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Free Technical Training Resources  

Learning can be cost effective, you just need to discover the right resources based on what you need! If you’re looking for free resources, check out the following Top 10 Favorites to develop your skills!
​1. CompTIA
CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association), is an IT Industry Trade Association with 3,000 academic and training partners spanning the entire information communications and technology (ICT) industry. They are a leading voice for the technology ecosystem. They have initiatives which support ICT professionals, including a growing portfolio of resources in the areas of IT education, IT certification, IT advocacy and IT philanthropy. Their goal is to empower ICT companies and professionals worldwide with knowledge and resources to enhance their businesses and careers. CompTIA offers free webinars and other resources, and certifications which include the A+, Network+, Security+ and more.  As a corporate partner, Apex has access to discounted vouchers for any CompTIA certification. Visit the CompTIA page of the Portal to learn more.  ​
One of the largest online communities for SQL Server professionals, MS SQL Tips provides daily tips and frequent webinars around database development, database administration, and business intelligence.  They also have professional development, educational webcasts and Q&A areas.
Microsoft’s Virtual Academy is a great resource for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of technologies within the Microsoft stack.  Their major concentrations include: Cloud, Mobile, Web, Office 365, C#, VS, Virtualization, Security, Automation, DevOps, Azure, DBA, DB Dev, BI, PowerBI, SQL Server, and Big Data. 
​4. Code Academy
Especially suitable for individuals new to the world of programming, Code Academy teaches you how to make a website. They provide different modules for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python, Ruby, AngularJS, and more!
5. Cybrary
With a focus on Network Administration, System Administration and InfoSec training, Cybrary provides free open-sourced online training. They have training on industry certifications such as MCSA, Linux+, Network+, ITIL, CCNA, CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), Security+, & CISSP, and training around the skill sets of advanced penetration testing and cloud administration. Their content includes a mixture of instructional lectures, interactive lab demonstrations, exam study guides, white papers, case studies and more.​
With thousands of courses from 120+ partners, primarily educational institutions, Coursera offers training on a wide range of topics, from finance, economics and psychology, to Python, Matlab, R Programming, Data Science, the fundamentals of Project Planning and Project Management. 
​7. Salesforce
Trailhead provides guided development for both the administration and development of Salesforce applications. They have training which can help you learn the technology from scratch, as well as a la carte lightning bites on specific pieces of Salesforce, such as Visualforce Basics, Visualforce Mobile and Reports & Dashboards. 
TED Talks were developed based on the concept of sharing and spreading ideas, typically through short, informative, powerful talks. TED Talks cover a wide range of topics (business, technology, global issues, etc.), so there is something for everyone. Most talks are 20 minutes or less, making them easy listening during your commute or when you have a few minutes during the day.
YouTube is a fantastic, free training resource for just about everything.  There are thousands upon thousands of demos, slide decks, full presentations, certification prep, interview guidelines, etc. and the content grows every day.  YouTube has become a great resource for technical training.  ​
10. Lean In is a nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg “to empower all women to achieve their ambitions.”  Their website has lots of short video clips on topics such as Power and Influence, Leadership, Communication, Teams, and more. They also have additional resources, such as discussion guides and recommended reading.  ​
To learn about some additional great resources, view this article from, 8 Free Online Courses to Grow Your Tech Skills.