Blockchain Foundations

Blockchain Foundations

Blockchain Foundations

Educate and empower yourself to confidently advise your career, clients, and colleagues about digital asset technologies.

The Blockchain Foundations course introduces the world of blockchain, bitcoin, and distributed ledgers. You will learn the basics, look at how blockchain works, explore Bitcoin, review blockchain’s brief and fascinating history, and show you the practical usage of this technology. The objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation for those looking to gain a deeper understanding and learn how it will affect nearly all business areas. With a firm focus on, but not entirely limited to, the finance industry, we will look at use cases already in the market and emerging use cases to alter how we operate businesses and safeguard our personal information.

Questions We’ll Explore:

  • How does blockchain work?
  • What is mining and hashing?
  • Do digital wallets differ in their capabilities?
  • How will smart contracts change how we operate?
  • What are the nuances with Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid and Permissioned vs. Permissionless blockchains?
  • What are the different types of consensus, and how does the consensus mechanism differ from protocol to protocol?

Courses in this Certificate Program

  • 6 Total Hours
  • OnDemand: 6 Hours
  • Optional Live: 2+ Hours
  • Free with NDF Access
Courses in this ProgramHours Delivery Method
Student Orientation1 HourLive Online (Optional)
Blockchain Foundations6 Hours OnDemand - Instructor Supported
Live Instructor AMA - bi-monthly1 Hours+Live Online (Optional)

Upcoming LIVE Instruction Dates

There are no upcoming events.

Blockchain Foundations Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this intensive program, participants will be able to:

Explore the origins of blockchain and understand how the technology will disrupt many industries

Position your mindset to the web3 way of operating online;

Comprehend and articulate blockchain applications, or DApps (decentralized applications);

Course and tuition credit towards advanced blockchain Certification tracks.

Certificate of Completion – Blockchain Foundations – 6 Hours

35% Focus Area Certification Exam Competencies for:

  • Web3 Foundations Level 1 Certification
  • Certifying Body: Web3 Certification Board (W3CB)

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No prior blockchain or computer programming experience is required. A 10th-grade reading and math proficiency is recommended.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in learning about Web3, blockchain, and distributed ledger technology.

Blockchain Foundations Course Content

Module 1: Blockchain Background and Basics

  • Blockchain History
  • How Blockchain Works
  • What are the Properties of a Blockchain?

Module 2: Different Types of Blockchains

  • Private vs. Public Blockchains
  • Permissioned vs. Permissionless
  • Public vs. Private vs Hybrid Discussion

Module 3: Consensus

  • Consensus Mechanisms
  • Consensus Protocols – 14 examples

Module 4: Cryptography and Hashing

  • Machine/Mathematical Cryptography
  • Hash Function Properties

Module 5: Smart Contracts

  • Intensive Smart Contracts
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Smart Contracts
  • Blockchain Oracles

Module 6: Blockchain Wallets

Module 7: Pros and Cons

Module 8: Public Blockchain-Based Applications

Module 9: Blockchain and Crypto Regulation

  • Regulatory Opportunity and Challenges
  • Global Regulations
  • Regulatory View of Bitcoin

Module 10: Regulatory Reporting

Module 11: Distributed Autonomous Organizations

  • The DAO – Distributed Autonomous Organization
  • The DAO Attack – Legal and Other Issues

Module 12: Blockchain Today

Module 13: The Trilemma

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Program Info

  • Dates: Rolling Enrollment
  • Location: OnDemand & LIVE Online
  • Tuition: Free - Join NDF
  • No Tuition Assistance Available
  • 6 Total Hours
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Additional Information

  • Module Quizzes and Knowledge Checks
  • Guest Lectures & Networking
  • Student Orientation
  • LIVE Online Instructor AMAs
  • Certification Exam Prep

Certification Competencies

The material covered in this course contributes to 35% of the Focus Areas as defined in the Web3 Certification Association (W3CB) Web3 Foundations Level 1 Certification Exam Competencies.

Review all W3CB Focus Areas – Web3 Foundations Certification Exam.

Certification Tracks

This Course is included in the following Certification Career Tracks:



  • AI Essentials
  • Web3 Foundations
  • Blockchain Foundations
  • Blockchain & Bitcoin Intensive
  • Exam Voucher: W3CB Web3 Foundations Level 1 Certification Exam (v2023) Voucher.

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