August 8, 2023

How to Learn Puppet the Easy Way — From Beginners to Advanced Practitioners

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Want to learn how to use Puppet, or looking to enhance your existing Puppet skills? This blog will explore the different options available to learners of all levels.

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Why Learn Puppet? 

Puppet’s industry-leading infrastructure automation is used by over 40,000+ organizations around the world and the demand for Puppet practitioners is always growing. Learning Puppet can make you a valuable part of an engaged community and provide you with the skills needed to discover, manage, and deliver infrastructure using Puppet. 

There are a lot of reasons to get started learning Puppet, but we’ll focus on the two biggest: 

  1. Puppet is easy to learn, even if you don’t have a lot of experience with configuration management. Puppet makes the learning process even easier with documentation, tutorials, and training courses which we will explore in this blog. 
  2. Puppet is widely used by organizations of many sizes, which also means that it’s backed by a strong community of Puppet users who can provide support on demand — in places like the Puppet Slack community channel. 

Even more importantly, there are lots of reasons why Puppet might fit into your specific career path and needs. Maybe you’re a sys admin who needs to onboard to Puppet after joining a new role, or even a student looking to get into a career as a Site Reliability Engineer. 

Beyond Puppet alone, these courses can introduce you to popular and emerging technology trends that are critical for practitioners today, such as: 

  • Infrastructure as code 
  • Hybrid cloud deployment 
  • Continuous delivery 
  • Configuration management 

No matter why you want to learn Puppet, or learn more about changing tech needs today, we’ve got you covered. 

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Puppet Education Course Options 

Different schedules, different styles of learning, and different needs — Puppet provides options for every kind of learner. 

Instructor-Led Courses

Join a Puppet professional at a time that works best for your schedule with our flexible instructor-led courses in a group setting. You’ll get your questions answered immediately, along with feedback and support to help you as you learn. All you’ll need to do is login to our learning platform, check the course calendar, and join a class! 

Private Training Courses 

Prefer to learn in a one-on-one setting? Private training courses are available from the Puppet team, which add even more flexibility to meet your scheduling needs and style of learning. Our Puppet pros will walk you through everything you need to know, with a special focus on your industry or professional needs. Looking for a private training course for your entire team? You can also schedule a private group lesson or series of lessons to develop the skills of your team, all at the same time. 

On-Demand Courses 

Puppet’s wide range of on-demand courses are self-paced, interactive, and can be completed on your preferred schedule. Even better, Puppet offers the beginner level courses (PE101 – 301) completely free on the learning platform. This is a great option for learners who need extra flexibility and are comfortable learning on their own. 

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Selecting the Right Puppet Learning Path for Your Needs 







  • Peer support and encouragement 
  • Live feedback 
  • Immediate answers to questions 
  • Structured format 
  • Teacher support 
  • Highly customizable and specific to needs 
  • Structured according to learning style 
  • Flexible for your schedule 
  • Free intro courses 
  • Easy to start and stop 

Things to Consider

  • Scheduling needs 
  • Greater cost 
  • Less support 
  • Relies on self-motivation 


For most learners, instructor-led or private courses are the way to go. Our Puppet pros are there to support your learning journey and help you stay on track. The peer environment in instructor-led courses can also be a great way to make connections within the Puppet community. 

If you’re on a budget or have a schedule without a lot of flexibility, on-demand courses might be the better option for you. 

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Support + Community 

You’re never alone as a Puppet learner or practitioner. The Puppet community is what makes Puppet so great — it’s the reason Puppet has thrived since the creation of Puppet OS back in the mid 2000s. 

Here are ways to get help, get involved, and find what you are looking for: 


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