Top 10 software testing courses
From those just making an entry into the world of software testing, to the most hardened test manager, there is always room to grow one’s skills through one of the many software testing courses available.
So, whether you are looking for a quick and easy online course, or you want to do some deep and serious face-to-face learning, check out some of these software testing courses below and then get out there and start learning.
1. Robot and Framework Test Automation Course Level 1 – Udemy (Beginner)
Udemy is a website that is famed for having online courses in most things going – and that are accessible to anybody at any level.
For something a bit different, this course at Level 1 teaches the student the basics of Robot Framework Test Automation as well as how to create and run test automation suites along with installing and configuring anything to do with the basics of testing automaton. The course costs £199 and is a 6.5 hour on-demand video course that also has downloadable reading material and a certificate upon completion.
2. Monday Productivity Pointers Course – Lynda (Intermediate)
Another well-known online learning platform is Lynda.com. This open online education website works alongside LinkedIn to offer online and free (ish) video learning. The website offers a free month’s trial to people of all abilities and then a basic sign-up fee of $25 per month thereafter.
This Monday Productivity Pointers course is an intermediate option that comprises of a weekly series of talks from different instructors, lasting a total of 25 hours. From introducing tools to pointers on how to optimise different platforms, this course is aimed at helping improve your knowledge on all aspects of software testing.
3. Diploma in Computer Networking – Alison (Beginner)
This free online course from Alison is a Diploma in Computer Networking and provides workplace job training at Level 1. This is a great course for beginners looking to be introduced to LANs and WANs as well as the network architecture and protocols used in security. Students can also learn about IPS addresses, layers of OSI Models and lots of other software & tech essentials. A certificate is provided at the end of the course.
4. iSQI Practitioner in Agile Quality – TSG Training (Intermediate to Professional)
For those who gain more from face-to-face learning, TSG training provides a huge array of software testing courses. A particularly good one is the iSQI Practitioner in Agile Quality course. This three-day option is designed to allow people with current agile knowledge to take their skills to a practitioner level in an intensive learning environment. This London-based course costs £1,250 and ends with an official exam.
5. Software Testing Course – Udemy (Beginner)
Another course from Udemy is this software testing course which is online but also combines self-teaching with video lectures students can learn from, too. This one is a little bit cheaper than the previous Udemy course at £94.99 and lasts a total of 22.5 hours, which can be accessed for a lifetime. Specialised testing, test designs and case studies are just some of the aspects it covers. All this option requires is a working knowledge of computers.
6. Software Testing Short Course – The University of Oxford (Beginner to Intermediate)
The University of Oxford offers its own software testing short courses at one of the best education facilities in the country. It clarifies testing terminology and covers the different types of testing performed at each phase of the software testing lifecycle together with the issues involved in these types of testing. Be warned, this week-long course tends to fill up very quickly!
7. ISTQB Software Testing Foundation – Reed (Professional)
Aimed at professionals, this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation course from Reed is great for those already experienced in the software world, but who want to develop their skills even further. This advanced three-month course largely covers practical skills and teaches services such as debugging and dynamic testing. The online option costs £199 and provides a certificate from ISTQB.
8. Software Engineering BEng (Hons) – The University of Greenwich (Beginner)
Those who are really looking into a starting out in software testing and have a passion for IT, have the option of completing an undergraduate course in the subject. The University of Greenwich in London offers a three-year course in Software Engineering BEng (Hons). The University says: “This degree in software engineering meets the needs of the computing industry, where there is a high demand for graduates who can design, create, operate and maintain software systems.”
9. BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing – London School of Informatics (Intermediate)
This five-day course in Intermediate Software Testing from the British Computer Society is made up of five modules and includes testing in the software lifecycle, performing a formal review and looking at risk management. This course does require the passing of an entry exam to get in.
10. Software Testing Green Belt – The Knowledge Academy (Beginner to Intermediate)
This one-day course is available either virtually or face-to-face in various locations in the country, including Manchester, Birmingham and London. This beginner to intermediate course will go through everything from key terminology to looking at lifecycle models. The cost is £1299 and includes teachings from a professional and a certificate after completion.
As Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. So, from free beginner courses to paid professional options, and everything in between, there is are software testing courses out there for everyone. So, why not start building on those skills sooner, rather than later?
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