This online course provides training for entry-level software testers, and is officially accredited by the  International Software Testing Qualifications Board. Software testing is an essential step in the development process, aimed at eliminating errors and defects and ensuring a reliable, quality product.

After completing this foundation course, you will understand the concept of software testing and its importance in software development. You will learn software development lifecycle models, static testing benefits, test techniques, test management, and tool supports for testing.

What’s Included

  • All course content

  • Practice exercises and quizzes

  • A practice exam

  • A certification exam voucher

Course Handbook

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Prerequisites & Requirements

As this is a technically complex course, all prospective students must have a background in programming. Any one of the following qualifications is accepted as a prerequisite, with equivalent experience also considered:

  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) in Software Development Fundamentals
  • IT Specialist Software Development
  • Oracle Java Foundations Junior Associate or higher (available on eCollege)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Introduction to Programming using Python or JavaScript
  • IT Specialist Python or JavaScript (available on eCollege)
  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Software Development or related higher qualification (degrees, PGDip, Masters, etc.)

If you already have a background in programming but would like to specialise further in the software testing field, this course is for you.

  • All students should have access to a PC or laptop running a supported version of Windows (e.g Windows 10)Apple/Android devices are not supported and cannot be used for this course.
  • A broadband connection is essential to stream video content.
You only require a web browser to view the content and access web platforms.


After earning your industry-standard ISTQB qualification, you will be a valuable asset to any software company. This course will open up opportunities for roles such as software analyst, architect, developer, user experience designer, IT manager and software test engineer.


This course will teach you many transferable academic skills, and if you’d like to specialise further, eCollege provides the following recommended courses:

  • Java Programming:
    • Java Foundations Junior Associate
    • Java SE 8 Programmer I
    • Java SE 8 Programmer II
  • Information Technology Specialist: Python
  • Information Technology Specialist: Database

Course Code: NC 09408 – Software Testing – ISTQB Certified Tester

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