you understand the fundamental and the mechanics.

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Summary

Duration6 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelIntermediate

 


3. Online Degree in Cryptocurrency & Trading from Blockchain Council

Who is this for?

A more comprehensive course that goes into more details about how cryptocurrencies work. If you want to trade cryptocurrencies, you must understand them first and this course helps you do both.

Course Review

This is the most holistic cryptocurrency certification on this list. While other certifications focus on just trading, development or other such niches, the CCE certification is a well-rounded option for those who want a bit of both.

The certification is well suited for beginners with little to no knowledge of blockchain. While blockchain is an important fundamental technology, many courses get bogged down in overly technical analysis of blockchain rather than focusing on its applications in cryptocurrencies. This course strikes the right balance.

Relevant topics like crypto pricing, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), crypto mining, hedging, the psychology of trading cryptos, exchanges, strategies and even legalities and taxation is covered. And the most important topic – how to spot scams and protect yourself in this rapidly evolving industry. Essentially everything you need to know to get the ball rolling.

While this certification is suitable for beginners, it also benefits those in banking, consulting, wealth management, business development, and other such roles. No one in the professional world can afford to ignore the impact of these technologies in our daily lives and the way we work.

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Summary

Duration8 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelIntermediate

 


4. The Complete Cryptocurrency Course from Udemy

Course Review

Crypto coursesOne of the most user friendly and popular courses in the world of cryptocurrency. Chris has probably launched a lot of crypto trading careers and this course is as good as it gets. The course material is easily digestible, relevant, and well structured.

The course is divided into 5 main sections about cryptocurrency mining, cryptocurrency investing, cryptocurrency wallets, cryptocurrency exchanges and the creation of a diversified crypto portfolio. It’s a A-to-Z journey and one presented in great style.

There are around 25 hours of videos along with many other helpful materials to help you grasp all the relevant concepts. This is not an academic course, but rather a practical one for average end users. That focus on real-world usage generates interest as users are drawn to practical benefits and crypto strategies that they can implement immediately.

Dozens of cryptocurrencies are covered (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin and many others), along with all the popular trading platforms, wallets, crypto strategies, pitfalls and general tips to help you succeed. By the end of the course, you will know the strengths and weaknesses of each and how, when and where to invest.

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Summary

Duration25-30 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelIntermediate

 


Course Review

INSEAD is one of the leading business schools in Europe and this course is a comprehensive deep dive into how cryptocurrencies work and how they are changing the world. Cryptocurrencies are eventually about the decentralization of finance and the modules of this course synergize well with each other to drive across that point.

Topic coverage mostly focuses on crypto assets and how they are used for storing value and commerce. The instructor also touches upon other applications and business models that are derived from these technologies. Applications go far beyond just commence and into disciplines like cybersecurity, governance, healthcare etc.

The course is suitable for beginners and does not require any prior knowledge. If you are a more advanced user, you might benefit more from the course reviewed  in the prior section. You do get a shareable certificate upon completion though and that is always a nice thing to have on your LinkedIn profile or CV.

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Summary

Duration18-20 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelBeginner

 


6. Build a Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Full-Stack Edition

Course Review

If you are more interested in building a blockchain/ cryptocurrency rather than trading it, then this is the course for you. Some technical experience in web development and programming is required, but the course itself is suitable for beginners.

This course is also good for those who really want to dive deep into how cryptos actually work. Even if you are not interested in creating one of your own, this course will give better insight into how these things actually work. This understanding  will help you evaluate cryptos based on their underlying technical strengths, something that most people have no idea about. While most crypto investors don’t need this level of depth, it is something that the top 1% should look at. I believe it gives you a distinct advantage and I certainly utilize this while investing in stocks, bonds or any other asset class.

You get access to a ~15 hours of videos over a dozen articles and the practical expertise of having created your own blockchain. How many traders can say that they have built their own blockchain?

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Summary

Duration20 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelAdvanced

 


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About the Author

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav started his finance career as an intern in Citi’s Institutional Clients Group in 2009, eventually ending up as an Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank’s Corporate & Institutional Banking division a few years later. By 2016, he was an independent consultant helping FinTech start-ups in London with product development and launch. Gaurav also helps banks with their digital banking initiatives and advises PE & VC firms with investments in the financial services and FinTech sectors. Gaurav writes on topics ranging from EU banking regulations and tradional finance to Blockchain startups and the future of banking itself! He has an Engineering degree in Computer Science and an MBA with a double major in Finance and Marketing. He is also a Certified Financial Risk Manager.