Developing on Polkadot with Substrate

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Developing on Polkadot with Substrate


20 Hours

On Demand Course

Course + Certification Exam + Retake


Duration: 20 Hours Video including Comprehensive Labs
Access: 1 Year
Format: Self-Paced Learning
Certificate of Completion: Included

This course is designed for developers to learn how to effectively build on Polkadot. BTA is partnered with Polkadot to learn Polkadot’s technology and increase developer activity within the Polkadot ecosystem. In this course, students will learn how the Polkadot platform works from an understanding of the governance and treasury process, to hands-on lab environments for writing code. 

Polkadot is the next generation in blockchain technology that can transfer data across public, open, permissionless blockchains as well as private, permissioned blockchains. Technologies covered in this course are Polkadotjs, Substrate, WASMI, libp2p, Rust and more.   Whether you want to add to your blockchain skills for your career prospects or you want to learn how to build a blockchain solution that has ability to communicate with multiple blockchains into a single network, this course is perfect you.

What's Included

With class you will receive:

  • 20 Hours Video and Comprehensive Labs
  • Certificate of Completion
  • One year of unlimited access to course content
  • Ability to stop, pause, rewind and move through all chapters
  • Sample quiz questions in Course Content
  • Class Slides
  • Certification Exam


  • People who have heard of Polkadot, but do not know how to start
  • People who already have some experience with programming in general, but no Substrate experience
  • People who want to know how this technology works
  • People who want to develop on Polkadot and don't know where to start


  • Basic knowledge Ubuntu 18.04, Command Line, NodeJS / JavaScript / ReactJS and HTML.


  • Kusama: Introduction
  • Polkadot vs. Kusama vs. Rococo vs. Westend
  • DOT, KSM and their use cases
  • Understanding the Polkadot Architecture
  • Interoperability and parachians
  • Nominated proof of stake
  • On-chain governance
  • Shared security
  • Transaction fees
  • On-chain treasury
  • Polkadot Host
  • Forkless upgrades
  • Bridges
  • Parathreads
  • Common good parachains
  • Parachain slot auctions
  • Parachain crowdloans
  • PolkadotJS

 XCM (Cross-Consensus Messaging) 

  • What is it
  • Address format


  • Getting started: overview of building options, Substrate intro
  • Intro to Substrate
  • Intro to PolkadotJS
  • Apps UI, extension
  • Architecture
  • Setting up your environment
  • Substrate Node template


  • Storage
  • Events and errors
  • Origins and calls
  • Pallet coupling
  • Metadata
  • Scale codec
  • Testing
  • Weights
  • Benchmarking
  • Polkadot JS API


The course will include lab setup and details on the following topics:

  • Polkadot{.js} extension​
  • Create an account​
  • Balance Transfers​
  • Building a Smart Contract​
  • How to Connect to a Parachain​
  • Substrate​
  • Create your first Substrate blockchain​
  • Start a private network​
  • Permissioned Network​
  • Develop Smart Contracts with ink!​
  • Create a Parachain with Cumulus

    About On Demand Learning

    Class is designed for those who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their own pace. You will be provided one year of access to the class and all supporting course material.

    This training will give you the ability to start, stop and rewind the chapters. This class will not support questions or have a live instructor-interaction; if you would like live training, please contact BTA.

    This class is designed for those who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their own pace. You will be provided one year of access to the class and all supporting course material. On Demand learning will give you the ability to start, stop and rewind the chapters.

    POLKADOT Certification

    This training prepares you for the Certified Developer On Polkadot With Substrate exam and is an elite way to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in this emerging space. Exams are online through our student portal.

    The POLKADOT exam is a 70 question multiple-choice exam that lasts 1.5 hours and is a performance-based evaluation of POLKADOT skills and knowledge.

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