If you’re considering a career as a UX professional—or building on your existing skills—you may have considered earning a UX certification. Although there’s a lot you can learn on the job and through independent study, there are benefits to more in-depth courses that go beyond general introductions to the field and expand more on new skills, best practices, emerging trends, tools, and technologies.
We’ve got some great suggestions to help you further build your human-centered design skills and knowledge, and continue to grow your career in the field of UX. While some students seek a more formal UX master's degree program, for many, a certification program will provide the perfect balance of experience, networking, and education.
Below are thirteen of our top picks for UX certification programs to help you take your career to the next level. To help you sort through your options, courses are organized by time commitment, starting with full-time and long-term courses and immersive programs, followed by part-time/self-paced and short-term courses.
The User Experience Certification Program is an exam-based program—perfect for anyone who’d like to demonstrate their UX skills or gain additional skills in a new specialty or focus.
The UX Master Certification is geared toward more experienced UX professionals who are interested in expanding their skills and knowledge base.
More information: NN/g has suggested course paths depending on your current skill level, and specialty tracks that include Interaction Design, Mobile and Multi-Channel UX, UX Research, or Web Design.
If you want to jump-start your transition into a role as a UX designer and have the ability to commit full-time for ten weeks, this course is a great way to quickly learn from top practitioners, build your portfolio, and even find a job once you complete this UX design course!
More information: General Assembly is an education startup that focuses on technology, design, and entrepreneurship. The UX program covers a lot of ground—from user research and information architecture to design and interaction.
HFI offers two tracks depending on where professionals are at in their UX career. For those just starting out, the Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) track will help teach the skills needed to grow and advance in the field.
The Certified User Experience Analyst (CXA) track is for more experienced professionals who want to learn more advanced skills.
More information: HFI is a consulting firm that specializes in user experience. Training is one way they deliver on helping companies grow UX strategies and teams.
Relevant to anyone interested in bringing the concepts of user-centered experience to their job.
More information: the courses focus on user-centered design that can apply to many areas of expertise. Note non-California residents may be eligible under special circumstances. You can learn more here.
A course designed for both experienced and beginning professionals.
More information: credits can be transferred and applied to the school’s Masters in Human Factors in Information Design. You would need to apply and be accepted into Bentley’s McCallum Graduate School of Business.
This evening graduate course is great for anyone who wants to enhance their skills in UX research and design.
More information: successful completion of the certificate course will earn students graduate credit that can be applied to the Master of Science in Human-Centered Design and Engineering.
This online UX certification is great for anyone with basic UX skills who wants to build up their portfolio and gain a solid foundation in UX that they can immediately utilize in their current roles, or use to pursue more advanced roles.
More information: online courses in this certificate are led by live instructors, but students can access lectures according to their own schedules.
This course is perfect for aspiring UX/UI designers who possess a working knowledge of UX principles and want to build their portfolio to enhance their existing career or seek out new roles in the field.
More information: credit is recorded as continuing education units (CEU) which are standard measurements for non-degree learning. However, they can’t be applied to a degree. This program is also part of CalJOBS which provides employment training for adults and dislocated workers.
With three certificates to choose from, these courses work no matter where someone is at in their career.
More information: Dr. Susan Weinschenk, known as The Brain Lady, has designed a program combines practical ideas and examples based on scientific research on brain and behavioral science, that help professionals apply psychology to design and experience. Course topics cover User research and user testing, conceptual model design, detailed interaction design, designing for engagement, design thinking, lean UX, and agile UX.
This fully-online program is designed for working professionals to give them the advantage they need to get ahead in the growing field of UX. The program emphasizes interaction design, information architecture, and usability analysis.
More information: students must complete a Hypermedia Proficiency Examination before starting the certificate program. If not, students can complete an introduction to web development.
This course is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have the time or budget for more in-depth courses, but still wants to get a solid foundation in UX, gain experience, and build a portfolio in just a few weeks.
More information: this course offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there’s very little risk-taking this course!
This certification is great for folks who want a real-world experience that employers want and need. This course is taught by industry experts that provide one-on-one mentoring to provide guidance throughout the course and help build a strong portfolio.
More information: CareerFoundry has an impressive job placement rate—96% of eligible alumni. They’re so confident that you’ll find a job upon completion of this certification that they guarantee that you’ll get a job within six months, or they’ll refund the cost of the course.
As CX becomes more and more of a household name, there will likely be more offerings for certification, but for now, the most reputable customer experience courses are offered by CCXP. This certification is for anyone wishing to enhance their customer-centered focus and earn one of the industry’s only CX designations, CCXP.
More information: for more information on the exam format, required competencies, and exam testing locations, visit the CCXP Resources page.
Even if you’re not ready to head back to school, we still have plenty of free resources to help broaden your UX and CX knowledge! Check out these resources below to learn more and good luck with your studies!
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