Product manager

Learn all the skills you need to be a product manager or product owner with a foundation in the web and tech.
11 hands-on projects
Personal
mentor
12-month
duration
Master's-level diploma*
Job guarantee
in 6 months
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One million computer programming jobs are estimated to be created in the U.S. by 2020 - as well as 700,000 in Europe - thanks to unprecedented growth in the tech sector.

Here at OpenClassrooms, we pinpoint the key skills needed for the most in-demand jobs and develop courses and diplomas to train our students in those areas. That’s why we've developed a one-year master’s-level diploma in development, which you can complete entirely online with the help of a dedicated mentor. 

In this path, you'll study product management. Product Managers are the people in the company who decide what should get built, which problems the team are solving, what the vision of the product is, and what business model applies. They are responsible for the return on investment (ROI) of their product. In particular, product managers:

  • Develop a product vision
  • Work with the tech team to make this vision a reality
  • Validate all aspects of the business model 
  • Are the voice of the customer
  • Prioritize all feature requests and say no to those which do not add the most value
  • Create roadmaps for showing the direction the team will take to fulfil the product vision
  • Integrate agile workflows (or other workflows) in teams
  • And more!

How much will I earn?

By following this path, you could end up in a job with the following salaries:

United States

  • Beginner: $60,000 - $80,000
  • More experienced: $80,000 - $200,000+
  • Demand for product managers is very high. 

United Kingdom

  • Beginner: £30,000 - £45,000
  • More experienced: £45,000 - £100,000

What are my job prospects?

Product managers are actively recruited by many different kinds of companies. You could end up at a startup that's just getting off the ground or a massive company that operates globally! Every company has a "product," meaning platforms, services, or functionalities on which they depend. In this path, you'll also learn web technologies like HTML and CSS and will be even more equipped to live at the intersection of commercial, technical, design and customer needs/psychology fields at whichever company you end up at.

Find product management job offers on Indeed.

Who is eligible to enroll?

In order to take this learning path, you must have the following prerequisites: 

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience (if you would like more information about this, please contact advisors@openclassrooms.com) .
  • A good level of English
  • Access to a computer (PC or Mac), headphones, a webcam, and a good internet connection

To earn the diploma, you’ll need to complete all projects and have them evaluated by your mentors. Your work will then be evaluated by a jury composed of professionals. Follow the courses offered in the path to prepare yourself for the projects. 

What will I learn?

In this path, we start off by making sure that you have enough of a technical background to communicate effectively to the tech team. This is a key part of the role of a product manager since you'll work with teams like marketing, sales, tech, design, and more. You'll learn how to:

  • Find and interview customers
  • Know the competition and their products intimately
  • Understand the problem, the solution, and the vision
  • Document the model on a business model canvas
  • Use lean startup experiments to validate the riskiest parts of the plan
  • Work in an agile environment (if required) 
  • Interview potential customers
  • Encourage learning every software cycle (of typically 2-3 weeks)
  • Write user stories and acceptance tests
  • Host requirement workshops (using impact maps, story maps, and the whiteboard!)
  • Run estimation workshops
  • Create and share roadmaps publicly
  • Handle and prioritize all feature requests from sales, marketing, legal - even the CEO!
  • Plan the release cycle
  • Develop a product vision
  • Design lean experiments using Lean Startup methodology
  • Build a prototype of your product, install the prototype on your own mobile device and get feedback
  • Build an agile release plan
  • Keep up to date with the technological landscape

You can also watch our course on Understand the Role of Product Manager if you want to learn more about the nature of the role. 

Which job titles can I have?

This path can prepare you for the following jobs:

  • Product Manager
  • Product Owner
  • Technical Product Manager

How will I learn at OpenClassrooms?

Our learning method is unique and revolves around two elements: professional projects and dedicated mentoring sessions.

Projects
At OpenClassrooms, learning is project-driven because that’s the fastest way to become proficient. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start your new job.  

Want to see an example of a project? Read our blog post here.

Mentorship
During your path, you will be allocated a mentor who will offer one-to-one support via weekly video conference sessions. This mentor will offer guidance on your projects, help define objectives and guide you until you reach them. Our mentors are dedicated professionals who are experts in their field and have experience in sharing their know-how with our students.

Your diploma

OpenClassrooms is an official private distance learning establishment registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France that grants its own diplomas as well as those of prestigious academic partners.

Upon completion of your studies and validation of your skills by an academic jury, you will earn a "Web and digital project manager (Manager de Projet Web et Digital)" master's-level diploma, registered with the National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP).
This diploma is at level 7 on the EQF (European Qualifications Framework). Thanks to the Bologna Process, signed by 50 countries, our master's-level diploma is recognized by all participating countries, notably in Europe.

If you have questions about its equivalence in order to undertake further study, contact your university or master's program.

Your Job Guarantee

At OpenClassrooms we are committed to helping you find your ideal job. We promise.

By following the learning path "Product manager", you’ll learn an exciting new profession with great career prospects.

What’s more, you’ll find a job within six months of graduating or we’ll give you your money back!

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Diploma
Web and digital project manager (Manager de Projet Web et Digital)