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  • A new course from TTS

    05 June 2014

    Total Training Solutions are pleased to introduce a new course to our ever-expanding course directory. The ISTQB Tester course at Foundation level will run from 30th June until 2nd July with 2.5 days of learning followed by a mock exam and final exam. Total Training Solutions already run a number of courses offered by ISTQB - one of the most highly recognised qualification boards in the world - however this qualification is the ideal choice for anyone currently wanting to break into the software testing industry.

    The certification provides an introduction to software testing and is recognised by most organisations as a reputable foundation qualification in the field. The course covers all the basics of software testing, including theory and terminology, and is suitable for anyone who requires a basic knowledge of software testing - whether you’re new to the industry or have some prior experience.

    Over the three day course, the board aims to provide you with the tools to be recognised as an essential and professional software engineer as well as providing a framework for your future career in software testing. Additionally, the course aims to promote consistent and professional testing practices and to teach students how to apply common testing techniques and approaches. However, the benefits of the course do not only apply to those earning the qualification. With more software testers earning a reputable qualification, employers are able to gain an advantage over competitors by hiring only the most competent and qualified testers. Businesses may also be able to boost their reputation by enrolling their testers on the course, ensuring that all team members are equipped with a globally recognised certification.

    But as in all professional fields, there is always room for growth and improvement. If you’re a Foundation level software tester or head a team of employees qualified at a Foundation level, you may want to consider advancing to a higher level. At Total Training Solutions, we also offer a range of ISTQB qualifications for those at a higher level - with Intermediate and Advanced certifications also available. Whether you want to build on your pre-existing skills and progress in the software testing industry, or simply want recognition for your experience and ability, a higher level ISTQB qualification can impress potential employers or customers.

    To learn more about the new ISTQB Tester course, contact Total Training Solutions today and enquire. You can reach us by phone on 0800 612 1299, by email at info@tts-uk.com or through our online contact form. You can also learn about the other courses we offer by browsing our course directory.

  • Who are ISTQB?

    12 June 2014

    We recently announced a new ISTQB qualification to our portfolio of courses. The ISTQB Tester Foundation level gives an introduction to all aspects of software testing.

    The ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) offer many other software testing based qualifications including the ISTQB® Certified Tester scheme that has “become the worldwide leader in the certification of competences in software testing”.

    The ISTQB certification structure is as follows:
    - Foundation Level
    - Advanced Level
    - Full Advanced Level
    - Expert Level

    Knowledge of software development is tested through the theoretical Foundation Level course and exam, with a particular focus on software testing. The Advanced Level is a much more practical course that builds deeper understanding and skills in the specialist areas of Test Manager, Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst. The Expert Level qualification goes into more intricate and specific detail of software testing.

    ISTQB believe testing should be done in a ”conceptual ideal world” and so all their courses are carried out in this way. Delegates are given scenarios and problems to tackle within a mock-up environment to allow for genuine and real-time, learning and solutions. This style of learning also emphasises ISTQB’s ethos of helping software testers to be more efficient and effective in their work. Other values the company imposes onto delegates of their qualifications include professionalism and a Code of Ethics. By nature software testers can be privy to confidential information and this needs to be protected.

    ISTQB regularly update their course content in-line with best industry practices and the most innovative research. Their certification structure ensures continuous learning, knowledge sharing, consistency.

    If you would like to be part of this industry-leading organisation, sign up for an ISTQB qualification from TTS. It can help you get a jump-start on your software testing career or boost your current level of skills. Individuals and businesses alike will benefit from the specific content of our ISTQB courses. Call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to secure your place.

  • Careers in software testing

    19 June 2014

    If you’re considering a career in software testing but are unsure about whether it’s really for you, it’s important to consider not just what the job itself entails, but also the personal and career benefits of the field.

    There is currently a high demand for software testers - a demand which shows no sign of slowing down. Due to our reliance on technology, and subsequent need for software, software testers have become an essential part of modern life. Without software testers, software would not be able to progress or even exist, and with new technologies being invented and created every day, it seems there will never be a time when software testers are not required. However, despite this overwhelming demand for software testers, it is important to remember that the field is still relatively new. The profession as we know it today has only existed for a few decades meaning there is little competition for roles - a huge advantage for some. It allows testers a little more flexibility over which job they take and makes finding a position a lot easier.

    Software testers also receive an attractive salary, with the average tester earning somewhere in the region of £25,000, with plenty of opportunities for development. Potential careers after a number of years in software testing include software engineering, project management and director roles, all of which have multiple benefits of their own. Because the field is so new, there is also a degree of flexibility in where the job can take you - precedents are still being set and there are few limits as to what you can do with a software testing qualification or experience in the field.

    Of course, there are also personal benefits to going into the field of software testing - particularly for those with an interest in technology, as it allows you to build on skills, talents and hobbies that you already have. Firstly, software testers are constantly exposed to the latest technology and software, and often get the opportunity to analyse new software applications before anyone else. You will get the chance to shape new software and directly influence its development before it hits the shelves. Secondly, if there is an area of technology which particularly interests you, software testing gives you the opportunity to specialise in that field. Specialised software testing is growing in popularity, as testers can market themselves to specific brands or sectors as an expert in testing in that particular field. Not only does this allow you to channel your passions, but many manufacturers are also willing to pay more for a more specialised skill set. Finally, software testing allows you to make valuable connections within the field of technology, which can be useful in both your personal and professional life.

    If software testing sounds like the career for you, contact Total Training Solutions today. We have a number of qualifications in software testing available at all levels, from Foundation to Advanced - including our brand new two day course. If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com. You can also view our full range of courses through our course directory.

  • What is software testing?

    26 June 2014

    Last week we discussed careers in software testing, but what exactly is this much hyped about role?

    Software testing is the process of executing a software system to determine whether it matches its expectations. This is basically an evaluation to detect differences between given input and expected output, commonly known as bugs. It is a method of assessing the functionality of a software program.

    The overall objective is not to find every software bug that exists, but to uncover situations that could negatively impact the customer, usability and maintainability. It is important to note that testing is a process, not a single activity. There are many different types of software testing but the two main categories are:

    -Static testing is done during the verification process. It can test the software without executing code. This testing includes reviewing of the documents (including source code) and static analysis.

    -Dynamic testing is done during the validation process. This kind of testing is used to demonstrate the results of running test.

    Software testing aims to improve quality, reliability estimation and to serve the purpose of Verification & Validation (V&V) along with testing performance and security.

    V&V is a process on its own which consists of verifying and validating if a software:

    -Meets the business and technical requirements that guided its design and development.
    -Works as expected
    -Can be implemented with the same characteristics.

    Software testing is an art. Good testing requires a creativity, experience and intuition on the testers part, along with proper techniques. If you are interested in software testing as a career at Total Training Solutions we can assist you in gaining these ‘proper techniques’. We have a number of qualifications in software testing available at all levels, from Foundation to Advanced - including our brand new two day course. If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 612 1299 or email us at info@tts-uk.com. You can also view our full range of courses through our course directory.

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