Pluralsight training benefits in Visual Studio subscriptions

Advance your skills with expert-authored courses, learning paths, adaptive skill measurement, and more! Depending on which Visual Studio subscription or program membership you have, you may be eligible for up to six months of free, unlimited access to the entire Pluralsight catalog.

The table below details what Pluralsight subscription benefits are available to each Visual Studio subscription type. Some subscribers will also be able to take advantage of limited courses after their full catalog access subscription expires. Pluralsight will guide you through that process when your full catalog subscription expires.

Depending on the type of subscription they have, not all subscribers who have previously used a Pluralsight subscription provided through a Visual Studio subscription will be able to redeem new Pluralsight benefit offers. If you are not eligible to redeem additional Pluralsight training benefits, you'll receive a notification when you attempt to activate the benefit on the Pluralsight website.

Activation steps

  1. To activate your subscription, connect to and click on the Get Code link on the Pluralsight benefit tile, located in the Professional Development section.

    Pluralsight Benefit Tile


    When you click on the "Get Code" link on the Pluralsight benefit tile, you may receive the following message:

    "Please note: If you have previously activated a different Pluralsight offer through your Visual Studio subscription, this code may not enable you to create a new Pluralsight account."

  2. You’ll receive a notification that the coupon code has been successfully retrieved. Click Activate.

    Pluralsight Benefit Activate

  3. You'll be redirected to the Pluralsight page for the benefit that's included with your Visual Studio subscription. In this example, we'll activate the benefit provided with Visual Studio Dev Essentials memberships. Click Activate your benefit.

    Pluralsight VSDE Landing Page

  4. On the activation page:

    • Provide the contact information requested on the form
    • Click the checkbox to accept the terms of use and privacy policy
    • Click I agree, activate benefit. > [!div class="mx-imgBorder"] > Pluralsight Benefit Activation > [!div class="mx-imgBorder"] > Pluralsight Benefit Terms
  5. It may take a moment to set up your account. Once that's complete, you'll see a confirmation on the page, and will receive an email with your login information. The email will be sent to the alias you specified when you created the account. Be sure to check your junk or spam mail folders if you have trouble finding the message.

    Pluralsight Benefit Confirmation


    If your account is not eligible to redeem new offers, the email you receive will explain that there was a problem creating your account because it's not eligible. It will also contain information to help you contact Pluralsight's support team, who can answer any questions you may have about your account.

  6. Once your account has been successfully created, the email you receive will contain your username, and ask you to create a password. Provide your password, enter it again to confirm it, and click Log in to Pluralsight.

    Pluralsight Benefit Welcome Email

  7. Enter the username provided in the welcome email, and the password you just created, and click Sign in.

    Pluralsight Benefit Login

  8. That's it! You're now ready to start learning with thousands of Pluralsight courses!

    Pluralsight Benefit Home


Subscription Level Channels Benefit Renewable?
Visual Studio Enterprise (Standard, annual cloud) VL, Azure, Retail 6 months No2
Visual Studio Professional (Standard, annual cloud) VL, Azure, Retail 3 months No2
Visual Studio Test Professional (Standard) VL, Retail 3 months No2
MSDN Platforms (Standard) VL, Retail 3 months No2
Visual Studio Dev Essentials NA 3 months No
Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional (monthly cloud) Azure Not available NA
Visual Studio Enterprise (NFR1 ) Program Not available NA

1 Includes: Not for Resale (NFR), Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP), BizSpark, MCT Software & Services Developer, MCT Software & Service, Microsoft Valued Professional (MVP), Region Director (RD), Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), FTE, Imagine.

2 The Pluralsight benefit is single use only, tied to the individual. Once the subscriber consumes the benefit, it does not reset. Please see the frequently asked questions below for more details. Following the expiration of Pluralsight subscriptions, you may be eligible to receive 12 months of access to 50 selected Pluralsight courses in one of three study areas.

Not sure which subscription you're using? Connect to to see all the subscriptions assigned to your email address. If you don't see all your subscriptions, you may have one or more assigned to a different email address. You'll need to sign in with that email address to see those subscriptions.

Frequently asked questions

Q: I have a Visual Studio Enterprise subscription, but I don't see the Pluralsight tile on the Benefits page. What's wrong?

A: Not all Visual Studio Enterprise subscriptions include the Pluralsight benefit. Check the eligibility table table to see whether your subscription is eligible.

Q: Do I have access to any customized learning playlists or channels?

A: Yes, as a Visual Studio subscriber you get access to expert channels as part of your Pluralsight training benefit. These channels have been specially curated by Microsoft experts and are geared towards learning in the areas of .Net, Azure, DevOps and Mobility. Activate your Pluralsight benefit through your Visual Studio subscription portal to get access to these channels on your Pluralsight landing page –

• Scott Hanselmann (.Net, Azure) -

• Donovan Brown (DevOps) -

• James Montemagno (Mobility) -

Q: What happens when my Pluralsight subscription runs out?

A: At the end of your free Pluralsight subscription, you have two options:

  • You get free 12-month access (Check the eligibility table table to see whether your subscription is eligible) to a limited set of 50 courses in one of three key areas including: app development on the cloud; AI, machine learning and data; and DevOps in the cloud. Watch for an email from Pluralsight to claim your free access after expiration. You can see a list of courses available under each partial library.
  • You may choose to purchase a subscription directly from Pluralsight at a 10% discount which gives you access to their full course catalog. Please contact Pluralsight for full details.

Q: My company renews their Visual Studio subscription through an Enterprise Agreement. Does the Pluralsight benefit reset?

A: No. The Pluralsight benefit is single use only, tied to the individual. Once the subscriber consumes the benefit, it does not reset. This is true for all purchasing channels, including retail, cloud and Volume License (VL) purchases.

Support resources

  • Pluralsight Help Center provides assistance with taking Pluralsight courses or using the Pluralsight website.
  • For assistance with sales, subscriptions, accounts and billing for Visual Studio Subscriptions, contact Visual Studio Subscriptions Support.
  • Have a question about Visual Studio IDE, Azure DevOps Services or other Visual Studio products or services? Visit Visual Studio Support.