IT-Ready QA


Launch Your Career in Software Testing

In our new IT-Ready QA class, students learn the foundational skills required to become a software tester. Software testing is a critical part of today’s software development industry. Careful destruction of software can be just as valuable as brilliant creation, and in our software testing curriculum, students learn the best practices for breaking software and squashing bugs.

IT-Ready QA teaches you what’s required to test and support software throughout its life cycle, principles of test design, risk management, agile development, and identifying best practices for mobile software testing.

Students who successfully complete this program will obtain three certifications that prove working knowledge of software testing, and will be uniquely prepared to take on an entry-level position as a software QA analyst or automation engineer. 

Students train and test for the following industry certifications:

Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)

In preparation for this exam, students learn:

  •  Why testing is necessary
  • Principles of software testing
  • How to test and support software through the life cycle
  • Several types of testing
  • How to design various tests
  • Test management best practices
  • To identify and use the best tools to support a variety of different tests

Certified Tester Foundation Level Agile Tester (CTFL-AT)

In preparation for this exam, students learn:

  • To identify the differences between testing in traditional and agile approaches
  • The importance of communication and constant feedback on an ever-changing project
  • Managing risk in an agile project
  • Tools and techniques employed in agile projects
  • The importance of a people-centered approach to agile projects 

Certified Mobile Tester

In preparation for this exam, students learn:

  • What challenges to expect in testing mobile applications
  • How to plan and design testing for an increasingly mobile world
  • Functional and non-functional testing
  • To choose the correct tools and environments for testing
  • To automate testing of mobile applications
  • Build testing that can change and grow rapidly to meet requirements of an agile mobile market

Eligibility for IT-Ready QA is the same as for our other IT-Ready classes, but prior knowledge of computers and a familiarity with various software packages is preferred. 

Beyond the training and certifications, our employer relationship manager will work with all graduates to connect them to local employers. In 2016, 86% of our IT-Ready graduates found full-time employment in the tech industry. 

Our IT-Ready QA classes for the Twin Cities starts April 16 and again on August 20. Applications are due by July 20 for our August class. Apply now.

Creating IT Futures

A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the Information Technology Industry Trade Association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.


We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.


Creating IT Futures
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Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 678-8300