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Our students come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Neuroscientists, accountants, teachers, and musicians have all come through our doors. At Lighthouse Labs, we're looking for a rare breed: someone who seeks an opportunity for extraordinary growth and is ready to thrive in an intense learning environment.
We believe that the best developers are passionate, lifelong learners. As for you: you see bootcamp as more than just the means to an end, and it shows in your ever-growing list of side projects.
Some brains are just wired for coding, no matter their previous exposure or education. You think in a logical, structured way that lends itself beautifully to a career as a developer.
Becoming a developer is far from easy. Our program requires motivation, determination, hard work and resilience. You're goal-oriented and have a solid idea of what you want to accomplish. You get it done.
We're an array of personalities from every imaginable background, and the result is amazing. If you are kind, quick, and a little quirky, we will be fast friends.
In case it wasn't clear:
No previous coding education or experience is required to attend Lighthouse Labs.
Our students put their trust in us, so we hold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure that everyone coming into our program is set up for success.
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A short 5-10 minute application for you to introduce yourself, including your education and coding experience, plus your super power. You know, the important details that will help us get to know you. New cohorts fill up on a rolling basis so make sure to submit your application as soon as possible!
You can book in for your interview during the application process, otherwise you will be emailed with a link to book it in later. We want to meet you, get to know you better and talk all about bootcamp. This is also your opportunity to ask us anything!
After the interview, successful candidates will be sent over instructions to take our logic test and materials to prepare for and take the technical assessment. You do not need to have prior experience in coding or data science to perform well on these tests. These are both multiple-choice and done online on your own time within a 2-week period of your interview.
The first step to becoming a developer is laying your foundation with our Prep Modules.
The 70 hours you'll spend on completing prep will introduce the basic technologies you'll use throughout bootcamp,
Once you are accepted into a cohort, your place in the program will only be reserved once we have received your deposit. Deposits can be paid by credit card, and we are able to accept wire transfers for the remainder of your tuition. Your tuition is due 2 weeks before your start date.
6-10 weeks before your intended start date.
For bootcamp, we recommend you apply 6-10 weeks before your desired start date as our cohorts start on a rolling basis. The more time you have for prep and stretch goals, the better!
Length: 12 weeks
The mandatory 70-80hr prep modules must be completed at least one week before the start of Bootcamp.
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There are many ways a student can finance their tuition, including bank loans or a line of credit. If you have a good credit rating, they may be able to offer you a lower interest rate.
Some students are successful in applying for grants or bursaries to attend our programs and we recommend you research what is available in your area! We are designated through PTIB in British Columbia and registered as a PCC in Alberta which qualifies some provincial funding pots.
Download our complete guide on how to fund your education.
What’s your admissions process?
The application process takes 4 steps:
Apply online: Complete our online application, where you'll introduce yourself and give us an overview of your background. This includes your education, coding experience, plus your superpower (you know, the important details that will help us get to know you).
Interview and Logic Assessment: You can book your interview during the application process or you can wait to do so until we email you with a booking link. We want to meet you, get to know you better and answer all your questions about bootcamp. Another important element of these interviews is the Logic Assessment: this portion of the interview takes 15 minutes to complete and is part of the application process.
Technical Assessment: After their interviews, successful candidates will be sent some material to study so they can prepare for our technical assessment. You do not need to have prior experience in coding or data science to perform well on these tests, and we will provide you with all the resources you need to successfully complete them! These are both multiple choice and done online on your own time within a 2-week period of your group interview. Once these assessments are complete, students can be accepted into the program.
Prep Modules: The time you’ll spend on the Prep Modules will introduce the basic technologies you’ll use throughout bootcamp. You’re required to complete the Prep Modules in the weeks leading up to your first day of bootcamp. Ask Admissions for more information.
Do I need any specific experience to take a Lighthouse Labs Bootcamp?
No formal education is required to being admitted to Lighthouse Labs! While having some coding knowledge or technical experience always helps, your background does not matter as much as a genuine interest in code, data science, or cyber security and a raw determination to succeed in this challenging environment. A passion for tech and a little bit of grit can be all that's needed to succeed!
Tell me more about these prep modules.
The prep work is there to help you do the groundwork and prepare for success before Day One of Bootcamp. Each student is required to complete the prep modules at least one week before starting Bootcamp. The program is really 14 weeks long, as we consider the prep modules to be two weeks of full-time work on top of the 12 weeks of bootcamp. However, you can jump into the Prep Modules as soon as you are confirmed into the program, so we recommend that you use all the extra time to make sure you get through all the prep with plenty of time to spare.
*Please note that for Alberta residents the program extends to 16 weeks long with 4 weeks of prep modules
What is the difference between Lighthouse Labs and other digital skills schools?
There are many ways Lighthouse Labs is unique. Our niche is delivering digital skills training that's accelerated, personalized, and outcomes-oriented. Everything we do is geared towards finding the best ways to connect students with better careers.
We have a rigorous admissions process, and will only admit potential students who pass the tests during the application process (Pass logic with a score 8/15 OR get a score of greater or equal to 9/18 on a Tech Test).
Our curriculums are built by industry professionals to teach industry relevant technologies, and are constantly iterated to stay on top of development trends. We <3 data-driven education.
You'll spend 2 hours in lecture a day, and then spend the remainder of your 12+ hour day with hands on keyboard, practicing the skills and concepts you'll need to land a job as a dev or data analyst.
We are strong believers in the power of mentorship. At Lighthouse, you'll be supported by a huge community of industry professionals. We provide on-demand mentorship, and our mentors are full-time developers, data analysts or cyber security professionals who are available in-person throughout the day and on weekends to support your progress through bootcamp.
We also do regular testing, and collect daily feedback from our students and communities to constantly improve our student experience. Our community consists of over 500 alumni, mentors, and community partners that help our students stay on the pulse of innovation in the tech ecosphere.
We have an experienced Career Services team that is entirely dedicated to connecting with employers and finding our alumni careers, which is how we've been able to achieve a 97% employment rate for our Web Development job-seeking graduates and 90% employment rate for our Data Science job-seeking graduates.
To learn more about our graduate employment rates and how our career services sets us apart, check out our Student Outcomes Report.
What are the admissions criteria?
Standard Admissions Process:
- Complete interview (group or individual)
- Pass logic with a score 8/15 OR get a score of greater or equal to 9/18 on a Tech Test
In addition to the Standard Admissions Process, the following provinces have the further requirements as outlined below:
- Minimum age 18+ years or proof of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
- Ontario Superintendent approved qualifying test - Domestic Applicants pass the Logic Test with a score >=8/15 OR get a score of >=9/18 on a Tech Test
- Proof of Alberta high school graduation (verified by transcript) or equivalent or
Successful completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.)
- Minimum age 18+ years and successful completion of Logic Test
- Minimum age 18+ years or proof of high school graduation or equivalent
In British Columbia and all areas outside of Ontario, Alberta and Quebec:
- Minimum age 19+ years or proof of high school graduation