DataCamp Review: Is It The Right Platform For You?
Established in 2013 DataCamp is an online platform that specializes in topics like data science and analytics. It offers 380+ courses taught by one of the 260+ expert instructors from Datacamp itself and top Institutions like Duke University.
So if you are someone who is looking to build or deepen your data skills, then DataCamp may be the right online platform for you. All its courses are interactive and designed, so you can learn at your own pace.
If you are anything like me, then you probably have a bunch of questions you want answering like: What courses does DataCamp offer? Is it ok if I am a complete beginner? What’s the difference between its plans?
To answer these questions and more, let’s dive into our in-depth DataCamp review.
Interactive & Engaging
DataCamp courses focus on interactive learning, with many videos and engaging exercises to complete.
Over 260+ experts from the data science and analytics community.
Clear Pricing Plans
A clear and simple pricing plan page which is pretty refreshing as not all online platforms are so transparent.
DataCamp caters to absolute beginners and learners with some knowledge. Its courses are for everyone.
Datacamp has a large and active community of learners who ask questions, share knowledge and collaborate on projects.
Not a Verified Certificate
DataCamp doesn’t offer a verified certificate from a partnered University or Organization. Instead, a Statement of Accomplishment is given once successfully completing the course. If you are looking for a verified certificate it is best to check out platforms like Coursera or edX.
Video Content Lacking Detail
Some of DataCamps video tutorials are a little short and lacking in detail, and therefore may leave you feeling like you are missing something.
DataCamp Review Verdict
Datacamp is an online learning platform that offers courses, tracks and certifications in data science, statistics and programming. All its learning programs are designed to help learners gain or advance their skills for a career in the data world. Its content is highly engaging including coding exercises, quizzes and hands-on projects. If you are a complete beginner or looking to land your dream job in data science, there is a course or certification to suit all. Datacamp offers a Basic (free) plan and a Premium paid plan for individual learners which you can subscribe to monthly or annually. A couple of plans is also available for Teams and Businesses. If you aren’t ready to financially commit, then getting started with a free Basic plan will give you a selection of courses to get a taste of the platform.
Who Is DataCamp For?
You may be a little unsure if DataCamp is the right platform for you?
Well, let me explain a little about what to expect from DataCamp. It’s an online learning platform that focuses on learning data skills at your own pace. Its learning methodology is broken into a 4 part process: Assess, Learn, Practice and Apply, that helps to give learners a well-rounded learning experience.
Datacamp Learning Methodology
Its 380+ courses are bite sized and digestible for learners, combining videos with interactive exercises to create an engaging learning experience. Its courses fall into 3 main areas, including learning a new technology, launching your career and mastering a specific skill:
- Learn a new technology: By following short videos that are led by expert instructors, and then practice what you have learned with interactive exercises. Its most popular Technology courses include Python, R and SQL.
- Career Tracks: A collection of courses that are curated by industry experts to help you grow your data skills and advance your career. Its most popular Career Track courses include Data Analyst, Data Scientist and Data Analyst.
- Skill Tracks: Gain specific expertises with learning a skill track, that is a collection, of course, curated by industry experts to grow your data skills. Its most popular Skill Track courses include R Programming, Importing & Cleaning Data and Data Visualization.
Datacamp Certification Programs
Datacamp has recently added a couple of certifications to its platform. The certifications have been built in partnership with industry leaders that prove you have the skills available for a career in the particular field. Currently, it offers certifications as a Data Scientist and a Data Analyst. The best part about these certifications are that they are included in your paid Premium plan.
Datacamp Certification Programs
When you successfully complete one of its professional certifications you will receive a certificate to prove you now have the knowledge for the job role in your chosen certification.Check out Datacamp Professional Certification here
If you are looking for a bigger pool of learning programs that are certified and build in partnership with top Universities and Industry Organizations it’s best to check out platforms like edX or Coursera.
DataCamp for Business
DataCamp for businesses is flexible online training for every role, from non-coding essentials to data science and machine learning. It has worked with 2,500+ companies like Google and ebay to help upskill their employees. DataCamp for business focuses on upskilling your team to make better data-driven decisions.
Datacamp for Business
It offers a couple of different plans, Teams and Enterprise which you can try out with a free trial or a free demo. The Teams plan is designed for 2 users+ and is billed annually. Whereas the Enterprise is for larger organizations and is custom priced.
Datacamp for The Classroom
Datacamp generously offers free access for educators, all you need to do is to apply to get access to your free, 1200+ hours of data science courses.
Datacamp For The Classroom
Datacamp believes in empowering students with data skills for the future, by providing free access to educators. As an educator, you can create assignments for your students and can track your student’s growth and progress. After you have submitted your application, it can take a few days for it to be approved.
Doesn’t sound bad does it?
If you’re an educator in data science and data concepts and think your students will benefit from the interactive courses Datacamp offers, then check it out here.
How Much Are DataCamp Courses?
DataCamp works on a subscription model offering 2 different plans for individual learners. Users can choose from the Basic Plan (the free account) or the Premium Plan. The Premium plan can be paid for on a monthly or yearly basis, if you do decide to go for the annual plan you will be saving a few dollars. There is a handy currency-converter in the top-right corner above the pricing plans for all our global learners (see image below).
DataCamp plans & pricing
> Check out Datacamp subscription plans
DataCamp for Business
DataCamp for Business offers 2 different plans either the Teams or the Enterprise. The Team Plan ($12.42 per user a month) with a minimum of 2 users or more. Then there is the Enterprise Plan which is custom priced depending on your business needs, you can contact sales for pricing and a demo.
DataCamp has worked with 2,500+ successful companies like Google, Microsoft and ebay to upskill its employees to empower them with knowledge to make them the best at their job. Here are just some of the reasons you will love Datacamp for Business:
- Create tailored learning content
- Measure the impact of online training
- Receive expert guidance
- Provide hands-on skill building
DataCamp Professional and Enterprise Plans
Datacamp for Business is billed on an annual basis and unless you opt out of the auto-renewal you will automatically be charged for the following year.
Hello Cathy, thanks for this article, very helpful and informative. Most of these platforms are good and doing really good but, they all have a monetary aspect attached either to their services or certifications in some way or the other, which is totally fine and understandable.
That said, could you also review – “https://www.freecodecamp.org/”, and share your thoughts? – Regards.
Thank you for your comment. We haven’t planned to create content on this platform, but can consider it 🙂
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There is now (a recent addition) also a Data Analyst Certification. I know for a fact, since I completed it as soon as it became available. There will always be talk about what the use of a certification is (no matter where it’s from, although I acknowledge that some might sound better in a cv than others), but at least for me the point of it all was the exercises. There were two longer SQL case studies (no real time limit) and then a case study + live presentation (over Zoom). And while they only imitate the real life scenarios,… Read more »
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Thanks Dean, for your comment. So glad you found the article helpful and yes, it is so true that Datacamp is for beginners or learners with some experience. Good luck to your brother and I hope he finds the right course 🙂
Can data camp give me all the knowledge required to become a data scientist and can i fully depend on it for the skills?
Hey Taher. Thanks for your message. Taking one of its skill or career tracks that Datacamp offers will give you the experience and knowledge to get you closer to your professional goal as a data scientist. It is a reputable online learning platform and its learning programs are of a high quality. Good luck on your journey to becoming a data scientist 🙂
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