The alternative ICT education is growing in popularity. Over 30 private academies offer short- to mid-term educational programs (6 to 30 months). Subjects range from software development and 3D design to IT project management taught by leading IT professionals.

Digital Skills Academies

Telerik Academy

  • Telerik Alpha: 6-month duration, free if the trainee gets employed in a Telerik partner company; 4 tracks: QA, Java, .Net, JavaScript
  • Telerik Master: for up-skill and re-skill; targets more experienced developers; varying duration
  • Telerik School: for kids and students; three levels: 1st – 3rd grade, 4th – 7th grade, 8th -12th grade; 65 schools in 15 cities; over 10 000 trained kids



  • Full 18-month training program – no experience needed, four tracks to choose from: – .NET, Java, PHP or JavaScript Web
  • Separate IT courses and trainings
  • Free 1-day seminars 
  • All courses can be attended online


IT STEP Computer Academy

  • IT Step operates in 14 countries, Bulgarian branch opened in 2015.
  • Courses are in three major subjects: software development, computer networks and computer graphics and design
  • Professional Education program with a 2.5-year duration; Junior Computer Academy tailored for children

IT Talents: Training camp, free intensive training program in PHP, JavaScript and Java EE.

Hack Bulgaria: Free and paid courses, very practice-oriented.

Swift Academy:  9 tracks, including C#/.NET, HTML&CSS3, Java, data bases, Ruby on Rails.  Free if the trainee is hired from one of Swift Academy partner companies.

Service Centrix: One of the biggest IT training providers, gold partner of UiPath.

ITCE: Wide variety of courses in the IT field, focus on Scaled Agile, Enterprise Architecture, DevOps, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services.

Hacker School: Professional program and intern training provided by Telebid Pro. Free of charge.

School of Robotics Robopartans: Wide range of training events in STEM, including robotics.

Team Vision Bulgaria: Individual and group trainings for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Business solution for Tableau.

IBS Bulgaria: IT training centre.

New Horizons Bulgaria: IT training centre, operating 182 centres in 35 countries. In 2018, the Bulgarian branch won Best Centre in Europe, Best Centre in the World among the New Horizons network, as well as the Special Achievements award.

IT-Academy.BG: Paid courses on SEO, PHP, software testing, Java.

Soft Academy: Specialised in training people with less experience. Operates in Plovdiv and Sofia. Over 2550 people went through the programs since 2011.

IPT: Paid courses, wide variety of subjects, including:  Java; web design: HTML 5, CSS 3, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap and WordPress.

Devise Expert: Courses in data bases, web programming, graphic design, Linux and other.

Master Academy Raise and Expert:  Summer DBA Academy, intensive free training for Administrators of SQL Server data bases.

VМware: Free education for software specialists under the brand Talent Boost. Targeted at software students with some basic knowledge in software development.

Musala Soft: BuildingWithCoding is an initiative for professional re-qualification of civil engineers, who want to work as programmers. Free course. Musala Soft also has an internship program.

Learn from the Masters by MUFFIN: is another program by Musala Soft, targeted at people who want to start long term career in IT.

Bright Consulting: official ITIL® Foundation and ITIL® Intermediate Service Capability courses. Developed in partnership with Purple Griffon and accredited by PeopleCert.

Scale Focus: specialized trainings, including programs for ITOs.

CAD Progress R&D Center: a Microsoft Imagine Academy Program Member and an authorized Pearson VUE Test Center. The center provides Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Linux, Novell, Adobe, CompTIA and other courses.

Technofy IT Createch Academy: Focus on IT, AR, VR technologies.

SAP Geeky Camp – annual free programming school for students. Also other trainings and certifications, including continuous learning framework, Free SAP training, SAP learning hub online training.

MNKnowledge: Free training on algorithms targeted at high-school and university students.

Quality House: Quality House is the single, accredited training provider for the ISTQB courses for the region of South East Europe and is also accredited training provider for the CMAP – Foundation Level Course and the Certified Professional Requirements Engineering (CPRE) – Foundation Level.

Technologica: Courses in ORACLE, Project Management, Business Process Management with ARIS.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Education: Wide range of paid courses.

Technologicа: Courses for professionals in the IT sector, including for employees of other companies.

Visteon Engineering Academy: Free training in Basics of Programming, Software design and development for automotive products and Advanced design and software development techniques.

DEV.BG: Knowledge exchange events in working groups in 16 domains, including C, C++, Machine learning, .Net, Java, JavaScript, Mobile development, IoT and more.

Information Services Training Centre: Courses on computer literacy, work with different operating systems, programming languages, databases, publishing systems. Information Services enables participation in the CISCO Networking Academy program.

MindHub: Programming club for kids.

Online Courses

Education without backpacks / Khan Academy: the world’s biggest education portal – absolutely free. The website features nearly 10,000 video lessons and over 100,000 interactive exercises, including mathematics, programming, computer and other sciences. Education without backpacks is translating the resources to Bulgarian.

The Cabin: Online training through virtual class room. Remote training in programming, includes PHP. Duration: 1, 3 or 6 months. Paid. Languages: HTML, CSS, PHP, Mysql.

Aula.BG: Online courses in basic IT knowledge and specialized programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCad. First 20 lessons are free. 275 153 registered users.

Google Digital Garage: Free online training courses in programming, machine learning, cybersecurity and other.

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA): Free online training courses on a broad scope of subjects: hybrid cloud technology, web and mobile applications, data bases etc. There are different levels, according to the audience: IT specialists, developers, students. Online trainings in programming and computers.

Joint Programs by Companies & Universities

Sofia University Cisco Regional Academy: multiple universities

Oracle Academic Initiative: – multiple universities

SAP University Alliance program: Sofia University, Technical University, University of National and World Economy

Cisco: multiple universities

Proxiad: Sofia Technical University

A1 Telecom: Sofia Technical University

Softserve: Sofia Technical University

Interoute: Sofia Technical University

ERP Academy: Higher School of Insurance and Finance

Naxex: Higher School of Insurance and Finance