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Join a learning program

If you've been invited to join your company's learning program, you’ll either get:

  • An email invitation
  • A direct link from your administrator (often through your learning management system)

You'll need to follow the link in the email or from your administrator to begin setting up your account with this learning program. You'll also need to confirm your email address before you're able to join groups and programs. 

Creating a new Coursera account

  1. Click on your company’s invitation, click JOIN NOW.
  2. Browse for a course or Specialization you are interested in joining and click START
  3. Add an alternative email and create a new Coursera password, click SIGN UP

Use a Coursera account you already have

If you already have a Coursera account, you can link your company account to your existing account when you accept your invitation (this can be done with or without single sign on - for more information on SSO, see below).

Connecting your accounts lets you:

  • Keep all your Course Certificates in one account even if you leave your company's learning program
  • Log in with your original Coursera account to access your learning program.

To connect your accounts:

  • If the invitation is sent to your existing email, you'll be prompted to enter in your existing password.
  • If the invitation is sent to an new email, you'll need to click Connect your existing account after you accept your invitation by following these instructions:
    • Make sure you are not logged into Coursera already (clear your cache and cookies or try an incognito or private browser)
    • Click on your company’s invitation, click JOIN NOW.
    • Browse for a course or Specialization you are interested in joining and click START
    • On the "SET UP YOUR ACCOUNT" screen, click LINK YOUR ACCOUNT
    • Enter the email address and password associated with your existing Coursera account
    • Click LOGIN

This will connect your learning program to your personal email account. You can then keep all your Course Certificates in one account even if you leave your company's learning program. 

You can also ask your program administrator to send an invitation to the email address you're already using for Coursera. In this case, you will be prompted to enter your password connected to your existing email. 

If you miss the step to link your accounts from your invitation, you can delete your second account and ask your administrator to invite you to the program again. Then you can log in with your original Coursera account to access your learning program. If you have already made progress with your second account, that progress will be deleted when you delete that account.

Connect accounts with course progress

If you create two different Coursera accounts with two different email addresses, you won't be able to combine them later, after you've earned a Course Certificate or made progress in a course.

Missing email invitations

If you're missing an email invitation to join your company's learning program, ask your program administrator to send you another invitation email.

Single Sign-on

Some companies use single sign-on, or SSO, to connect with Coursera. This lets you make a new account or connect an existing Coursera account to your company’s learning program while you login with your company credentials. Follow steps on how to use SSO to log in with your Coursera for Business account.

 


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