Skillcrush Review

Overview


Locations
Remote
Disciplines Offered
UX/UI Design, Web Development
Payment Options
Installments, Upfront

Skillcrush — the "online coding school with a heart" — trains women and other people who have been historically excluded from tech to become front-end developers, web designers, and web developers. Roughly 80% of Skillcrush's students identify as a woman or nonbinary person. The New York-headquartered coding bootcamp, founded in 2012, features free introductory bootcamps and discounts to people facing hardships, such as unemployment. Full-time students, military service members, and veterans can also receive discounts.

All bootcamps operate fully online and in a self-paced format, which gives online learners —no matter how busy their family or work life — the chance to learn about front-end development, Python, user experience design, or visual design. Skillcrush also offers a Get Hired track that guarantees students will find a qualifying job within six months of graduation, or they'll get their tuition back.

This Skillcrush review covers how to enroll in a Skillcrush bootcamp, what it costs, and how to get a job guarantee.

Skillcrush Courses

Skillcrush offers options for students at all technical levels who want to learn a specific coding skill quickly.

Beginners can learn the basics of HTML and CSS at Camp Skillcrush, which operates as a mini bootcamp. The Break Into Tech program, also for tech newbies, offers an extended Get Hired track that comes with job search training, one-on-one counseling, and a job guarantee for an additional fee. Students who follow this option take about 4-5 months to learn technical skills and 8-10 weeks to complete career training.

In contrast, project-based bootcamps focus on building specific practical skills and a portfolio to help get graduates hired. Throughout these bootcamps, instructors hold virtual office hours. And students communicate through live Q&A sessions or Slack. Students gain access to bootcamp learning materials for life after submitting payment.

Front-End Development

  • Cost: $549
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Self-Paced
  • Length: 12 weeks

The front-end development bootcamp teaches students how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to write code for websites. Courses cover common front-end development tools such as text editors and Chrome DevTools. Students complete nine projects and use Git and GitHub to track their work.

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Front-End Development + React JavaScript

  • Cost: $699
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Self-Paced
  • Length: 12 weeks

This front-end development bootcamp helps experienced web developers advance in the industry and make interactive websites by learning JavaScript with React. Students graduate with 10 projects for their portfolios, which are reviewed by instructors.

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Python for Web Apps and Data

  • Cost: $549
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Self-Paced
  • Length: 12 weeks

This web app and data program teaches students how to use Python to visualize data and build web apps. Courses cover topics like object-oriented programming, best internet protocols, SQL databases, and data structures. Students complete three projects.

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User Experience Design

  • Cost: $549
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Self-Paced
  • Length: 12 weeks

This UX design bootcamp teaches students how to enhance websites and mobile apps. Lessons cover user experience research, information architecture and prototyping, and user testing and iteration. The curriculum prepares students to create website prototypes and conduct usability testing.

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Visual Design

  • Cost: $549
  • Learning Format: Online
  • Time Commitment: Self-Paced
  • Length: 12 weeks

The visual design program offers courses in visual design fundamentals and tools, branding and identity design, and visual design professionals. Students complete three projects using Adobe Creative Suite. They also learn how to create a brand, use creative briefs, and find target audiences.

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Skillcrush Admissions Process

As an open-enrollment bootcamp, students do not need to complete an application. Instead, the admissions process starts with a three-minute quiz that tells students if Skillcrush bootcamp can help them launch a career in tech.

Beginners can take the free Camp Skillcrush bootcamp if they are hesitant to enroll in a primary bootcamp. Applicants can attend "fireside chats" with camp counselors and register for live Q&As during Camp Skillcrush.

Skillcrush Payment Options

  • Upfront: You always save money when you pay upfront for programs at Skillcrush bootcamp. The full Break Into Tech program with the Get Hired track costs $2,499 if students pay upfront, compared to $2,748 if they pay in installments over 12 months. The Break Into Tech skill-training-only option costs $1,599 upfront and $1,788 if paid in 12 monthly installments. Students can also pay $549 upfront for specific skills programs.
  • Installments: Skillcrush also offers installment plans for all of its bootcamps, though students should keep in mind that the overall cost of a bootcamp is higher with this option. The Break Into Tech program offers a 12-month payment plan, where students pay $149 or $229 per month, depending on whether or not they select the Get Hired track. Students in the front-end development plus React JavaScript bootcamp make four monthly payments of $199, while those in the other skills bootcamps pay $199 a month for three months.

Skillcrush Student Outcomes

The best colleges and universities obtain accreditation through third-party organizations to demonstrate their commitment to academics. Analogously, bootcamps can become members of the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR). Founded in 2016, CIRR provides third-party oversight for bootcamps when it comes to verifying student outcome data.

Without CIRR membership, no independent agency verifies a bootcamp's student outcomes. Individuals should keep this in mind when reviewing outcome data reported by bootcamps that aren't CIRR members, such as Skillcrush.

Frequently Asked Questions About Skillcrush Coding Bootcamps

Is Skillcrush worth it?

In most cases, you get what you put into bootcamp. Students who learn technical skills and complete projects put together portfolios that can help them get hired in tech. Skillcrush also offers career training, which teaches online learners how to search for jobs, write cover letters, and land an interview.

Online learners who enroll in the Break Into Tech program can pay extra to join the Get Hired track, which guarantees that students will land a "qualified" job offer within six months, or they can get their tuition refunded.

According to Skillcrush, about 90% of students who graduate from the Get Hired track of its Break Into Tech program get job offers within 180 days. And it takes these graduates an average of 8-10 weeks to find a new career.

Is Skillcrush hard to get into?

Skillcrush bootcamp uses an open-enrollment policy, so candidates need not complete an application or take a technical assessment. However, not every applicant has the technical skills required to jump into skills training bootcamps. For this reason, Skillcrush offers a free introductory coding camp.

The Break Into Tech program may also appeal to beginners or people with little tech experience. Skillcrush's skills courses are better suited for those with technical backgrounds who want to advance their training.

Graduates have launched careers as web designers, front-end developers, and web developers at organizations like CafeMedia, Lion Project, and Owl's Head Solutions.

Is Skillcrush free?

Only Camp Skillcrush — a mini bootcamp — offers free tuition. This free bootcamp trains students in the basics of HTML, CSS, visual design, and JavaScript.

The Break Into Tech bootcamp program costs $1,599-$2,499 if students pay upfront, depending on whether or not they join the Get Hired track.

It costs $549 or $699 upfront to take specific skills programs that cover front-end development, Python, UX design, or visual design. Students can request discounts based on their financial circumstances. Former and current military personnel also get tuition discounts.