Resources › For Adult Learners Should You Buy a Fake GED or Professional Certificate? Share Flipboard Email Print Daniel Grill / Getty Images For Adult Learners Tips For Adult Students Getting Your Ged By Deb Peterson Education Expert B.A., English, St. Olaf College Deb Peterson is a writer and a learning and development consultant who has created corporate training programs for firms of all sizes. our editorial process Deb Peterson Updated July 29, 2019 You can buy fake certifications for just about anything. There are fake GEDs, continuing education units, massage therapist certificates, hairstylist certificates, accounting, plumbing, even teaching certificates... but should you buy them? It's Not a Good Idea If you want to throw your money away and buy some bad karma to boot, go ahead, but you will only add to the trouble in your life, not solve problems. You will be out $100, or more! You will not have the education to back up this fake diploma. You will not feel any better about your missing accomplishments. You will not fool anybody, especially an employer, and if you do fool them, it won't be for long. If you can't perform the job you got with your fake diploma or certificate, you won't keep the job. You'll likely be shamed and then fired. You also run the risk of being sued, especially if you hurt someone, and you'll be right back where you started, less the money you spent on the fake diploma. Don't be a sucker. Earn your diploma the right way. Earn your certificate the right way; by learning and doing. It doesn't matter if no one ever finds out. You know, and you're the only one who matters. Roadblocks to Going Back to School There are many reasons that going back to school might seem too hard. But there is help out there. You didn't graduate high school. Everyone has to start somewhere, and if your goal is to earn a GED or high school equivalency certificate, congratulations. It's never too late, and this certificate can make a huge difference in your life. Learn more about GED and High School Equivalency.You feel ready to go back to school but aren't sure what to train for. If you're not sure what to study but want to provide for yourself and/or your family, choose to learn something that will help you find a great job.You're not sure how to pay for school. Finding aid as a non-traditional student can feel overwhelming, but money for college is available to almost anyone. Learn more about financial aid for non-traditional students to help alleviate some of your money worries.You don't want to or can't go to a physical campus and you're not sure about online universities. Lots and lots of people are going back to school online, in all kinds of subjects. The beauty of online courses is that you can take them from anywhere you have an Internet connection.You're not sure you have enough drive. If a little motivation is all you need to get back in the classroom, you'll find it here. Thinking positive is easy, and it's free! Learning how to write SMART goals is a great place to start.