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Software Testing Training-How To Get Into The (IT)Information Technology Field

Updated on February 26, 2015

How To Become a Business Analysis or Software Tester

Why I decided to get Software Testing Training. For years I have been intimidated about going into the IT field but have always admired those that did later on in life. Spending years in a completely unrelated field I have had a birds eye view of those getting downsized and those getting their lions share of their worth.

Having a need to change my life I decided to educated myself, but not certain of the right path to take knowing that I could not afford 4 years of training before starting a challenging career in the IT world, so I decided to get Software Testing Training.

I've known for years that those knowledgeable in high technology keep their jobs and can always get one. I've seen those with a college degree train to become Quality Assurance Testers, Business Analyst, Microsoft Dynamics Engineers and more; become certified and regain their worth and value with this vital need of expertise. With only a few months of study you can be on the way to a new career, a happy household and money in the bank.Till this day there is no course in college that can train you for this designation...

Do you need a college degree?

Of course having a Bachelors degree would be very helpful but those without can learn Microsoft Office, Business Analyst and QA (manual testing) to get in the IT door.

If you have been on the fence about joining the IT field, I hope I can open you eyes to the possibilities. It's much harder deciding how to make your paycheck stretch until the end of the month without the proper education.There are testers and BA's of all ages, so age is not a factor. Besides your past work history can actually make you seem more attractive to some employees.

*You will need degree or at least a high school diploma or equivalent, a minimum of 21 hours of course training and the passing of your certification.

Do you have what it take to become an IT expert?

When we hear the term IT we think of higher paychecks that are out of our reach but this is not so. Even those with Computer Science degrees are going back to school to learn how to become a (SQA) software tester or (BA) business analyst. Why? Because every successful organization needs them to remain successful and to compete globally.

I know this because this was my journey as well. I currently have my SQA and Microsoft Dynamics certification and working hard to learn more. I was advised to get training in software testing (SQA) and Business Analysis (BA) to enter the IT arena to get experience. Before I go further I want to explain what these are...

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and Business Analyst (BA) training are relatively short courses normally completed in 2 to 3 months. They will prepare you to take the certification test which is only 40 questions for SQA and 150 question for your BA exam.

You will learn how to test software and navigate requirements utilizing the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) insuring the best product for your stakeholders or end-users. Business Analysis are use as translators between the business and technical team.The bottom line is companies and end-users need quality reliable dependable software products that can save lives, save money and do what is expected.

Software Dependent Society

Just imagine where we would be if we could not depend on the software in the daily lives such as:

  • computers
  • traffic lights
  • respirators
  • airplanes
  • oxygen machines
  • MRI/xray machines

Now imagine them malfunctioning.

Software Development Lifecycle

What is a Software Tester?

Software Quality Assurance is a high end term for a software tester. In short testers break things to prevent failure later and get paid well to do this. Becoming a software tester will enable you to be in the highest paying entry level position with a starting salary of about $45,000 depending on your state. That's not too shabby for entry level!


It is best to have some basic computer knowledge and of Microsoft PowerPoint, SharePoint, Microsoft Excel but you can gain this knowledge from free courses on and

If you have gone to school for computer science, or have any background as a BA without the training that could be plus for have some past knowledge or a minus. Training from a fresh pair of eyes can make you invaluable independent tester. You may just be wanting to change jobs; but have no fears, with proper training and creative resume showcasing your pass employment can show your enhanced documentation, details and communication skills.

6 Things You Will Learn With Software Testing Training

  1. Fundamentals for manual testing
  2. Testing throughout the software life cycle
  3. Static Techniques
  4. Test design techniques
  5. Test management
  6. Tool support for testing

After you completed your software testing training you will prepare to take the fundamental test which will give you your designation as a ISTQB® Certified Foundational Tester. You will do good to gain Business Analysis and other training as well. I received a second course with my training.

Did you know that the average salary of a Business Analyst is $83.000?

How to Become a Business Analyst

Now a little information about becoming a Business Analyst. If you are more sociable, becoming a Business Analyst may be more up your alley. As a new person entering this exciting field you will be studying to pass your CCBA (Certification of Competency in Business Analysis) certification exam.

After 5 years of business experience you can apply for your (CBAP) Certified Business Analysis Professional exam or if you choose re-take the CCBA exam. All of the information you will need is located in the (BABOK) Business Analysis Book of Knowledge. The CCAP and CCBA are designations from the (IIBA) International Institute of Business Analysis.

6 Knowledge Areas You Will Learn With BA Training

  1. Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  2. Elicitation
  3. Requirements Management and Communication
  4. Enterprise Analysis
  5. Requirements Analysis
  6. Solution Assessment and Validation

After completing and understanding these knowledge areas you will be ready to prepare for testing. As you can see getting into the IT field is highly doable. Studying is the key. I use the question technique. I read the questions for the chapter and as I read, watch video or attend class the material sinks in deeper. Making a change in your life will take dedication and perseverance but isn't a new life with a new future that is not affected by downsizing worth it?

You will no doubt do your due diligence and see some road blocks however there are credible schools that have classes online that can have you trained and scheduled for testing with no problems. Making the move to get into the IT field will assure you a more stable future, income and provide you with creditably you can be proud of. Visit and ask some questions about getting started as a BA or SQA or other IT training. I'm sure the staff can help you get started or direct you to credible resources. Tell them Darlene sent you and see if you qualify to go for free!

By the way if you are unemployed and in Georgia United States you may qualify for government money to go back to school from the Workforce Investment Act in your state. Search this term on Google with your state. Blessings and Prosperity!


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      Darlene Matthews 3 years ago

      Jponiato thanks for your kind words. I sure wish I was exposed to this knowledge years ago.

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      jponiato 3 years ago from Mid-Michigan

      Very informative. Hoping this works out for you, and it should be very helpful for anyone else wanting to break into the field.

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      Darlene Matthews 3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Nell..Switching directions is something many have to do to beat being downsized and IT is a great start.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, it seems I was in the wrong job! lol! I worked this side of the computer so to speak, but I do know someone who earns big bucks doing this sort of work, great advice for anyone who is going into the IT field, nell