This is the Flexible, Affordable Way to Learn Programming

  • Learn One Badge at a Time

    Gain skills in four short stages. You can complete all 4 stages in 10 months.

  • Enhance Your Resumé

    Add all four badges to your resumé to show employers that you are project-ready.

  • Earn Discounts

    Each time you earn a badge, you qualify for a discount off the next level.

  • Financial Aid

    Additional scholarships are available for women, military/veterans and UNC employees, students and alumni.


The Software Guild is proud to be recognized as a Best Bootcamp by Course Report and SwitchUp, two leading authorities on coding education. Our proven curriculum, demonstrated student outcomes, and satisfied alumni network all contribute to help us earn these distinctions.

  • Cours Report's Best Bootcamp of 2018 Badge
  • Cours Report's Best Bootcamp of 2019 Badge
  • SwitchUp's Best Coding Bootcamp Award 2020 Winner - 4 years running
  • SwitchUp's Best Online Bootcamp Award 2020 Winner - 2 years running
  • SwitchUp's Best Coding Bootcamp Award 2020 Winner - Minneapolis

Get the Coding Skills You Need, Fast

Level 1: Programming Basics

  • Two months
  • $2,000
  • Skills: Simple programming, building basic developer environments, object-oriented programming, inheritance and polymorphism, test code

Level 2: Object-Oriented Programming

  • Three months
  • $3,000 ($2,750 with Level 1 badge completion discount)
  • Skills: Templates and libraries, reading/writing to file systems, query-in-memory, date format, apps and error handling, dependency injection, unit testing, full app development

Level 3: Server-Side Development

  • Two months
  • $2,000 ($1,750 with Level 2 badge completion discount)
  • Skills: Hosting a RESTful web service, consuming web services from a browser using Ajax functionality, creating functional websites and validating form data

Level 4: Full-Stack Development

  • Three months
  • $3,000 ($2,500 with Level 3 badge completion discount)
  • Skills: Creating and querying SQL databases, model database structures, moving info from database to application, examining essential frameworks, applying skills to create full-stack app, job search prep, resume help and career counseling
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Pay as You Go

In our budget-friendly program, we divide tuition into four stages. You'll pay smaller fees one badge at a time, with the option to pause the program between badges. You can earn the next badge – and develop your next set of skills – when you’re ready.

Earn Discounts Along the Way

For each badge you earn, we provide a discount for your next badge. For example, after you earn a Server-Side Web Development badge, you will qualify for $500 off a Full-Stack Development badge. Discounts total up to $1,000 as you pursue all four badges.

Tuition Per Badge

Introduction to Web Development FREE
Level 1 (Programming Basics) $2,000
Level 2 (Object-Oriented Programming) $3,000 ($2,750 with Level 1 badge discount)
Level 3 (Server-Side Development) $2,000 ($1,750 with Level 2 badge discount)
Level 4 (Full-Stack Development) $3,000 ($2,500 with Level 3 badge discount)

Financial Aid Award Opportunities

University Award

The $2,000 award is available to University of Northern Colorado graduates, current students and employees. To qualify for the award, alumni will need to be validated as having completed an academic certificate, endorsement, licensure or degree at UNC. Current students, faculty and staff will need to provide a valid Bear number or email from a current "" email address.

Women Who Code Award

This $2,000 award is available to female enrollees. Female students qualify based on self-identification.

Veterans Who Code Award

This $2,000 award is available to eligible military personnel in the following groups: reservists, veterans, and/or active-duty service members. To qualify for the award, students must present proof of eligibility (military original statement of service, or certificate of release or discharge).

Terms and conditions: Awards may not be combined. To be granted award funds, recipients must successfully complete the admissions process, be admitted into the fully online coding bootcamp program and begin the first course prior to December 31, 2020. Students must also be in good standing, as defined by The Software Guild and University of Northern Colorado Extended Campus. These awards are available to UNC Coding Bootcamp Students from The Software Guild. They are not funded or managed by the UNC Office of Financial Aid.

Awards will be evenly distributed across all four badge courses, with $500 awarded at the beginning of each badge course to directly reduce the cost of tuition for that course. The student must successfully complete all requirements of each badge before being granted an award for the next course. Awards will be applied as a reduction to the total course fee and will reduce the payment required.

Technologies Covered Include:


  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • C# Syntax
  • NUnit framework
  • .Net Collections
  • LINQ
  • System.IO
  • Tiered Application Design
  • ASP .NET Web API
  • Razor HTML Helpers
  • ASP.Net MVC
  • Model Binding
  • Stored Procedures
  • Entity Framework
  • Dapper
  • ASP.NET Identity


  • NetBeans
  • Java Syntax
  • JUnit framework
  • Java Collections
  • Lambda Expressions
  • Spring Framework
  • Tiered Application Design
  • Spring Web MVC
  • Servlets
  • JavaServer Pages
  • JSTL
  • Spring JdbcTemplate
  • Java Persistence API (JPA)
  • Spring MVC Security

Why Online?

The Coding Bootcamp Badges program is perfect for people who need more flexibility or who can’t relocate to attend an on-ground coding bootcamp. You don’t need to commit to a full-time curriculum to learn to code — the online program allows you to learn wherever you are, on your schedule. If you have internet access and 20 hours per week to devote to training, you can gain skills to begin a career in software development.

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