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Application FAQ

Do I need to know how to code before applying for the program?

While previous coding experience is not required, we are looking for a baseline coding aptitude on the admissions assessment. We will provide all applicants with resources to begin to familiarize yourself with the fundamentals and coding skills necessary to be considered for our program. 

I have no background in coding, will I be able to get in?

We have accepted applicants with all types of educational and professional backgrounds - from high school graduates to PhDs. Our students’ backgrounds have included work as musicians, engineers, customer service reps, scientists and warehouse workers.

What are the requirements for admission into the program?

You must have a high school diploma or GED and be able to legally work without sponsorship in the United States. Accepted students must also complete a criminal background check.

What does the application process look like?

How long does the application process take?

The application process is multi-step and typically takes 8-12 weeks from submitting your application to acceptance decision.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

We’re looking for passionate self-starters with grit, tenacity and a fierce love of problem solving.

What can I do to improve my odds of acceptance into the program?

Practice, practice, practice. Prepare for the admissions assessment by using these free resources. The more time you spend learning the basics, the better you will do throughout the application process. Plus, it will help you confirm that software development is the right choice for you.

I really want this. What happens if I don’t get in?

Re-apply! If you need to withdraw your application or do not get accepted into the program, please re-apply for the next session. Some applicants need more time to work on their coding skills and may need to re-apply to have a better chance of being accepted.

If I’m accepted into the program, may I defer to a later class date?

Not at this time. We currently require all applicants to go through the entire application process each time they apply.

Program FAQ

How many classes are offered each year?

We have 3 cohorts a year. 

What is the class size?

Java classes have between 15-30 students and Data classes have between 10-15 students. 

What does a typical day look like for a Tech Ladder student?

Class hours are M-F 9a-5p. Twice a week, we have 8:00 a.m. guest speakers from our corporate partners. We also have occasional required evening events for networking. Students must also complete labs, reading assignments, group projects and other work outside of class hours.

Does it really take 100 hours a week to be successful?

Yes. This is an immersive learning environment. To be successful, our students must be prepared to work evenings and weekends.

Can I continue working while in the program?

Tech Ladder is a full-time, immersive program. A few students have successfully worked part-time evening/weekend hours while attending Tech Ladder. However, due to the intense time commitment of the program, we don’t advise students to work while attending Tech Ladder.

What materials are needed for the course?

We loan students a laptop to use for the entirety of the program. No other materials are required for the program.

What will I learn?

Please refer to the curriculum page. 

Will I receive a certification upon completion of the program?

We do not provide a certification, however we teach the concepts covered in the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer certification. Neither Tech Ladder nor its corporate partners require students to obtain the Java SE 8 Programmer, Level 1 certification. Pursuit of certification is voluntary.

How much does the program cost?

The total cost is $12,000; however students pay only $6,000 upfront. The remainder of the tuition costs are forgiven if a graduate is hired by one of our corporate partners and stays employed for 26 weeks. If a graduate is not hired by one of our corporate partners, the graduate is responsible to pay the remainder of the tuition once gaining full-time employment.

Do you offer any scholarships or payment plans?

Need-based Scholarships

For the initial $6,000 we offer a needs-based scholarship for students who can prove their household has earned less than 200% of the national poverty level (see the federal guidelines for details: http://familiesusa.org/product/federal-poverty-guidelines). 

We do not offer payment plans.

Military Scholarships
If you are an active duty military service member, a reservist military member, veteran, or the spouse of an active duty or reservist military service member, you could be eligible to receive a full scholarship from Interdigital.

With help from our corporate partner, BlackRock, we are able to provide monthly stipends to a limited number of qualified students who are living at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Candidates may apply for financial assistance once they've been accepted into the program. Proper documentation is required. 

For additional information regarding qualifications, scholarship or tuition payment options 
email info@techladder.io

What are some things I can do to help me get through the program?

The program isn’t easy. We cover a lot of material in a short period of time. Our students find having a support system from family and friends is very helpful. Our staff and active alumni network also provide support through the program. To the extent you can, we advise saving money to provide an extra cushion during the three-month program.

Job Placement FAQ

What companies hire your graduates?

The following companies have hired our graduates:

  • Bank of America
  • BlackRock
  • M&T Bank
  • Comcast
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • SEI
  • Capital One
  • TD Bank
  • WSFS Bank
  • Chatham Financial
  • Diamond Technologies
  • Guru
  • Marlette Funding
  • Barclaycard
  • Corporation Service Company (CSC)
  • Kistler Tiffany Benefits
  • University of Delaware

We are constantly adding new companies to our list of hiring partners.

What job placement assistance does Tech Ladder provide to its students?

Tech Ladder is laser-focused on getting its students jobs. We work on professional development throughout the entire 12-week course. We work on resume writing, managing social media/LinkedIn profiles, networking skills, and interview prep. After the 12-week course, we schedule interviews for our students with our partner companies. For students that don’t get placed with one of our corporate partners, we continue to provide job placement assistance to help them find paid employment.

What does the interview/hiring process look like with potential employers?

Tech Ladder distributes student resumes to our corporate partners. Our partners choose those students they would like to interview. Tech Ladder schedules an interview day where potential employers come to our facility to interview our students. Many of our partners then invite their top choices for second round interviews at their locations. Our partners then make offers to their selected students.

What types of placements do your students get with your corporate partners?

Our corporate partners offer either direct hire roles or contract roles. Contract roles are paid, full-time positions that are intended to last at least 26 weeks. 

With contractor roles, what happens after the 26 weeks are over?

Your tuition-repayment obligation to Tech Ladder is fulfilled after 26 work weeks. Our corporate partners oftentimes hire contractors with the intent to keep them on after the contract has ended as long as the person meets the performance expectations of the role.

How many students get jobs after completing the program?

See our outcomes report for details.


Do I have to work with one of Tech Ladder’s corporate partners?

No. You’re free to work for any employer. However, only our employer partners in our network have agreed to repay student tuition. If you choose to work for a non-partner company, you will be obligated to repay the remainder of your tuition costs.

What happens if I don’t get placed immediately?

We’re committed to helping our graduates find employment in technology. As long as our graduates stay engaged with Tech Ladder, we’ll continue to assist them in finding employment.

General FAQ

Does the program actually work? Do graduates feel prepared for a career in software development?

YES! But, don’t take it from us. Listen to our alum. Check out a few alumni videos to hear about their experience at Tech Ladder and what they're doing now. 

Does ZCW help with parking/housing?

Currently, we do not offer housing and we do not have onsite parking. We provide students with information on nearby parking options; however we do not currently offer subsidized parking. There are many parking garages nearby, and students may choose the parking option that best fits their budget.