We did research on the best courses for product managers
June 28, 2021 by Annemarie Bufe
The best way to advance your product management career is to develop yourself.
But when you work 40+ hours per week, it’s hard to take seminars or courses.
In this article, we want to introduce you to the 8 platforms that offer the best product management courses online. They will help you improve your skillset and push your career.
Coursera is the world’s largest platform for online courses. It offers classes and specializations from universities and other institutions. In addition, unlike most other sites, Coursera also offers the chance to earn an accredited master’s degree.
$29-$99 per course
.You can choose from multiple product management online courses. Each one of them has a duration of 4-6 weeks and includes video lectures, lessons and community discussion forums. After you finish the course successfully, you get a course certificate.
$39-$79 per month
The specialization includes a series of courses, projects and challenges. You can acquire and expand specific professional skills. It takes about 4-6 months to complete a specialization, and you will gain a certificate.
Coursera offers the chance to earn a university-recognized product management degree. After 1-3 years of study, you receive an accredited master’s degree.
Coursera for Business: Coursera for Business is a professional learning platform from Coursera. You can compile sets of courses for your employees. Moreover, you can analyze the learning behavior of your employees and evaluate their engagement and successes.
You can decide between two different plans (Team and Enterprise). Prices start at $400/user/year. For larger companies, individual prices can be requested.
Digital Product Management: Modern Fundamentals by the University of Virginia.
edX is a non-profit organization that offers online courses from universities in the United States. Some of the institutions edX works with are Harvard, MIT and British Columbia.
It also offers the chance to earn a master’s degree.
All courses can be attended for free. Verified certificates are available for a fee.
edX offers free product management courses from over 130 partners.
If you’re on the hunt for a verified certificate, you can get one for a fee. To receive it, you need to verify your identity. edX also offers Xseries certificates that show that you have completed a series of courses.
Master’s degree: $10,000-$25,000
After 1-3 years of online studying, the students “will earn a full Master’s degree—typically the same exact diploma that students earn on-campus, such as a Master of Science in Computer Science or a Master of Science in Accounting.” (edX)
The master’s degrees offered are from universities like Georgia Tech, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California San Diego.
You can measure the learning engagement and success of your employees too.
Digital Transformation Leadership by Boston University.
Udemy offers more than 100,000 courses from over 42,000 different lecturers and supports over 50 languages. Unlike other platforms, the product management courses do not come from universities but from independent experts.
Both free and paid product management courses.
After completing a course, you get a certificate of completion. Udemy is not an accredited institution. Because of this, you can’t generally use these certificates for formal accreditation. Some of the online courses offer additional certificates outside of Udemy though.
Udemy for Business: The Udemy for Business program gives companies the chance to offer their employees access to more than 3,000 Udemy courses across more than 20 topics. The business model includes an analytics tool to track the engagement and effort of employees. There are different pricing plans, starting at $240.
Anuj’s opinion about Udemy’s Product Management Courses
“MindTheProduct is the world’s largest product community.” (MindTheProduct)
This platform doesn’t offer the typical massive open online courses (MOOCs). Despite that fact, we’ve decided to add it to the list after receiving many recommendations. The Slack channel, offline training, conferences, and the community are great for both online and offline learning.
The MindTheProduct Slack channel is a tool to connect with other active product managers, ask questions and learn from their experiences.
Conferences are offered all over the world and combine product talks, workshops and the chance to connect with others.
“Mind the Product Training lets your teams access the knowledge and cutting-edge insight of expert product managers (our trainers) through in-depth, interactive training workshops.” (MindTheProduct)
The MTP Product Management 101 workshop can be useful to get started in product management:
Eddie’s opinion about MTP’s product management courses.
Product School offers courses on 6 different topics: Product Management, Coding, Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, UX Design and Product Leadership. You can attend these courses in one of the locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe, or online.
What differentiates the Product School from other product manager training programs is that all “instructors are active product managers at top technology companies. The program is hands-on, designed to be compatible with your work schedule and geared towards helping you transition successfully into a product role.” (Product School)
$3,999 per course
Online courses: If you don’t have the chance to attend in person, you can take the online courses. These courses offer the same content as the in-person ones and are created by the same product managers. You will get a certificate, too.
Skillshare offers over 22,000 classes on several topics. Unlike the other platforms, it doesn’t offer long classes but short video courses, which often just take an hour or less. You can quickly learn about the specific skills you need for your daily work.
Skillshare for Teams: Skillshare for Teams starts at $499/user/year. You get access to over 16,000 classes and a reporting tool to track the progress of your team members.
LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world. LinkedIn Learning offers courses for three different topics: business, technology and creativity.
Startsat 17.84 € per month. It is free if you have a LinkedIn Premium account.
LinkedIn Learning offers certificates of completion to product management course members who complete a course and watch all the videos. You don’t have to complete exercises or tests, so naturally, the certificates are not accredited.
career.pm is a career acceleration platform for product managers that offers online courses, coaching and a wealth of other resources aimed at helping PMs, aspiring PMs and PM organizations reach their potential.
They offer a portfolio of product management courses aimed squarely at the product management community on topics such as the foundations of PM, product business models and more.
career.pm offers a variety of packages starting at $149 annually.
“Edukatico is a free and independent search portal for online courses.” (Edukatico)
With the help of Edukatico, you can search for more than 8,000 online lectures from over 50 providers. It helps you search, filter, and compare the best product management courses.
The course planner will help you organize the courses you are interested in.
Product Toolkit is an online course that focuses on examples and proven templates to help people do great product management work. It covers 70 lessons, 65 examples, and 27 templates across many topics — from running brainstorms to setting goals, scoping products, leading meetings, and negotiating.
It was created by Linda Zhang, the founder of Product Lessons, who was previously a Group PM at Faire and turned down a Senior PM offer from Instagram.
Product Toolkit offers a variety of online tiers starting at $129. You can also get free access to weekly insights through their newsletter
The best product management certification is a university-credited certification. However, keep in mind that it’s not necessary needed to be certified to have a successful career in product management.
First, get a strong theoretical understanding of the craft. Then try to get as much practical experience as possible. You can start with internships and work your way up from there.
The salary of a product manager can range anywhere between $61,000 to $200,000. This depends, however, on many factors like your location or your seniority.
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