Pluralsight Review: Does this Platform Suit You?

Catherine Cooke

17 October, 2020

Pluralsight

In 2004 Pluralsight was founded as a classroom training company involving sending instructors into a business or training event and by 2007 the company shifted its approach to online video training.

It has a library of over 7500+ courses that are taught by one of its 1,500+ expert instructors. Pluralsight is a technology skills platform with a focus on developing the skills of tomorrow.

pluralsight review

That doesn’t mean Pluralsight is the right platform for you. What exactly does Pluralsight offer? Is it good value for money?

Well let’s find out in this in-depth Pluralsight review.

Free trial

A 10 day free trial or 200 minutes whichever comes first that gives you access to the entire library of 7500+ courses.

Good support

Pluralsight offers email support which is available 24/7 plus phone support and the option to submit a ticket for any question or queries you may have.

Courses for Individuals & Businesses

Courses have been designed to suit the needs of individual learners and for teams.

Course Learning Checks

Short self-paced quizzes to test retention of course material.

Offline and mobile downloads

The option to download course material and videos and view offline makes it super convenient if you are on the go or taking a trip.

Limited topics

Courses focus on technology based subjects. If you are looking for a wider range of topics it is worth checking out Udemy or Coursera.

No free Courses

Pluralsight doesn’t offer any free courses, it only has the 10 day free trial. If you are looking for free courses where you can learn at your own pace it is worth checking out other platforms like Skillshare or edX.

Pluralsight Review Verdict

Pluralsight is an elearning platform providing high quality online learning for technology related topics like IT, Data, Information & Cyber Security and much more. All of Pluralsight’s courses are self paced allowing you to learn in your own pace, it offers the most updated courses in technical training.

Pluralsight works on a subscription model offering different packages. Although it doesn’t offer a wide pool of free courses like Udemy or Skillshare it does have a 10 day free trial which gives you access to its full library and resources which should give you a real taste of the platform and if it is something you want to invest in.

Who Is Pluralsight For?

This elearning platform offers 7500 + courses that are organised into 3 levels Novice, Proficient and Expert. Its topics are related to technology skills such as Software Development, IT Ops, Information & Cyber Security. It focuses on giving everyone access and the opportunity to progress through technology to develop their skills for tomorrow. Pluralsight is not only for individuals, it is also designed to help businesses.

You will earn a certificate at course completion, however if you are looking for a formal validated certificate then I would suggest checking out Coursera or edX.

How Much Is Pluralsight?

Pluralsight works on a subscription based service offering courses for Novice, Proficient and Expert. It offers a free trial on any of its personal subscriptions. Its personal subscriptions models are the following;

  • Monthly: You’ll pay a monthly subscription of $29 that includes; Unlimited access to video course library (7500+ courses), certification practice exams, channels, Skill IQ, Role IQ, course discussions, exercise files, mobile and TV apps and offline viewing
  • Annual: You’ll pay an annual subscription of $299 per year that includes; Unlimited access to video course library (7500+ courses), certification practice exams, channels, Skill IQ, Role IQ, course discussions, exercise files, mobile and TV apps and offline viewing
  • Premium: You’ll pay an annual subscription of $449 per year that includes everything in the Monthly and Annual subscriptions. Plus unlimited certification practice exams, Interactive courses (hands-on coding challenges and guided feedback), Projects (test drive new  skills and apply them to real-world scenarios).

pluralsight personal pricing subscriptions

Pluralsight personal pricing subscriptions

 

The free trial period for any of the above subscriptions are for 10 days or 200 minutes of content whichever comes first. To sign up for a free trial click here.

Pluralsight also offers subscription models for businesses and teams that are broken into 2 subscriptions.

  • Professional: You’ll pay a yearly subscription of $579 per user. This includes basic reporting and user analytics for teams.
  • Enterprise: You’ll pay a yearly subscription of $779 per user. This includes flexibility and advanced analytics for the enterprise.

pluralsight team pricing subscriptions

Pluralsight team pricing subscriptions

How To Open A Pluralsight Account?

pluralsight try for free

Pluralsight try for free

Opening an account with Pluralsight account is pretty intuitive, you only need to follow these steps:

  1. Visit pluralsight.com and click on ‘TRY FOR FREE’ (top right corner)
  2. You are then taken to the different individual plans to try for free
  3. Complete the Account details
  4. Add your account details including; First & Last name, Email, Country of residence and Company name (optional)

pluralsight create an account

Pluralsight create an account

pluralsight payment method

Pluralsight payment method

  1. You then will be asked to add Payment details but won’t charge you anything until the free trial ends. You can cancel at any time within that free trial period and a reminder email will be sent to you 1 day before your free trial ends.
  2. Last step is to Review and confirm your account

Examples Of Popular Pluralsight Courses

I did a bit of research into which courses are the most popular right now among Pluralsight users. I have highlighted the top 5 most popular courses.

  1. JavaScript: Getting Started – Taught by Mark Zamoyta, this a beginner’s course. If you are learning to program for the first time, this course will give you the basics for coding in Javascript. This course has a 4.5 rating out of 5 that is reviewed by 932 users.
  2. React: Getting Started – Taught by Samer Buna, this is a beginner´s course. Learn the React way to get started, you will delve into the fundamental concepts about React and use them to build practical web applications. This course has a 4.5 rating out of 5 that is reviewed by 2282 users.
  3. Python – Beyond the Basics – Taught by Robert Smallshire and Austin Bingham, this is an Intermediate course. In this course you will build on the basics you have learnt from the Python foundation course adding to the depth of your Python skills, exploring topics you’ll need to create robust and readable applications. This course has a 4.5 rating out of 5 that is reviewed by 608 users.
  4. HTML, CSS, and Javascript: The Big Picture – Taught by Barry Luijbregts, this a beginner’s course..  Learn to create applications for the web through HTML, CSS and Javascript. This course has a 4.5 rating out of 5 that is reviewed by 722 users.
  5. Python Fundamentals – Taught by Robert Smallshire and Austin Bingham, this is an Intermediate course. Learn the Python Fundamentals to get started with Python, a dynamic language popular for web development. This course has a 4.5 rating out of 5 that is reviewed by 3399 users.

6 Tips To Find The Perfect Pluralsight Course

Like the majority of elearning platforms, there are some specific ways to find out if Pluralsight is the right platform for you. I thought it would be helpful to highlight some tips to help you make that decision.

Free Account

Pluralsight does give you the option to create a free account which gives you access to a library of 50+ courses, assessments and guides. Plus the added perk of the Skill and Role IQ.

pluralsight free account

Pluralsight free account

This will give you a taste of the platform but if you feel the limited courses available aren’t enough then it’s probably worth signing up for the free trial as you will have access to the full library that is 7500+ courses (I talk in more detail about this all below).

Free Trial

Pluralsight offers a 10 day free trial or 200 minutes of content, whichever comes first. It offers free trials for Individual and Premium subscriptions which gives you access to all skills video courses, create channels, certificates of completion, take Skill iQ assessments and take notes.

pluralsight free trial

Pluralsight free trial

The course downloads and offline viewing are only available to paid subscribers. If you do decide to purchase a subscription, you’ll be able to download video courses and watch them offline.

If you decide to continue with a paid subscription when your free trial expires you will be charged on the 11th calendar day. For example, if you started your free trial on June 5th, you will be charged on June 15th.

However if you decide to cancel your trial subscription you just need to go to Subscription & Billing tab on your Account page and click Manage your subscription and then click Cancel. Once you have canceled your subscription you will lose access to all the content.

Skill IQ

Pluralsight offers a Skill IQ with its free account subscription which takes only 10 minutes and consists of 20 questions. The Skill IQ is to measure your proficiency in your chosen technology skill. You are then given a score from 0 to 300 and your percentile result is broken into 3 levels of either Novice, Proficient and Expert.

pluralsight skill IQ

Pluralsight skill IQ

This Skill IQ will identify your knowledge gaps and strengths and the result will tell you where to start with your learning path, so you develop the skills you need the most.

pluralsight skill IQ skill assessments

Pluralsight skill IQ skill assessments

Role IQ

Similar to Skill IQ you can also assess yourself with Role IQ which will measure your skills relevant for a specific role. For example if you wanted to assess your skills for the role of a “Cloud Architect (Google Cloud)” your skills would be measured to determine if you’re a Level 1, 2 or 3 and then you can focus on the skills you are lacking to further your career.

pluralsight role IQ

Pluralsight Role IQ

Pluralsight offers 50+ Role IQ for specific roles. The best part about it is once you have worked on the areas of knowledge you are lacking you can retake the Role IQ and see how much you have grown.

pluralsight role IQ available roles

Pluralsight role IQ available roles

Free weekly courses

Another feature which makes Pluralsight stand out from the crowd is its five free weekly courses which change on rotation every week.

pluralsight free weekly courses

Pluralsight free weekly courses

Each week it has a new focus. You are shown the schedule for that week and the upcoming weeks. For example This week – Data. Another great way to sample Pluralsight’s courses.

Pluralsight Authors

When you click on your chosen course or path you will have the option to select About, where you will see a list of Authors who have all contributed to the course or path. You can read a small bio about the author and follow them on Twitter and Linkedin if you want to find out more. You will also be shown with a list of content they have authored with reviews which personally I think is the most helpful part.

pluralsight author

Pluralsight Author

If you click on the Follow button in blue you will receive updates of when they release new content. Which can be pretty helpful if you like the sound of the author and want to keep track of other courses they are working on.

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Ease of use

To register with Pluralsight is really simple; you just need to provide your first and last name, email address and country of residence.

You will need to enter a credit or debit card or paypal information, to start your 10 day free trial.

The interface of Pluralsight’s design uses dark and contrasting colours. The design is stylish and the site is intuitive and easy to move around.

Convenience

Pluralsight is an online learning community offering courses for Technology related topics like Software, IT and Business.

The 10 day free trial or 200 minutes of access that Pluralsight offers gives you access to its full library of 7500+ courses.

When you have a subscription you will be able to download course material via the app so you can learn at your own convenience.

Available platforms

Pluralsight can be accessed with laptop, desktop or via smartphones. You can also use the mobile apps (Android and iOS) with a rating of 4.4 and 4.8.

It can also be assessed via TV apps Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Beta with a purchased subscription.

Official certifications:

Pluralsight is not accredited with any educational institution (e.g. University or Partner)

It does have a reputable relationship with large companies and works with many companies providing courses for businesses like Telefonica and Fujitsu.

After completing a video course you will be able to generate a certificate of completion (not accredited). You are only able to get certificates for some courses, but not for projects or interactive courses.

It’s Premium subscription has practice exams to help you prepare for industry certifications, including CompTIA, ITIL, PMP and others.

Categories

Pluralsight offers over 7500 + courses which are broken into 10 Technology related categories; Software Development, IT Ops, Data Professional, Information & Cyber Security, Architecture & Construction, Manufacturing & Design, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning / AI, Business Professional  and Creative Professional.

Its courses are all self paced and vary in difficulty level; Novice, Proficient and Expert. You can check your level through the Skill IQ assessment.

If you are looking for a wider variety of course topics it may be worth checking out other platforms like Udemy or Coursera.

Free courses

Pluralsight does offer 50+ courses on the free subscription. Aswell as the 10 day free trial or 200 minutes (whichever you use first) gives you access to the full library of courses and resources. This definitely gives you time to get to know the platform and get a feel for its courses.

Content quality

Its video courses range in length from 9 to 50 hours and combine multiple video courses and tools to teach specific skills.

One feature that I think makes Pluralsight stand out from the rest is the Skill IQ which is a short 10 minute assessment that will measure your proficiency and will give you guidance on the right course for you to start with. This will help to ensure that you are taking the right course for you.

Languages

Pluralsight courses are all in English, but they do offer captions or subtitles in other languages for 100% of its video courses. You will need to select language from the video menu and then google translate will translate captions or subtitles of the video courses

For you to get the most out of the courses on Pluralsight you will need a proficiency and feel comfortable learning in English.

Instructors

Courses are taught by one of its 1500+ experienced authors who have years of real-world experience in their fields.

On average, Pluralsight accepts less than ten percent of applicants who apply to join the author network. They are selected based on their expertise and teaching ability.

Course requirements

The course production process goes through two reviews; a review of audio and video quality and a peer review performed by a trusted Pluralsight author. Peer reviewers use Pluralsight’s course expectations and design guidelines to base their feedback.

Course structure

Pluralsight Monthly and Annual subscriptions consist of video courses, certification practice exams, channels, Skill & Role IQ, discussions, exercise files.

The Premium subscription has the same structure with the added certification practice exams, interactive courses and projects which have a hands-on approach and guided feedback.

All its courses are self-paced. The course description and structure is well detailed. Taking the Skill & Role IQ before you start the course will set you off on the right path.

Quizzes & tests

The Skill and Role IQ are seen as more of an assessment than a test to assess your skills. The premium subscriptions offer industry-leading practice tests for Microsoft, CompTIA and more.

Payments & refunds

Pluralsight works on a subscription model. You pay a fixed fee every month (or year) to have unlimited access to the course library and resources.

Personal subscriptions are based on 3 models; Monthly $29 per month, Annual $299 per year and Premium $449 per year.

Team subscriptions are based on 2 models; Professional $579 per user/year or Enterprise $779 per user/year.

If you decide to cancel your subscription you will still have access to the course library until your subscription’s expiry date.

Support

They have an email support support@pluralsight.com which is available 24/7 and a phone support (801) 784-9007 from Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (GMT-7).

There is also a submit a ticket where you can type a topic or question and any related common answers will show.

Overall rating

Pluralsight offers such a wide variety of technology focused courses that you can learn at your own pace. They focus on building your skills and advancing you in a particular role.

Sadly, they don’t offer courses on every topic, other platforms like Udemy have courses about pretty much everything. If you are looking for an accredited certification it would be best to explore Coursera or edX.

Will Pluralsight Help Me With My Career?

Although you won’t receive a formal accredited certificate when you complete a course with Pluralsight. You will find that they focus on gaining skills that you are lacking for particular Job Roles. The Role IQ is an ideal feature to assess your technical proficiency in a specific role.

pluralsight role IQ how does it work

Pluralsight Role IQ how does it work?

Building your knowledge for a specific role is one of the most valuable ways to advance your career and make you stand out from the crowd. I have reviewed many other elearning platforms and haven’t seen any feature quite like the Role IQ which has to give Pluralsight an edge in my book.

I would say that Pluralsight is ideal for someone thinking or already working in the Tech industry and wanting to gain specific skills for a role. Its Premium subscription gives you unlimited access to industry-leading practice tests and to work on projects in real-world scenarios.

So even though you won’t receive an accredited certificate you are able to fill in gaps of knowledge which makes you a valuable team player and successful within your job role.

Is Pluralsight Legit?

It is something that crosses most of our minds especially while we are entering our card details and committing to a subscription. Is this course legit?

Pluralsight was founded in 2004 as a training company which sent instructors to a business or training event, in 2007 it shifted its focus to an online video training for the Tech Industry. The founders are Aaron Skonnard, Keith Brown, Fritz Onion and Bill Williams and the company headquarters are in Farmington, Utah.

So yes, Pluralsight is legit and it’s safe to use and I promise you won’t be scammed.

Last Thoughts: Is Pluralsight worth it?

So, let’s round up this in-depth Pluralsight review.

If you are looking for a course to improve skills or gain knowledge for a particular job role within the Tech Industry then Pluralsight is definitely the right platform for you. It has such a wide range of courses that are really focused on you getting the most out of your learning experience which you are guided to through the Skill and Role IQ assessments.

However, if you are looking for an accredited certification then elearning platforms like Coursera or edX would be a better fit.

You will love Pluralsight for its:

  • Courses for Individuals and Businesses
  • Good support system
  • Download course material for offline viewing
  • Free trial
  • Career Focused courses

Catherine Cooke

Hey. I am Catherine and have been working as a freelancer for many years now and I believe that you are in charge of your own destiny. If learning a new skill or having a career change is something you want to do, then there is no better time than the present. If you have a question please feel free to ask me anything or leave me a comment.

Alternatives

Udacity: offers a lesser number of courses around 200 and its focus is on business and computer related topics. Udacity also works on a subscription model with a selection of free courses to try.

Coursera: With over 50 million students and more than 4,000 courses created by universities and companies is a big fish in the elearning world. The main perk of Coursera is that you can earn accredited certificates, something Pluralsight is unable to offer.

edX: offers over 2,500 + courses that are created by its partners like Harvard and Microsoft. Its courses are self paced and like Coursera you will receive an accredited certificate on course completion.

Please, leave a comment below if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help you out.

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