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You can find online courses for everything from how to buy a car to how to invest in the stock market. Naturally, cryptocurrency is no exception. 

But there are some caveats to consider before you opt into a course on the latest investing trends. If you’re going to pay anyone for financial advice, make sure you know exactly what resources and education you’re getting, especially for an industry as new and dynamic as cryptocurrency. In general and with crypto, it’s a good idea to stick with conventional financial advisors who have a certified financial planning (CFP) certification.

Cryptocurrency courses can range from high-level overviews of blockchain technology to in-the-weeds explainers about how to trade altcoins. We don’t think either of these approaches is where beginner crypto investors should start.

That’s because there’s plenty of free cryptocurrency information that gives beginning investors what they need to understand the market and how crypto can fit into their portfolio.

“ The crypto world, by definition, is an open architecture. Most information is free,” says Theresa Morrison, a CFP with the Beckett Collective.