Hi, I’m Dan, a former product manager and now advisor at Pathrise. I work with hundreds of product managers to help them land their dream job.
As you start your job search in product management, you might find that the background required does not completely match your experiences. A lot of people transition into this type of role, and in order to stand out from the competition, additional education or certificates can be very helpful.
Whether you are looking to learn product management from scratch, need to brush up on your skills, or want to gain a certificate, these resources can help.
1. Product School
Product School is a bootcamp with online and on-campus options meant to teach the skills necessary to become a product manager. Students can choose which type of certificate they want to pursue in the program. The Product Management Certificate (PMC) and the Full Stack Product Management Certificate (FPMC) take 40 hours while the Product Leadership Certificate (PLC) takes 20 hours. The PMC program costs $3,999, the FPMC program costs $6,999, and the PLC program costs $9,999. The courses cover how to build software products, including best practices for product management like scrum, A/B testing, and agile management. Students also get weekly mentorship and career support from the instructors.
Udemy is an online platform with 1000 product management courses in a variety of topics, including general project management, scrum and agile management, and design thinking, among others. Courses range in length, experience level, features, and price and users can filter based on these variables. For people looking to start from scratch, the product management 101 course on Udemy is 4.5 hours long and $19.99 or a more in depth version, the complete product management course, which is 6 hours long and $199.99.
The courses include pre-recorded videos as well as related articles and resources to help students understand what they are learning. After completion, students are given a certificate of completion. Courses on Udemy range in price, from around $50 to $200, though they often have coupons available online as well as large discounts, often bringing the price down for courses to $9.99.
When looking to learn about product management on Coursera, students can choose between 260 courses, 52 specializations, 3 certificates, 2 degrees, and 1 MasterTrack certificates. Courses are a mix of recorded video lectures, assignments, and community discussion forums, which teach a new skill, like digital or software product management, in 4-6 weeks. Students finish these with a digital, shareable certificate.
Specializations are more rigorous and more focused on career-specific skills. Students participate in a variety of courses on the subject over 4-6 months and tackle a hands-on project. Similar to the courses track, they receive a Specialization certificate. The certificate and degree tracks are all accredited or sponsored by companies, like IBM, Rutgers, and Google Cloud. These require even more commitment.
edX is a nonprofit massive open online course (MOOC) with almost 300 courses on product management. They have partnerships with major universities around the world, including UC Berkeley, UPenn, UChicago, the Sorbonne, and Oxford. Students can choose to take courses or spend more time in a program to gain an accredited certificate or even a Master’s degree. As the courses grow in commitment, the price increases, as well.
5. General Assembly
General Assembly teaches technical skills for a variety of topics. Students can attend on campus or online. Their product management course can be taken part-time in 10 weeks or full-time in 1 week. Students learn the fundamentals of product management, tools they will need to master for the role, and then work on a real-world problem so that they can put their skills to work and grow their portfolio. The program costs $3950.
There is an AI product manager nanodegree program on Udacity where participants work 5-10 hours per week for 2 months. There are no prerequisites needed for people to join the program. It starts with an introduction to AI in business, continues through creating datasets and building models, and finishes with measuring impact. This program costs $358 upfront or $199 per month.
If you are looking to take the next step towards a career in product management, these tools can help you get the necessary background you need to succeed.
If you are already ready to find a great job as a product manager, Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you want to work with our industry and career mentors to get help with your job search, join Pathrise.