Comparing Udemy VS Skillshare

Honestly, trying to declare a winner between Udemy VS Skillshare is difficult because they are both top-notch online learning platforms. They both have an extremely large number of courses and the two are basically in feature parity with each other. With that said, there are a few subtle differences and a couple of big ones, so in this article I hope to help clarify everything you need to know when comparing Udemy vs Skillshare.

These two companies both offer a huge number of unique courses, with a vast number of different topics. Both Udemy and Skillshare offer courses with programming, marketing, design and other business-specific and other general skills. Let’s jump into our review of Udemy VS Skillshare.

How do the Features of Udemy Compare Against Skillshare?

Number of Courses 130,000+ 22,000+
Available Ways to PurchasePer CourseSubscription
Ability to Purchase Courses Individually YES!No
Lowest Priced Courses $0.00 $0.00
Ability to Purchase a Subscription to Multiple Courses as an IndividualNo YES!
Subscription DetailsBusiness Only * (4000+ courses included)$99 per year (22,000 classes included)
Business Plans that can be Purchased Online (Without Contacting a Sales Rep) YES!No
Starting Prices for Business Plans$360 per user per yearn/a
Free Trial Offer 14 days (Team plan only) 14 day free trial
Moneyback Guarantee 30 daysNone
Only Allows Accredited Teachers to Create CoursesNoNo
Learning Using Videos YES! YES!
Interactive Tasks YES! YES!
Testing & Exams YES!No
Earn Certificates YES!No
Earn Accredited DegreesNoNo
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You have to buy each course on Udemy, while Skillshare is a subscription that gives you access to all courses

First off, both services have more courses than you’ll actually be able to finish, but clearly Udemy has more courses overall.

The next big difference is that Udemy requires you to purchase each course individually, while Skillshare is a subscription service that gives you access to all their courses with just one subscription fee. If learning new skills is your main focus, you can’t beat the price, selection and value of Skillshare’s subscription.

The last big difference between the two services is that you shouldn’t expect testing or certificates from Skillshare, as the platform is focused on teaching you new skills. Udemy, on the otherhand, does give you exams and certificates for their courses, so if that’s important to you then this is a clear distinction between the two services.

Unlike Skillshare, Udemy issues certificates for completing courses.
Both services allow anyone who has knowledge (and can prove it and pass some basic screening requirements) to create and sell their own courses on the platforms. This is great because some of the best teachers are those who spent years in their industry doing the hard work. This means you can expect to find some crazy high level teachers on both services, but since the barriers to entry are so low, you will also find courses that are not perfectly constructed or were created by a teacher who isn’t naturally talented at teaching. Luckily, this is not a common issue on either service.

How do the Subjects Covered by Udemy Compare Against Skillshare?

Information Technology Courses YES! YES!
Programming & Coding Courses YES! YES!
Creativity & Design Courses YES! YES!
Business Courses YES! YES!
Marketing Courses YES! YES!
Media Courses YES! YES!
Music & Audio Courses YES! YES!
Data Science Courses YES! YES!
Personal Development Courses YES! YES!
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Both Udemy and Skillshare cover all the subjects which we write about here, so it’s a draw in these regards. In fact, they both cover more topics than we actually cover here, so they both have an extremely wide selection of courses to choose from.

Since Skillshare is a subscription service, one of the best perks is that there are often multiple courses covering a subject, meaning if you’re not impressed by one course, you can easily drop it and switch to the alternative. While you could still do that on Udemy, the issue is that you pay for each course you take on that platform, so the Skillshare subscription model is superior in this scenario.

How do we Rate Udemy VS Skillshare?

Course Quality Review 8.0 8.0
Course Selection Review 9.9 9.5
MOOC Platform Review 8.0 8.0
MOOC User Experience Review 9.0 9.0
Value Proposition Review 9.9 9.9
Overall Review 9.0 8.9
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Course Quality Review

Winner: Tied
Each service has about the same level of high quality courses.
Skillshare and Udemy courses are created by anyone who can demonstrate that they have expert-level knowledge on a subject. However, just because you know a subject, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good at teaching it. This leads to some quality variations between courses on both services. Luckily Skillshare gives you access to all their courses, so if you stumble onto a low quality course you can skip it without financial penalty. Udemy is a little more tricky, since you pay for each course à la carte.


Course Selection Review

Winner: Udemy
Udemy has over 70,000 more courses than Skillshare.
The subscription nature of Skillshare means that one payment gets you access to 22,000+ courses while a single payment on Udemy gets you access to 1 course. So while Udemy has over 100,000 courses compared to Skillshare’s 22,000, the level of access to those courses is quite drastic. At the end of the day, I have to give the victory in this category to Udemy, since they do have a lot more courses. However, Skillshare obviously gives you access to far more courses so there is a strong argument that they should win this section of our review.


Learning Platform Review

Winner: Tied
Both services have a similar quality learning platform.
When I talk about platforms, I am talking about the ways that the site teaches you, like video tutorials, interactive projects and hands-on testing, as well as awarding certificates. Both Udemy and Skillshare have good platforms. Skillshare doesn’t test you or provide certificates in the same way that Udemy does, but I found Skillshare to have slightly better courses on average, which evened out into a tie on the platform review.


User Experience Review

Winner: Tied
Both Udemy and Skillshare have a good user experience.
When we review the platform, we’re looking at the learning angles of the experience, but for the User Experience Review we look at everything else, including the sign-up process, the wait-times, the quality of courses, support, emails, billing and more. Fortunately, both of these websites provide a great overall user experience. The user interfaces are logical enough, signing up is straight forward, support staff reply quickly and billing is exactly what you’d expect. Since neither platform sticks out from the other in these regards, this one is a tie in our books.


Value Proposition Review

Winner: Tied
Udemy frequently runs big sales, but Skillshare is a single subscription for all courses.
If you don’t care about testing or certificates, then the value proposition winner is actually Skillshare, because you get access to all their courses for the price of a single subscripton. However, if you need a certificate or want testing after you complete a course, you’ll find the Udemy offers what you need, making them the value winner. Basically, if you’re just interested in learning new skills, Skillshare is the superior value, while if you’re looking to learn new skills AND pad out your résumé then Udemy is the clear value winner.


Overall Review

Winner: Almost tied... but Udemy
Udemy’s ability to test & get a certificate
You really can’t wrong choosing either Udemy or Skillshare. As I’ve said a few times in this review, if you’re only interested in learning new skills, choose the Skillshare subscription and learn all you want for a whole year! However, if you’re looking to show off your new skill with a certificate, then Udemy has you covered. Either way, these two services are very comparable in almost every way, which meant it was really hard to choose a victor. I lean towards Udemy slightly overall, but for all intents and purposes I find the two services tied in almost every way.

Pros & Cons of Each Service

Both Udemy and Skillshare are amazing learning services and platforms, but they each have their PROs and CONs. In this section, I have outlined PROs and CONs for both services, specifically with how they compare to each other.

Final Thoughts

Comparing Udemy VS Skillshare is exceptionally difficult because these services both offer almost the same features, with the biggest difference being that Udemy is pay-per-course while Skillshare is one subscription price to access everything. I covered the other differences in this article, but as someone who has used both services quite a bit, it really is difficult to call one better than the other. You really win either way.

I hope this comparison review has helped you, but if you have any questions please leave a comment or reach out via email. Thanks for reading and happy learning!

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