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What is Lighthouse Labs?
Lighthouse Labs will take you from coding hobbyist to professional developer, and be the launchpad for your career.
Based out of Canada’s most dynamic tech hubs, you’ll be immersed into full-stack web through hands-on experience. With the support of a brilliant team of instructors and mentors who view coding as the ultimate craft, you’ll join the ranks of over 500 developers in the Lighthouse Labs community.
Our industry driven curriculum and rigorous education standards have created the ultimate result for our graduates: a 97% employment rate for our Web Development graduates and a 90% employment rate for our Data Science graduates.
How do coding bootcamps compare to traditional education, like a Computer Science degree?
The bootcamp educational model is built very differently from the ones you experienced in high school and/or university. Lighthouse Labs practices a flipped, immersive model of education that puts the emphasis on the development of practical skills through building real-world applications using an incremental and cumulative collection of tools and best practices.
Lectures take up a maximum of two and a half hours in any given day, with another eight to ten hours being spent each day working in a lab setting. You can expect to introduce yourself to new concepts through readings and exercises, getting your knowledge bolstered and backfilled with lectures throughout the week. You can learn more about the bootcamp experience our blog post: So You Want To Take A Bootcamp
It is our core belief that 80% of the learning should be done on the job and we’ve tailored every part of our program around it. Our curriculum is constantly interrupted by a community of passionate developers based off feedback from employers, students, alumni and industry trends. We won’t teach you everything about software development (that takes years of practice), but we will give you the foundation so you can continue learning in your new career as a developer as quickly as possible.
For more details, read about our Education Philosophies or explore our Student Outcomes Report.
Is Lighthouse Labs an accredited institution?
Lighthouse Labs is accredited by British Columbia PTIB #03874, Alberta PCC #304840, and certified by Canada department of ESDC #7009 and with Revenue QC #20-09-4126, EQA (Education Quality Assurance), and with Educanada. You're here to learn, let us worry about the paperwork.
Do I get a diploma upon graduation?
While our philosophy is based around mastery and not credentials, we do provide our Bootcamp and Flex graduates with diplomas upon graduation.
There is no right or wrong choice but they provide different outcomes based on what you are looking to gain out of the course.
Which should I take: the Intro course or the Bootcamp?
Ask yourself: "Do I want to work as a professional developer?"
If the answer is 'yes', then there is no question that the full-time development bootcamp is the program you need.
The goal of our bootcamp is to transform you into a professional full-stack developer. You’ll come to understand coding logic, and learn how to think like a dev by building software from the ground up using industry-relevant technologies. Our program will provide you with mentorship, data-driven curriculum and a top notch learning environment that will launch you into your first junior developer role.
If the answer is 'not sure', taking our part-time course might be the best option.
You can read more on the subject in our blog post: Full-time vs. Part-time: Which Program Is For Me?
I already have a technical background. Will Lighthouse Labs be challenging enough for me?
Absolutely! Many of our students come from technical backgrounds, including people with Computer Science and Engineering degrees, and even people who currently work as developers. Our curriculum is designed with stretch goals to challenge students of all levels. You will also be surrounded by lots of seasoned developers who will be pushing you out of your comfort zone, so trust us that there will plenty of challenge – our unofficial motto is “get comfortable being uncomfortable”.
While the program is geared towards people of all coding levels, it takes dedication, grit and perseverance to handle a program of this pace and intensity. Our goal is to push everyone to their maximum learning experience in an 10 week period, and advanced students who have come to Lighthouse Labs have grown exponentially in the small, intense time frame.
You can read more about some of our students who came to Lighthouse with strong technical backgrounds, like Andre Soesilo who came to Lighthouse with 3 years experience as a Software Developer + a degree in Computer Engineering, or Katie Peterson a former Engineer turned iOS Developer.
Can I come to Lighthouse Labs as an International student?
Yes, you can come to Lighthouse Labs as an international student! There is no additional tuition cost or restrictions for people applying from outside of Canada. We have had many students come to Canada for our Bootcamp on a visitors visa, however you are entirely responsible for making any legal arrangements for staying in the country.
Lighthouse Labs is not able to assist in securing working permits, and your eligibility to work in Canada will entirely depend on you securing the proper documents. If you are able to obtain a working permit, you'll be able to take full advantage of our Career Services opportunities!
For more information on coming to Lighthouse Labs as an international student, check out the Newcomer's Neighbourhood Guide.
Do you offer corporate training?
Yes! Many organizations have sent their employees to us to upgrade their technical skills.
Our Intro to Web Development courses are fantastic for people looking to gain a technical knowledge of development that can help when communicating with a dev team, managing development projects, understanding technical limitations, or transitioning into a hybrid development role.
Our Web Development Bootcamps can train someone with zero coding experience, into an agile developer in 12 weeks. This is a great option if you love your company but are looking for a career change, if you are currently a developer but need to learn new technologies, or if you're a founder looking to have more control over your the development of your product.
We can also build custom curriculum for your organization. If you need niche technical or development training for your team, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who teaches at Lighthouse Labs?
We have many tech professionals who have worked in Canada’s tech community for many years. We also have many mentors 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.
What will I learn at Web Development Flex Work Study Bootcamp?
Our curriculum was created to simulate a real developer’s job environment. You'll be exposed to industry-relevant technologies, and then immediately reinforce that knowledge by building applications & completing daily programming projects.
What are the language requirements for your programs?
Before registering into the program of your interest you must verify if you meet the English Language Proficiency requirement.
What is the Lighthouse Labs Web Development Flex Work Study Bootcamp ?
Absolutely! Many of our students come from technical backgrounds, including people with Computer Science and Engineering degrees, and even people who currently work as developers. Our curriculum is designed with stretch goals to challenge students of all levels. You will also be surrounded by lots of seasoned developers and data scientists who will be pushing you out of your comfort zone, so trust us that there will be plenty of challenges – our unofficial motto is “get comfortable being uncomfortable”.
While the program is geared towards people of all levels, it takes dedication, grit and perseverance to handle a program of this pace and intensity. Our goal is to push everyone to their maximum learning experience in a 30 week period, and advanced students who have come to Lighthouse Labs have grown exponentially in the intense time frame.
What’s your admissions process?
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.
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
How far in advance should I apply?
For our Bootcamps, 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 to complete your Prep Modules and stretch goals, the better! For our intro part-time courses, we recommend you register and pay your deposit as early as possible to secure your spot - classes are often full a few weeks before the start date.
What can I do to prepare for Bootcamp?
There is a prep work module you are required to complete before attending bootcamp, and we always recommend you go above and beyond the prep work to prepare yourself as much as possible! The more coding practice you have before attending the program, the happier you will be.
Aside from practicing your tech skills, there are two things you can do which will set you up for success in the program. The first is to make sure you are comfortable with getting yourself into a productive, focused mindset. The ability to do this is a differentiating factor when it comes to success in the program. Students who are able to put themselves into a mindset that is productive and focused have an easier time adapting to the schedule and also are better at absorbing new material. Some people work best with headphones, some need quiet, some can just throw a mental switch. Find what works for you and get in the routine of doing it.
What do you look for in an applicant?
At Lighthouse Labs, we want to make sure we’re setting you up for success. Our students seek out growth and challenges, and they are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. A student’s aptitude for learning the technical skills required to succeed in our programs is also extremely important and we find those answers through the technical and logic assessments that are part of your application process.
Those are the only requirements: our students come from all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life. Neuroscientists, accountants, teachers, and musicians have all passed through our programs.
You can learn more about our admissions process on our admissions page.
I'm on the waitlist! When will I find out if I’m in the course?
If you are waitlisted for one of our programs, the admissions team will contact you ASAP when a new spot becomes available. If no spots open up, and the class is still full on the course start date, we will be in touch to either transfer you to our next available cohort or refund your deposit (whichever you prefer!).
How often do you run cohorts and how do I apply?
Our bootcamps run year round, most on a rolling basis. Our part-time courses run every 6-12 weeks.
Visit our website regularly to check our upcoming start dates.
Pro tip: you can see all upcoming start dates when submitting your application.
Why is your Bootcamp only 12 weeks?
Our goal is to get you job ready and employed as quickly as possible. By accelerating your learning into 12 weeks, you can start your new career ASAP. We strongly believe that your first year after bootcamp will be where you do the most learning - so while we could cram more coding knowledge into your brain, we don't want you to twiddle your thumbs when you could be tapping on keys, making $$ and gaining real experience as a developer or analyst.
12 weeks has proven to be the ideal balance to absorb the material, practice your skills and prepare for your job hunt, all while maintaining the pace, intensity and immersive nature of bootcamp.
Immigration requirements change regularly, so please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website at www.cic.gc.ca for the most up-to-date information.
Do you offer a Post Grad Work Permit (PGWP)?
Please be aware that international students who graduate from diploma programs at Private Career Colleges (including Lighthouse Labs) are not currently eligible to receive a Post-Graduate Work Permit. While we are hoping that this policy may change in the future, if you are seeking a Post Graduate Work Permit, we recommend you research and consider a publicly funded college.
We have many international students that study with us for various other reasons outside of receiving a PGWP.
What if I’m a strong coder but my English isn’t strong?
Due to the content covered in our programs, we would require students to meet our language requirements before applying to enroll in our web courses.
How far in advance should I apply for Work Study Bootcamp?
Typically international students register at least six months prior to a start date. This gives them time to plan, save, apply for a visa, receive an approved visa and prepare for moving to a new country. Some countries have faster visa approval timelines and you can see estimated timelines for your country here.
What’s the difference between Lighthouse Labs and any other bootcamp?
There are many ways Lighthouse Labs is unique. Our niche is web and data, and everything we do is geared towards finding the best ways to deliver web and data related education.
As the Web Development Flex Program is 30 weeks in length, all international students will need to apply for a study permit.
A students can work off campus (up to 20 hours) and full-time (40 hours per week) during scheduled academic breaks without a Work Permit as long as they meet all of these requirements:
If they have registered for a program that includes a co-op, it is suggested that they should be applying for a Co-op Work Permit at the time of filling out your Study Permit application.
*DLI: Designated Learning Institution
What’s your admissions process for International students?
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). You will also be asked to submit proof of your language proficiency and a short essay to get to know you better.
Interview: Our admissions team will get in touch after reviewing your application, and will invite you for a video interview. At that time, you can chat with our team, ask whatever questions you have about the program, and decide if Lighthouse Labs is the right fit for you. We also encourage you to check out our demo days held monthly so you can see the current cohort in action! This is also your opportunity to ask us anything.
Logic & Technical Assessment: After the last stage, successful candidates are sent over study material that will prepare them for the assessments. Coding experience isn't necessary to perform well here. You'll complete them on your own time within 2 weeks.
Enroll & Prep for bootcamp: Once you're accepted into a cohort, you'll need to submit a deposit by credit card to reserve your spot. The rest of your tuition, which can be paid by wire transfer, is due 2 weeks before your start date.
Before starting, you'll spend 70 hours completing prep modules. These will introduce you to the basic technologies you'll use throughout bootcamp. You will need to complete these at least 1 week before your first day of bootcamp.
Tell me more about these prep modules for Web Development Flex Work Study Bootcamp.
The prep work is there to help you do the groundwork and prepare for success before Day One of on-site Web Developer Work Study Bootcamp. Each student is required to complete a 70-hr prep module at least one week before starting Bootcamp.
Will Lighthouse Labs help me get a Study Permit?
Upon acceptance, we will provide you with a Letter Of Acceptance (LOA), a required part of the Study Permit process. But we aren’t legally able to provide visa support services.
Is Lighthouse Labs a Designated Learning Institution (Accredited)?
YES, we are a Designated Learning Institution under the BC Ministry of Advanced Education DLI# 110684673337, and the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities DLI# O269318935102.
Lighthouse Labs is also a Designated Educational institution and certified by the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
We are registered with British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education PTIB #03874, Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education PCC #304840, and certified by BC EQA (Education Quality Assurance), and with EduCanada.
Who should apply for Web Development Flex Work Study Bootcamp?
For our programs, we require that students be a Minimum age 19+ years and proof of high school graduation is required to be admitted to Lighthouse Labs! While having some coding or previous knowledge always helps, your background does not matter as much as a genuine interest in development, and a raw determination to succeed in this challenging environment.
What does a day in the life of a Lighthouse Labs student look like?
During Bootcamp, you can expect to dedicate 100% of your time and energy to code. Lecture is from 9am-11am, and the rest of your day will be spent with hands on keyboard, completing the daily assignments, projects and reaching for those stretch goals. Students are often working well after 9pm and on weekends too. You can see a complete breakdown of the day in the life on our Student Experience page.
Our Intro programs run twice a week from 6-9pm. The first hour is dedicated to lecture, and the remainder of your time will be spent completing tutorials and working on projects. There's no homework assigned, but you'll be given a ton of additional resources to practice on your own.
What is bootcamp mentorship like?
We offer mentorship on weekdays following morning lecture from noon to 9pm. There is limited mentorship available during the weekend and no mentorship available on Friday nights. Please keep in mind that mentor availability are dependent on both the time of the day and the day of the week, so you can count on having mentors when you most need them, particularly in the early afternoon and on heavier days.
What support do you offer Lighthouse Labs alumni?
We <3 our alumni! Lighthouse grads are always welcome (and highly encouraged) to come back to work in our space, attend workshops + Demo Days, mentor current students, or just say hello (some even come back to bake us cookies ^_^).
Alumni have the entire Lighthouse Labs community at their disposal, including dedicated Slack channels, first dibs on event tickets, ongoing career support and mentorship with no expiry date.
You can learn more in our blog post: The One Year (and Beyond) Bootcamp.
I’ve just been accepted into Bootcamp. Now what?
Congrats! There is a 70-hour prep work module you are required to complete before attending bootcamp, and we always recommend you go above and beyond the prep work to prepare yourself as much as possible. The more coding practice you have before attending the program, the happier you will be.
What are your student policies?
Click here to read the Lighthouse Labs Code of Conduct. Click here to read our Sexual Violence Policy. Click here to read all academic policies.
Click here to read the Dispute Resolution Policy.
Will requesting an accommodation or disclosing my disability impact my application?
Disclosing disability or accommodation needs does not impact your admissibility. We invite you to connect with our Accommodations Specialist early in the application process so that we can set up the accommodations and tools required to help you succeed in the program before you begin.
For any questions related to Lighthouse Labs’ accessibility services or to discuss your particular needs, you can connect with Amanda, our Accommodations and Accessibility Specialist by booking a call or by sending an email.
Is the mentorship support personalized?
Yes, students can connect with an experienced mentor 1:1 to talk through their questions or issues to receive guidance and support for their specific needs.
What backgrounds do your mentors have?
Mentors come from just about every background you can think of. Some have been in the tech industry for many years, others joined more recently. Some are self-taught, some have a traditional education, and others are Lighthouse Labs alumni or come from a similar bootcamp background.
What’s the accommodations process like?
Once you connect with our Academic Accommodations and Accessibility Specialist, both of you will work together to discuss your needs and create an accommodation plan.
Accessibility is not one-size-fits-all, so neither is your accommodation plan. We make sure that the plan is personalized and meets your particular needs in an intersectional and holistic manner.
From there, the plan is signed off internally and then presented back to you for final confirmation before we move forward to implement it.
You can expect to receive your accommodations plan within 5 business days. We don’t allow the process to drag on because we want you set up for success in the program as soon as possible!
Throughout this process, your medical documents will be kept confidential. Our team is only notified of your accommodations on a need-to-know basis. For example, our instructors are only told the type of accommodation required and the information they need to support your plan. Beyond that, they are not given any details pertaining to your individual circumstances.
What kind of support is offered to students?
We can accommodate a wide variety of requests. Our students are unique, and even those with similar learning challenges may require vastly different accommodation arrangements. We work with each student to develop personalized plans that support their individual needs.
What can I expect from my mentor?
Mentors help students with both technical and non-technical questions. They coach students through tough coding, data, or cyber-related problems, as well as sharing tips for job interviews, professional presentations, and how to communicate their concerns clearly. Mentors at Lighthouse Labs are also the newest (and sometimes the first) members of students’ professional network for their new careers in tech.
What is mentorship at Lighthouse Labs?
Our mentors come from various walks of tech life and dedicate part of their week to helping students in a variety of ways, from figuring out glitches to tips for landing that first job interview. Mirroring a workplace relationship between a junior and a technical lead, students can reach out to receive 1:1 on-demand support. Through mentoring, students learn effective communication and other soft skills that set them up for long-term career success.
What does a day in the life of a Work Study Bootcamp student look like?
Sometimes, a single schedule doesn't work for everyone. Web Flex leverages versatility to improve accessibility. Students can balance their education with whatever else is going on in their lives by choosing between two lecture schedules: afternoons, evenings 3pm to 8pm, or weekday mornings 9am to 2pm. Planning for the hustle and bustle of pandemic era study-from-home routine, we recommend that students set aside at least 25 hours a week. This will make time for unplanned interruptions and the mental transitions between studying and your other responsibilities.
Do you provide housing for Work Study Bootcamp students?
Not directly, but we can connect you with housing options and offer advice. Check out our Newcomer's Neighbourhood Guide for some suggestions!
What is mentorship like during the Work Study Bootcamp?
The core of your work will be completed between 9am and 2pm Monday to Thursday, this will include lectures, social learning time, instructor hours and opportunities to interact with your cohort socially. Mentors will also be available to you throughout the week, including weekends, to ensure you have the support needed to complete the course work. We recommend setting aside at least 25 hours each week (including those hours above) to work through the required material which allows student to balance their education with whatever else is going on in their lives.
How can I become a mentor?
If you’d like to become a mentor and help our students succeed in their tech career, check out our careers page for open positions.
What are your graduate employment rates?
97% of our job-seeking Web Development graduates have been hired after graduating, and 90% within 180 days of graduation! 90% of our job-seeking Data Science graduates have been hired after graduating, and 83% within 180 days of graduation! You can view the complete breakdown of our employment statistics in our Student Outcomes Report.
How does Career Services at Lighthouse Labs work?
At Lighthouse Labs our guiding belief is that over 80% of training will be learned on the job, and the first year of working as a developer or data analyst can be seen as paid high-intensity training. Our dedicated Career Services team is here to connect our students with their new roles. They work with all students to identify their career goals, and help them jump from classroom into the real world ASAP to continue honing their skills.
You can learn more by reading our blog post: Getting Hired After Bootcamp.
How does Career Services work for International students?
Your employability in Canada is completely dependent on you being able to independently obtain a work visa or find an employer who is willing to sponsor you. Unfortunately, we are legally unable to help you obtain a work visa. Obtaining a work visa independently is completely dependent on your unique situation, including your educational or professional background, the type of job you want, as well as the country you are coming from.
We encourage you to become an expert in your own immigration by contacting Canadian Citizenship and Immigration or an immigration lawyer as early as possible.
Our Career Services team will speak to you about your individual situation and come up with a plan on how we can best support your job hunt, be it in Canada or elsewhere. If you are unable to work in Canada, we are not able to directly connect you with employers, but we are still happy to support you through resume workshops, technical interviewing coaching, and networking tips.
For more info on coming to Canada for bootcamp, check out this handy Newcomer's Neighbourhood Guide that we've put together!
I need a Developer! Can I hire a Lighthouse Labs graduate?
Absolutely! Our Career Services team will work with you to find the perfect fit your organization's needs. Our grads are sought-after, challenge hungry developers and data analysts. A combination of our rigorous admissions process, tests and mentorship, guarantees our graduates are setup for success and are eager to contribute to your team from day one.
100% of our focus is on producing high quality junior devs and data analysts who can continously learn. Visit our Employers Page or get in touch for more information!
Who has hired Lighthouse Labs graduates?
More than 1,200 organizations have hired our grads! You can learn more about our hiring partners on our employers page.
Do you charge your hiring partners fees?
None. Nada. We're proud to introduce our grads to our hiring partners and provide employers with a pool of top talent. If you are looking for a developer or data analyst to join your team, check out our employers page.
Does Lighthouse Labs offer guaranteed co-ops to Bootcamp graduates?
Your employment prospects are excellent however the law prevents us from making guarantees to students of employment after the Bootcamp. Lighthouse Labs operates within the law and mandatory standards set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Private Training Institution Branch.
What exactly is provided by Career Services?
What if I don’t want Career Services?
Wait, you don’t want our Career Services Team, that boasts a 97% employment rate for our Web Development grads and 90% for our Data Science grads?? With 1:1 resume AND career consultations, multiple career-focused workshops, employer outreach and networking on your behalf, and Career Services support FOR LIFE?!
We believe in it so much that it is the only format we offer.
What is Career Services?
With Career Services at Lighthouse Labs, you get lifetime access to personalized support systems that ensure your education investment translates to a successful career. From Interview and Resume Workshops to Employer Matching and Outreach services, our Career Services team will remain on call to support your career journey whenever you need them. Career Services gives you access to the full suite of personalized support services that include:
- Intro to Career Services Workshop
- Resume Writing Workshop
- Interview Workshop
- Participate in Demo Day
- Access to LHL Alumni Job Resource Site for life
- 1:1 Resume Editing
- 1:1 Career Consultation
- Employer Outreach on students behalf
- Employer Matching service
- Networking on students behalf
- Post Bootcamp Workshops
- Post Bootcamp mentor hours
- Career Services support for life
What is Career Services for Life?
Career Services for Life means you get access to all the services mentioned above and the Career Services team for life. At any time post-graduation, when you need help with a new career decision, the Career Services team will be available to help you achieve your objectives.
Do I have to pay for Career Services?
No. Career Services at Lighthouse Labs is an all-inclusive value-added service available to all Bootcamp and Flex program students at no extra cost for the rest of their working careers.
How do I know if Career Services is right for me?
Our Career Services team is here to assist students in their career prep during the bootcamp and support alumni on their job hunt post-bootcamp. If you haven’t worked in the industry before, don’t have contacts in the field you are studying in or would like support as you transition from another career - that is what our Career Services team is here for!
So you can always come back to us when you’re looking to make the next step in your career or if you ever find yourself unemployed.
Which programs come with Career Services at Lighthouse Labs?
Career Services is only available to students of Bootcamp and Flex programs at Lighthouse Labs. Please check your program page to confirm access.
Can I get a job in a city different from where I live?
Yes! Our Career Services team can support your job search in any of the major cities which we operated a physical campus in prior to COVID. We can also assist with your job search to find a remote role from anywhere within Canada.
Can Career Services get me a remote job?
Yes! With the huge shift to remote work since the start of COVID, our Career Services team has been seeing more and more remote opportunities. For students located outside of major Canadian cities, the focus of your job search will be on remote work.
How effective is Career Services?
97% of our Web Development graduates and 90% of our Data Science graduates find employment after graduating. Find out more by downloading our Student Outcomes Report. Find out more by downloading our Student Outcomes Report.
Are Web Flex students eligible for Career Services?
Yes, Web Flex students also benefit from guidance with the Career Services dream team as part of their program.
You may be eligible to work in Canada while studying, if your study permit includes a condition that says you can work on or off campus. You must also meet all the other requirements, such as only starting to work in Canada when your studies begin. For the most up to date information please visit Immigarion and Citizenship website here.
After your studies, your employability in Canada is completely dependent on you being able to independently obtain a work visa or find an employer who is willing to sponsor you. Unfortunately, we are legally unable to help you obtain a work visa and in our experience, it can be very challenging for employers to successfully sponsor students right out of bootcamp. Obtaining a work visa is completely dependent on your unique situation, including your educational or professional background, the type of job you want, and the country you are coming from.
We encourage you to become an expert in your own immigration by contacting Canadian Citizenship and Immigration or an immigration lawyer as early as possible.
If you are unable to work in Canada, we are not able to directly connect you with employers, but we are still happy to support you through resume workshops, technical interviewing coaching, and networking tips.
What kind of grants are available for students and employers?
There are many grants out there for students and employers to pursue to cover the cost of Bootcamp. While our team is happy to provide any information you'll need to complete your grant application, securing funding will be reliant on your own tenacity.
We've compiled a list of some options in our blog post: Grants, What's Out There For Students & Employers.
What are my payment options?
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 cheques, wire transfers, or bank drafts for the remainder of your tuition. Your tuition is due 2 weeks before the start of the bootcamp.
Deposits can be paid by credit card, and we are able to accept cheques, wire transfers, or bank drafts for the remainder of your tuition. You can also E-transfer the fund to email@example.com and your tuition is due 1 week before the start of the class.
When is my bootcamp tuition due?
You are required to pay your deposit to secure your spot in the program, and your tuition is due 2 weeks before the start of your on-site, in-class bootcamp.
What scholarships are available?
Visit our Scholarships page to see what options are available.
Can I withdraw RESPs and RRSPs to pay for my tuition?
If you are in BC, Ontario, or Alberta, you can withdraw RESPs and RRSPs to pay for your tuition. FYI, if you plan to withdraw RESP or RRSP funds you will need a confirmation of enrolment document from Lighthouse Labs first - so please keep that in mind.
If you have other questions about withdrawing your RESPS or RRSPs, please get in touch.
I'm a foreign trained professional living in Canada who wants to attend bootcamp. Is there funding available for me?
Windmill Microlending is a national charity that offers low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to skilled newcomers to help pay for the credentials, licensing, retraining or professional development needed to achieve career success in Canada. For more information, please visit https://windmillmicrolending.org/lighthouselabs/
Is my tuition tax deductible?
Yes! We'll issue a T2202A for you to claim your tuition for any full-time program or part-time program on your tax return.
What is your refund policy?
Lighthouse Labs is a privately registered educational institution in four Canadian provinces. To comply with the unique regulations of each province, we have four distinct refund policies:
Bootcamp Refund Policy - Alberta
Bootcamp Refund Policy - British Columbia
Bootcamp Refund Policy - Ontario
Bootcamp Refund Policy - Quebec
Part-time Programs Refund Policy
Bootcamp and Part-time Programs Refund Policies - Colorado, USA
Does Lighthouse Labs qualify for StudentAid?
Yes! Our Web Development Bootcamp is approved for Student Aid in Vancouver and Calgary. If you’re a resident of British Columbia or Alberta, you may be eligible for financial assistance. For more information or to apply online, you can visit the StudentAid website for British Columbia or Alberta.
What NOC code is my program?
The primary NOC for Web Development is NOC 2175. The primary NOC for Data Science is NOC 2172.
These are Skill Level A NOCs, but keep in mind that the NOC code for your program is related to your job duties and the work you will do. Employers often hire our bootcamp grads into Skill Level B-blended roles as NOC 2283 (info systems testing tech), NOC 2282 (user support), and NOC 2281 (network technicians), that include skills from NOC 2175 (web designer and developer) and NOC 2172 (database analyst and administrator). Depending upon your career aspirations and your background, you may pick whatever Skill Level A or Skill Level B NOC code that best matches your goals. Click here to find your NOC.
Can I use provincial student aid towards the Web Flex Development Program?
The Web Flex Development Program qualifies for StudentAid BC (SABC). Provincial aid eligibility for other provinces will soon be announced; please stay tuned.
How are recipients selected?
Our scholarship committee assesses applications based on your submitted essay. If you’re applying for a full time program, you still need to meet program requirements in order to be accepted. We have created this scholarship for people who because of the Covid-19 crisis ;
*If you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI) you still qualify for this scholarship.
How long is the COVID-19 scholarship available?
Scholarships will be available as long as we still have great candidates and unallocated money from our $1m commitment.
What is the deadline to apply for the COVID-19 scholarship?
The deadline for scholarship is one month prior to the start date of your Bootcamp.We recommend that you apply at least 2-3 weeks before this deadline to ensure you have time to complete the necessary steps to qualify.
In order to qualify, students must also have completed the criteria below before the one month deadline:
Qualified scholarship submissions will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.Applicants will be notified of whether they were scholarship recipients 1-2 weeks after they are accepted to the program and have submitted their application.
What is the essay question?
For this scholarship, we require one essay between 500 and 750 words.
Tell us about how your experience with COVID-19 has affected your life.
How do you think the skills you'll learn in this program will better prepare you for the job market ahead?
How much of the fees will the scholarship cover?
These scholarships are open for both full time bootcamp and part time courses, with up to $3,000 being offered for full time, and up to $750 being offered for part time.
What kind of laptop or desktop will I need?
We strongly encourage you to use either a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, running the most current version of Mac OS X. However, PC laptops can be used if they are running a recently installed version of Linux. Netbooks are a no-go. MacBooks with M1 Chip are acceptable.
In any case, laptops should be no more than 3 years old with a minimum of 4GB of RAM. Monitor size is less important, but 13 inches is as small as you should go. Here's a nice table to help you choose:
What languages, frameworks and subjects do you cover?
Consult the specific program page for an overview of these details!
What is your approach to digital skills education?
At Lighthouse Labs, we believe that programming is a craft and therefore we focus on those who endeavour to be a master of their field.
Our other guiding belief is that 80% of your training will be learned on the job, and your first year working as a developer or data analyst can be seen as paid high-intensity training. With that in mind, we believe that training students is about providing the right skills so you jump into their new careers. Our program isn’t designed to teach everything you need to know to become an expert — that takes years of practice. It’s designed to teach you just enough to successfully start a profession and continue learning throughout your career.
Learn more about this in our Education Philosophies blog post.
What languages, frameworks and subjects do you cover in Web Development Flex Work Study Bootcamp?
Will part-time and full-time courses be cancelled?
All in-person programs and events are now available in an online live format. Lighthouse has been running hybrid and online education in different formats since its inception, and in releasing our online bootcamps and part-time courses in 'Online Live' format all our students can be assured they will receive the same level of support and engaging environment. This includes on-demand mentorship, live-streamed interactive lectures, and incorporation of various messaging tools to make sure you experience going through your program with a cohort full of motivated peers.
Furthermore, with employers starting to look for more specific abilities around working remotely, the online live courses have been built to better simulate the current work environment that graduates will be entering. You will have the same access to all of the aspects of our career services support and we will work closely to prepare you for the competitive job hunt.
How will the situation impact my application process?
We will continue to process applications with staff working remotely and continue to respond to emails and live chat messages. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or our Admissions Coordinator.
In general, the admission process takes these 3 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: Once we receive your application, we’ll look over your experience, education, and work background. Our team will get in touch (quickly!) and will invite you for an online tech interview.
Prep Modules: The 70 hours 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 the program.
What financial options do you have?
You can explore our financing options here:
It is important to mention that you can also apply for a scholarship even if you receive financing through other means like grants and/or loans. Submit an online application to our program, and you'll receive an email to fill out the necessary information for our scholarship program.
The fee for the bootcamp can be paid in two parts, both of which are due before the program begins. To reserve a spot in the program, a deposit is required. This step occurs once you go through the admissions process 6-10 weeks ahead of the start of the listed date of bootcamp, and pending approval into the program. Then, two weeks before the bootcamp begins, the remaining balance of the tuition is due.
Do you have any travel advice?
The Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that travellers avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Additionally, Canada has temporarily closed its borders to non-citizens because of the coronavirus pandemic. Please visit Government of Canada - Travel Advice and Advisories for more information.
Are events cancelled?
All events, including Demo Days and Info Sessions, now take place online. Follow our Events page for the latest information.
Can I enroll in the Web Development Flex Program as an international student?
To enroll in the Web Flex Development Program, prospective students who aren’t Canadian residents would need to obtain a study permit. If they’re prepared to obtain one they’re more than welcome to apply! However, we do require a short essay of intent and proof of proficiency in English. Students who are not eligible to work in Canada full-time for minimum one year after graduation will also not be eligible for Career Services.
What is the difference between Web Development Bootcamp and the Web Development Flex Program?
Should I take the Web Bootcamp or the Web Flex Program?
Both these programs exist so as to accommodate students’ lifestyles and priorities. If you’re currently working in a position that you want to continue while training, we recommend you enroll in the less concentrated Web Flex. This is also a great option if you’re a parent or caregiver with substantial childcare duties.
If you want to get started with a new career as a web developer as soon as possible, and don’t want to wait for six months, Web Bootcamp is the better option for you. This is also a good fit if you have priorities to attend to half a year down the road.
How are Flex Scholarship recipients selected?
Our scholarship committee reads through the applications thoroughly in order to decide whether a student is eligible. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis so we recommend applying early, as funding is limited. Your scholarship essay will only be considered once you have submitted your essay and been accepted into the program. No deposit is required before you know your scholarship eligibility.
What type of job can I expect to get after graduating from the Web Development Flex Program?
Web Flex will prepare you to work in a role as a professional developer. Some roles you might occupy include web developer, front-end developer, back-end developer, and full-stack developer.
Will I get a job after the Web Development Flex program even if I have no prior background in coding or computer science?
Yes! You don’t need any experience in coding or computer science to succeed in Web Flex and be connected to employment afterwards. This program will provide you with everything you need to work as a professional web developer.
Is the Web Flex Program easier than the Web Bootcamp?
These programs are fundamentally equivalent in terms of content. For some, the more intensive schedule of Web Bootcamp may be more challenging, but for others, the longer stretch of Web Flex might be more challenging.
What’s the difference between Web Development Flex Program and the Intro to Web Development part-time course?
The part-time course is an introductory overview of the components that comprise a full-stack web application. This course is great for individuals who are interested in increasing their knowledge about web development, or who work in roles adjacent to tech. The Web Flex program is a more in-depth look at web development, and will provide students with everything they need to kick-start a career as a professional developer.
Can I opt out of Career Services as a Web Flex student?
For those that are returning to their same employer after graduation, interested in working as a freelancer or entrepreneur, or ineligible to work, we offer a Non-Job Seekers option that excludes Career Services. Students must indicate that they want the program that excludes Career Services upon enrolling.
Will I get a job after the Data Science program even if I have no prior background?
Yes! You don’t need any experience in data science to succeed and be connected to employment afterward. This program will provide you with everything you need to work as a professional data scientist at an entry-level or junior position.
What is the difference between Data Analytics and Data Science?
Data analysts use past data to draw meaningful insights, identify trends, develop charts, solve
problems and help businesses make more strategic decisions. They analyze well-defined sets
of data using different tools to answer tangible business questions.
Data Scientists estimate and predict the unknown by asking questions, writing algorithms, and
building predictive models to help businesses make more strategic decisions. Data scientists
are typically tasked with designing data modeling processes, as well as creating algorithms and
predictive models to extract the information needed by an organization to solve complex
Do I need to have experience in programming languages to take this Bootcamp?
No previous data science, data analysis, or programming experience is required to attend Lighthouse Labs. As with our Web Development Bootcamp, every student needs some serious grit to excel (ha!) here, as well as a commitment to teamwork and a genuine interest in building their future career in business.
How do Bootcamps compare to traditional education, like a Data Analytics / Data Science degree?
The Bootcamp educational model is built very differently from the way you learned in high school and/or university. Lighthouse Labs, practices a flipped, immersive model of education that puts the emphasis on the development of practical skills through building real-world applications using an incremental and cumulative collection of tools and best practices.
Lectures take up a maximum of two and a half hours on any given day, with another eight to ten hours being spent each day working in a lab setting. You can expect to introduce yourself to new concepts through readings and exercises, getting your knowledge bolstered and backfilled with lectures throughout the week.
It is our core belief that 70% of the learning should be done on the job and we’ve tailored every part of our program around it. Our curriculum is constantly iterated and updated by a community of passionate data science mentors based on feedback from employers, students, alumni, and industry trends. We won’t teach you everything about Data Science (that takes years of practice), but we will give you the foundation so you can continue learning in your new career as a Data Scientist as quickly as possible.
Why is there a Prep Course before the start of the Bootcamp?
The first step to becoming a data scientist is laying your basic foundation with our Prep Course. The 70 hours you’ll spend on completing preparatory work will introduce the basic technologies you’ll use to get you ready and set to learn in the classroom on Day 1.
What type of job can I expect to get after graduating from the Data Science Bootcamp?
The relevance of data science skills to a career goes beyond traditional roles like data analysts and data scientists. Because of the increased digitization of practically every industry, and the explosion of available data, being well-versed in data can be a lucrative skill for nearly everyone.
Depending on the performance of our graduates during Bootcamp and their previous related experiences and education, our successful grads will be equipped for any of the following roles at a junior level:
What is the difference between a Bootcamp and a Flex Program?
Both bootcamps and flex programs cover the same material. Students of both will become familiar with the fundamentals concepts and techniques of their chosen program. The key difference between these delivery formats is the structure. A Flex program is a less concentrated program over a longer stretch of time, whereas a Bootcamp is more concentrated. These two programs both exist to accommodate a wider variety of student lifestyles, priorities, and preferred learning pace, so that students can strike a balance that works for them without compromising on quality.
Should I take a Bootcamp or a Flex Program?
Both these programs exist so as to accommodate students’ lifestyles and priorities. If you’re currently working in a position that you want to continue while training, we recommend you enroll in a less concentrated Flex program. This is also a great option if you’re a parent or caregiver with substantial childcare duties.
If you want to start a new career as soon as possible and don’t want to wait a few months, Bootcamp is the better option for you. This is also a good fit if you have an open schedule or can make other commitments work with a more intense program.Ces deux programmes existent afin de s'adapter au mode de vie et aux priorités des étudiants.
Is a Flex Program easier than a Bootcamp?
These programs are fundamentally equivalent in terms of content. For some, the more intensive schedule of a Bootcamp may be more challenging, but for others, the longer stretch of a Flex program might be more challenging.
Are Flex students eligible for Career Services?
Yes, Flex students also benefit from guidance with the Career Services dream team as part of their program. This is a service offered for life, meaning that alumni can keep coming back for relevant career advice long after graduating.
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