We receive dozens of questions from potential students like you. Here you will find a list of some of the most commonly asked questions. Click any question to read the answer. Have a question that isn’t answered here? Don’t hesitate to contact us!
What is CodeCore Developer Bootcamp?
A. CodeCore Developer Bootcamp is an 12-week intensive program for Web Software Development with a focus on Ruby on Rails held in Vancouver, BC.
Who should apply?
A. * You’ve already started learning to code.
* You’re looking to accelerate your learning and make that jump.
* You’re interested in solving problems through code and putting in the long hours it will take to become proficient.
* If this doesn’t fit you, no problem. We can help you gain the fundamental knowledge you will need to succeed in the bootcamp. Just get in touch with us.
Q. What are my chances of getting into the development bootcamp?
A. If you are assessed as ready we will allot a space for you in the next available cohort. You can choose to defer this depending on your availability. On the other hand, if we feel you need to do some more work before attending the Bootcamp, we’ll give you the materials needed to get you going and work with you to get you ready.
Q. How does the bootcamp work, can I visit before I apply?
A. Yes! Drop by our location at 142 W Hastings St. anytime to peek into the day to day operations at the bootcamp. We also run smaller classes for those interested in learning the fundamentals or working with technical teams. If you’re an experienced developer who needs working space, we may be willing to trade space in exchange for your time as a Mentor or Teacher’s Assistant. Contact Us for details if interested in proposing an arrangement.
Q. I’m not sure if I can afford the Bootcamp. What are my payment options?
A. The price for the Bootcamp will be variable for each student. The reason for which is that there are government programs available to certain eligible students, some grants and funding options are also available. The base pricing can be financed with approvals granted on-site or online. Contact an admission representative for details.
Q. Can I apply for Student Loans for the bootcamp?
A. Yes! There may be multiple options available based on your situation. You may wish to talk to your bank about a personal loan or a Student Line of Credit. CodeCore is a Designated Institution and you may be able to apply for a Student Loan under StudentAidBC (or your home province). Contact CodeCore to speak with a representative for more information before applying!
Q. I plan to travel to and need a place to stay while I’m there. What are my options?
A. We are located downtown which is fairly accessible by public transportation. We can help you select a place to stay that best fit your situataion.
Q. What will I learn?
What is the application process?
A. 1. Fill out an online application here
2. We will either grab a coffee with you/give you a call, this is meant to give us an idea of your motivations
3. Come in for an in person testing session or via Skype
4. Get accepted, decide how to pay, and prepare for Day 1!
Can you get me a job after the bootcamp?
A. The law prevents us from guaranteeing students a jobs after our course, but most likely! The demand for Junior Developers in Vancouver is quite high. In fact we’ve got over 40 Hiring Partners who are looking for new talent. So much so that some of them are hiring candidates and sending them to CodeCore for 12 weeks!
Q. I don’t think I will be able to attend the next Bootcamp. How often do they run?
A. Starting in January 2017 CodeCore’s Bootcamps will be run six times a year. January, February, April, June, July & September. We recommend subscribing to our newsletter to be kept up to date on future developments.
Q. Is CodeCore a Designated Learning Institution (Accredited)?
A. The BC Ministry of Advanced Education does not use the term “Accredited” as of 2016 and now uses the term “Designated”. And yes, we are a fully Designated Learning Institution under the BC Ministry of Advanced Education.
Q. I have questions that aren’t addressed here. Can I speak with someone?
A. That’s great! We’ll have one of our instructors meet you for Coffee (our treat) at a time that works for you, to answer any and all questions you may have about the program, the industry, the city or how you can overcome any barriers you may be facing. It’s a private information session, we are here to assist the tech community irrespective of whether you take our course. If meeting in person doesn’t work for you, we’re also available for you via Skype, telephone, and email. Drop us a line if you’d like to talk more.
Q. Does CodeCore offer guaranteed co-ops to Bootcamp graduates?
A. Your employment prospects are excellent however the law prevents us from making guarantees to students of employment after the Bootcamp. CodeCore operates within the law and mandatory standards set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Private Training Institution Branch.
Q. Where exactly is the CodeCore Program offered? I’ve seen multiple addresses.
A. Our office is located at 142 W Hastings Street in Vancouver.
Who teaches at CodeCore?
A. We have many tech professionals who have worked in Vancouver’s tech community for many years. We also have many TAs on board that also have years of experience working and mentoring in the industry. We also have a senior educator who supervises all our curriculum to guarantee a smooth learning curve.
Q. How much of my time should I block off for CodeCore?
A. The Bootcamp will run 40 hours a week with you spending another 20-40hrs working on team and personal projects. There is no question that it will be an intensive experience. We will provide the guidance needed for you to make the most of the 12 weeks and make sure that is time well spent. It's highly advisable that you don't take a job, even part time, while you're attending CodeCore Developer Bootcamp.
Q. We’d like to partner with CodeCore. What are the requirements?
A. That’s great! Shoot us an email with your company details and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to ask how you can send us a student to brush up their skills at a discounted rate! We also do private lessons for your current team.
Q. Does Code provide computers for students to use in class?
A. At this time we do not. Students are expected to provide their own computers for working on in class and outside regular class hours.
Q. How about Vancouver’s career opportunities? Is there work there for Developers?
A. Job prospects are excellent. Vancouver itself is currently BOOMING and there aren’t enough developers to go around. With large companies like Facebook, Twitter, & Amazon arriving in town, the demand is only going to increase. Aside from the larger companies there are multitudes of smaller StartUps also vying for people for their teams. We’ve partnered with many tech companies in Vancouver, we also host a Demo Day at the end of the Bootcamp where our students will showcase their work!
Q. I plan to travel to take the bootcamp. What do I need to know? What hoops do I need to jump through?
A. CodeCore is a Designated Learning Institution designated by the Government of Canada, but in most cases, a study permit is not required because our programs are under 6 months long and a visitor visa is enough. From there you can explore your options for working in Canada!
Q. I’m planning to buy a new computer for the Bootcamp. What does CodeCore recommend that will serve me well in my future career?
A. We recommend modern Apple laptops – Either a Macbook Pro or Air as they are extremely well suited for web development. Apple’s base level 13″ model will serve you well for years but you may decide that you want a larger screen and opt for the 15″ instead. We recommend buying either a new or refurbished computer with “AppleCare” coverage as opposed to a used computer.