Let’s Make You
an Apprentice

So you’ve decided to dive into the tech industry and learn a whole new set of skills — congrats! You’re one step closer to upleveling your career.

Below is everything you need to know about the application process for our Software Development Apprenticeship Program. We won’t lie: it’s extensive and requires commitment. But it’s because we want to discover talent from unexpected places (you’d be surprised how a non-techy background might help), along with what makes you you — and why a career in tech might be exactly what you need to thrive.

The Process

After you’ve filled out the interest card above, these are the
steps to get you to that offer letter.

  1. Application

    They say the devil is in the details, so show us your resume and answer questions that shine a light on your tech background. (Again, it’s fine if you have none!)

  2. Assessment

    Answer a variety of behavioral science Qs to give us a peek into how you react, communicate, and lead during stressful situations or in diverse environments.

  3. Pre-Work

    Don’t freak if you’ve never coded — our step-by-step instrux hold your hand through it.

  4. Tech Evaluations

    Take on a few assignments and tests — like building a webpage — to show your range and demonstrate just how passionate you are about getting into the industry.

  5. Phone Interview

    Talking on the phone is the worst, but it’s a solid way to learn more about the actual human you are. It’s also when we’ll go through the program requirements and answer any questions you have. (Psst: some may be answered on our For Apprentices page or in the FAQ below.)

  6. Virtual Technical Interview

    You’re almost there! It’s time to see you in action, demonstrating you know the why (not just the how) behind the work you’ll do as a software developer.

  7. Background Checks + Offers

    The final, super official step: background checks and drugs screens. Assuming those clear, you can expect an official offer letter in your inbox. Woohoo!

All Sound Good?

Now it’s time for the application.  We can’t wait to learn more about you!

Frequently Asked Questions


What if I don’t have any experience coding? Can I still get in?

Yes! We accept applicants with or without prior technical experience. That said, all applicants have to complete a pretty stringent screening process so keen tech instincts — paired with critical thinking, problem-solving skills and good old hard work — will get you far.

Is this the same as coding bootcamp?

Not quite. There are a few key differentiators that make us BETTER than a bootcamp. First and foremost - your 14 weeks of classroom training in software development is free (take that, bootcamps!). Second, after you successfully complete the classroom training, not only do you get paid BUT you’ll ALSO get hands-on experience coding for real clients! Finally, you’ll be mentored by our team of senior software developers along the way, helping you gain all the technical and professional skills you’ll need for a successful career in tech. (You’re welcome!)

Can I participate remotely?

Due to COVID-19, we’ve taken our tech apprenticeship virtual for the foreseeable future. However, each cohort will be tied to a location, and in the event we’re able to move on-site this may require participants to come to a Techtonic office. Because it will be nice to see your smiling face someday!

Do I need to be a resident of the state tied to a cohort in order to apply?

Possibly, as you may need to be available for on-site work, depending on the future implications of the coronavirus pandemic. Regardless, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. for any employer without sponsorship prior to joining the apprenticeship.

If I’m accepted into a cohort, do you provide housing or relocation assistance?

We do not. Accepted apprentices do not receive any relocation assistance.

Do I get paid to participate?

You bet you do. After successful completion of the classroom training, we pay our apprentices while they’re working on client projects.

Do I receive any college credit for completing the Apprenticeship?

Our apprenticeship curriculum has been approved by the Colorado Community College System. Apprentices participating in 2021 cohorts can receive up to 39 college credits that are transferable within the Colorado community college system once they complete the apprenticeship.

I’m a Veteran with GI Bill Benefits — can I leverage these if I’m accepted?

Yes. Techtonic’s Software Development Apprenticeship Program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for Veterans using their VA education benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill. While enrolled, you can use your GI Bill benefit and receive a tax-free stipend.

What does the application process entail?

Take a few minutes to review the Process Steps.

I filled out the contact form or emailed for extra information. I haven’t heard back — what gives?

Woohoo! We’re so glad you’re interested in the Apprenticeship program. Response times may take up to 1-2 weeks, so we do ask for a little patience. You will hear from us, though!

OK, I applied! Am I in?

If only it were that easy. We typically receive around 300 applications for every 20-person cohort — so make sure you apply early and make yourself stand out!

How long is the selection process?

It can take about 4-6 weeks, but the average is somewhere around 5 weeks. It’s all about that patience and commitment!

What happens after I complete my Apprenticeship?

First, you’ll receive a Department of Labor-issued Certificate of Completion. (Get ready to hang that baby on your wall!) From there, some apprentices may be hired directly by our clients, while others become part of the Techtonic team or move on to other opportunities. (Casual FYI: 85% of our graduates currently have IT jobs, with an average wage increase of 130%!)

Bummer, I didn’t get in. Can I reapply?

Don’t lose hope! There are a whole host of reasons behind why you may not have been accepted for a particular cohort. If you want to try again, we say go for it — you never know where it might lead.