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6 of the Best Podcasting Courses on the Market

Perhaps the most common method of learning to podcast is the “self-taught” approach, where you learn by doing, through a process of trial and error.

Fortunately, there's a tonne of free resources out there that can help you start and run your own podcast. But if you're coming in as an absolute beginner, that can be slightly overwhelming. Where do you start? And how do you know which advice is good or credible?

This approach is a huge investment of time, and whilst that suits some people, there's another group of absolute beginners who'd rather invest financially to learn the ropes. There's no right or wrong way here – it all comes down to individual circumstances.

If you feel you're in the latter camp and would prefer to invest money, not time, then taking a podcasting course or two might be the answer.

So how do you find the right podcasting course for you? That's where our Best Podcasting Courses Guide comes in.

They're all created and maintained by some of the most experienced and credible professionals in the medium. There's something here for everyone, dealing with all aspects of podcasting, and with varying length and price ranges.

school of podcastingPlanning Your Podcast – Dave Jackson

Price: $499 per year

These are all the questions you should ask yourself before you press record.

Dave Jackson is the man behind the 500+ episode School of Podcasting podcast – a stalwart in the ‘podcasts about podcasting' world.

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Dave's Planning Your Podcast course is all about getting off on the right foot. Many new podcasters mistakenly enter podcasting thinking about what mic or mixer they should buy – but there are a lot of important things you need to nail down before worrying about buying equipment.

You can access this course, and others, by joining the School of Podcasting membership site too. A monthly membership costs $49, whilst an annual membership costs $499, which equates to two months free.

Pat Flynn Podcasting

Power-Up Podcasting – Pat Flynn

Price: $799

Everything You Need to Know to Launch and Market a Podcast That Matters

The Power-Up Podcasting course is a new offering from the master of passive income, Pat Flynn.

Pat's been running his hugely successful show Smart Passive Income since 2010, and compliments that with his Q&A-style show Ask Pat.

The latter was, until very recently, a daily show. The former is one of the top business podcasts in the world, so Pat really knows his stuff.

If you're looking to launch a show as part of your business, then Power-Up Podcasting is a definitely worth checking out!

podcast engineering schoolPodcast Engineering School – Chris Curran

Price: $1875

In 7 weeks you’ll be in the top 1 percent of podcast engineers/producers in the entire world!

A course that is certainly at the premium end of the price range, it's fair to say the Podcast Engineering School certainly isn't for everyone.

You don't need to become an audio engineer to podcast, in fact the majority of podcasters use a single USB mic to record their show.

However, this course is targeted mainly at those who want to start their own podcast production businesses. It takes you from the fundamentals of audio theory, to setting up a studio and getting the absolute best results out of any audio equipment.

Chris Curran, a vastly experienced audio specialist with an impressive list of credits, leaves no stone unturned when it comes to learning the ins and outs of podcast engineering, mastering digital audio, and planning your business.

seo for podcastersSEO for Podcasters – Daniel J Lewis

Price: $199

Rank better in iTunes, be more findable through Google, and help people engage more with your content!

It's a noisy world out there, and as competition increases and intensifies it's getting harder to be found by people searching for your particular topic.

Google still hasn't reached the stage where it can search your audio content for information, so even having the best episodes in the world won't necessarily help you here.

There are many ways you can set up your podcast to be found by your target audience though, and that's the core of the SEO for Podcasters course by Daniel J Lewis of the Audacity to Podcast. Daniel is one of the top authorities in the medium today and has put out a plethora of great free ‘how to' content over the years.

And, unsurprisingly, there's a wealth of actionable information in this course. This includes setting up your WordPress website for the best SEO performance, analysing and understanding your traffic data, and optimising your show to be discovered in places like iTunes and Google.

Just to let you know, too, that we cover a lot of SEO visibility content within our ‘30 Days of Audience Growth‘ course within the Podcast Host Academy. So, if you want to get started in SEO for podcasters, that's another option for you.

mike russell mrcProfessional Audio Production – Mike Russell

Price: Free – $1,050

Discover hidden secrets and tips and tricks of the audio production trade with master radio producer Mike Russell.

If you've searched for any kind of info or tutorial on Adobe Audition then the chances are you'd have found Mike Russell of Music Radio Creative before. Mike is an audio branding expert, and the guru for helping you create professional sounding audio.

Mike has put together a number of brilliant courses aimed at helping people get the very best sound and production values for their content. These include a Podcast Production Course ($695) and a comprehensive Professional Audio Production Course ($1,050) and he also offers a few shorter courses absolutely free.

Matthew and Colin - The Podcast Host AcademyThe Podcast Host Academy

Price: $350 per year

We, of course, have our own set of courses, which I hope you don't mind us mentioning! Colin started teaching Podcasting back in 2008 at University level, and has started and run dozens of shows since then, and I won an award for my drama and non-fiction podcasting over the years. so I hope that shows we have a decent idea how to go about this whole podcasting lark ????

Our Podcast Host Academy contains 18 courses, and growing, including a 3-part launch series (everything you need to get your show out there successfully), a fully featured Audacity editing course, a full guide on ‘how to earn from your show', a set of podcast equipment courses, and our ever-popular '30 ways to grow your show' course.

We also have a bank of checklists and resources to save you time, a library of music and FX which you can use for free, and, importantly, we run live coaching every two weeks, so you can ask any questions you like. On top of that, you'll find our community forums where all our members ask questions, swap stories, share experience and hold each other accountable.

If you want a set of courses covering everything you need, resources to save you time and stress, and coaching to offer personal help, the join us in The Podcast Host Academy.

Podcasting Courses

Naturally, any podcasting course you decide to invest in will depend on exactly what you're looking to learn and achieve, as well as your time and budget constraints.

If you're in the market for a podcasting course, then hopefully there's at least one that catches your eye in this list.

There will undoubtedly be some other great podcasting courses out there too. If you've taken one and found it useful, let us know about it in the comments section below.



  1. Gary Jeffress on 1st October 2018 at 8:05 am

    Hey Matthew great article.

    Im in Australia and take issue with the cost of podcasting courses. Its very easy for people doing any online courses to run them and charge them in $US. And Ive done courses here that are offered by New Zealanders and Australians alike yet they still charge in $US. This is nothing but a money grab frankly. If it was not people could at least advertise that the cost is firstly in another currency and secondly the correct price. I looked at Colins and thats what happened. Its advertised at a cost of $195 per year. Well the actual cost is close to A$300.

    I had my own online course some years ago and Im aware of the choice to offer clients at the price of their hometown. The $US thing is ridiculous and shows people don’t really deliver the care for clients they like to put into the words on their sales pages. Otherwise they would offer at the correct price OR advertise it at the actual price. For this reason i refuse to pay $US for online products and simply find local content. PLUS will demand paying the local price if and locals wish to charge me $US or I go elsewhere.

  2. Tony on 24th January 2019 at 8:26 pm

    John Lee Dumas’ podcast course is free and pretty good. He’s the EOFire guy.

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Matthew McLean

Matthew is an audio drama writer and producer who enjoys talking about podcasts. He makes the tea at The Podcast Host, and is a loyal servant of adopted house rabbits.

June 27th 2018