Software Testing, the software development activity responsible for identifying issues with software and providing a wide variety of quality-related information to stakeholders and decision-makers prior to release, is the primary job of many millions world-wide, yet the majority of software testers learn their craft entirely on the job. Yes, there are various “take a class or two, pass an information-based (not a skill-based) test, and receive a certification” programs – some more respectable than others and most far more expensive than the CES program. There is even a new certificate coming to market that involves three, one month, on-line courses where students are taught and assessed by experienced testers and university professors, but none of those rise to the level of the CES’s program.
The CES offers courses leading to three levels of credential, Software Tester, Software Testing Professional, and Software Testing Leader; each tier is comparable in quality and format to a “Professional Enrichment Certificate” from an accredited university, and when viewed collectively the three levels are only marginally short of the criteria published by North American degree accreditation organizations for consideration as an Associate’s Degree. Each tier is both information- and skill-based and requires takes 6 months to complete. The successful student is expected to dedicate a minimum of 400 hours of instruction and project work that is delivered and assessed by university approved instructors and significantly experienced software testers to complete each tier of the program. The three tiers span the career development of a software tester:
- Software Tester: The ideal program for
entry-level, junior, and career-switching software testers.
Successfully completing this credential will give you the knowledge and
experience most employers expect from testers with 1-2 years of
on-the-job experience – effectively enabling you to start your career
needing only to acclimate to the specific expectations of the employer
and demonstrate your skills at work before being acknowledged as a
Software Testing Professional: For testers with
several years of testing experience on-the-job who are looking to make
the jump from mid- to senior-level, this program is designed to teach
high-quality individual contributors how to be effective technical
leaders within their testing organization. Effectively giving the
tester the new skills they need, in addition to their existing hands-on
testing knowledge, to prepare them for the additional responsibilities
of a technical testing manager or of a manager of small to mid-sized
- Software Testing Leader: This final step in the program has been designed for senior-level testers who desire to be successful managers or directors of corporate testing programs. Frequently the most challenging step for career software testers is to transition from being a technical leader to a management role focused on the interface between quality testing and executive-level business value. Successful completion of this stage of the program will give the student the tools they need to make the jump from technical leader to manager – opening the door to further advancement to positions like “Director of Testing Services” or “VP of Software Product Quality”.
Visit the website (www.ces.com.uy in Spanish), or the view the brochure (www.perftestplus.com/CES.pdf in English) for more information.
Chief Technologist, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
Co-Author, Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications
Author, Web Load Testing for Dummies
Contributing Author, Beautiful Testing, and How To Reduce the Cost of Testing
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