With school season back into full swing, those looking for Bitcoin-specific education worry not. With more top universities and colleges starting to offer Bitcoin and other digital currency-related courses, it is easier for individuals to be professionally recognized in a format that everyone is familiar with. Whether it is regarding mining, internal workings, or the blockchain, there are a broad variety of topics to focus on.
The courses are good for everyone regardless of experience level, and can be used as a refresher for those that are more knowledgeable, or as an introductory course into which one builds a solid foundation on. Here are five resources that allow you to educate yourself on Bitcoin.
1. MSc in Digital Currency
The first one on the list has arguably made the most headlines, with Bitcoin experts like Andreas Antonopolous and Antonis Polemitis teaching the class. Hosted by the University of Nicosia, this free introductory course is taught online, with the only prerequisite being that one must be proficient enough in English to understand the lessons and complete the exercises. If one continues to pursue the MSc in Digital Currency that Nicosia offers, they will just continue where the introduction course stops.
Anyone interested in perhaps pursuing the degree at a later time will receive credits towards completion of the master’s degree. The 13- to 18-month program one must complete for receiving the MSc costs around $13,100. Not only that, but students receive a 5 percent discount when paying through Bitcoin as a bonus.
2. Certified Bitcoin Professional
The second is less of an educational resource, and more of a certification site. Created by the Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium, A Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP) “have professional working knowledge in 33 topics which covers six domains of Bitcoin knowledge.” The certification page goes on to say that the following careers would benefit from CBP certification, but as Bitcoin becomes more integrated into society, the list will undoubtedly grow:
- Anyone who uses Bitcoin in their daily lives Accountants and Controllers
- Sales & Marketing professionals
- Professors, Teachers, and Educators
- IT Professionals
- Call Centre Representatives
- Project Managers
- Anyone who uses Bitcoin in their daily lives
3. Coursera’s “Bitcoin and Cryptocurency Technologies”
One of the most recent courses to be made available to the public, Princeton University has released a free online course on Coursera titled “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies.” Taught by Arvind Narayanan, an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton, the focus of the course is to “understand how Bitcoin works at a technical level.” Courses start next month in September.
4. Stanford’s “Bitcoin Engineering”
Another course offered by a widely recognized University, Stanford’s Bitcoin course, titled “Bitcoin Engineering,” focuses more on building essential services, but with a Bitcoin twist. Educating students in programming micropayment services that take advantage of Bitcoin, or developing Bitcoin-monetized social media services, the class is taught by the CEO of 21, Balaji S. Srinivasan, and Dan Boneh, professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The course ended March of this year, but they are gauging interest for an MOOC version of the course later this year.
5. Udemy’s course on Bitcoin
Arguably the most comprehensive and community-involved course, this free Udemy course was made by Draper University and Zapchain. With the goal to understand Bitcoin as both technology and currency at a high level, the course is structured out with an instructor first teaching a topic at a high level, followed by an interview with experts that will add further depth to enhance the learning experience. With 53 Lectures and 7 hours of video, the course is perfect for beginners and could be used as a launch pad for the aforementioned CBP certification or MSc in Digital Currency.
In Bitcoin’s current state, there is no gold standard regarding Bitcoin certification or courses to take; experience still reigns supreme and probably will for the foreseeable future. However, classes and resources like the ones listed above are helpful in allowing beginners or the curious in acquiring knowledge in a convenient way.