Pluralsight Benefits: How to enjoy Pluralsight trial & 3 months / 6 months / a year of free Premium access to all courses?

Mahesh Shrestha
Nov 13, 2019 · 8 min read

Update: April 2nd, 2020, In response to Coronavirus outbreak, Pluralsight is offering a full library of 7000+ courses for free throughout the entire month of April.

Learning these days is no more difficult than used to be since the introduction of the internet. Everything you ever wanted to learn is just there, the only thing is you need is to know where to look efficiently. Lynda (LinkedIn Learning), Udemy, Skillshare, Coursera, edx, and w3schools are some of the mainstream platforms to learn online. But wait, there is one another popular platform, founded in 2004, called Pluralsight that focuses on being the best technology skills platform.

Pluralsight has more than 1500 expert authors that regularly update the contents on the platform. It costs $29/month for Personal monthly subscription, $299/year for Personal annual subscription and $449/year for Premium plan. If pricing sounds expensive, however, given the learning resources Pluralsight provides, this pricing is justifiable. Even more so, guys at Pluralsight are really generous as they have numerous offers and benefits going on for the users such as free 10 days trial, or 3 months / 6 months / a year of free access to Pluralsight paid subscription plans. And exactly this is what we’ll be discussing; all the possible ways to get Pluralsight benefits for free in 2019 / 2020.

1️⃣ Trial and Referral Program: How to get a free Pluralsight Premium trial?

Unlike most of the other learning platforms (LinkedIn provides a 1-month free trial, Skillshare comes with 2 months free trial), Pluralsight provides only 10 days or 200 minutes of viewing the free trial. You can activate the Pluralsight free trial by following steps below:

Step 1: Visit Pluralsight and click on Start A Free 10-Day Trialor click below 👇

Step 2: Select “Start My Free 10-Day Trial” under either monthly, annual or premium subscription.

Step 3: In the next page, fill up a form with your account details and proceed to “Payment”

Step 4: Enter your payment details (Credit/Debit card) and click “Start Free Trial” to activate your 10 days free trial. You will have full access to Pluralsight premium courses.

If you don’t want to continue the Pluralsight premium plan trial, you will have to cancel the trial before it ends so that the subscription doesn’t auto-renew itself. However, even after you cancel the trial and stay as a free Pluralsight user, you will still get to enjoy the perks for being a user. Pluralsight offers five free weekly courses, these free courses are uploaded each Tuesday and you can access from your Pluralsight homepage.

Other than a free trial, you can also enjoy the Pluralsight premium with a referral program. If you refer someone to Pluralsight and signs up for a non-Premium Personal annual or Personal monthly subscription using your referral link, you’ll be rewarded a $20 Gift Card via email. This gift card can be used to buy a personal monthly subscription plan. However, you can only receive up to 12 gift cards (worth $240) from your successful referrals, which will provide you 8 months of Pluralsight monthly subscription.

Steps to refer

Step 1: Login to your Pluralsight and visit this referral page.

Step 2: Fill up with your name and email address in the form

Step 3: Click Continue and then Get Referral Link to receive a personalized referral URL.

Step 4: Share your referral URL on Facebook, Twitter, or email to drive new sign-ups.

You can increase the chances of signing up using your referral link by promoting the fact that any new users that sign up using your link get a 50% discount on Pluralsight Personal monthly subscription or a 15% discount off on non-Premium Personal annual subscription.

2️⃣ Via Pluralsight Partners:

Pluralsight in partnerships with multiple companies offers benefits such as free access to Pluralsight paid plan up to 3 months, 6 months or even for a year. And the best thing is to activate these benefits, you won’t be required to enter your credit card details.

And to mention a few, we have listed on how to get Pluralsight free courses and plans if you are a user of Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio, or a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft RD, or a VMware Expert.

⦿ Pluralsight Partnerships: Visual Studio

Just a few months back, Pluralsight, in partnership with Visual Studio, was giving away 6 months of free access to Pluralsight Premium to Visual Studio free users, which then reduced to 3 months, later 1 month and finally canceled the benefit. However, Pluralsight still offers six months and three months of free access to Visual Studio users, but there’s a catch; the Visual Studio user has to have an annual paid plan of Visual Studio. Nevertheless, the free subscription to Pluralsight is a win, and to enable the benefit, follow the steps mentioned below.

How to get 6 months and 3 months of Pluralsight Premium free subscription in 2019 /2020?

Step 1: Sign up for the Pluralsight account or login if you already have one.

Step 2: Login to your Visual Studio account.

Step 3: Visit my.visualstudio.com or http://aka.ms/mymsdnbenefits and select the Pluralsight benefit.

Step 4: On the next page, fill up a Pluralsight form (make sure you use email address tied to your Pluralsight account) to activate the Pluralsight benefit.

Step 5: Now depending on your Visual Studio subscription, you will be offered either 6 months or 3 months of free access to Pluralsight Premium.

  • 6 months of free Pluralsight Premium access: If you are a Visual Studio Enterprise user.
  • 3 months of free Pluralsight Premium access: If you are Visual Studio Professional user, or MSDN Platforms user, or Visual Studio Test Professional user.

Good thing is, this benefit is a renewal or eligible for multiple times redeemable, however, you can only redeem once during the Visual Studio subscription period.

For example, if you have subscribed to a two-year Visual Studio subscription, you can redeem the six-month benefit (or three-month benefit) now. And you can redeem it in another next two years when your next two-year subscription period begins.

⦿ Pluralsight Partnerships: Microsoft Azure

Pluralsight partnered with Microsoft to provide Microsoft Azure learners access to multiple Pluralsight benefits such as:

  • Library of 130 Pluralsight video courses
  • 20+ Azure-specific learning paths
  • 20+ Azure-specific skills assessments

To redeem this Azure benefit, you’ll have to

Step 1: Create a Pluralsight account (if you don’t have one)

Step 2: Log out of your Pluralsight account

Step 3: Visit the Microsoft Azure Partnership page

Step 4: Select one of the three Microsoft Azure roles (Microsoft Azure Administrator, Microsoft Azure Developer, and Microsoft Azure Solution Architect)

Step 5: Fill the sign-up form using the same email address as on the Pluralsight account. And this will automatically redeem the benefit to your account.

However, if you are a university student, you are eligible for Microsoft Azure for Students benefit where you will receive a free 12-month and 35-course limited library benefit.

To redeem Microsoft Azure for Students Pluralsight benefit

1. Register for Microsoft Azure for Students

2. Visit Education Hub and click Software

3. Select Pluralsight offer, and then click Activate to redeem you’re a year of free access to Pluralsight and 35-course library benefit.

⦿ Microsoft MVPs, Microsoft RDs, and VMware Experts

Pluralsight also offers individual annual subscription benefits to Microsoft MVPs, RDs, and VMware Experts. To receive 12 months Pluralsight subscription, you will need to fill out this form with a link to your expert profile (social media profiles excluded).


Pluralsight Pricing: How much does Pluralsight cost?

Pluralsight comes in two packages; Personal and Business. Personal packages are for individuals whereas the Business is for dedicated groups and teams.

The Pluralsight Personal package has further three different plans; Monthly, Annual, and Premium. The Pluralsight Business package comes in two different plans; Business and Enterprise.

  • Pluralsight Personal Monthly is billed monthly and costs $29 a month.
  • Pluralsight Personal Annually is billed annually and costs $299 a year.
  • Pluralsight Premium is billed annually and costs $499 a year.
  • Pluralsight Business is billed annually and costs $579 per user a year.
  • Pluralsight Enterprise is billed annually and costs $779 per user a year.

All of the plans offer a 10-day free trial except Pluralsight Enterprise.


Other than these benefits and trials, Pluralsight does run discounts, coupon / promo codes offer and deals for subscriptions. Just recently Pluralsight had a $100 discount off offer on their Personal Annual and Personal Premium subscriptions. Not to mention, Pluralsight already has a 15% OFF Personal Annual subscription plan.

Besides, Pluralsight does occasionally run FREE WEEKEND where all the courses are completely free for one weekend. Also, as Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner, make sure you don’t miss any deals by subscribing to Pluralsight email newsletters and following us here for regular updates.


UPDATE (Pluralsight 40% Discount on Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2019)

It’s official, Pluralsight is giving away 40% Discount on Pluralsight Annual and Premium Subscription plans as Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 deals and offers. To know how to claim it, visit the below medium post!


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