The main difference is that the courses grant a certification of completion. The courses that we offer include the certifications to validate and document your knowledge. The structured path helps you prepare for the exam, which is taken at the end of the course. The learning materials for the courses and tutorials are the same.
The tutorials are freely available at www.w3schools.com.
When you complete the course requirements, including the final exam, you will get a certification of completion. Getting a certificate proves your commitment to improving your skills.
If you are confident in your skills already and have followed the free tutorials you can also enrol directly to complete the final exam for the same certification here: https://courses.w3schools.com/browse/certifications
Our certificates are not meant to replace formal higher education but provide a cheaper, convenient way of documenting your skills. We cannot guarantee that the certifications will get you a job. We would recommend that you work on a portfolio showcasing your skills that you can present during interviews. This, in addition to certificates, will help any employer to judge your skills and commitment.