Ethereum

Best Ethereum/ Solidity Courses ranked by FinTech Consultants (2021)

In FinTech by Gaurav SharmaUpdated On:

Ethereum

Ethereum is one of the most promising applications of the blockchain technology. It is one of the largest general purpose blockchains out there with 200,000 active developers and over 1,400 projects. That is a lot of firepower and it is propelling Ethereum interest to new heights. It’s not just individual developers o indie teams either – big companies are jumping onto the bandwagon as well.

Despite this huge interest, or rather because of it, a massive skill shortage in Ethereum, Solidity and Smart contract development has arisen. Ethereum is just going strong with Ethereum 2.0 being launched in Dec 2020 and the future is undeniably bright for skilled developers in this field.

If that doesn’t get you excited about Ethereum and smart contracts, then nothing will! If you are keen on diving into this field – either as a developer or just as an enthusiast – the following courses should help you get started. This is a list of my top picks followed by detailed reviews:

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1. Certified Ethereum Expert from Blockchain CouncilPreview/ Enroll Now
2. Blockchain Specialization from the University at Buffalo & SUNYPreview/ Enroll Now
3. Ethereum Blockchain Developer Bootcamp With SolidityPreview/ Enroll Now
4. Certified Solidity Developer from Blockchain CouncilPreview/ Enroll Now

1. Certified Ethereum Expert from Blockchain Council

Why take this certification?

  1. This is a custom-built certification focused on training Ethereum experts who can develop decentralised applications. Unlike most other courses, this one is specifically about Ethereum and its use cases so if you are looking for something that is laser focused, this is a great place to start.
  2. The training program focuses on providing a complete understanding of the Ethereum blockchain, how smart contracts work, how decentralised applications work, use cases of the Ethereum blockchain, business applications, introduction to DAO, Solidity basics and so on.
  3. On successful completion of the course and clearing the multiple-choice exam, you get Certified Ethereum Expert™ Certification that should go a long way in establishing your credibility with any potential clients or employers.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: About 5 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • Recommended for Ethereum programmers, developers, engineers and applications architects.

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2. Blockchain Specialization from the University at Buffalo & SUNY

Why take this certification?

  1. This blockchain specialisation specifically focuses on smart contracts and decentralised applications (DApps). The University at Buffalo/ State University of New York have created an engaging course that is appropriate for beginners and advanced developers alike.
  2. You start with blockchain basics that lays the foundation of the essential concepts of the Ethereum protocol. You quickly move on to smart contracts where you will learn to design, code, deploy, and execute a smart contract. You will use Solidity language for this and should be able to crate powerful smart contracts that can result in autonomous, efficient and transparent systems.
  3. Next, you focus on developing end-to-end decentralised applications (DApps) that provide users access to blockchain features and services. From the front-end client interface to the blockchain powered back-end, it’s all in here.
  4. There is a lot of other value-added stuff in here as well and a hand son project a the end before you earn your certificate

Summary

  • Time to Complete: About 60 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • Recommended for users at all skill levels.

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3. Ethereum Blockchain Developer Bootcamp With Solidity

Why take this course?

  1. This is a very beginner friendly course that should take you from A to Z when it comes to solidity programming and cover everything in between.
  2. The course covers core concepts like solidity programming, blockchain technology, how smart contracts work, Ethereum’s core dev tools, development functions, decentralized tech, solidity code structure, and applying this concepts to your projects
  3. There are several projects that are part of the course and that should help you cement your learning. This is in addition to 13+ hours of videos, 22 articles and other resources to help you along. This is a nice package that should fast track your blockchain development career.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: 13 hours of videos plus several projects and articles that should keep you busy for a while.
  • Available fully online and on-demand. Complete at your own pace.
  • A solid beginner friendly course suitable for most blockchain developers interested in Ethereum and Solidity.

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4. Certified Solidity Developer from Blockchain Council

Why take this certification?

  1. Solidity is an object-oriented programming language used to build and deploy smart contracts especially on Ethereum based applications. Anyone looking to get into Ethereum based app development, needs to understand Solidity and be able to deploy it. And this is one of the best courses to learn that skill.
  2. The training program starts with an exhaustive introduction to blockchain and Ethereum but the real essence of the course lies in its exploration of Solidity. You learn the nitty gritty like solidity variables, functions, operators, inheritance, function calls and all other concepts that are part of the OOP language. By the end of this course, you would have mastered the core concepts of the Solidity language.
  3. This certification is also laser focused on Solidity and smart contract development and that focus is what gives it value.  This is an in-demand skill to have with a shortage of skilled developers and this course should help you start your journey.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: About 4 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • Recommended for smart contract developers, consultants and enthusiasts.

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5. Certified Smart Contract Developer

Why take this certification?

  1. The Smart Contract Developer certification from Blockchain Council is more focused on smart contract applications in various industries. You learn about use cases of smart contracts in healthcare, governance, real estate, automotive sector, supply chain, crowdfunding, self-driving cars, data storage, security, and so on.
  2. There are also several projects that take your learning down to a practical level. Learners will develop and create these smart contract projects that focus on various use cases like report filing systems, buying and selling of smart contracts etc.
  3. Successfully completing the course and the multiple-choice exam will earn you a professional Certified Smart Contract Developer™ certificate that will showcase your expertise in creating and developing smart contracts that allow credible transitions to take place without third party involvement.

Summary

  • Time to Complete: About 4 hours.
  • Available fully online and on-demand.
  • Recommended for smart contract developers, consultants and enthusiasts.

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About the Author

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav started his career as a Corporate and Investment Banking intern at Citi in 2009 and eventually ended up as an Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank’s Wholesale Banking division a few years later. By 2016, Gaurav was consulting FinTech start-ups in London with product development in the institutional banking space. He also advises mid-market Private Equity/ Asset Management firms and Banks in North America and Europe with investments in the financial services and FinTech sector. Gaurav writes on topics ranging from European Union banking regulations and FinTech to Blockchain startups and the inevitable rise of our AI overlords! 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.