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Top product management certification programs

| April 29, 2019
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Many product managers have learned their job on the spot, but what if you’re just starting out or want to take your career to the next level? While there’s much to learn on the job, taking a deeper dive into the role can not only help you gain new skills but it can also set you up for success when it comes to future roles and responsibilities. One way to do that is through a product management certification program.

To help you sort through your options, we’ve gathered nine of our top picks for product management certification programs—both online and in-person—organized by time commitment and cost, to help you continue to grow your career and find new and exciting ways to keep your customer at the center of it all.

Product management certificate programs

Online product management certification programs

1. Boston University edX: Digital Product Management

Who is this for?

Boston University’s Digital Product Management program is a graduate-level online course program at Boston University that’s great for anyone who would like to gain hands-on experience in applying product best practices to real-world applications.

The course is geared toward more intermediate product professionals that are looking to gain more knowledge and expand their skillset.

How long is the program?

There are five courses total in the program in order to earn a Verified Certificate. On average, each course takes 6-8 weeks to complete.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you $900.

2. Berkeley Executive Education: The Product Management Studio

Who is this for?

UC Berkeley’s Product Management Studio is here to help you “craft, tell, and sell your product’s story.” It’s an immersive program is designed to help you take everything you learn in the classroom and use it in your workplace.

This program is for experienced professionals focused on product design, product development, launching, marketing, selling, and managing products across all industries.

How long is the program?

It’s eight weeks, with 40 hours total to complete. It includes everything from weekly videos and exercises to peer coaching sessions. At the end of it all, you’ll receive a Product Management Studio Certificate of Completion.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you $4,750.

3. Udemy: Become a Product Manager

Who is this for?

Udemy is a great source for online learning and their Become a Product Manager courses are no exception. If you’re just starting out in product management or wondering if this is the career path you’d like to pursue, then this is the course for you!

It’s a program designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of product management, including videos, activities, and interviews just to name a few.

How long is the program?

This program is about 13 hours of on-demand video that you can complete whenever, wherever. Full lifetime access to the program is included with your course.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you $195.

4. 280Group: Certified Product Manager

Who is this for?

The Certified Product Manager program is perfect for learning all of the core skills required to be a successful product manager. This program has a little something for everyone from beginner to advanced, whether you’re just starting out or you’re an organization looking for a course to make sure all of your product managers are on the same page.

How long is the program?

The course usually takes between 15-20 hours to complete and includes 18 modules, quizzes, and interactive exercises all culminating in the Certified Product Manager exam that’s administered by the Association of International Product Marketing and Management.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you $1,495.

In-person product management certification programs

 

1. Carnegie Mellon University: MS in Product Management

Who is this for?

As they say on their page “Great Product Managers are made, not born.” With a first-of-its-kind degree, the MS in Product Management has created a specialized curriculum with an internship and capstone project to create world-class product managers.

While you don’t need a deep knowledge of product management to join the program, you do need a Bachelor’s degree and GMAT scores to apply since this is a Masters program.

How long is the program?

The program itself is a 12-month commitment that runs throughout the school year and will develop the technical and leadership skills you need.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you $68,500.

2. University of Washington: Software Product Management

Who is this for?

The Certificate in Software Product Management program is for “tech industry professionals that are looking to enter or advance in the field of product management”. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to manage the product lifecycle from start to finish and bring any product to market.

You’ll also need at least three years of work experience and two years of a completed college education.

How long is the program?

The program itself is about five to nine months to complete with classes occurring on both nights and weekends, so you can still find your work/school balance.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you $4,227.

3. Mind the Product: Product Management Workshop

Who is this for?

If you’re already a product manager then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Mind the Product. Their public workshops are great places to learn about everything from product management essentials to leadership. With workshops in the states and international, it’s just a matter of finding which one works best for you.  

How long is the program?

One day. We know, it sounds too good to be true but it’s not. Depending on your skill level, you can choose the workshop that would be best for you, whether it’s Product Management Foundations or Mapping for Product Managers. It’s important to note that these workshops are usually the day before the start of the conference.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you between $799 – $899.

4. Stanford University: Professional & Personal Development

Who is this for?

Stanford University’s Continuing Studies has created a whole category of courses for professional and personal development, including some for product management. They have courses covering everything from the Fundamentals of Product Management to Product Management for the Internet of Things.

In order to be admitted for a course, all you need is a high school diploma or its equivalent.

How long is the program?

Courses can range anywhere from 8-10 weeks depending on the class you’re looking to take. It’s important to note that while some are in-person, some are also offered online depending on the quarter.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you $530 – $710.

5. Product School: Product Management Course

Who is this for?

Product School’s courses are perfect for a working professional that’s looking for a part-time program designed to fit into their schedule. Their instructors are real-world product managers that work at companies like Airbnb, Google, and Facebook. You’ll learn how to build software products, get a job in the field, and get certified.

How long is the program?

The course is around nine weeks with classes in the evenings and on the weekends. They also have the option for an accelerated one week course.

How much does it cost?

This program will cost you between $3,999 – $14,999.

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that no matter which option you choose to further your education you’ll be in great product hands. Now go forth and learn!

Further reading

“What is product management?” series:

6 product management terms product teams want you to know

Product manager vs. project manager: what’s the difference?

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