java developer
2018-09-04 Arnold

Q – I Have Mastered Java Standard Edition – Can I Join Java Bootcamp? I would like to round it off with a few on the job courses, can I join Java Bootcamp?

A – Yes we would like to interview you personally to verify that you have mastered the equivalent of our first 3 modules on our Java Bootcamp:

1 ) Java SE 8 Fundamentals (OCA)

2) SQL 

3) Java SE 8 Programming (OCP)

Our second half of our Java Bootcamp completes the full-stack concept. Here we cover Enterprise Development with the top Java Spring Framework.

4) Spring MVC and RESTfull Web Services

5) Angular JavaScript Framework

6) JHipster Integration Framework

code college java bootcamp
2018-08-15 Arnold

My journey with the Code College Java Bootcamp

My name is Pieter I made the switch to code at the age of 31. I came from the Film industry as a cinematographer. I was always interested in web design and programming, but never actively pursued a career in it. Last year I decided I want to go for it! I was too old to do a Computer Science degree and were told it isn’t a necessity to start in code. I did a few online courses to give me the basic fundamentals of HTML, css and JavaScript, but I wanted to focus more on backend development and somebody told me JAVA is a great language and you can get Oracle certification.

I looked at a few courses online and considered joining online bootcamps but for me person to person training was preferable. Online courses are dependent on your own motivation to learn and research sections you struggle with or don’t understand initially.

I came across Code College via google a week before the start of the new bootcamp. Arnold gave me a small entry test to do (the Java bootcamp is for beginners but a basic knowledge of programming is required). I completed it in a day or two thanks to basic fundamentals I mastered already.

My bootcamp class was quite small, with a few people doing it via skype. We started with Basic JAVA and progressed to MySQL, Advanced JAVA, Spring MVC and Spring Boot. Arnold went at a fair pace but made sure everybody understood sections before moving on.

The course is structured in a way which naturally progresses and teach you concepts and technologies you need to build Web applications.

Arnold has been in programming for many years but he keeps up to date with all the latest trends and technologies in order to keep the bootcamp fresh and relevant.

After the completion of the bootcamp I wrote my OCA exam and started handing out my CV to companies and recruiters, I was prepared for a lot of rejection but told myself I will continue to code and add more projects to my gitHub page to show potential employers that I am motivated as well a testimony of my ability.

I went for my first interview within a month of completing my bootcamp. They were very impressed with my knowledge of Spring Boot and the fact that I obtained my OCA certification. Employers like people with the right attitude and motivation to continue learning.

My advice to candidates for future Bootcampers:

  • Set up a gitHub page as soon as possible and push to repositories regularly.
  • Stackoverflow is your friend
  • Read a lot of blog posts on languages and frameworks that interest you.
  • Watch youtube tutorials on sections you don’t understand
  • It will be tempting to branch off from the bootcamp and learn other frameworks/languages and technologies but stick to what is taught in the bootcamp, it is most relevant to what employers want you to know.
  • Work on how you explain what you have learnt to other people, sometimes it is not what you know but how you are able to talk it out and explain your thought process. If you are stuck somewhere it is important to be able to explain to other coders what you are stuck with.

I highly recommend Code College

java developers
2018-06-09 Arnold

The January Java Bootcamp has concluded and produced another batch of highly skilled Junior Java Developers. They have done the Java Bootcamp (over a 6 month period) which is a full stack web coding bootcamp focusing on Java. The Java Bootcamp is comparable to an internship as we focus on competencies needed by employers.

Java Standard Edition knowledge and competence for Oracle Certification

In the first 3 months of the bootcamp we cover Java Standard edition aligned with the Oracle Java Certification syllabus (OCA and OCP).

Full Stack Java Spring Framework Web Application Development

In the last 3 months of the bootcamp we cover practical web development with the Spring Framework.

Date Course
Jan 2018 Intro To Programming (HTML/CSS/JavaScript)

JavaScript was used as the basic coding language with support of HTML and CSS. The fundamentals of coding were taught: Syntax, Variables,Types, Data Structures, Control Flow

VS Code

Passing the international JavaScript exam on ww3schools.

Building various apps like a shopping cart program.

Jan 2018 Java Beginner (OCA Aligned)

The course focussed on Object-Orientation and the Java Language Fundamentals. We also covered to Oracle Certified Associate Java Programmer Syllabus.


Passing a Test in the Java concepts and fundamentals of Object-orientation


SQL (aligned with MTA)

Querying in SQL, Database Design, Entity Modelling

Using MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench

Passing the international SQL exam on w3schools

Building a normalised multi table database design using a UML Modelling tool on MySQL Workbench



Java Advanced (OCP aligned)

Practical skills in Java like Networking, Database interfacing, Writing Swing GUI apps performing CRUD operations.


Building a CRUD JDBC application, using Java and Swing GUI


Spring MVC / Hibernate

The fundamentals of Spring MVC with Hibernate used in Web Applications.

Spring AOP, Spring Security, Spring REST, Spring Configurations with XML / Annotations, Maven

Eclipse / STS

Building a CRUD  Web Application
May 2018


Spring MVC (Online Store)

Building a complete online shopping cart with user login using Spring Security, Apache Tiles, Spring Web Flow, Testing, REST / Ajax, Spring Tag Libraries..

Github Integration with Eclipse

Building a complete shopping web app with a shoppping cart using the technologies mentioned on the left.
June 2018 Spring Boot

Autoconfiguration, Logging, JDBC Template, MyBatis, JPA, MongoDB, Tomcat, Jetty, REST API, Spring Reactor / WebFlux, Spring Security, Actuator, Testing, JHipster, Heroku


Build a Spring Boot App with Jhipster and an Angular front-end using the technologies mentioned on the left.

Deploying it to Heroku.


Employers, if you are not talking to us yet about these graduates, please contact us now!

Prospective Students, if you want to find out more, please contact us now!

java developer
2018-05-09 Arnold

How I became a Java Developer through Code College:

I worked for 9 years as an Administrator and always knew I wanted to do more, so I decided to follow my high school dream of becoming a Computer Programmer, I then started looking around for programming schools where I came across Code College. I then decided to do the Java Bootcamp at Code College because the price was fair and offered me exactly what I was looking for. I negotiated with my employer to take my accumulated leave on a one-week-per-month basis, matching the Java Bootcamp training schedule.

How did you manage to do the Bootcamp – did you have to resign your job at that time?

No, I had enough leave to take one week per month as the bootcamp is delivered on a “one week per month in the classroom”. The other 2/3 weeks are for assignments and you do not have to be at the campus physically then. This is the quickest way of doing it and not having to resign from your job.

Learning experience

My learning experience at Code College was very practical – almost like being on the job, which is a great way to learn programming and understanding all the technologies you will need. I was surrounded by positive like-minded people at Code College, all trying to head in the same direction. I had to make time on Sundays and weekday evenings for the assignments. I have really learned a lot in the 6 months now that I look back. Our facilitator, Arnold, guided us every step of the way – even after the Java Bootcamp.

Immediately after the Bootcamp in December 2017, I updated my CV and started applying for jobs online. The recruiters where impressed with my knowledge and understanding of the industry and in January 2018 I was made an offer by a company in the financial service industry as a Junior Java developer.

What kind of salary did you expect to get and did you get in the end?

To my surprise, my salary was matched – I was actually offered R500 p.m more 😉


Thank you to Arnold and Code College, this really was a life changing course!

Kind Regards,


DEF Coding Bootcamp
2018-02-19 Arnold

Code College is delivering a Coding Bootcamp for 24 Deaf learners via the Deaf Empowerment Firm and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

The Bootcamp runs over 12 months and the students started off with the icebreaker of Introduction To Programming with JavaScript. After completion of this and all the extra assignments, the students will do a professional HTML/CSS Website Development Course covering latest technologies like HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap and Responsive Website Development. After this the students will do an SQL Querying Course to teach them the basics of SQL and database design.



2015-09-08 Arnold

A recent graduate of GetCertified Code College was able to attend the institute’s Java Bootcamp course because of its policy of offering study loans to qualifying candidates.


Without that opportunity, says the graduate, he would have faced a significant delay in getting his career in software development started. However, because of it, he was able to commence his studies with GetCertified Code College in January of this year, having just passed his matric finals, and completed the course in 6 months.


Before even writing his Oracle Java Certification exams, the student interviewed with a prospective employer and landed his first job. (After training, participants register to sit for the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam.)


So, in a short period, he was able to start earning what he calls “a very decent income compared to my friends”, doing what he loves. “Computing was the one subject I really excelled at in school,” he says. “So it was obvious that this was the career I wanted to follow.”


He chose Java because it’s found everywhere in business. “It’s a really popular programming language and if you learn it, you won’t have trouble getting a foot in the door.”


In applying for the loan, one thing stood in his way – average maths marks. However, according to Arnold Graaff, owner of GetCertified Code College and head lecturer, this is not the only criteria for being granted a loan or access to the programme. “While we do consider math scores, our aptitude test and face-to-face interviews play an equal role in determining a candidate’s overall suitability. In this person’s case, the outcome was positive and indicated he was quite capable of mastering the subject.”


As it turns out, the assessment was right. Talking to the student it’s obvious he’s passionate about programming and took his studies seriously throughout.


But what if a student cannot find work and pay their loan back? “That’s never happened,” says Graaff. “Junior Java programmers are in such high demand that candidates always find employment fairly soon after they qualify.”


That fact can be observed in Compuways – a technology recruitment agency and sister company to GetCertified Code College – that helps place graduating students. According to Graaff: “For years, Compuways has had a backlog of requests for junior Java programmers. That’s how entrenched the language is in the industry.”


Java is favoured by corporations due to its robust security, technical flexibility, and ability to process large amounts of data. With trillions of lines of code already written, there’s no end to the need for developers who grasp its inner workings.


The student credits his success to his determination and the expert tutoring he received. Arnold Graaff is the ideal lecturer, holding a BSc in Computer Science with Honours and boasting 30 years in the IT industry. “I liked that the classes were quite small and so Arnold gave individual attention to each person to make sure they understood the work.”


The course materials are backed by practical projects that challenge students’ understanding of the concepts. “I especially enjoyed the Java web application project because of the exposure to web technologies,” says the student. Coincidentally, his employer produces a Java web application that offers vehicle tracking and management and accepted him on the strength of his knowledge in this area.


GetCertified Code College welcomes loan requests from newly matriculated students who can motivate their need. Graaff also encourages those passionate about computers to take the entrance tests even if they have not achieved high maths scores. This is the best way to determine one’s aptitude for this exciting career path.


For course details, visit


2014-06-19 Alta
Entry Requirements:
  • Matric with Pure Maths (60%) or
  • Good aptitude test results
  • Previous work experience or -training

Course Contents:

The following modules are covered in the Java Bootcamp

(remember, you should be at the Intro to Programming level)

Every student so far who has passed the Java Bootcamp (incl OCP Exam and Java Bootcamp project) has found employment, some have chosen to continue with the Java EE Bootcamp 

Cape Town


We need 6+ people, we will run the full bootcamp in Cape Town. So if you are interested, let us know and we will notify you if we have a group of 6.


Every module (*) is attended in-classroom for 5 full days, with projects to be completed on campus and / or at home with video conferencing support over the internet over the following week. The lecturing portion duration span 3 months and another 3 months can be added to hand in practical projects, making the total duration up to 6 months. Weekly / bi-weekly project progress sessions are held to support students.

Every module is presented as 8 evening classes during the week. The full course duration is one year
The full price for part-time is R59 995.

Bursaries / Sponsorships:

Please read our application procedure 


  • July 2014
  • January 2015
  • July 2015
Course Price :  R46 970 excl  Vat
Oracle Certified Associate Java Exam : R1460 excl Vat
Oracle Certified Professional Java Exam : R1460 excl Vat


You can download the course registration form on our home page or by clicking here 

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