NEAR Certified Developer

2 hours

This course is an opportunity for web developers to earn a Certificate of Completion that represents the ability to design, develop, test and deploy smart contracts on the NEAR platform.

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Course overview

What you'll learn

During this course we will practice:

  • perceiving web 3 in the context of human history
  • reading contract code in Rust and AssemblyScript
  • writing contracts using Rust and AssemblyScript
  • testing contracts using unit and simulation tests
  • deploying contracts and a sensible user interface


Please make sure you are familiar with a few of these basics before the week starts. Although you do not need to be an expert in these technologies, you should have no problem cloning a NodeJS project, downloading its dependencies and running a few scripts.

  • Basic JavaScript client and server-side development
  • Basic terminal control
  • Basic git commands

Working agreement

  • We agree to work in small groups of 3-5 people
  • We agree to complete all activities to the best of our ability
  • We agree to work on building a demo by the end of the day

Exploring Web 3

Learn to read (smart?) contracts in Rust and AssemblyScript, there’s really nothing to it.

Practicing Web 3

Learn to write contracts that control identity and money as the new primitives of web 3

Projects – Part I

Learn to deploy your contracts to TestNet

Projects – Part II

Learn to deploy your contracts to TestNet

Demo Project

Demonstrate your group project in 5-10 minutes

Benefits of this course

Access to fellowship programs

After the course, you can join the NEAR EDU Fellowship program as a Developer in Residence

Access to grants and funding

You can apply for a grant to build out your demo project

Business opportunities

You can start your own business and get funded as part of the Open Web Consortium

Career opportunities

You can find a job in the NEAR Ecosystem

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NEAR Certified Developer II

This course is an opportunity for web developers to earn a Certificate of Completion that represents the ability to design, develop, test and deploy full stack applications on the NEAR platform.


NEAR Certified Instructor

This course prepares ambitious members of the community to design and lead their own courses. At least one other NEAR Certification level is required before attending this course.


See what students are saying

Very, very well explained especially the code examples and the real world examples allows you to relate what you already know to what you are learning.

NEAR Certified Developer

Super nice course. It almost concludes all concept that makes me get into the field fairly quickly.

NEAR Certified Developer

This course was amazing. I knew nothing about blockchain before starting the course. Now I have a good foundational understanding to take the next step in my blockchain journey.

NEAR Certified Developer

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this cost?

Nothing, the course is absolutely free. The only thing you pay is your attention

Do I need to be a software developer to take this course?

Yes, and it won’t be easy – we’ll be moving quickly, no joke

Do I need a Mac?

MacOS and Linux will be the easiest operating systems to use.

Windows may prove challenging but if you’re ok with that, please join us. You should install WSL before we meet since we’ll be using NodeJS applications like NEAR CLI

How do I know if I’m winning?

There’s no such thing as winning here because we’re all lost. Welcome, friend

Do you care if I cheat?

No, in fact cheating is encouraged. Let’s get one thing straight: if you’re serious about learning, the fastest way from here to there is to meet people, ask questions, look at some answers, look at even more answers, copy some examples, break things and finally, if you’re lucky, learn something new.

As long as you’re honest about what you’re doing, you’re always welcome here.

Just don’t take credit for others people’s work because that’s lame

I have zero time for all this. Can I just binge on some deep work on my own?

Hell yes! Contact us to discuss your future project

When moon?!

Please don’t

Let's build the Open Web!

NEAR is secure enough to manage high value assets like money, assets and  identity while being performant and affordable enough to make things useful for everyday people.

Technically speaking, NEAR is a layer 1 smart contract platform (like Ethereum but cheaper and faster) that scales by parallelizing storage and compute using a technique called “sharding”.