The customer success industry is always evolving, which means it’s more important than ever to continue your professional development and stay educated on emerging trends and best practices. 

Cue, customer success trainings and certifications! 

While certifications can definitely be an investment of time and resources, they carry a ton of value. Not only do they give you an edge in an increasingly competitive market, but it’s also a great way to hone in on a particular skill set, increase your earning potential, and build up your professional credibility. We’ve seen some pretty stellar programs out there, and we’re here to give you the rundown so you can decide which options are right for you. 

Customer Success Trainings and Certifications for 2020

Customer Success Manager (CSM) Elite

If you are a Customer Success Manager who loves to deliver value to your customers but struggles with how to ‘get it all done,’ you need a strong foundation in three key areas to become Elite. Nils Vinje’s new course on Udemy shares the strategies he’s used to accelerate from CSM to VP and the blueprints and models he’s been teaching private clients since 2015.

SuccessHacker Certifications and Training Workshops

Led by CS leaders Todd Eby, Andrew Marks, James Scott and Aaron Thompson, SuccessHacker provides a variety of workshops and online training courses for every level of customer success. The trainers provide 60+ years of combined experience in designing, building, and executing programs that deliver results and help improve your capabilities. Join CSM’s at IBM, Verizon, HP, and more who have benefited from SuccessHacker workshops and training courses. 

Cisco CSM Certification

This certification from Cisco provides a solid framework and a core set of fundamental skills and knowledge base that will help you drive better value to your customers. There are no prerequisites for the course, however they do provide a beginner course for professionals that have been in the field for under two years to prep for the certification. Bonus: the certification is valid for 2 years! 

TriTuns Certification and Training 

Led by “The Jasons” (Jason Noble and Jason Whitehead) at TriTuns, these guys provide a variety of customer success training options. They offer training for individuals and for teams, and even have a demo you can watch so you can see what you’re getting in to! Trainings include interactive online courses to go at your own pace, subscription based learning with online training, instructor led sessions and group coaching calls, and more. 

WnTD Partners

WnTD Partners offers customer success training and workshops at three master class levels. Throughout the three courses, instructors will cover the fundamentals of strategic thinking and execution of customer success management, all the way up to advanced concepts like data insights for CS, executing on QBRs, etc. You can find all the dates and course descriptions on their website!

The Success League Training 

The Success League teaches customer success teams the skills they need to be top performers. Their certification program emphasizes long-term learning and provides practical applications of best practices, with tools CSM’s can adopt with ease. Their offering includes a series of 16 weekly, online, instructor-led courses. You can sign up for a single course, or join the full certification program at any time. Check out their website to see a list of dates and times for workshops.

Additional Trainings: 

Udemy: Udemy is well-known for it’s holistic and cost effective courses for all areas of professional and personal development. This workshop called Customer Success Manager 101: Foundations to your CSM Career is perfect for those who are just starting out in their career. Head to the bottom of the page and you’ll also find additional courses! 

Lynda: Lynda is another professional development site that provides courses in areas of customer success like customer lifetime value, customer and employee advocacy, journey mapping, and more. You can select courses by level of difficulty, duration, and content type, and there’s an option for a free month trial! 

Customer Success Consultants: If you’re looking for some guidance on tips and best practices for professional and business development, you also have the option to hire a CS consultant! These consultants have spent years perfecting their craft, and can provide tactics and strategies specific to your business goals. The Customer Success Association provides a running, updated list of customer success consultants so you can pick which one is best suited for you, including well known consultants like Irit Eizips, Kia Puhm, Nils Vinje, and more. 

Additional Resources

The great thing about customer success is there is always an abundance of content. In addition to online training courses and certifications, you can also kick it up a notch with content like blogs, podcasts, conferences, and more. And lucky for you — we’ve got those lists covered! Check them out here: 

Customer Success Blogs You Should Be Following
Customer Success Podcasts to Follow
Top B2B Customer Success and Experience Conferences 

We hope this list helps you find your path in customer success. Have a favorite certification or training course you’d like to add? Let us know!