Application Developer Apprenticeship

Analyze user needs and develop software solutions, applying computer science principles and techniques.

Training period
12 months full time
Training duration
200 hours supervised

A flexible online program

Imagine starting a brand-new career at any time! Can’t commit to full-time? No problem, study at your own pace.

Real-world projects

Acquire the most relevant skills by completing 7 projects based on those required in your future career.

Individual learning support

Benefit from weekly mentoring sessions with an expert in the field.

OpenClassrooms Certification

Leave the path with the “Software Developer Apprenticeship” certification.
DevelopmentApplication Developer Apprenticeship
OpenClassrooms Certification
Training period
12 months full time
Training duration
200 hours supervised

Application Developers are at the core of a business. What are their responsibilities?

Application developers are a fundamental part of any tech team. They are responsible for using their knowledge of programming languages to design software applications. 

Their duties include analyzing user needs and software requirements to determine the feasibility of design within time and cost constraints, coding and testing software to ensure functionality and updating software applications to refine components. 

What Skills Will You Learn During Your Training? 

We’ll guide you at the beginning of your application development journey, helping you to set up a solid foundation for your training. You’ll discover software programming with one of the easiest languages to learn: Python.

Over the course of this training program, we'll teach you a variety of skills, including how to:

  • Interpret the client's needs and create a prototype.
  • Apply the fundamentals of programming in Python.
  • Manage data using ETL (extract, transform, load).
  • Use object-oriented programming to develop a Python program.

In addition to these technical skills, you’ll learn transversal or "soft" skills, which will help you grow in your career.

How Do OpenClassrooms Apprenticeships Work? 

Apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job learning with online project-based instruction that equips employees for high-demand careers in data, technology, and business development.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Onboarding (2-3 weeks prior to start of apprenticeship): Familiarizes both the apprentice and the employer with the training components and requirements. 
  2. Pre-apprenticeship (3 months of training): Provides the apprentice with scenario-based project learning coupled with weekly mentorship and skills building courses in preparation for the formal apprenticeship program.
  3. Apprenticeship (12 months on-the-job, with one day per week of instruction): Continues to build apprentice’s skills via on-the-job training, corresponding online instruction, and weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions. 
  4. Get certified! Following completion of the apprenticeship program, apprentices earn an industry-recognized and nationally portable credential from the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Online But Never Alone! 

Before, during, and after the training program, you’ll be accompanied by humans:

  • One-to-one weekly mentorship sessions with a professional in the field, in partnership with OpenClassrooms, who’ll provide you with support and guidance to complete your projects.
  • OpenClassrooms staff who’ll help you succeed in your apprenticeship.
  • Our global community of student peers with whom you’ll be in regular contact through our online platform. 
A picture of Fayçal, one of the OpenClassrooms mentors on the Data Analyst path.
Fayçal, one of the OpenClassrooms mentors on the Data Analyst path

“Sometimes students are afraid that others will judge them, or simply afraid of failing. My role as a mentor is to remind them that they’re in training, and they’re here to try as many things as possible. The more they try, the more feedback they’ll get on their work. This approach feeds their curiosity and helps them to go faster!”

What Our Students Say About This Apprenticeship

A picture of Victoire, a student on an apprenticeship
Victoire, student on an apprenticeship

"Today, in my apprenticeship, I feel independent. They trust me. I’m responsible for a project from A to Z and I can really see myself staying in the company where I work.”

A picture of Benoit, a student on an apprenticeship
Benoit, student on an apprenticeship

“I’ve been on an OpenClassrooms path, working as an apprentice at StaffMe Academy, for 8 months now. This work-study format has allowed me to gain skills in my field of web development.”

Are You Eligible for This Apprenticeship?

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, you must demonstrate proof of the following prerequisites:

  • Be over 18 years of age and have the right to work in the U.S.
  • Have a high school/secondary school degree, vocational certificate, or equivalent.

Technical prerequisites:

  • Fundamentals of computer literacy (high-school degree level).
  • Basic experience or knowledge in IT, including: 
    • Basics of computer hardware,
    • Basics of HTML/CSS,
    • Fundamentals of Python (IDE, Git, ETL, OOP, MVC, basic algorithms).

These skills can be validated by having successfully completed an OpenClassrooms pre-apprenticeship, an equivalent bootcamp, or the following courses:

  1. Understanding the web.
  2. Learn the Command Line in Terminal.
  3. Set Up a Python Environment.

Language: a good level of English (for non-native speakers, a CEFR level of B2, an IELTS band score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 80 is recommended).

Equipment: access to a computer (PC or Mac), headphones, a webcam, and a stable internet connection.

  • At least 8 GB of RAM and 100 GB of storage space available on your computer.
  • Administrator rights to your computer in order to install required programs.

Your certificate

  • OpenClassrooms is an online training educational establishment, declared as such by the French authority ‘le rectorat de l'Académie de Paris’.
  • Once you’ve completed your training program, and subject to validating your skills, you will receive the OpenClassrooms standard certificate "Software Developer Apprenticeship".
DevelopmentApplication Developer Apprenticeship
OpenClassrooms Certification
Training period
12 months full time
Training duration
200 hours supervised

A teaching method based on practical experience.

  • Acquire key skills for your future career with real-world projects.
  • Make progress with the support of an experienced professional.
  • Acquire concrete know-how and demonstrate it with a portfolio.

Detailed projects and skills

project 1

Dive into Your Application Developer Apprenticeship

It's time to step into your new role and find out what it means to be an Application Developer. In this first project, you’ll also define your goals and your study schedule.
10 hours supervised
Skills acquired in this project
  • Adopt a lifelong learning mindset
project 2

Design a Python Application Tailored to a Client's Needs

In this fictional project, your agency has a new client, an online mentoring service that would like to develop an application with Python. Interpret your client's needs and create a prototype.
25 hours supervised
Skills acquired in this project
  • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan how to install or modify a system
  • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design
  • Consult with customers or stakeholders on project status, proposals, or technical issues
project 3

Use Python Basics for a Data Application in Your Company

Find a project at your company that uses online data. Use Python and Git to build an ETL pipeline that the project can use for its data needs.
40 hours supervised
Skills acquired in this project
  • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for use in an application
  • Work with programming, engineering and scientific personnel to develop software
  • Confer with data processing or project managers to determine data processing capabilities
project 4

Develop a Web Application Using Django

In this fictional project, you’ve just been hired as lead Python developer at a new startup. Use the powerful Django framework to make their digital product a reality!
30 hours supervised
Skills acquired in this project
  • Develop the user interface of an application
  • Write documentation for software technical requirements
project 5

Install and Configure a Workstation for a New Developer in Your Company

Find a new software developer in your company who needs their workstation installed. Ensure that their workstation is in working order and customize their software and browser settings.
25 hours supervised
Skills acquired in this project
  • Coordinate installation of software systems
  • Evaluate information on reporting, costs, or security to determine hardware configuration
  • Recommend equipment to control dust, temperature, or humidity in system installation area
  • Specify requirements and configuration for power and memory
  • Train users to use new or modified equipment
project 6

Develop a Software Program for Your Company Using Python

Build a Python application that your team or company needs using OOP, an appropriate design pattern, and algorithms.
35 hours supervised
Skills acquired in this project
  • Design, develop and modify software systems using algorithms and design patterns
  • Develop the back-end of an application using principles of Object-Oriented Programming
  • Prepare reports or correspondence concerning project specifications, activities, or status
project 7

Enhance a Python Web Application With Testing and Debugging

In this fictional project, one of your newly attributed missions as a software developer is to improve an existing Flask application. Fix errors and add functionalities using test-driven development.
35 hours supervised
Skills acquired in this project
  • Develop software system testing or validation procedures, programming, or documentation
  • Modify existing software to correct errors, adapt to new hardware or improve performance

One-to-one learning support

  • Benefit from weekly individual mentoring sessions with an expert in the field.
  • Progress rapidly through projects thanks to their expertise in sharing know-how.

The OpenClassrooms community

  • Count on our solid student community to give you support 24-7.
  • Share your doubts or queries with a comprehensive network of students, mentors, and graduates.

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Training program last updated on Mar 15, 2023