After operating this website for several months, one question I am always getting asked is “how to get Skillshare premium for free?”.
And is it even possible?
Luckily for you, there are actually 7 different ways in which students can get Skillshare for free!
I will cover each of these methods below so you can start learning for free. Let’s get started!
How To Get Skillshare Premium For Free (7 TIPS)
1. Activate Skillshare Premium 1-Month FREE Trial
One of the best ways to access Skillshare premium for free is to take advantage of their free trial offers.
While Skillshare’s website offers only a 7-day free trial, users can actually use this exclusive link that will quadruple that free learning time to 1 full month!
This premium trial gives access to all 29,000+ courses, training, and also the use of the smartphone app. As a bonus, there are no contracts, hidden fees or catches and users can cancel anytime within that 1-month time frame.
As this is a trial, users of course won’t be able to use Skillshare for free indefinitely. But for those that are just wanting to try the service and take a couple of courses, this is a perfect option!
2. Become a Skillshare Teacher Assistant
If you are looking for a more long-term way to gain free access to Skillshare premium, without having to use a coupon or discount, then becoming a teacher assistant is an awesome option. But there is a catch…
As the name suggests, becoming a teacher assistant requires some work in return for the free premium access. Here are some of the responsibilities of a Skillshare TA:
- Take classes and share your projects.
- Start discussions and give feedback to students in your favorite classes
- Report technical issues and flag misconduct.
- Participate in other awesome initiatives to support and inspire the community.
On top of getting free premium access, teacher assistants also get access for as long as they are a TA, a TA badge on your Skillshare profile, and first access to updates and news.
To apply, you can head over to the application page.
3. Apply For Skillshare Scholarships
Another great way to get Skillshare premium for free (or at a 50% discount for students) is to apply for a scholarship directly via the website.
As of writing this, Skillshare has two scholarships which are for students and those of financial assistance.
To apply for the student scholarship, users will need a .edu/ university email address to apply. In total, there is $500,000 worth of discounts to be distributed for the celebration of reaching 500,000 students.
There is also the Skillshare scholarship for those in need of financial assistance which gives eligible users 1 year free of the service.
To apply for any of these, you can head over to the scholarship page.
4. Enter Skillshare Challenges
Another unique way to get Skillshare premium for free is to enter one of Skillshares’s many challenges. For an up-to-date list of challenges (which is updated monthly), you can head over to their challenges page.
Ok, but how do these challenges work?
While each challenge is slightly different, most of them follow the same thread, which is to incentivize users to create a course on the platform.
The October challenge, for example, is for users to create at least one course, send one premium referral, and have 30 minutes of watch time on the course. If all these conditions are met, there is a free 12-month premium trial to claim.
There is also the possibility of winning $1,000 for those who complete the challenge. On top of that, users can also earn money from their course!
5. Find Free Access Links
For another approach, users can also get a free Skillshare premium without any coupons or discounts by using a “free access link”.
This is s system in which Skillshare teachers share “secret” links to their potential students to get them on the platform. Depending on the link, it may give 1-6 months of free access.
To seek out these free access links, users can head over to Facebook pages like this one to get up-to-date deals.
6. Refer a Friend
For those who are surrounded by other passionate learners, Skillshare offers a refer a friend program that you also might be able to take advantage of.
All you have to do is refer a friend to the platform, and once they complete their first payment, you will receive a 1-month free.
While this isn’t exactly a long-term solution, it is still one of many options to take advantage of.
7. Try Skillshare Basic For Free
Last but not least is to just use Skillshare basic. I myself didn’t realize that Skillshare actually offers a free version of their platform which still has access to over 2,400+ courses!
All you have to do is sign up for a free account and then filter out the free courses. So depending on what you want to learn, this is an awesome option!
To find free courses, you can do this by going to Filter > Select Free. No coupon or discount code is needed for this one, thanks to the internet!
Hopefully, this mini-guide has helped you get to Skillshare premium for free. If it has, please let me know down below how it worked for you and also what courses you have undertaken. Thanks for reading and happy learning! To learn more, you can see my list of the best online courses with free certificates.
If you want to learn more, you can see my full Skillshare review where I go into more detail about pricing, classes, teachers, and more!