IT-Software Developer Apprentice


Program Number: 501521

Credits: 15

Area of Study: Information Technology

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $2,115.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

Work Description

IT-Software Developer Apprentices develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.


  • 2-year apprenticeship under the hybrid model (both time-based and competency-based)
  • 4035 hours of on-the-job training
  • 360 hours of paid related instruction
  • Transition-to-Trainer Course in the final year of the apprenticeship

Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Program Details

IT-Software Developer Apprenticeship courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

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How to Apply

IT-Software Developer Apprentice applicants must find an apprenticeship with a sponsoring employer on their own (similar to looking for a job). Once the applicant has found a position, the employer starts the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Representative for their county.

Application Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or equivalency
  • Have a valid government-issued photo identification

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


Graduates of the IT-Software Developer Apprenticeship are prepared to:

  • Contribute to software development lifecycle
  • Complete programming tasks
  • Troubleshoot problems
  • Perform developer testing
  • Maintain version control
  • Package and deploy applications
  • Develop professionally
  • Create documentation

Madison College IT-Software Developer Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:  

  • Software Developer
  • Programmer
  • Application Developer