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Overview

Become a QA Professional

Learn the skills needed to ensure the quality and reliability of software and systems, leading you to a meaningful career such as:

  • QA Analyst
  • QA Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Project-based curriculum
  • Learn QA best practices such as test planning, manual and automated testing, API Testing, and more.
  • Explore testing techniques on software programs to practice your QA skills

You’ll learn the tools and languages QA professionals use, like:

Postman
Jira
Cypress.io
GitHub
Git
Learning Schedule

Learning schedules that align with your lifestyle and career goals

Fully online, project-based curriculum

Flexible learning hours to fit your schedule, allowing you to balance work, life, and study.

Regular assessments to track your progress and ensure you’re on the right path.

Flex: Self-paced 6 month access

Curriculum

What you’ll learn in this Quality Assurance bootcamp

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Intro to Quality Assurance (40 hours)

You’ll learn QA fundamentals, including its role in software development, identifying defects, testing techniques, and writing test cases. Gain hands-on experience in manual testing, including creating test plans, cases, and bug reports.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Introduction to Quality Assurance: Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Quality Assurance (QA) and QA Engineering, including its role in the software development life cycle (SDLC) and its importance in ensuring software quality.
  • Identification and Understanding of Defects: Learn how to identify and understand software defects, including common types of defects and their impact on software quality.
  • Testing Techniques: Explore various testing techniques used in QA, including manual testing, automated testing, regression testing, and performance testing, to ensure thorough software validation.
  • Hands-on Experience: Apply your knowledge by writing test cases for simple software functions and gaining practical experience with manual testing techniques. This includes creating test plans, executing test cases, and documenting defects in bug reports.

Manual Testing Techniques (40 hours)

This lesson empowers students with the skills to conduct thorough and effective testing, spanning functional and non-functional domains. By the end of this lesson, learners will have a robust understanding of testing planning, case creation, design techniques, and their practical applications.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Testing Planning: Learn how to effectively plan testing activities, including identifying test objectives, defining test scope, and developing test plans to ensure comprehensive coverage.
  • Test Case Creation: Gain skills in creating detailed and well-defined test cases, including identifying test conditions, specifying test steps, and documenting expected results.
  • Design Techniques: Explore various testing design techniques, such as equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis, and decision table testing, to design efficient and effective test cases.
  • Practical Applications: Apply your knowledge in practical scenarios by executing test cases, analyzing test results, and documenting findings to ensure software quality and reliability.

Automation Testing Basics(40 hours)

Lesson 3 covers Automation Testing, including its benefits, challenges, and practical use of tools like Cypress.io. Participants learn scripting languages to automate manual tests and use Git for version control. Hands-on projects enhance expertise in automation testing for improved software development practices.

Key elements of the module include:

   

  • Introduction to Automation Testing: Gain an understanding of the advantages and challenges of automation testing, and explore practical implementations in software development processes.
  • Tool Proficiency: Learn essential automation testing tools such as Cypress.io, developing proficiency in automating quality assurance procedures for efficient and effective testing.
  • Scripting Languages: Explore scripting languages such as JavaScript, Python, or Ruby, to aid in converting manual test cases into functional scripts, enhancing automation capabilities.
  • Version Control with Git: Harness Git for version control and collaboration in automation testing projects, ensuring efficient management of test scripts and code changes. Through interactive activities and hands-on projects, learners will cultivate expertise in automation testing, empowering them to enhance software development practices effectively.

Advanced Automation Testing (40 hours)

In Lesson 4, participants explore advanced Automation Testing Frameworks, complex scripting techniques, and advanced features of Cypress.io. They’ll tackle intricate scenarios and learn about script reusability through custom command creation, culminating in a practical project.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Exploration of Automation Testing Frameworks: Delve into diverse automation testing frameworks beyond foundational concepts, gaining insights into their features, advantages, and practical applications in software testing.
  • Advanced Scripting Techniques: Learn complex scripting techniques involving conditional statements, loops, and error handling, enabling proficient handling of intricate testing scenarios.
  • Advanced Features of Cypress.io: Explore advanced features of Cypress.io, including timeout management, execution of JavaScript, and utilization of the Cypress.io API for performing complex testing tasks.
  • Custom Command Creation: Highlight the significance of script reusability through custom command creation in Cypress.io, empowering participants to streamline testing processes and enhance test script maintainability. Culminate the module with a practical project where participants construct a custom Cypress.io command, effectively translating advanced concepts into tangible application.

 

API Testing (40 hours)

This lesson covers API testing, including its significance, tools, automation strategies, and practical application. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding to skillfully assess APIs, automate procedures, and apply their skills to projects.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Understanding APIs: Gain insight into the role of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in modern software applications, understanding their significance in facilitating communication and integration between different systems and services.
  • Comprehensive Understanding of API Testing: Explore the concept of API testing in depth, including its significance in ensuring the functionality, reliability, and security of APIs, as well as the tools and strategies involved in testing APIs effectively.
  • Automation Strategies: Learn automation strategies for API testing, including the use of tools and frameworks to automate API tests, enhancing efficiency and reliability in the testing process.
  • Practical Application: Apply acquired knowledge and skills to real-world projects, effectively assessing APIs, employing relevant tools, automating procedures, and executing API tests to ensure the quality and performance of software applications.

Performance Testing (40 hours)

In this lesson, students learn about Performance Testing’s importance and methods, including Load, Stress, Endurance, and Spike testing. They gain practical skills in planning tests and using tools like JMeter, LoadRunner, and Gatling to interpret outcomes and improve software quality.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Understanding Performance Testing: Gain an in-depth understanding of Performance Testing, its importance in ensuring software quality, and its role in evaluating the performance, reliability, and scalability of software applications under different conditions.
  • Testing Methodologies: Explore various performance testing methodologies, including Load Testing, Stress Testing, Endurance Testing, and Spike Testing, to effectively assess the performance characteristics of software applications.
  • Tools and Techniques: Learn to craft testing plans and utilize performance testing tools such as JMeter, LoadRunner, and Gatling to conduct performance tests, simulate real-world scenarios, and analyze performance metrics.
  • Execution and Analysis: Execute performance tests, interpret test outcomes, and identify areas for enhancement based on performance testing results, enabling students to optimize software performance and improve user experience.

QA in DevOps and Continuous Testing(40 hours)

In this lesson, students will explore the intersection of Quality Assurance (QA) with DevOps practices and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) methodologies. By the end of this lesson, learners will have a comprehensive understanding of how QA fits into the DevOps landscape and how continuous testing drives efficiency and quality throughout the software development lifecycle.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Intersection of QA with DevOps: Delve into the integration of Quality Assurance (QA) practices with DevOps principles, understanding how QA processes contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of DevOps workflows.
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) Methodologies: Explore Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) methodologies, understanding their role in automating software delivery pipelines and ensuring rapid, reliable, and continuous deployment of software changes.
  • Role of QA in DevOps: Gain a comprehensive understanding of how QA fits into the DevOps landscape, including its involvement in automated testing, quality gate implementation, and feedback loops, to ensure high-quality software delivery.
  • Continuous Testing: Learn about the importance of continuous testing in DevOps practices, understanding how it drives efficiency and quality throughout the software development lifecycle by enabling rapid feedback, early defect detection, and continuous improvement.

Security Testing(40 hours)

Learners explore safeguarding software integrity through Vulnerability Scanning, Security Scanning, and Penetration Testing, refining practical skills and understanding the significance of OWASP Top 10. They conduct comprehensive security assessments using tools like OWASP ZAP.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Exploration of Security Testing Types: Delve into various security testing types, including Vulnerability Scanning, Security Scanning, and Penetration Testing, to uncover vulnerabilities and ensure software integrity.
  • Practical Skills Refinement: Engage in hands-on activities to refine practical skills in security testing, gaining proficiency in identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in software systems.
  • Significance of OWASP Top 10: Understand the significance of the OWASP Top 10 in web application security, learning about common vulnerabilities and threats and how to mitigate them effectively.
  • Tool Proficiency: Empowerment with tools such as OWASP ZAP and others to conduct comprehensive security assessments, enabling students to proficiently identify, analyze, and address security vulnerabilities in software applications.

QA Best Practices and Tools(40 hours)

In this comprehensive lesson, Students will dive into the world of Quality Assurance (QA) methodologies, industry-standard best practices, and an array of essential tools. By the lesson’s end, learners will not only possess a profound understanding of QA’s role within various project management methodologies but also be equipped with the knowledge to employ best practices and leverage diverse tools to enhance their QA processes.

Key elements of the module include:

 

  • QA Methodologies: Explore various Quality Assurance (QA) methodologies used in software development, including industry-standard practices such as Agile, Waterfall, and DevOps, to understand QA’s role within different project management frameworks.
  • Industry-Standard Best Practices: Delve into industry-standard best practices in QA, covering aspects such as test planning, test case design, test execution, defect management, and reporting, to ensure quality and reliability in software products.
  • Essential Tools: Learn about a range of essential tools used in QA processes, including test management tools, bug tracking systems, automation testing frameworks, and performance testing tools, to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in QA activities.
  • Application of Knowledge: Apply acquired knowledge of QA methodologies, best practices, and tools to real-world scenarios, equipping learners with the skills and expertise needed to employ best practices and leverage diverse tools effectively in their QA processes.

Final Project and Career Readiness(40 hours)

Module 10 covers the Final Project and Career Preparation. It includes a review of key concepts and tools, performing a complete QA process on a web application, career preparation, interview readiness, final project presentations, and course wrap-up.

Key elements of the module include:

  • Final Project: Engage in the culmination of the course through the Final Project, where learners apply their acquired skills and knowledge to perform a complete Quality Assurance (QA) process on a web application. This project serves as a practical demonstration of proficiency in QA methodologies, best practices, and tools.
  • Career Preparation: Prepare for a career in Quality Assurance (QA) through comprehensive career preparation activities, including resume building, job search strategies, interview preparation, and networking opportunities. Learners will gain valuable insights and resources to kickstart their careers in QA.
  • Final Project Presentations: Showcase the results of the Final Project through final project presentations, where learners demonstrate their achievements, share insights gained, and receive feedback from instructors and peers. This presentation serves as a platform to showcase skills and accomplishments in QA.
  • Course Wrap-Up: Conclude the course with a comprehensive wrap-up session, reviewing key concepts, tools, and experiences gained throughout the course. Reflect on the journey, celebrate achievements, and set goals for future growth and development in the field of Quality Assurance.
  • Intro to Quality Assurance

    Intro to Quality Assurance (40 hours)

    You’ll learn QA fundamentals, including its role in software development, identifying defects, testing techniques, and writing test cases. Gain hands-on experience in manual testing, including creating test plans, cases, and bug reports.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Introduction to Quality Assurance: Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Quality Assurance (QA) and QA Engineering, including its role in the software development life cycle (SDLC) and its importance in ensuring software quality.
    • Identification and Understanding of Defects: Learn how to identify and understand software defects, including common types of defects and their impact on software quality.
    • Testing Techniques: Explore various testing techniques used in QA, including manual testing, automated testing, regression testing, and performance testing, to ensure thorough software validation.
    • Hands-on Experience: Apply your knowledge by writing test cases for simple software functions and gaining practical experience with manual testing techniques. This includes creating test plans, executing test cases, and documenting defects in bug reports.
  • Manual Testing Techniques

    Manual Testing Techniques (40 hours)

    This lesson empowers students with the skills to conduct thorough and effective testing, spanning functional and non-functional domains. By the end of this lesson, learners will have a robust understanding of testing planning, case creation, design techniques, and their practical applications.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Testing Planning: Learn how to effectively plan testing activities, including identifying test objectives, defining test scope, and developing test plans to ensure comprehensive coverage.
    • Test Case Creation: Gain skills in creating detailed and well-defined test cases, including identifying test conditions, specifying test steps, and documenting expected results.
    • Design Techniques: Explore various testing design techniques, such as equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis, and decision table testing, to design efficient and effective test cases.
    • Practical Applications: Apply your knowledge in practical scenarios by executing test cases, analyzing test results, and documenting findings to ensure software quality and reliability.
  • Automation Testing Basics

    Automation Testing Basics(40 hours)

    Lesson 3 covers Automation Testing, including its benefits, challenges, and practical use of tools like Cypress.io. Participants learn scripting languages to automate manual tests and use Git for version control. Hands-on projects enhance expertise in automation testing for improved software development practices.

    Key elements of the module include:

       

    • Introduction to Automation Testing: Gain an understanding of the advantages and challenges of automation testing, and explore practical implementations in software development processes.
    • Tool Proficiency: Learn essential automation testing tools such as Cypress.io, developing proficiency in automating quality assurance procedures for efficient and effective testing.
    • Scripting Languages: Explore scripting languages such as JavaScript, Python, or Ruby, to aid in converting manual test cases into functional scripts, enhancing automation capabilities.
    • Version Control with Git: Harness Git for version control and collaboration in automation testing projects, ensuring efficient management of test scripts and code changes. Through interactive activities and hands-on projects, learners will cultivate expertise in automation testing, empowering them to enhance software development practices effectively.
  • Advanced Automation Testing

    Advanced Automation Testing (40 hours)

    In Lesson 4, participants explore advanced Automation Testing Frameworks, complex scripting techniques, and advanced features of Cypress.io. They’ll tackle intricate scenarios and learn about script reusability through custom command creation, culminating in a practical project.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Exploration of Automation Testing Frameworks: Delve into diverse automation testing frameworks beyond foundational concepts, gaining insights into their features, advantages, and practical applications in software testing.
    • Advanced Scripting Techniques: Learn complex scripting techniques involving conditional statements, loops, and error handling, enabling proficient handling of intricate testing scenarios.
    • Advanced Features of Cypress.io: Explore advanced features of Cypress.io, including timeout management, execution of JavaScript, and utilization of the Cypress.io API for performing complex testing tasks.
    • Custom Command Creation: Highlight the significance of script reusability through custom command creation in Cypress.io, empowering participants to streamline testing processes and enhance test script maintainability. Culminate the module with a practical project where participants construct a custom Cypress.io command, effectively translating advanced concepts into tangible application.

     

  • API Testing

    API Testing (40 hours)

    This lesson covers API testing, including its significance, tools, automation strategies, and practical application. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding to skillfully assess APIs, automate procedures, and apply their skills to projects.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Understanding APIs: Gain insight into the role of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in modern software applications, understanding their significance in facilitating communication and integration between different systems and services.
    • Comprehensive Understanding of API Testing: Explore the concept of API testing in depth, including its significance in ensuring the functionality, reliability, and security of APIs, as well as the tools and strategies involved in testing APIs effectively.
    • Automation Strategies: Learn automation strategies for API testing, including the use of tools and frameworks to automate API tests, enhancing efficiency and reliability in the testing process.
    • Practical Application: Apply acquired knowledge and skills to real-world projects, effectively assessing APIs, employing relevant tools, automating procedures, and executing API tests to ensure the quality and performance of software applications.
  • Performance Testing

    Performance Testing (40 hours)

    In this lesson, students learn about Performance Testing’s importance and methods, including Load, Stress, Endurance, and Spike testing. They gain practical skills in planning tests and using tools like JMeter, LoadRunner, and Gatling to interpret outcomes and improve software quality.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Understanding Performance Testing: Gain an in-depth understanding of Performance Testing, its importance in ensuring software quality, and its role in evaluating the performance, reliability, and scalability of software applications under different conditions.
    • Testing Methodologies: Explore various performance testing methodologies, including Load Testing, Stress Testing, Endurance Testing, and Spike Testing, to effectively assess the performance characteristics of software applications.
    • Tools and Techniques: Learn to craft testing plans and utilize performance testing tools such as JMeter, LoadRunner, and Gatling to conduct performance tests, simulate real-world scenarios, and analyze performance metrics.
    • Execution and Analysis: Execute performance tests, interpret test outcomes, and identify areas for enhancement based on performance testing results, enabling students to optimize software performance and improve user experience.
  • QA in DevOps and Continuous Testing

    QA in DevOps and Continuous Testing(40 hours)

    In this lesson, students will explore the intersection of Quality Assurance (QA) with DevOps practices and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) methodologies. By the end of this lesson, learners will have a comprehensive understanding of how QA fits into the DevOps landscape and how continuous testing drives efficiency and quality throughout the software development lifecycle.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Intersection of QA with DevOps: Delve into the integration of Quality Assurance (QA) practices with DevOps principles, understanding how QA processes contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of DevOps workflows.
    • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) Methodologies: Explore Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) methodologies, understanding their role in automating software delivery pipelines and ensuring rapid, reliable, and continuous deployment of software changes.
    • Role of QA in DevOps: Gain a comprehensive understanding of how QA fits into the DevOps landscape, including its involvement in automated testing, quality gate implementation, and feedback loops, to ensure high-quality software delivery.
    • Continuous Testing: Learn about the importance of continuous testing in DevOps practices, understanding how it drives efficiency and quality throughout the software development lifecycle by enabling rapid feedback, early defect detection, and continuous improvement.
  • Security Testing

    Security Testing(40 hours)

    Learners explore safeguarding software integrity through Vulnerability Scanning, Security Scanning, and Penetration Testing, refining practical skills and understanding the significance of OWASP Top 10. They conduct comprehensive security assessments using tools like OWASP ZAP.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Exploration of Security Testing Types: Delve into various security testing types, including Vulnerability Scanning, Security Scanning, and Penetration Testing, to uncover vulnerabilities and ensure software integrity.
    • Practical Skills Refinement: Engage in hands-on activities to refine practical skills in security testing, gaining proficiency in identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in software systems.
    • Significance of OWASP Top 10: Understand the significance of the OWASP Top 10 in web application security, learning about common vulnerabilities and threats and how to mitigate them effectively.
    • Tool Proficiency: Empowerment with tools such as OWASP ZAP and others to conduct comprehensive security assessments, enabling students to proficiently identify, analyze, and address security vulnerabilities in software applications.
  • QA Best Practices and Tools

    QA Best Practices and Tools(40 hours)

    In this comprehensive lesson, Students will dive into the world of Quality Assurance (QA) methodologies, industry-standard best practices, and an array of essential tools. By the lesson’s end, learners will not only possess a profound understanding of QA’s role within various project management methodologies but also be equipped with the knowledge to employ best practices and leverage diverse tools to enhance their QA processes.

    Key elements of the module include:

     

    • QA Methodologies: Explore various Quality Assurance (QA) methodologies used in software development, including industry-standard practices such as Agile, Waterfall, and DevOps, to understand QA’s role within different project management frameworks.
    • Industry-Standard Best Practices: Delve into industry-standard best practices in QA, covering aspects such as test planning, test case design, test execution, defect management, and reporting, to ensure quality and reliability in software products.
    • Essential Tools: Learn about a range of essential tools used in QA processes, including test management tools, bug tracking systems, automation testing frameworks, and performance testing tools, to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in QA activities.
    • Application of Knowledge: Apply acquired knowledge of QA methodologies, best practices, and tools to real-world scenarios, equipping learners with the skills and expertise needed to employ best practices and leverage diverse tools effectively in their QA processes.
  • Final Project and Career Readiness

    Final Project and Career Readiness(40 hours)

    Module 10 covers the Final Project and Career Preparation. It includes a review of key concepts and tools, performing a complete QA process on a web application, career preparation, interview readiness, final project presentations, and course wrap-up.

    Key elements of the module include:

    • Final Project: Engage in the culmination of the course through the Final Project, where learners apply their acquired skills and knowledge to perform a complete Quality Assurance (QA) process on a web application. This project serves as a practical demonstration of proficiency in QA methodologies, best practices, and tools.
    • Career Preparation: Prepare for a career in Quality Assurance (QA) through comprehensive career preparation activities, including resume building, job search strategies, interview preparation, and networking opportunities. Learners will gain valuable insights and resources to kickstart their careers in QA.
    • Final Project Presentations: Showcase the results of the Final Project through final project presentations, where learners demonstrate their achievements, share insights gained, and receive feedback from instructors and peers. This presentation serves as a platform to showcase skills and accomplishments in QA.
    • Course Wrap-Up: Conclude the course with a comprehensive wrap-up session, reviewing key concepts, tools, and experiences gained throughout the course. Reflect on the journey, celebrate achievements, and set goals for future growth and development in the field of Quality Assurance.