How difficult are Big Nerd Ranch courses?
We pack a lot of information into our trainings—some students say that a week with Big Nerd Ranch is like a semester in college. Our courses are not for novice programmers, but we have great instructors who know how to guide their students every step of the way. Each course we teach has prerequisites outlined to help determine if the course is the right fit.
Who teaches the courses?
Courses are taught by instructors who spend the rest of their time creating solutions for our app development clients. This means that they have real-world experience and understand the problems that you are facing. In addition, they are best-selling authors of our programming books, and spend their free time review one another’s work and contributing to open source code.
Can we tailor the curriculum?
Yes! While our courses provide a great overview of the topic, we recognize that some companies may need additional training in specific subjects. We’re happy to dive more deeply into certain topics and skip topics that may not be relevant to the team taking the class. For those needing more customized material, we can work with you to identify the topics that matter most, and then deliver the content that will fit your needs.
How We Do It
How many people can we have in a class?
Our courses are designed to teach up to 22 students at a time. Have more people to train? We can train multiple cohorts over consecutive weeks, or send multiple instructors to you to teach simultaneous classes.
How far in advance do we need to book the training?
Because our instructors work on development projects when they are not teaching, we must provide notice to our clients when we book a course. As a result, we typically need four weeks (six weeks for international locations) between the time the course is confirmed and the date it begins. However, we’re happy to book as far as a year in advance. And if you want to spend your end-of-cycle dollars for training even further out, we can apply a gift certificate purchase to a future training course.
Are the bootcamps and team classes the same, only at different locations?
There are a few differences between bootcamps and team classes. Public bootcamps are taught during the day and have the option of evening labs to extend the learning time for students. On the other hand, team classes tend to run during regular business hours so students can return home for the evening and start fresh the next morning. The content of the classes is identical unless a company has requested customization.
Will Big Nerd Ranch teach internationally?
Of course! Our instructors will fly all over the world to provide all of your employees with superior training. We’ve delivered courses in Mexico, Australia, India, Hungary, Italy and more, and we’re happy to go wherever your offices may be.
Are there discounts available?
Special pricing may be available for clients purchasing multiple sessions of a course, or purchasing multiple courses. Please contact our sales team for details on this offer.