So you want to land a job after coding bootcamp? The statistics are on your side – 73% of bootcampers report being employed as developers after graduation. But did you know that many coding bootcamps go one step further and offer a job guarantee? We’ve put together a list of in-person and online coding bootcamps in the USA and around the world which offer guaranteed job placement. And don’t get caught off guard by the details – we’ve also included specifics about job guarantee tuition refunds, conditions, and tips to help you work out if a job guarantee coding bootcamp is right for you.

What is a coding bootcamp job guarantee?

A number of coding bootcamps offer a full or partial tuition refund if you are not able to find a job within a set amount of time after you graduate. But be aware that job guarantees usually have extensive conditions, including a minimum number of job applications per week, and no turned down job offers – make sure you read all the terms and conditions!

Some coding bootcamps offer guaranteed employment or apprenticeships with their parent company, and other bootcamps don’t get paid until the student finds a job.
 

Why choose a coding bootcamp with guaranteed job placement?

There are a number of reasons to choose a coding bootcamp which offers a job guarantee:

  • You want assurance that you’ll get assistance in finding a job
  • You are worried about investing in a bootcamp and not finding a job
  • You cannot afford to be unemployed after bootcamp
  • You have heard stories of other students who have not found jobs after bootcamp
     

What to watch out for when you see a “job guarantee”:

  1. Is the school guaranteeing you a job or a job offer?
  2. Do you understand all of the graduation requirements (ie. final exams, project work, time commitment)?
  3. Are you able to repeat a section of the course or even the entire course?
  4. Are job search requirements clear? (ie. networking, proof of minimum # applications, time limit, reporting back to the bootcamp careers team)
  5. Does the school count contract, part-time, non-developer, non-technical, or the school’s own job offers as “offers?” Can those void the guarantee?
  6. Are you being guaranteed a full or partial refund?
  7. Are there any prerequisites to be eligible for the job guarantee? (ie. city you live in, English skills, college degree, age etc)
     

Which coding bootcamps have a job guarantee?

Online bootcamps face less regulation than in-person campuses, so you should expect to see more guarantees from online schools. Online bootcamps with job guarantees include Bloc, Flatiron School, and Thinkful. Since 2012, regulations have pressured in-person coding bootcamps against offering job guarantees, but a few – including Flatiron School, Awesome Inc U, Byte Academy, and Codeup – still offer your money back. Check out the comprehensive list of coding bootcamp job guarantees below:
 

In-person Bootcamps

 

Academic Work Academy
12 weeks | Free | Full Time | Stockholm, Sweden

Academy Work Academy (taught in Swedish) is training students to go directly into a job.

Job guarantee:

  • All students are guaranteed a job after graduation
  • AWA follows a “try and hire” model, where employer partners can work with graduates as consultants before taking them on full time

 

Alliance for Digital Employability
14 weeks | €1000 | Full Time | Athens, Greece

Alliance for Digital Employability is aiming to reduce unemployment in Greece by re-skilling candidates and placing them in jobs.

Job Guarantee:

  • Employment contracts are secured before the beginning of the bootcamp, subject to students’ successful graduation.

 

Awesome Inc U
12 weeks | $11,500 | Full Time | Lexington, Kentucky
Awesome Inc U is a full-time web development bootcamp aimed at preparing beginners to interview with the school’s employer partners by the end of the program.

Job guarantee:

  • Students are given a full refund if they do not have a job within six months of graduation.

 

Byte Academy
12 weeks | $14,950 | Full Time | New York City, NY; Bangalore, India

Byte Academy teaches full stack Python with a focus on industry-specific technology skills.

Job guarantee:

  • Students are guaranteed a job within six months of graduation.
  • Byte Academy says “If you follow our program but do not get a job, we will refund your tuition.”

Guarantee Conditions:

  • You must complete the entire full-time program without repeating
  • You must participate fully in the Career Services recommendations,
  • Byte Academy expects you to be proactive in your job search and will require you to work closely with the Career Services team.

 

Codaisseur
8 weeks | €800 | Full Time | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Codaisseur is a web development academy taught in English to prepare students for an international coding environment. The admission fee is low because the companies which hire students pay the remainder.

Job guarantee:

  • Codaisseur has to find you a job in order to get the rest of your tuition fee from your employer.

 

Codeup
16 weeks | $17,500 | Full Time | San Antonio, TX
Codeup’s full-stack program is a career accelerator to turn non-techies into entry-level software developers.

Job Guarantee:

  • Graduates are guaranteed a job offer within six months of graduation or receive 50% refund on tuition

 

DecodeMTL
8 weeks | CAD$7,995 | Full Time | Montreal, Canada
DecodeMTL offers a full-stack JavaScript bootcamp with small class sizes.

Job Guarantee:

  • Graduates are guaranteed to find a job within six months of graduation or receive a full tuition reimbursement

Guarantee terms:

  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Must use DecodeMTL's career services

 

Hacktiv8
12 weeks | Rp 5,000,000 | Full Time | Jakarta, Indonesia
Hacktiv8’s web developer bootcamp teaches full stack JavaScript in Indonesian.

Job Guarantee:

  • Graduates who have not found a job 120 days after graduation will get a full refund

 

Flatiron School
12-15 weeks | $15,000 | Full Time | New York, NY
Flatiron’s in-person programs, the iOS Developer Program, and the Software Engineering Immersive, both offer job guarantees. Flatiron has released jobs reports showing statistics about the sorts of jobs their grads are getting.

Job Guarantee:

  • Receive a job offer in six months, or your money back.
  • This job should be a paid full-time job of 35 hours or more per week or multiple part-time offers that make up 35 hours per week.

Guarantee terms:

  • Students must be 21 years or over
  • Eligible to work in the USA, and willing to work in the USA remotely or in-person
  • Proficient in English
  • Complete the careers track, mock interviews, and be responsive to the Career Counselor
  • Be available to interview for minimum of 3 interviews per week
  • Make contact with at least 8 job prospects each week
  • Submit code challenges for job applications in good time
  • Post 5 GitHub commits per week and 1 technical blog post per week

 

Revature
12 weeks | Free | Full Time | Reston, VA; Scottsdale, AZ; New York, NY
Revature is a talent technology company providing talent for corporate and government partners.

Job Guarantee:

  • Students who successfully complete the program are guaranteed employment with Revature in an enterprise setting, and will be assigned to a Revature client.
  • Students are screened for hireability before being admitted to the school.

 

Ubiqum Code Academy

5 months | €7000 | Full Time | Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany
Ubiqum Code Academy offers full stack web development bootcamps for total beginners.

Job Guarantee:

  • Students pay 50% tuition upfront, and 50% once they get a job
  • If they don’t find a job, they don’t have to pay the second 50% installment

Guarantee conditions:

  • This offer applies automatically to those who have a university degree and are 22-35 years old
  • Candidates who do not meet these requirements need to pass a personal interview and Ubiqum reserves the right to maintain and/or modify this offer 50/50 depending on the candidate's profile.

 

Online Bootcamps with Job Guarantees:

Bloc
9 - 18 months| $19,500 | Flexible | Online
6 - 12 months | $8800 | Flexible | Online

Bloc’s offers a 6 to 12-month Web Developer Track and a 9 to 18-month Software Developer

Job Guarantee:

  • Both programs have a Tuition Reimbursement Guarantee if students do not get a paying job in the industry within 180 days of graduating. This job is guaranteed to be:
    • A paying job in the web development industry
    • This may include full-time, contract-to-hire, contractor, and internship positions
    • The Software Developer Track also has a minimum salary guarantee of $60,000.

Guarantee Conditions:

  • Students must keep on pace with the program (if you fall 30% behind, you lose eligibility.
  • Complete all career prep checkpoints
  • Apply to at least 10 software development jobs per week and submit weekly job search logs to the Career Support team.
  • You can’t decline a job offer and still be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Live in a top 23 major North American metro area (ie. Metro Atlanta, Greater Austin, Greater Boston, Chicago Metropolitan Area, etc)
  • Complete job guarantee conditions are on Bloc’s FAQ page.

 

CareerFoundry
6 months | $4000 | Flexible/Part Time | Online
CareerFoundry is an online mentored coding bootcamp with courses in

Job guarantee:

  • Find a job in your new career within 6 months of graduating, or get your money back.

Guarantee Conditions:

  • Complete 100% of the program
  • Complete a careers services questionnaire
  • Create updated resume and online resume profiles
  • Complete one call with a personal placement specialist, and check in bi-weekly via email
  • Demonstrate skills through projects, Github, and portfolio improvements
  • Proof of at least 15 job applications

 

Flatiron School
4-10 months | $1500/mo | Flexible | Online

Flatiron School’s Online Web Developer Program is a fully-mentored interactive online coding bootcamp with a money-back guarantee.

Job Guarantee:

  • Receive a job offer in six months or your money back.
  • This job should be a paid full-time job of 35 hours or more per week or multiple part-time offers that make up 35 hours per week.

Guarantee terms:

  • Students must be 21 years or over
  • Eligible to work in the USA, and willing to work in the USA remotely or in-person
  • Proficient in English
  • Complete the careers track, mock interviews, and be responsive to the Career Counselor
  • Be available to interview for minimum of 3 interviews per week
  • Make contact with at least 8 job prospects each week
  • Submit code challenges for job applications in good time
  • Post 5 GitHub commits per week and 1 technical blog post per week

 

Lambda School
13 weeks | $10,000 | Full Time | Online
Lambda School offers immersive online bootcamps teaching full-stack JavaScript with live instructors, and pair programming.

Job Guarantee:

  • Get a paying job in the web development industry within 270 days of graduating
  • Jobs include full-time, contract-to-hire, contractor, and internship positions

Guarantee Conditions:

  • Full-time students only who have completed all projects and assessments on time
  • Complete all career prep assignments, and respond to outcomes team requests
  • Apply to at least 10 jobs we week and submit weekly logs to outcomes team
  • Be fluent in English
  • Do not decline any job offers
  • Live in a top 24 North American metro area

 

Thinkful
4 months | $14,000 | Full Time | Online
6 months | $9000 | Flexible | Online

Thinkful’s Flexible or Full-Time Web Development Bootcamps teach students full-stack web development through 1-on-1 mentorship and a structured curriculum

Job Guarantee:

  • Students are guaranteed to get a job or get their money back within 6 months of graduation.
  • This job is guaranteed to be either a salaried employee, a full-time contractor, or a paid apprenticeship.

Guarantee Conditions:

  • Students must live within reasonable commuting distance of a list of ~30 cities in the US/Canada (ie. Austin, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Seattle, etc).
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Live in and be legally able to work in the U.S. or Canada
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Complete job guarantee conditions are on Thinkful’s website.

 

Viking Code School
12 weeks | $12,800 or Deferred Tuition | Full Time & Part Time | Online
Viking Code School’s online program offers full time and part time programs for novice to intermediate developers in JavaScript or Ruby on Rails.

Job guarantee:

  • If graduates do not get a job within 6 months, the Immersive Program tuition is completely free, and the Flex Program Guaranteed Tier offers a full refund.
  • If graduates using the deferred tuition can only find a job paying $30,000 or under, they are exempted from the placement fee.

 

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Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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