IT Retraining Course – Switch your career to a Software Test Analyst
A comprehensive IT Retraining and career switch course that will help you step into the IT job market as a Software test Analyst. No previous background required beyond very basic usage of a computer.
About the course
This course will retrain you and allow you to make a career switch to a Software Testing Analyst. This role is an integral and highly important discipline in many organisations today. It is core to product development and project management. A thorough and effective Test Plan can save many hours of resolving issues in a live system. The Software Tester has a central role in the organisation and influences professionally on a wide aspect of processes, methodologies, and organisational standards. In this role you will be working with colleagues from various areas in the workplace: product managers, project managers, technical support staff, end users, and more. It is an exciting and fulfilling role and an excellent entry point to the IT job market. You can read more about this role in a series of posts about it.
If you are looking for a step into the IT career world then Software Testing provides an excellent opportunity. After this IT retraining and career switch course, once you have gained enough experience, your professional development options and career paths are many and varied: leading design teams, departmental and organisational quality control (performance metrics), setting organisational standards for quality assurance, management of the quality assurance team, and more. Furthermore, it allows you to grow professionally within the software testing discipline, improving test design and execution techniques, exploring niche areas such as performance testing, and utilising software development skills with test automation.
Students will benefit from the following support to prepare them for their next IT job:
- An introduction to the IT job market.
- Assistance in searching for a job.
- Interview preparation and simulation.
All of our students are entitled to 3 months support after the course on relevant course material (terms and conditions apply).
This IT training will teach you the core skills for a QA person today: understanding software development, system analysis, testing methodologies, test design, working with databases and different operating systems, and use of testing tools.
Our testing training unique course gives participants an introduction to three central aspects of QA: testing methodologies, test management tools, and preparation for the ISTQB (ISEB) qualification examination, which is today’s standard in QA and testing. This arsenal of knowledge will certainly help you become a professional software tester, and find a permanent or contract job as one. Training is combined with hands-on workshops using industry standard testing tools like HP ALM (Quality Center).
The course is a result of professional cooperation between leading QA and testing experts, with years of experience in IT training.
Course lecturers: senior trainers with vast experience in teaching and coaching testers, programmers, and project managers. All with hands-on experience in practical software testing as well as training.
Academic team: the course was developed and is professionally guided by a team of experts with many years of experience in the field of QA and testing.
The IT retraining can career switch course will prepare its participants to start an IT career in the testing and quality assurance arena, while specialising in testing methodology and various testing aspects such as test automation.
- Induction to the world of IT and quality assurance.
- Introduction to the full scope of the work of a software tester, including databases, software development, and project management.
- Introduction to the most common testing tools in use today.
- Preparation to an international qualification ISEB exam.
This course is intended for IT novices and budding QA professionals, academic graduates from various disciplines, programmers, engineers, and all those seeking to retrain and start a career in IT as a software tester.
Prerequisites & Duration
- Knowledge and experience in using MS Windows.
- Compatibility interview.
4-6 months, depending on track (day/night).
In order to succeed, and to be eligible to receive the course certificate, participants are required to:
- Submit all given tasks on time
- Participate in all parts of the hands-on project
- Pass the ISTQB test
- Attend at least 80% of the meetings
The IT retraining course is made up of formal lectures and practical workshops. During the course there will be a guided project in software testing which will progress its lifecycle as we go along the topics. The project requires about 100 hours of self-study by participants, and enables participants to practice the lecture material hands-on in a real scenario. Along the IT retraining course there will be guidance meetings with the lecturer in order to direct students during implementation.
The project will include producing a test strategy and plan documentation, test case design, test execution, incident reporting, and a test completion report.
Certification and Exams
ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualification Board), the first international organisation for certifying software testers.
If you see yourself as a professional software tester, and want to be internationally accredited for it, you have to take the ISTQB Certified Tester exam.
Exams take place at regular times and places. Check online for availability.
£2,995 + VAT