Announcing Academy Pro

Blog Post created by sferry Employee on May 9, 2017

Hi MapR Community and Academy Students,


Many of you joined the MapR Converge Community as a result of having taken some of our free, on-demand training courses in MapR Academy. You are not alone: over 84,000 people have registered for over 230,000 courses since its debut in January 2015. The mission of MapR Academy On-demand training was to produce a developer-focused technical curriculum that would be helpful to you professionally and increase your knowledge and skill set in most big data topics.


Big Reveal!

Today, the Education team at MapR Technologies is happy to debut a new on-demand training option: MapR Academy Pro. 

Academy Pro Logo

Academy Pro is offered as a 6-month user subscription, providing access to the entire library of technical on-demand courses, targeted to administrators, developers, and data analysts. A single attempt at any certification exam – user's choice – is included with each subscription. To review the details of what is in MapR Academy Pro, please visit the Academy Pro web page.


But Wait: Where are the Free Courses?

What you knew as MapR Academy has become MapR Academy Essentials.


MapR Academy Essentials


In Essentials, all users have access to free, on-demand short courses on a wide variety of big data topics. Academy Essentials is targeted to everyone - from business decision makers to developers to the merely curious. Essentials courses provide overviews, use cases, technology context, and high-level summaries of the best of big data topics and trends. Visit the Academy Essentials web page.


Why We Did This

In order to continue to develop top-notch technical courses, job aids, lab exercises, user stories and use cases, certification exams, study guides, and other curricular resources, we made the choice to move away from an all-free model. Doing so will permit us to continue evolving and producing the responsive, best-in-class, on-demand courses we have become known for.  


Where did my Advanced Courses go?

Any course that no longer appears as a selectable registration option in Academy Essentials has "turned Pro." If you were already enrolled in one of those courses, never fear. Click the drop-down in your Profile, in the upper left corner. There you'll see a list of everything you ever enrolled in. Click any course link, and, eureka, that course opens. Courses in your Profile list remain yours to take and re-take.  

For more questions about MapR Academy Pro, courses and certifications, visit Course and Certification FAQs.


What to Expect Going Forward

The team at MapR Academy is busy developing more short courses for the free Essentials category. You can expect one course each quarter, maybe more. At the same time, we are mapping out enhancements to the technical curriculum for Pro. Our goal is to continue innovating value-adds for Pro subscribers by offering options such as early access to courses, invitations to internal events, and the ability to influence course topics. We invite you to follow our MapR Academy blog for news notifications; detailed steps can be found here .


Thanks for continuing with us on the MapR Academy learning path. 


All the Best,

from the Team at MapR Academy:

Jon, Onna, Saira, Martin, Karisse, Gary, Paul, Mike, Deborah, Jacklyn, and Suzanne