After running two successful academies, our clients, our partners, our potential clients, are all asking how to get people like the ones we've trained?

Last year, we proved that the model not only works for the young and energetic craftsman wannabes, but also for those who are ready to either retool (e.g. Greg Tarsa, who had previously built file systems in C) or make a change in their careers (e.g. Eric Ricketts, who had been a chip designer). This isn't just a series of tutorials, but an immersion in the thought process of a software craftsman, applied to web and mobile development from the backend to the front. Each person is working on their assigned projects, that are not all the same, but similar enough where they help each other in addition to the help they get from their mentors. Those who are going faster will get more complicated projects, but all will be challenged to exercise and grow their craftsmanship mindset and muscles.

So, in addition to taking in young folks who are ready to begin their journey, we are opening up slots for businesses who wants to sponsor old or new employees to take it up a level. We suggest that these companies work out the financial model with their employees similar to what we do with our scholarships (you pay the cost of the training back if you don't provide adequate service to pay your sponsor back).

There will only be 12 slots available for the full-time immersion phase that starts on June 1, 2015.

As usual, we will take applicants on a rolling admission basis. Everyone must follow the application process and will have at least one live assessment of their ability to succeed in this intense program.

We would like to have the 12 slots filled by March 1, 2015, but we will not fill them with unqualified candidates. This is a large investment on both the applicants and RoleModel's part, and it should not be taken lightly. It is not an "open enrollment" class, but a competitive application process.

Those who have gone through it, know that it is unlike any other training they've ever taken.

Eric Ricketts went through the Naval Academy at Annapolis and said of the Craftsmanship Academy, "this was the most intense training I've ever been through". Don't worry, he lived to tell about it with a big smile on his face.