Hi I have been using this site to get familiar with QA testing but know that I eventually needa a certification, what companies do yall prefer and a disclaimer I’m american if that makes a difference.
Hey @candace_l is a certification something that you’re seeing companies in your area requiring?
I ask based on an older post on this forum Are software Testing Certifications worth it?
Based on my own experiences, I’d suggest exploring:
- Software Testing Essentials which has a free online course that you can take in your own time or a 3 day paid for online version. You can get a certificate of completion at the end if needed for an employer. I took this as training at a conference in its previous form.
- BBST Foundations whose content you can access freely under the creative commons licence but to get a certificate of completion, you will need to pay and participate in online training. I took this training around a full time job, it was intense but worth it to me in the end.
- Rapid Software Testing I took this training in person so I’m not sure what online versions are currently available. Again, you get a certificate of completion at the end not one of pass or failure.
Hello @candace_l welcome to the community. I wrote this article for MoT last year of my experiences on the Certified Agile Tester Course. Hopefully, you will find it useful as it has recommendations of whom I think it might be suitable for but any questions please feel free to ask.
As Heather said, Are software testing certifications worth it?
I believe not… but that doesn’t make it easier for you in the world of IT.
I live in Belgium and work as a consultant and loads of our clients ask for a ’ ISTQB foundation’ certificate. It’s basically a requirement to even be allowed to get into an interview… Perhaps the question is not ‘Looking for a course to get certified, which one?’ But what do companies around you require you to have?
Thanks for the reply heather,
Most companies are requiring bachelor’s which is odd so i was thinking a certification would suffice, I just really wanted to know besides learning on here and other places what else helps land a QA job, i know coding can be self taught and you have a portfolio to show but it seems different with QA, any help is appreciated this is all new to me.
Thanks that is a great question to ask
Companies don’t require certifications, they require skills.
If you can demonstrate you have skills to get things done, they will hire you*.
If you have publicly available evidence of your skills, such as collaboration to free software, tutorials, high-level discussions in message boards such as MoT and QA Stack Exchange, a track record of freelance work, a blog with valuable content, you will be already ahead of many people with college degrees and a couple of years of a corporate job and people will see you as a potentially good hire.
Additionally, when times pass, most certifications become irrelevant in relation to your experience. Unless you are talking about something extremely specific or a Havard degree, people will talk about your skills and experience rather than your certifications.
Considering the above, this all raises the question: If certifications are less valuable the skills, what alternative ways can I skill-up besides going through certifications, particularly in a faster and cheaper way that fits my learning personality? Certifications are roads - pathways created by someone else; learning in a walk in the forest - the possibility of discovering pathways people haven’t realized. Advantages and disadvantages…
* Some won’t because the engineers and HR people may envy your ability to skill-up following a more or less standard learning path, which many people regret having taking. But that’s life, not much to do here…
here are some courses to get certified i hope that is help for you
Something useful to differentiate QA and testing:
QA > the person does hands on work to optimize product code, infrastructure, processes, services communication, data handling/display, application speed/responsiveness, etc.;
Testing > the person learns about the product through questions, observations, modeling, inferences - in order to find threats to the quality of the product;
For QA I’d recommend programming & development knowledge plus some general computer science things. Then specialize based on your preference or target company or environment. You generally would have to aim to be at least as good as the person/s who’s work you need to optimize.
For Testing, it can be complicated, based on the environment.
If you prefer to have a long term career and be good at this and be respected for your skills:
- get reading the dozens of books about testing and testing related that are available;
- check some good resources/blogs. E.g.: https://www.huibschoots.nl/wordpress/?page_id=441
- practice and get feedback from very good testers.
- Take some BBST courses.
- Do some coding training and start writing some scripts, small tools/programs and automated checkers;
- Consider also RST.
- Learn about the domain for the product available at the company you want to work for;
- Specialize or generalize your skills;
Good shout @heather_reid
How or where do you get access to the BBST content? We’ve a new starter and I’d like to gather as much info as I can for them.
Of course, MoT was the first call!
@mike_123 I’ve used Cem Kaners page here to access them in the past http://kaner.com/?p=478 The advantage of taking the paid for course is that you are paired with others and have a mentor (very much like in Software Testing Essentials) and so have structured projects to complete and share your findings on.
Thanks @heather_reid !