QA Course

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Welcome to IT!

Welcome to the
'Manual
Testing
+ Internship'
QA course
for beginners
by top mentors
Why is the IT industry open to me?

Because software development today needs all kinds of professionals

The software development market is facing a big shortage of qualified specialists.
And there aren't enough QA testers. But their work is very important — the quality of the final program or service depends on them. At the same time, testers don't need a technical education. Good QA courses are enough.
Learn ten reasons to work in IT (plus a bonus reason)
How is this different from other QA courses?

Good question!

We have what everybody else has.

But with some small differences:


No teachers 'with 4-5 years of experience'
No 'Matrix-like training for 100 people, with one person lecturing while someone else checks the homework'
No 'some theory, some practice, a term project, and then an exam'
How will all this help me?
Our top QA experts will send you straight to the big leagues
The best QA courses don't involve learning from people teaching theory or practice with just 4-5 years of experience.
We only hire QA mentors with 10+ years of IT experience. Mentorpiece does not try to teach everything at once. We specialize exclusively in QA and testing. As a result, your instruction comes from carefully selected mentors who are current technical managers at the largest global IT companies, who are involved in hiring testers at their companies.

A live high-quality course with feedback, where the focus is on you, not a crowd of 100 people
You're not paying for access to year-old webinars made by a teacher who never checks the homework.
This is a genuine live QA course with living, breathing teachers. They teach the latest theory, adapt the course for each specific group, lead practical exercises, answer questions, guide and support students, check homework, provide grades, and conduct exams.
Our groups are limited to 15 motivated students, not the 30, 40, or even 300 people put into groups on some platforms. That means you won't be working with a host of instructors, supervisors, tutors, assistants, coordinators, and technical support specialists, but rather just a few QA experts. This dedicated team can give you the attention you need along with high-quality feedback.
An internship working on a real project that will make you shine in the eyes of your future employer
Can you become a specialist without working on a real project?
At Mentorpiece, we believe that software testing courses that don't offer this leave much to be desired.
That's why our students complete internships on a live project.
During your training, you will gain experience testing real software as part of a real project. You can add this work to your resume.
In a word, once completed, this course won't leave gaps in your knowledge.
What evidence is there that it works?

An extremely high percentage of our students reach the final exam

For an ordinary online QA course, how many students who start actually go on to take the final exam?
Some online courses achieve up to 50%. Some courses have a graduation rate less than 30%.
And those who don't reach the finish line face a long and painful procedure to get a partial refund of their tuition. You've probably seen reviews of such QA courses.
At Mentorpiece, more than 90% of students reach and pass the final exam. This notable outcome is the result of all of the above — we have living mentors with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Each student is in a group of no more than 15 highly motivated fellow students. During an entrance interview with a mentor, each student makes a conscious decision and demonstrates willingness to successfully dive into this new profession.
How many graduates find jobs?

There's good news here, too

When our students graduate, we don't send them to a Career Development Center to learn how to google for job listings. Mentors, with whom the student is familiar from the first lesson, work toward the desired outcome: they help with resume writing, hold a practice interview, help choose promising positions, and help until employment is found.
85% of students in the last two cohorts found work in IT.
Is there any objective indication of the quality of the course?
Yes.
Students who are just entering the IT field are not always in a position to objectively assess the quality of the course. Even after graduation. It may take a year after they start employment before they can tell whether it was really the best and high-quality.
But the fact that well-known IT companies with their own experienced in-house QA experts take advantage of the course is a clear indication.
You WON'T ask
'Is this for me?' or 'Will I get a job?'
Your question will be
How awesome will my future job be?
They started out just like you...
...and now
they work here
Curriculum?

Please look:

1
English for QA (separate optional course)
Module 1. Communication skills
• Lesson 1. I'm a part of the team
• Lesson 2. I'm in a business environment
• Lesson 3. How can I use my language skills?
• Lesson 4. English-language forums
Module 2. New technologies
• Lesson 1. Living in a digital age
• Lesson 2. The digital sphere as a work space
• Lesson 3. What is IT?
• Lesson 4. Special terms
Module 3. Communication with clients and with teams
• Lesson 1. Business correspondence
• Lesson 2. Test task
• Lesson 3. Communication with colleagues
• Lesson 4. Special terms
Module 4. IT with Mentorpiece mentors
• Lesson 1. Special Terminology. Standup meeting + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Lesson 2. Special Terminology. Defect Advocacy + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Lesson 3. Special Terminology. Retrospective + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Lesson 4. Special Terminology. Task Grooming + Emulation game with experienced QA
Final Exam
2
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION
• Mission Possible (Who are testers and why do we need them)
• What is the Testing Structure (From UI buttons to the server through the network - and back)
3
GET READY FOR TESTING - WHAT IS LINUX
• Linux in a Tester’s Life (Why testers need Linux?)
• Linux Basics (Command Line as a way to work with error logs)
• Files and Directories (Where error logs live and how to manage them)
• Users and Groups (What permissions for error logs could be)
• Processes, Daemons and Services (What are they doing in Linux)
• Objects Search (Let’s search files in tricky and no so tricky ways)
4
GET READY FOR TESTING - HOW NETWORKS WORK
• Looking for Errors in a Network Environment (Why testers need to know it)
• Networks Basics (How the information is moving)
• Network Layer (What ways to share the information do we have)
• Transport Layer (A bit more about protocols)
• Application Protocols (And how some more cool things about networks: no bug gets through)
5
GET READY FOR TESTING - HOW DATABASE LEVEL WORKS
• Relational Theory Basics (Where and how data lives)
• SQL Basics (SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE - how to extract application info)
• SQL Joins (LEFT, RIGHT, FULL, SEFT - What if info is in several tables)
• SQL Subqueries (And how to mine very complicated data)
• Database Connection (How to set up a connection to DB)
• Database Tools (Database tools practical use)
6

GET READY FOR TESTING - HOW SERVICES LEVEL WORKS

• REST Requests (GET, POST, PUT, DELETE - let’s climb up and assess the application work)
• REST Services (Header, Body - how requests works)
• Postman (Basic use and collections)
• Development Tools (Practical use for REST services)
7
GET READY FOR TESTING - HOW UI LEVEL WORKS
• UI Objects Basics (DOM Tree - let’s go to the application backstage)
• Development Tools Practical use for UI objects)
• UI Scripts Basic (How to read them)
• UI Object Properties (Mandatory for testing)
8
REQUIREMENTS TESTING
• Requirements Gathering (How do we get them?)
• Requirements Assessment (Is the analyst guilty?)
• UML, ERD (Special for schema and graph lovers)
• Common Practice (Big practice, questions, consultation)
9
TESTING LEVELS AND TYPES
• Testing classification: The Pyramide (Which pill Neo chooses?)
• Testing classification: Types, boxes, regression (What did Pythia say?)
10
TEST DESIGN
• Introduction (How to test all without testing all: who and why does it need)
• Equivalence Classes and Boundaries (How to test all without testing all: first meet with test design)
• Decision Tables (What if we have a lot of parameters to test?)
• Pairwise Testing (What if we have a huge amount of parameters?)
• State-Transitions Testing (How to test objects and their states)
• Using all Methods Together (True tester is not limited with the only one method)
11
TESTING DOCUMENTATION
• Check-Lists (Is that true that they are not needed?)
• Test Cases (How to make them really helpful)
• Test Suites and Test Runs (What makes difference?)
• Test Plans (The same as check-lists or not?)
12
DEFECTS LOCALIZATION AND DESCRIPTION
• UI Level (Press the button - get the result. But the wrong one)
• Backend Level (Server is dead. Vivat server)
• Database Level (What if the DB is guilty?)
• Logs (Remember Linux!)
• Defect Tracking System (What for God’s sake is the difference between Severity and Priority?)
• Defect Description (How to fight a programmer back if everything works for him?)
13
INTRO TO THE AUTOMATION FOR MANUAL TESTERS
• Git (Back to the Future)
• Automation and CI/CD (A Hybrid of Testing and Programming)
• Docker, Kubernetes, Rabbit MQ (Understanding complicated words and programs)
14
DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGIES AND TEAM
• Development Methodologies: Waterfall, Agile (SCRUM, XP, Kanban), others (Who all that people are and why are they using development methodologies)
• Agile: Business Game (Let’s play a development team)

15
A BONUS FOR A FAST GROUP
• Exploratory Testing and Testing Tours (How to meet application and walk around the city together)
16
INTERNSHIP
Duration: 2,5 months
Real project: Yes
International company: Yes
Practice in your CV: Yes
Training of all the skills: Yes
Possibility to be a team lead: Yes
Lecturers consultations: unlimited
17
JOB INTERVIEW GAME EXAM
Duration: 1 hour for each student completed the internship
Lecturers: 1-2
Language: English
Feedback: Yes
Help in CV preparation: Yes
Help in hiring: Yes
The full program of the course is available [here].

A short informative video is worth a thousand words.
We asked our QA mentor to talk about the curriculum and how each module will benefit you:
What will I be able to work with?
What about automation? I didn't see anything about it in the course curriculum.
The detailed answer to this question is:

Online QA Course in numbers

50 / 75 / 100+ hours
theory / practice / internship
3.5 + 2.5 months
course + internship
no more than
15 people
in a group
54 years
total experience of lecturers of the QA school in IT:
21 + 12 + 11 + 10
Your QA Mentors
Lilia Urmazova
School Founder, Chief QA Expert / QA Manager at Quantori (US)

21 years of QA experience.

Has worked at Star Software, Exigen Services, Grid Dynamics, Rostelecom. Taught at Luxoft Training.

I like QA because it lets me participate in the entire software development process from A to Z and also interact with a lot of people all at once.

I'm a good instructor because I can explain complex things well using simple examples, pictures, diagrams and tables.

Sergey Gerasimov
School Co-Founder, QA Expert regarding Agile and SQL / Head of the QA Department at Quadcode (Cyprus)

12 years of QA experience.

Has worked at Positive Technologies, IQCard, Performance Lab, and MVideo.

I like QA because it lets me influence development processes and make people's lives better.

I'm a good instructor because I'm ready to lead students from zero knowledge to deep and detailed understanding and the ability to solve real problems.

Fedor Kulishov
Linux and Security Expert / Lead Security Expert at Acronis (Switzerland)

Has worked at several startups, Scientific Research Institute Voskhod, and Positive Technologies.

I like IT, and especially security, because you always have to stay in shape. There is often something interesting to investigate. And you're surrounded by excellent specialists and enthusiasts.

I'm a good instructor because I like to see excitement in my students' eyes, to notice their progress, and to receive their goodwill in return.

Evgeny Lozovan
Java Automation Expert / Lead Test Automation Engineer at Grid Dynamics (US)

16 years of QA experience.

Has worked at MuranoSoft and Global Logic.

I like QA because it lets me satisfy my craving for research and science.

I'm a good instructor because my laziness causes me to teach others in a way that requires as little work as possible for myself. 🙂

The result is that more than 90% of our enrollees reach and pass the Mentorpiece exams. And more than 85% both pass the exams and successfully find employment in IT.

All this gives us the confidence to say that Mentorpiece offers the best QA courses for would-be testers. And that we will help you confidently enter the IT field.
English is not my native language. How well do I need to know it?

To increase everyone's chances of achieving a promising career, we created a special monthly course entitled English for Would-Be Testers.

The prerequisite for the course is just A2 English (Elementary) or B1 English (Intermediate).


When you're done, you'll have the following:

Improved skills in reading, listening, writing and, of course, speaking

Considerably larger IT-related vocabulary

Language skills needed to learn QA in English

The course includes a fun role playing activity in which you'll polish your communication with an English-speaking customer and team. This will help a lot when you look for a job

After your training is complete, you'll start an internship working on a foreign project

Ability to pass an interview and land a trainee position with a salary paid in dollars or euros.

Work for your happy ending
Work with top experts
Only the knowledge you really need.
01
Live feedback from living, breathing people in a group of 15
An QA mentor who monitors your progress.
Your homework is checked by the same people who give the lectures.
02
Prove yourself in the real world
Internship on a real project. On a project where serious software is being developed.
Put your skills and knowledge to work immediately. Participate in stand-ups and sprints.
Experience that you can indicate in your resume to get your first job.
03
Countdown to your first lesson
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
With a no-money-down reservation, you immediately get access to a Telegram group for your future classmates.
I have a few more questions
...about QA as a profession
Is the profession right for me?

The QA profession isn't for everyone. It requires a special mindset. Of course, if we ask you whether becoming a doctor, accountant or interior designer is for everyone, what would you say?
If you doubt whether the QA profession is right for you, contact our mentors via Telegram at https://t.me/Mentorpiece_consult_bot. We'll arrange a free individual session for you and give you recommendations.

Is it possible to learn the profession in less than six months?

Yes, it is. You can learn everything you need to get a job as a junior tester, provided of course that you carefully participate in the lectures and do all your homework. We will help and guide you.

How much can I expect to earn after graduation?

Salaries for junior testers start from $56'000/year in US, £35'000/year in UK, €2'000/month EU.

How many graduates actually find jobs?

85% of our graduates land a job within a month after graduation.
...about learning in English
How difficult is it to learn in English?

To learn from a course delivered in English, you don't need to be good at English across all topics. It's enough to know technical English.

Technical English differs from 'regular' English in the following ways:
• Relatively limited vocabulary. The relevant technical English amounts to a few thousand words. By way of comparison, the Oxford English Dictionary contains over 170,000 common words.
• Good communication in technical English does not require mastery of all 12 tenses.

What if my English definitely leaves something to be desired?

First, you need to determine your level of proficiency. If you have never studied English at all, then yes, you will first have to learn it to the A2 (Elementary) level.

If you have studied English but you are unsure whether your language skills are good enough, sign up to chat with a QA mentor at the bottom of this page. Or you can be tested at our monthly English for Would-Be Testers course.
...about the QA course
Who is this course for?

This course is for everyone who is ready to learn a new specialization. Basic knowledge of programming is not required. It will help to have a little understanding of how programs, networks, operating systems, etc. fit together, but this is also not a prerequisite. We will teach you everything. We've had accountants, doctors and students in our groups — and they all found work as software testers. The main thing is your interest and motivation to learn.

I have never programmed. What should I do?

No big deal. Our course does not require programming. We teach manual testing and related knowledge. And you can learn how to program later in a course on test automation (if you so desire).

Do I need to have a technical background?

No. What's more, we know plenty of successful highly professional testers whose education is in the humanities, medicine, or art, or even entirely absent. If you're tired of your current job and know that it's not for you, then join us! Maybe we will help you find something you'll love without additional higher education?

What equipment is required?

A computer or laptop with internet access. Some of the lectures on theory you can listen to on your phone, but there are very few of them. You will usually be required to complete hands-on exercises that the teacher assigns in class. And a webcam won't hurt — interaction during lectures is far more pleasant when you can see the person you're talking to. But if you're shy, you don't have to use a webcam.

Do I need any paid software?

No, nothing we use requires additional payment from students. We'll give you a complete list of programs during the orientation session.

How difficult is all this?

If you have an inquisitive mind, love to delve into details, broke toys as a child to see what was on the inside, and are also ready to study and promptly do your homework, then it won't be difficult. It will be interesting and exciting!
...about the learning process
Who will teach me?

All your QA mentors are working professionals who are team leads, area leaders, or QA department heads. They all love and know how to teach. We don't hire people with less than 10 years of QA experience or no teaching experience. We know you want only the best.

How and when will I study?

Your online classes will take place on weekday evenings. During the orientation session, the group decides the specific time and days. We don't want you to miss lectures because of a workout, or even worse — to miss your workout because of the lectures. So we try to adjust the schedule as much as possible to accommodate students.

Can I combine this with work?

Yes, our students are almost always already working. We've even had a doctor who managed to combine his QA studies with his shifts at the clinic. That is precisely why we hold classes on weekday evenings.

How does the training take place?

The training consists of live online classes, where you can freely communicate with the QA mentor on the topic of the lesson, ask questions and ask for clarification if you don't quite understand the explanation. After class, you will receive homework to reinforce the lesson material, which the mentor will check later. All lectures are recorded and posted to GetCourse, so you can review them later if you want to refresh your memory of certain points. If you miss a lecture (it's best not to do this, but we understand that things happen), you can also watch it on GetCourse.

How difficult is this?

You probably noticed that this question was asked already. Well, well done! You're very observant. Let us repeat: if you have a curious mind, then it will not be difficult. It will be interesting! 🙂

How much time is required for my studies?

The online classes are held 2 times a week for 1.5 hours during each lesson. After each lesson, you will need about 2 hours for hands-on homework (unless, of course, you participated in class and listened carefully to the mentor, or better yet, asked tricky questions).

Will I be able to interact with the mentors?

Of course! You will be able to communicate with the QA mentors during the live lectures — using your voice instead of chat. We love extra questions and are happy to answer them, even if they are slightly off topic. Additionally, we'll add you to the Telegram chat for the course, where you can ask any questions about the lectures or homework. Homework or lectures can also be discussed on GetCourse, where mentors will respond to you directly.

What should I do if I can't handle the load?

First of all, immediately reach out to the mentors and let them know you're struggling. Together we'll try to figure out the point at which things stopped making sense to you and whether we can help. Additional explanations from the QA mentors are usually enough to catch up with the curriculum. If there is a force majeure and you cannot continue your studies, be sure to contact us too. We will, of course, refund your money for any missed lectures and internship classes.
...about the internship
What is the internship like?

This is your real-world work. You're still a student, but your tasks will be quite real. You'll develop software using an agile methodology, analyze requirements, communicate with your team, run tests, and log bugs. In a word, you'll work. For the first couple of weeks, your QA mentor will be your lead, but later you will be able to become one yourself — to help your peers and check their work. Naturally, the QA mentors will still be around, but you can take on the responsibility and then mention it in your resume.

How is an internship different from a field study?

The ratio of study and work. Typically, an internship is 70% work and 30% study, while a field study is the other way around. But that doesn't mean that our internship will make you listen to lectures again instead of working. It's just that the QA mentors will be nearby while you work.

What does it look like?

Like a tester's normal job. In the morning, you have a stand-up, where the team discusses the plan for the day, asks questions, and reports their problems, if any. Then comes work, communication, clarification of details, analysis of documentation, etc. In the evening, you'll have a session with an QA mentor, get answers to any questions, and review your test cases.

What is the workload like during the internship?

You determine the load yourself, but the more time you devote to your work, the faster you'll learn and the more you'll get out of the internship. Ideally, you will commit 4 to 8 hours on weekdays. But we understand that you are likely currently employed, so you should devote at least 1 hour per weekday and 3 hours per day on weekends.
...about life after graduation
What will I become at the end of the course?

After completing the course, you will be an intern or junior tester. Your specific designation will depend on the company where you get a job. An intern in one company may be called a junior tester in another — even though their job duties involve approximately the same level of complexity.

What type of certificate do you award?

We award a certificate of completion for the Manual Testing + Internship course, signed by the mentors and the head of the school.

Will I be able to find a job after graduation?

85% of our graduates find jobs within a month of finishing their studies. To assist your job search, we conduct a mock interview at the end of your studies. We always provide feedback and will help your draw up you resume. In one funny case, one of our students failed our mock interview on his first attempt. He scheduled a retake one week later but found a real job in the meantime. But he showed up for the retake anyway 🙂

Will you help me find employment?

Definitely, but you'll need to show your best side. If you do, we'll call our friends and acquaintances — human resource personnel, department heads, lead engineers responsible for hiring decisions — and tell them that we have an excellent candidate who is super knowledgeable and highly motivated. And the truly exceptional we bring on board at our own companies — you do remember that you will be taught by department heads, area managers, and lead testers, right?
How much does it cost?

The full cost of the QA course,

including the internship and

one spot in a group of 15 people:

$3'900


True, quality doesn't come cheap, but you'll recoup the cost after 2 months of QA work

I'm ready! What do I need to do?

Your new career won't begin by talking to a sales manager

We want you to make an informed decision.


So let's start not with payment, but rather with a free one-on-one session with a QA mentor. A conversation with a leading course QA mentor, who has conducted hundreds of interviews and trained up a host of mid-level testers and test leads, will let you clarify every question, understand whether it is 'for you', and weigh all the pros and cons.

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