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Product Management Course: Paris

Balance business viability, technical feasibility, and customer desire to lead products and features toward long-term success. Learn from a seasoned expert.

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This course is eligible for CPF funding. 
Cette formation est éligible au CPF.

Last updated on 06-15-2022 | Dernière mise à jour le 15/06/2022

LinkedIn ranks product manager as one of the most promising jobs, with 29% year-over-year growth in the United States alone.

Get the Skills Today’s Employers Demand

Formalise your product management (PM) skill set to succeed across both startup and enterprise product organisations. Gain the confidence and credibility you need to lead cross-functional initiatives and bring physical and digital products to life.

Tap Into a Valuable Professional Network

Form real connections that can change the course of your career. Meet seasoned product experts and peers who can help you succeed through our global alumni network. Graduate with an industry-recognised GA certificate, and join an exclusive community.

Let Your Employer Foot the Bill

More than 45% of our part-time students receive tuition reimbursement from their companies — you could, too. We can send you an employer sponsorship package to show your manager the advantages of learning with GA.

Learn on a Schedule Designed for Busy Professionals

Learn for 10 weeks in the evenings, or dive into in-depth study with our 1-week, accelerated course. You can join us at one of our campuses or take part from the comfort of home — wherever you’re based — via our Remote classroom.

Statistics source: LinkedIn, The Most Promising Jobs of 2019

Hundreds of Premier Companies Trust GA's Product Management Training Programmes — Here Are Just a Few

Inside Our Best-in-Class Curriculum

Designed With a Focus on Real-World Relevance

Concentrate on the most important skills for navigating the product life cycle on the job, from planning and prioritisation to validating assumptions and monitoring metrics. GA’s product management advisory board curates the best practices and innovative teaching approaches of our entire expert network to meet evolving employer demands. Its work ensures that students graduate ready to tackle the challenges they’ll face in the field as product managers.

Launch Viable, Market-Tested Products and Features

This product management course is designed for students with a range of professional experiences — including beginners. Updated for 2020, its curriculum includes a renewed focus on Agile best practices, stakeholder management, and working with data. Take a deep dive into essential concepts and tools behind the end-to-end PM process, and get hands-on experience solving real problems for users.

Get a Head Start With Pre-Course Prep Lessons

Once you enrol, we equip you with online, self-paced preparatory lessons to set you up for success. Dive into essential concepts for product managers and gain a common vocabulary to start collaborating with classmates on day one.

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Real-World Portfolio Projects

Graduate with a polished capstone project. Apply the end-to-end PM process to develop a product or feature that’s aligned to both customer needs and business goals. Compile documentation and deliver a compelling stakeholder presentation to share your insights.

Individualised Instructor Support

Get guidance, feedback, and more from experts who are dedicated to supporting your learning and career goals. Instructors are on hand in class and during office hours to offer real-time support and help you turn ideas into action.

Global Network of 80K+ Alumni

Create connections with peers that last well beyond your time in the classroom. As part of the GA alumni community, you’ll gain access to networking events and workshops to keep evolving your career for years to come.

Nataly Zeldin

“This was possibly the best course I've taken in the last decade. Not only were the instructors knowledgeable and able to deliver the content in an accessible way, they supplemented discussion topics with loads of real-world information from their personal experiences... The caliber of professional connections I made in the class alone made the course worth it.”

Assistant Vice President, Technology Product Management, LPL Financial
Nataly Zeldin, GA Online Graduate

Elite Instructors

These expert product managers and entrepreneurs bring in-depth experience from the field to the classroom each day, providing invaluable insights into succeeding on the job. 

GA instructors are committed to providing personalised feedback and support to help you gain confidence with key concepts and tools.

Instructor, Sydney
Senior Product Manager at eBay Australia (Gumtree)
Instructor, Chicago
Head of Product and Engagement at tiphub
Instructor, San Francisco
Cloud Architect, Privacy & Security at Google

Case Study: BNP Paribas Cardif Partners With GA for Product Management Training

Problem: By identifying the professions of tomorrow to support the company development, global insurance leader BNP Paribas Cardif sought to give employees the opportunity to grow their careers — or start new ones.

Solution: As part of its Strategic Workforce Planning initiative, the SKILLS UP programme is a five-year partnership with General Assembly to train employees in future-facing topics, including product management.

Impact: “This is completely unlike traditional training programmes, where you go back to your everyday routine as soon as it’s over. The participants build projects, putting their newly acquired skills into action immediately. And the training programmes deal not only with technical dimensions but also with resources and new methodologies linked to behavioural and relational skills: lean startups, the Agile Method, capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary context, presenting a project, and so on.” — Nathalie Doré, Chief Digital and Acceleration Officer, BNP Paribas Cardif

Case study source: BNP Paribas Cardif

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Flexible Financing Options

CPF Sponsorship
Receive full or partial financial support from your Personal Training Account (CPF).
As this training is eligible for the Personal Training Funding, it is possible to use your Personal Training Account (CPF) in order to partially or completely finance the training.
If your account balance cannot cover the full amount of the training, you have the option of using contributions depending on your status:

  • If you are an employee, your employer can give a voluntary contribution to help finance your training A connection from your employer to the EDEF space is required.

  • If you are a job seeker, Pôle Emploi can also provide support. A prior request must be made with your Pôle Emploi advisor. It is preferable to make the request 30 days before the start of your training.

You may also opt to  pay the rest on your own via credit card.
 

This training is eligible for the Personal Training Funding (CPF). 

         

 

Employer Sponsorship

Receive full or partial tuition reimbursement from your company.

As low as 

0 €

per your employer’s benefits

Full Tuition

Total cost of course:

3,500 €

full tuition

Instalment Plans

Divide tuition into four easy payments.

As low as

1,000 €*

per instalment

*Starting with initial payment of 500 €

Want more information about tuition & financing in your area?
Our Admissions team is here to help.

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Join Us In: Paris

Course duration: 40 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are product management skills relevant today?

How do companies like Google and Adobe decide which new features to launch for their users? Enter product managers. Lying at the intersection between business, design, and technology, product management is the practice of identifying and building out products that are viable, feasible, and desired by your customers.

Whether they’re developing their own product or working within a larger organisation, product managers work with key stakeholders, designers, and developers to ensure that the final product satisfies both business objectives and customer needs. It’s no wonder why LinkedIn ranks product manager as one of its most promising jobs — openings for the role have grown 29% year over year in the United States alone. 

This course is sanctioned by the ‘Apply a Product Management Approach’ certification, registered in the Specific Directory of France Compétences (RS5615).
This certification makes this course eligible for the Personal Training Funding (CPF).
Your final project will be the subject of an evaluation by an instructor and a jury of professionals, at the end of the session.
 

What skills are assessed by the end of the programme?

The competencies targeted and deepened by the final project and the ‘Apply a Product Management Approach’ certification will be as follows:

  • Identify and formulate a user problem to create, develop or redesign a digital product or service

  • Recommend a solution in the form of a hypotheses in order to direct the research axis of the product

  • Perform a comparative study of the competition in order to contextualize and compare the uses and functionalities between the different competitors

  • Write questions to build the thread of a user interview

  • Conduct a user interview in order to collect information on the uses of a digital product or service

  • Restore the salient points to identify typical profiles and uses of their digital product or service

  • Create personas to define typical user profiles of your digital product or service

  • List features and write user stories to define the characteristics of the digital product or service

  • Select a type of prototype to build your MVP in line with the test objectives

  • Create a low-quality visual prototype by drawing and organizing wireframes on paper to perform real-world testing

  • Perform user tests to collect information and validate initial hypotheses

  • Collect information from user (customer) interviews to analyze them in the form of written notes

  • Measure the performance indicators from the roadmap to assess the experiment

  • Analyze qualitative results to identify user trends or uses

  • Validate and / or iterate the assumptions to define the final functionalities of the digital product or service

  • Build a product roadmap to coordinate and plan the release of functionalities

  • Identify measurement indicators, Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to measure the impact and effectiveness of the digital product or service

  • Prioritize the implementation of functionalities and user stories to plan digital product management using the MOSCOW method

  • Provide presentation support to support your oral results by ensuring that all the results of the product management stages are included

  • Support its proposal with various stakeholders (internal or external) in order to develop support for the digital product or service by understanding the benefits, results and management of the digital product

Will I recieve a certificate?

As a reminder, this course is sanctioned by the ‘Apply a UX Design Approach’ certification, registered in the Specific Directory of France Compétences (RS5615).

To pass the course, you will need to:

  • Attend all class sessions.

  • Complete and present your final project to your instructor.

If both of these conditions are met, you will get a certificate of completion.

To obtain the certificate of achievement regarding the ‘Apply a UX Design Approach’ certification:
Following the submission of your final project and deliverables to the members of the jury, if the jury's decision is unanimously favorable, and if you again obtain a score of 66% validation of the competencies targeted by the certification, you will receive a certificate of achievement for the certification prepared. 

Thousands of GA alumni use their course certificate to demonstrate skills to employers and their LinkedIn networks. GA’s Product Management course is well-regarded by many top employers, who contribute to our curriculum and use our programmes to train their own teams.

What does student success look like for this course?

In 2020, our Paris campus courses in Product Management earn an average 69 net promoter score (NPS*).
In 2021, no student followed a Product Management course, in the French Campus.

*NPS: This metric from students themselves evaluates their satisfaction to recommend this course to a friend.
To get more details, click on this link.

In addition, here are the success rates for the ‘Applying a product management approach’ certification:
Total number of students/candidates in 2022: No data available

  • Passed: No data available (%)

  • Failed: No data available (%)

What are the professional backgrounds of product management students?

Product Management is the best course for new product managers, entrepreneurs, and others exploring a career that bridges business, design, and tech. You’ll find a diverse range of students in the classroom, including:

  • New product managers who may have been recently promoted into the role or have been informally taking on PM tasks.

  • Entrepreneurs applying product management principles to their own startup, and other professionals undertaking passion projects on the side.

  • Non-PM professionals such as UX designers, engineers, and project managers who work with product teams and are looking to build fluency in the discipline.

Ultimately, this programme attracts a community of eager learners who have an interest in working cross-functionally and bringing successful products to life.

In terms of professional opportunities, the ‘Apply a Product Management Approach’ certification is able to provide a concrete response to the validation of the competencies of students/candidates, within the framework of their professional activity, present or future.

It helps:

  • accompany product managers in the digital transition of their product or service,

  • entrepreneurs or project leaders to design and manage the implementation of a digital product or service,

  • enable the acquisition of transversal skills such as the application of the product management method to developers, marketing executives and designers in order to create or improve a digital product and/or service. 

Are there any prerequisites for this product management course?

This is a beginner-friendly programme with no prerequisites, although students may have had exposure to product development concepts or be informally taking on PM responsibilities in their current role. Whether you’re new to the field or you’re looking to formalise your practice, our curriculum will enable you to explore critical tools for navigating the product life cycle and put them to work for you, your company, and your career.

The course also requires:

  • Have a Baccalaureate level or equivalent (qualification level 4 in France)

  • A good level of English proficiency (for non-native speakers, a CEFR level of B2 or a TOEFL score of 90 is recommended). Check this self-assessment grid.

  • Your own laptop (PC or Mac). It must be no more than four-years old and able to run the most recent operating system. 

  • If remote, a webcam, headphones, and good access to the internet are required.

Our Admissions team can discuss your background and learning goals to advise if this course is a good fit for you.

What does my tuition cover?

Here are just some of the benefits you can expect as a GA student:

  • 40 hours of expert instruction designed to build a strong foundation in the practice of product management.

  • Robust coursework, including expert-vetted lesson decks, project toolkits, and more. Refresh and refine your knowledge throughout your professional journey as needed.

  • A real-world project where you’ll apply the end-to-end PM process, developing a product or feature that’s aligned to both customer needs and business goals.

  • Individual feedback and guidance from instructors and TAs during office hours. Stay motivated and make the most of your experience with the help of GA’s dedicated team.

  • Access to the collaborative chat tool Slack to communicate with your instructors, peers and alumni throughout the course.

  • Exclusive access to alumni discounts, networking events, and career workshops.

  • A GA course certificate to showcase your new skill set on LinkedIn.

  • Connections with a professional network of instructors and peers that lasts well beyond the course. The global GA community can help you navigate and succeed in the field.

The examination of the 'Apply a Product Management Design Approach' certification, registered onto the Specific Directory from France Compétences (RS5615), i.e the submission of the final project to an instructor and a jury of professionals. The completion of the competency assessment grid and the issuance of a certificate are included in the overall price of the training.

What projects will I work on during the course?

For your final project, you’ll apply all of the concepts and tools learned in the course to develop a product or feature of your choice. You’ll get hands-on practice with each step in the PM process and create professional-standard documentation spanning market research, prototyping, health metrics, and more. You’ll also deliver a final presentation, which can serve as a case study for stakeholders, future employers, and your portfolio.

We encourage you to tackle a product challenge that’s related to your work or a passion project you’ve been meaning to carve out time for.

Throughout this product management training course, you’ll also complete a number of smaller projects based on real-world examples that are designed to reinforce what you’ve learned in each unit.

Which format should I take this product management course in — on campus or online?

It’s up to you! Our Remote courses offer a learning experience that mirrors GA’s on-campus offerings but allow you to learn from the comfort of home. If you don’t live near a GA campus, have a busy travel schedule, or just want to save yourself the commute, a Remote course could be a good option for you, if available in your market. You’ll still get access to the expert instruction, learning resources, and support network that GA is known for.

If you prefer to learn alongside your peers and can make it to campus, our in-person courses allow you to take advantage of our beautiful classrooms and workspaces.

Our Admissions team can advise you on the best format for your personal circumstances and learning style.

What is the remote experience at GA?

Engage in live, online, project-based learning that’s designed to transform your career — from anywhere. Powered by Zoom, the major video conferencing tool, and the collaborative messaging platform Slack, our interactive classroom mirrors what you’ll encounter as part of the modern workforce.

You’ll be able to not only share your screen and present your work to classmates but also collaborate in small groups via breakout rooms. Additionally, you can revisit recordings of class sessions in the future.

Beyond class hours, get guidance, feedback, technical assistance, and more during frequent one-on-one check-ins and office hours.
 

Can I work full-time while enroled in this product management course?

Yes! All of our evening and 1-week courses are designed for busy professionals with full-time work commitments. Depending on your location, classes meet twice per week in the evenings or all day on Saturday. If you’re able to dedicate a full week to learning, we also have a full-time, accelerated 1-week option. Please keep in mind that our remote course is live online, which means that if you take the accelerated programme, you’ll be connected live with your instructor and classmates the whole day.

You will be expected to spend time working on homework and projects outside of class hours each week, but the workload is designed to be manageable with a full-time job.

If you need to miss a session or two, we offer resources to help you catch up. We recommend you discuss any planned absences with your instructor.

In what language is this programme taught?

Our courses will be delivered in two ways:

  • Fully in English 

  • In French, with English materials 

Please check with the Admissions team to confirm which is true of your course of interest and what is relevant for your situation. In both cases, if you are not native speaker, a CEFR level of B2 or a TOEFL score of 90 is recommended. (Review this self-assessment grid in English.)

What are my financing options?

We offer a variety of different financing options, including instalment plans, so you can focus on what counts — your education. Speak with our Admissions team to learn more and find the best fit for you and your finances.

Our programme is currently not eligible for governmental funds in France such as CPF, however, we are working to become eligible in the future. 

The “Compte personnel de formation” (i.e., “personal training account’”) was created in order to provide training opportunities throughout an employee’s professional life in France, encouraging everyone to undertake training or study throughout their working life until retirement age.

The CPF is made available to employees working in the private sector, as well as job-seekers and youth who are entering the world of work (at 15- or 16-years-old) exclusively in France.

As the training is eligible for the Personal Training Funding, it is possible to use your Personal Training Account (CPF) in order to partially or totally finance the training. If your account’s balance cannot cover the full amount of the training, you have the option of using contributions depending on your status:

  • If you are an employee, your employer can pay a voluntary contribution to help finance your training by paying the rest. A connection from your employer to the EDEF space is required.

  • If you are a job seeker, Pôle Emploi can provide support. A prior request must be made with your Pôle Emploi advisor. It is preferable to make the request 30 days before the start of your training.

You also have the possibility of financing the remainder by paying via  credit card.

However, do not hesitate to contact your company to find out if it can utilise its personal funds to help you finance training, or contact your National Job Centre (Pôle Emploi) advisor if you are a job-seeker. Indeed, many structures in France such as your region, Pôle Emploi, or AGEFIPH can help you finance your training. Your job-seeker advisor at Pôle Emploi will be able to direct you toward these different systems or offer you Individual Training Assistance (AIF).

General Assembly France is a Qualiopi Training Center and therefore meets the quality requirements set by the French Vocational Training’s law.

Are GA’s courses accessible for people with disabilities?

GA can provide access to its courses for people with disabilities. Please contact our Admission team to discuss your needs and learn how we could support you throughout your learning journey.

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