Welcome to MoT Essentials meetups - Getting started

Welcome to the Ministry of Testing Essentials meetups Club area. If you are new to Essential meetups then it’s worth reading over this post to get a better understanding of who we are and what we do.

What are the Essentials meetups?

The Essentials meetups are free, hands-on training sessions focused on essential topics in testing. Each meetup aims to give you practical skills and knowledge that you can apply in any context. This is achieved through a range of activities and discussion points that are designed for those who are newer to testing or wish to have a broader understanding of the software testing craft. Each meetup is facilitated by our amazing Essential hosts who freely share their time and experience to create a safe place to learn about testing.

It’s important to us to help testers be the best they can be, which we’ve been doing for a year with great success and awesome feedback. We’ve even had had some of our students credit us with helping them find that first job in software testing.

What do we offer in training?


If you are here then you have obviously discovered that we have our own dedicated section in ‘The Club’. In here we bring students and mentors together to answer questions, set exercises and share previous SWTC meetups. The forum channel, like everything in Essentials, is a safe place to ask anything without worry. If you do have any concerns then please get in touch with either @mwinteringham or @danashby.


We run a regular series of meetups across the UK that cover a wide range of topics that we feel are important to learn to become a great Software tester. Our sessions usually consist of a mix of whiteboarding sessions, talks and interactive exercises that will get you thinking about what skills and tools you need to be a great software tester on a specific topic. All the while being supported by a group of great mentors who are there to help answer any questions you may have.

In the past year we covered the following topics:

  • What is testing
  • Testing requirements
  • Heuristics and Oracles
  • Test Design
  • Interviews for Testers
  • Communication
  • Agile Testing
  • Exploratory testing
  • Chartering and SBTM
  • Note taking
  • Automation
  • Technical testing
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