Claris App Developer Program

Learn to develop stylish apps using the Claris FileMaker app development platform. Join a thriving app development community and finish in 8-9 months.

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About Our Claris App Developer Program

Qwasar’s Claris App Development program focuses on preparing developers who are capable of building custom applications using the FileMaker Pro platform. Learners cover front-end and back-end development, as well as fundamentals in data structures and algorithms. Our comprehensive partner program with Claris is entirely project-based, meaning learners develop a technical portfolio as well as desired hard and soft skills. This program is part of our partnership with Claris and the wider Claris Developer community as well as the Claris Business Partner Alliance, including a group of companies who actively hire program graduates as Claris Developers and Interns.

Program Options Available

Full-time and part-time programs available remotely.

Remote Part-time Weekday

9-12 months

Tues/Thurs meetings

(minimum 3 months)

Start dates:

7 May 2024

9 July 2024

10 Sept 2024

Remote Part-time Saturdays

9-12 months

Saturday meetings

(minimum 3 months)

Start dates:

11 May 2024

13 July 2024

14 Sept 2024

  • Join a specific cohort
  • Virtual meetings 1-3x per day
  • Learn in a community
  • 100% hands-on learning
  • Accountability & motivation
  • Live coding sessions
  • Interviews with in-industry Claris developer

Pricing/Program Costs

Qwasar programs are $2,400 in total and can be paid upfront or in monthly payments. The first two months are due after enrolling and before your start date. This is non-refundable.

Once enrolled in Qwasar programs, you will be sent an enrollment contract.

If you enroll on a part-time basis, you pay $100 per month until you gain an internship, apprenticeship, or employment, at which point you pay the final remaining sum up to a total of $2,400 which can be paid one-off or monthly at $200/mo.

If you’re full-time, you pay $200 per month until you gain an internship, apprenticeship, or employment, at which point you pay the final remaining sum up to a total of $2,400 which can be paid one-off or monthly at $200/mo. 

Prices are in US Dollars and are for learners in North America. Please see our pricing page for more information.

Claris App Developer Program Curriculum

What you’ll cover throughout your learning journey. Direct entry to Seasons is available.

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Cover basic software engineering principles: variables, functions, loop statements, if statements, basic algorithms and data structures. Begin using an IDE and the terminal. This track is the equivalent of a coding bootcamp.



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Cover fundamental computer programming concepts and learn the basics of C. Build a solid foundation in back-end programming including pointers, arrays, strings, algorithms, hash data structures, software architecture, blockchain basics and more.




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Focus on back-end and front-end tools, languages and databases; build multiple apps and projects using the Claris platform.


Track tech stack:

Javascript, jQuery
React, Claris app development platform (FileMaker), AWS/GCP

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Learners join our Technical Interview Preparation Program. Learners do 10-20 technical interviews, submit their resume for review, and submit their LinkedIn profile for review. Interview worksheets and job application trackers are also part of the curriculum.


Ruby, Python, Java, Javascript


Claris FileMaker Platform & Community

Claris International Inc. is the creator of the world’s leading rapid, low-code development platform, offering a suite of services that empower problem solvers to drive digital transformation in businesses large and small. The company has more than 1.3 million active users globally across SMBs and the Fortune 500. Claris is an Apple subsidiary headquartered in California with operations worldwide, including London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Beijing, and Sydney. Claris also has a thriving community for support and learning with more than 50,000 developers, and 1,400 global Partners providing powerful solutions to customers around the world.

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Take a quick overview tour of the Claris platform to discover what it looks like and what it can do.

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Check out some use cases and customer stories of apps built for companies using the Claris platform.

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Check out Pins USA who’ve had their own app for over a decade and serve big-name brands making their pins or souvenirs.

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Becoming a Claris developer means joining the Claris community. Discover the people behind the community, forums, events, and so much more.


Learning Top Skills is Tough

Learning skills is like learning a sport, a musical instrument, or cooking: it takes time, learning by doing, trial and error, and lots of practice. NBA players don’t get good by watching lectures or videos. Skills-based learning at Qwasar is TOUGH.

The key to our programs is to not give up. No matter how difficult the problem is in front of you, do not give up. Great engineers do not give up but instead apply structured problem solving.

After your hard work and upon completing the program, learners will earn both a certificate from Qwasar Silicon Valley for the Claris App Developer Program as well as a Claris Developer certificate from Claris, an Apple subsidiary.

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How Learning Works

What you will be doing throughout the program.

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Each season has a series of projects to complete that last 1 day to up to 3 months. These are problems and challenges to build software based on certain requirements and restrictions.

One example of a project would be to build a task-management software with tags, permissions, and a basic user interface.

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Each week, participants will have 1-5 coding exercises to complete. These are accessed through our software and your code is auto-graded to ensure it’s up to speed and functioning. This is part of the learning process. We have over 800 exercises in our library with thousands of test cases!

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We use role play to develop soft skills such as job negotiations or conflict resolution. We also use role play in technical interview practice where participants will both be the interviewee and the interviewer. This dual-sided perspective is unique to our program & helps build better interviewees.

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Our system is gamified, meaning that you will earn and spend “Qpoints.” As you complete peer code reviews, you earn points and as you submit your projects for review, you will spend Qpoints.


What to Expect


At Qwasar, you are responsible for your learning, just as you would be responsible for your work in a job. Problem-based learning involves finding, trying, and building solutions. With no single source of truth and no answers provided, it’s up to you to figure out how to make your code work, when and how to ask for help, and how to successfully build software in a team.

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Mentors & Diversity-focused Cohorts

Part of this program includes a special focus on personal growth and development and aims to get more minorities and people of color into the tech industry. Low-code app development is a great way to start your career and get into well paying jobs without a computer science degree.

We are building cohorts for women, minorities, and people of color. If you are interested in joining one of these cohorts, please indicate your interest in the Comments section of the application form OR contact Jennifer by email ([email protected]). These cohorts are totally optional – you can apply and join the general community, but we also want to offer a different learning experience for those who would like like-minded cohort members.

Towards the second half of this program, you will be paired with a mentor who is a volunteer from the tech industry. We work with various non-profits and organizations for volunteers who want to support people pursuing a career in the tech industry, especially those who learn the Claris platform. Learners will meet with their mentors virtually once a month to check-in on their work, progress, and career preparations such as resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and technical interviews.

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What Sets Us Apart

Silicon Valley Standards

We train to standards set by Silicon Valley for full stack developers. This means the level is much higher than that of bootcamps, and higher than that of CS degrees. Your specialty is being an elite developer at a world-renown level.

Technical Skills & Knowledge

Thanks to the depth and breadth of our program curriculum, you acquire a level of technical skills and knowledge that learners in other programs or bootcamps simply never acquire.

Strong Back-end Skills

The vast majority of bootcamps don’t cover data structures or algorithms. CS degrees don’t cover hands-on application of theory or actually developing software architecture. We cover both and your strong back-end skills and experience with databases, data structures, and algorithms will set you apart from other candidates.

Depth of Technical Portfolio

Learners develop a technical portfolio that has depth and shows the extent of their technical skills and ability to handle databases, deployments, and development. Neither bootcamps nor CS degrees offer this.

Why Qwasar

Why pay more, study less, and then spend 6-12 months trying to find a job (at a bootcamp or CS degree), when you could pay less, study more, and give yourself a much higher chance of gaining employment at (or before graduation)?

Unlike others, our learning model is backed by significant learning science and the learning experience is rooted in learning by doing and in a learning community.

Our employment rates are within 2 months of graduating, not 6 or 12, and most learners gain employment before they finish the curriculum.

We’re way cheaper than other options, and offer flexible learning opportunities.

We list some of the reasons why you should consider Qwasar:

  • Train to Silicon Valley standards

  • MUCH greater depth of fundamentals, data structures, algorithms

  • Freedom and flexibility in learning – i.e. time to learn what you don’t understand

  • Hugely diverse and welcoming learning community

  • Depth and breadth of languages, technical skills, and frameworks covered

  • Extensive technical interview, resume, and profile training/resources

  • Industry-leading coding and learning management platform

  • Access to alumni network for referrals to jobs

Real Employer Partnerships and High Employment Rates

Qwasar works directly with employers and hiring partners who recruit from our programs. Partners include LinkedIn, Capgemini, Workday, Claris, Accenture, Crowdstrike, and more.

Many employers have reached out to us to recruit directly from our programs. Qwasar is recognized in industry for its superior programs, curriculum, and graduates, and as a result, our learners often have significantly better opportunities for recruitment into jobs, internships, and apprenticeships compared to bootcamp grads.

As of June 2022, our programs have a 95% employment rate for learners who finish the program, with most learners gaining employment before they finish the program. The employment rate is calculated within 6 weeks of graduation, NOT 6-12 months after graduation.

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Career Support

Our entire program is designed to make you a great candidate. Qwasar has created a career support track and community called Technical Interview Preparation Program (TIPP), which students join in Season 2. This includes:

Interview Preparation and Practice

  • Complete 20-40 technical interview role plays
  • Better understand the interviewer perspective by living it
  • Complete HackerRank challenges
  • Practice answering behavioral interview questions

Resume and Profile Preparation

  • Technical resume help, review, and feedback
  • LinkedIn profile review and feedback
  • Resume and profile keyword suggestions
  • Resume format requirements for optimal application responses

Technical Portfolio Development

  • Develop a strong technical portfolio as you complete the progra
  • Review and publish your code for your resume’s portfolio

Useful Resources

  • Technical resume templates
  • Behavioral interview worksheet
  • “Tell me about yourself” 2-min pitch worksheet
  • Job application tracking system
  • TIPP community meetings and support
  • Access to unique hiring platforms with jobs from companies looking for candidates without a computer science degree

Attend an Information Session

Join us for a session on what learning is like at Qwasar. Sign up to learn more about our program options and how each cohort works:

Transitioning Careers? Join the Club!

Qwasar is a hive of career switchers. We have people who are or were: baristas, retail associates, medical assistants, accountants, professional musicians, biomedical researchers, teachers, finance directors, IT support professionals, network engineers, mechanical engineers, college students in non-technical fields, business analysts, writers, translators, and more.

We also have career returners and veterans in the community.

Chances are high that you’ve got transferable skills. Here’s an example we put together for people transitioning from accounting:

A 6-Step Guide on How to Transition From Accounting to Tech
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Join an Outstanding Learning Community!

Joining Qwasar is about joining a learning community. Learning on your own is hard, watching online videos can be boring, and sharing your learning journey (and certainly lots of jokes) with others is important.


Our platform and Discord chat, as well as our program meetings, are all about building and participating in the community. When you join our programs, you have access to:

  • Group debugging sessions
  • Small group sessions
  • Virtual coworking rooms
  • Sophisticated peer code review system
  • Coding collaboration workshops and pair programming
  • Our lively Discord online chat (with a tech news section and a meme section)

Application Process

To apply to our Claris App Developer Program, expect the following steps:

Step 1: Submit your application online.

Step 2: We review your application.

Step 3: You will be invited to schedule a virtual interview.

Step 4: Following the interview, if accepted, you will be invited to enroll.

Step 5: You will receive an email with a link to the enrollment form.

Step 6: You complete the enrollment form.


Following a successful application and enrollment, you will be expected to attend orientation, virtually of course!


Student Brochure

Download a copy of our student brochure for detailed information about our program options, policies, and logistics.

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Information Sessions

Join us for a session on what learning is like at Qwasar. Sign up to learn more about our program options and how each cohort works.

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Qwasar vs. Others

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