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The International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) has already effected profound change in the software testing field, with almost 100,000 people having attained Foundation certification. But a Foundation certification is just that: only a Foundation. With the release of the new Advanced syllabus in October 2007, the ISTQB has expanded and improved the next rung on the ladder of test professionalism. In the slides from this tutorial, Rex Black, President of the ISTQB, shows how the ISTQB Advanced syllabus can guide you, your testing colleagues, and your organization toward better testing, reduced risk, and higher quality.

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An ISTQB certification is a nice thing to have. It decorates your office. It tells your co-workers that you have pursued education and have achieved a level of knowledge in testing. At the Advanced level, it shows that you have selected an area of specialization and have demonstrated your knowledge. At the Expert level, it provides evidence that you have set yourself apart from others-that you have acquired and demonstrated expertise in a particular area. But, are you really using your knowledge and expertise? Let’s look at how the benefits of the certification can be used in your regular job and your career.

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If you’re a professional tester, test manager, quality assurance staff member, or programmer responsible for testing your own code, you have already discovered that, far from being trivial and straightforward, testing is hard. There’s a lot to know. Unfortunately, most practitioners tend to carry out testing as if it were 1978, not 2008. Common practices lag best practices by around 30 years. ISTQB certification is about raising common practices to the level of best practices. 

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Agile Software Development

By Gerry Coleman, edited by Rex Black

As the demand for new technological products grows apace, many companies have adopted Agile methodologies for their software development activity.

The demands on a tester working on projects using Agile methodologies are different to those faced on a traditional software project. Testers on Agile projects, in addition to excellent testing skills, must be able to communicate effectively, interact and collaborate constantly with colleagues, liaise closely with business representatives and work as part of a whole-team responding to early and frequent customer feedback.

To work as part of an Agile software team, testers must first understand the principles and values underpinning the Agile development approach. This section looks at the essential components of Agile software development, explains the advantages of the whole-team approach used in Agile projects and demonstrates the benefits of receiving early and frequent customer feedback.

An excerpt from Agile Testing edited by Rex Black due to be published by BCS Learning & Development in Spring 2017 (subject to change). Section 1.1 by Gerry Coleman. All material is provisional and may be subject to change.

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Risk-based Mobile Testing

By Rex Black, President, RBCS, Inc.

Risk-based testing is a long-standing best practice, but can you apply it to mobile testing? Absolutely! In this short article, we’ll review what risk-based testing is, and then explain how it can be applied to testing mobile apps. Risk-based testing will help you focus on what to test, how much, and in what order on your mobile apps, which, given the timescales of mobile app testing, is more critical than ever before.
 
For any realistic-sized system, testing cannot reduce the risk of failure in production to zero, due to the impossibility of exhaustive testing. While testing does reduce the risk of failure in production, most approaches to testing reduce risk in a suboptimal and opaque fashion.

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What’s New in the ISTQB CTFL 2018 Syllabus?

By Rex Black, interview with iSQI Agustina Gay

The following is a transcript of an interview with Rex Black. Rex is President of RBCS, a worldwide test consulting, training, and expert services company. He is also former President of ISTQB, and most recently served the ISTQB as Project Manager and Technical Editor for the ISTQB® Foundation 2018 syllabus release. The interview was conducted by Agustina Gay. She is a Key Account Manager at iSQI.
Agustina: Rex, thank you for being here. Would you please introduce yourself?
Rex: Yes, I am Rex Black. I am the president of a company called RBCS and we are a training, consulting, and expert services company based in Texas with clients around the world. I’ve been in software engineering since 1983 and RBCS has been around about almost 25 years, since 1994. I’m also the past president of the ISTQB, from 2005 to 2009, and most recently I was involved on the Foundation project. So I have many years involvement with the ISTQB program.
 

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Rex Black about Selenium Tester Foundation

By SQ Magazine interview with Rex Black

Article from SQ Magazine, www.sq-mag.com
Automated testing continues to be a major transformational factor in software development and there is no doubt that there is an urgent, and rising, requirement for QA and test professionals with automation skills.  In particular, Selenium is globally rated as a top priority in the test automation field.
iSQI has introduced the Selenium Tester Foundation certificate into its portfolio in response to significant market demand for Selenium WebDriver skills. The certification is based on a highly practical hands-on training course that will give an immediate return on investment back in the workplace.
Rex Black, President of RBCS and past President of the ISTQB®, supported the development. The SQ mag asked him about the new course and the certification: 

1. Rex, a new star is born: the A4Q Selenium Tester Foundation. Tell us more!
The A4Q Selenium Tester Foundation is an entry-level training and certification program for people who want to learn and use the very popular test automation tool Selenium. The Selenium Tester Foundation syllabus addresses the key fundamental concepts of application GUI test automation using Selenium WebDriver, which in itself is a really valuable resource for the Selenium community. The three-day training course is exceptionally hands-on, which is critical for test automation, since you can really only learn how to do test automation by doing test automation. The exam for the certification allows people to demonstrate mastery of the concepts in the syllabus, thus providing a way for people to prove their mastery of the fundamentals of Selenium test automation. We think this new star is quite a nice star indeed!
 

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Webinars

ISTQB New Advanced Syllabi

Recorded January 9, 2013

The ISTQB Advanced Syllabus

Recorded August 6, 2009

Podcast Episodes

Webinar: Mobile Apps: Testing on the Small Screen


Length: 1h 15m 0s

Mobile apps have more users than PC apps, and people spend more time on mobile apps than on PC apps. Mobile apps have been around since the 1990s, but the real explosion in mobile apps has occurred in the last ten years. And, while time-wasters and entertainment apps abound, mission-critical and safety-critical apps exist, and so quality matters. What do we need to know about testing mobile apps? It’s more than just a smaller screen, right? In this webinar, Rex will describe the key things that mobile application testers must consider. Join us for a quick introduction to the art and science of mobile app testing.

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One Key Idea: ISTQB Agile Program


Length: 0h 22m 26s

Agile methods have become widespread over the last 20 years, but it’s taken a while for testing to catch up.  However, Agile testing best practices have emerged, and the ISTQB Agile Working Group has taken on the task of capturing those for you.  In this brief webinar, Rex Black, Chair of the ISTQB Agile Working Group, will explain where the program has been, where it is now, and how it is evolving to support Agile testers in their careers. In twenty minutes or less, you’ll learn how the ISTQB Agile syllabi can help you advance your career as an Agile tester.

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One Key Idea: The ISTQB Foundation 2018 Syllabus


Length: 0h 21m 58s

As a bonus to our June complimentary webinar, this month we shared with you an interview with Rex about the newly released ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level  2018 Syllabus. Listen to the session and you will learn why the changes were made, what was the process for making the changes and, finally, what are the changes!

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One Key Idea: Understanding the ISTQB Career Path


Length: 0h 31m 57s

The ISTQB provides extensive support for the test professional’s career path. There are so many options, in fact, that some people get confused and have questions.  Well, in this One Key Idea session, Rex is here to make the career path clear and answer your questions.  In twenty minutes or less, you’ll understand how the ISTQB career path can support your progress throughout your professional testing life.

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Training

ISTQB Foundation Level Extension Agile Tester

This course provides testers and test managers with an understanding of the fundamentals of testing on agile projects. This hands-on course covers the major agile testing techniques via a virtual classroom and assigned exercises. This course was accredited by the ASTQB July 2014. The course follows the ISTQB Foundation Level Extension Agile Tester Syllabus 2014.

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ISTQB Foundation Level Training

This course provides testers, developers, test engineers, test analysts, SDETs/SETs, DevQAers, DevTesters, and test managers with the essential ideas, processes, tools, and skills they need to apply fundamental testing best practices. This hands-on course covers the major test techniques with lecture and exercises. This course follows the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus 2018.

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ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Training

This course provides test managers with advanced skills in test estimation, test planning, test monitoring, and test control. Attendees will learn how to define the overall testing goals and strategy for the systems being tested. They will gain hands-on experience in planning, scheduling, and tracking these tasks. Accredited by ASTQB December 2012.

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ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Training

This course provides test engineers with advanced skills in test analysis, design, and execution. This hands-on course provides test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the test strategy into action. Accredited by ASTQB December 2012.

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ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst Training

The third of the ISTQB Advanced level courses to be created RBCS, Inc., this hands-on course provides technical test analysts with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to fulfill the test strategy in terms of technical requirements. Accredited by ASTQB January 2013.

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ISTQB Virtual Foundation Level Extension Agile Tester

This course provides testers and test managers with an understanding of the fundamentals of testing on agile projects. This hands-on course covers the major agile testing techniques via a virtual classroom and assigned exercises. This course was accredited by the ASTQB July 2014. The course follows the ISTQB Foundation Level Extension Agile Tester Syllabus 2014.

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ASTQB Virtual Certified Mobile Tester

This course provides testers and test managers with an understanding of the fundamentals of testing on mobile projects. This hands-on course covers the major mobile testing techniques with lecture and exercises. This course will be submitted for accreditation to the ASTQB in early 2016. The course follows the ASTQB Mobile Tester Syllabus 2015.

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ISTQB Virtual Test Engineering Foundation Level Boot Camp

Need to prepare for the ISTQB Foundation exam quickly, but don't have time or money for a live course? This Boot Camp combines a two day virtual classroom immersion in the Foundation syllabus with two weeks of our world-recognized, self-paced, ASTQB-accredited e-learning. In order to support our Green Initiative, this course is completely electronic unless the consumer opts to purchase hard copies. This boot camp follows the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus 2018.

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ISTQB Virtual Advanced Test Manager Boot Camp

Need to prepare for the ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager exam quickly, but don't have time or money for a live course? This Boot Camp combines a two day virtual classroom immersion in the Advanced syllabus with two weeks of our world-recognized, self-paced, ASTQB-accredited e-learning. The course includes option to purchase your choice of hard copy or e-book (ePub format or Amazon Kindle format) versions of the supplemental textbook, "Advanced Software Testing-Vol.2: Guide to the ISTQB Advanced Certification as an Advanced Test Manager". 

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ISTQB Virtual Advanced Test Analyst Boot Camp

Need to prepare for the ISTQB Advanced Level Test Analyst exam quickly, but don't have time or money for a live course? This Boot Camp combines a two day virtual classroom immersion in the Advanced syllabus with two weeks of our world-recognized, self-paced, ASTQB-accredited e-learning. 

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Risk-based Testing: Virtual Workshop

Not all risks are equal and there are a number of ways to assess the level of risk. So, how can we identify risks, assess their level, implement appropriate tests and other controls, and report test results based on risk? This workshop will show attendees how to do so. We’ll look at quality risks and quality risk categories. We’ll talk about how to identify risk items and assess their level of risk. We’ll look at how risk based testing adapts to various software development lifecycle models, how project risks can affect testing, and metrics we can use during risk based testing. The course illustrates important concepts with examples, a case study, and realistic, hands-on exercises.

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ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level E-learning – FULL

Achieve the ultimate ISTQB Advanced Level Certification, the ISTQB Advanced Level Certified Tester – Full. After successful completion of the Advanced Level Test Analyst, the Advanced Level Test Manager and the Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst exam, individuals receive the ISTQB Advanced Level Certified Tester – Full certification. An Advanced Level exam voucher for each Advanced Level exam is included (3 vouchers). All 3 courses are accredited with the ASTQB for ISTQB Advanced Level Syllabi 2012.

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ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Test Analyst E-Learning

This course provides test engineers with advanced skills in test analysis, design, and execution. This hands-on course provides test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the test strategy into action. Course module included for compatibility with the 2012 Syllabus.

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ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Test Manager E-Learning

This course provides test managers with advanced skills in test estimation, test planning, test monitoring, and test control. Accredited by ASTQB January 2014. 

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ISTQB Test Engineering Foundation Level E-Learning

New and improved with more information than ever before but more affordable!  In order to support our Green Initiative, this course is completely electronic unless the consumer opts to purchase hard copies. Re-accredited by ASTQB June 2010. This course follows the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus 2011. 

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ISTQB Test Engineering Foundation Level E-learning in Chinese

ISTQB测试工程师初级培训电子课程 Free voucher for electronic exam with purchase! New and improved with more information than ever before but more affordable! In order to support our Green Initiative, this course is completely electronic unless the consumer opts to purchase hard copies. 买即送电子考试代金券!更新、更好、内容更多,价格更实惠!支持绿色环保倡议,本课程全部内容为电子版,除非消费者自选纸质教材。 Accredited by CSTQB. 已获CSTQB认可。 

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Risk Based Testing E-Learning

How can we identify risks, assess their level, implement appropriate tests and other controls, and report test results based on risk? This course will show attendees how to do so. We’ll look at quality risks and quality risk categories. We’ll talk about how to identify risk items and assess their level of risk. We’ll look at how risk based testing adapts to various software development lifecycle models, how project risks can affect testing, and metrics we can use during risk based testing. The course illustrates important concepts with examples, a case study, and realistic, hands-on exercises. In order to support our Green Initiative, this course is completely electronic unless the consumer opts to purchase hard copies.

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ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester

This course provides testers and test managers with an understanding of the fundamentals of testing on mobile projects. This hands-on course covers the major mobile testing techniques with lecture and exercises. This course will be submitted for accreditation to the ASTQB in early 2016. The course follows the ASTQB Mobile Tester Syllabus 2015.

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ISTQB Virtual Advanced Technical Test Analyst Training

The third of the ISTQB Advanced level courses to be created RBCS, Inc., this hands-on course provides technical test analysts with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to fulfill the test strategy in terms of technical requirements. Accredited by ASTQB January 2013.

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ISTQB Virtual Expert Test Management Operational Test Manager Boot Camp

The Expert Test Management Operational Test Manager Boot Camp, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Expert Level Syllabus Test Management, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints. 

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ISTQB Virtual Test Engineering Foundation Level Training

This course provides testers, developers, test engineers, test analysts, SDETs/SETs, DevQAers, DevTesters, and test managers with the essential ideas, processes, tools, and skills they need to apply fundamental testing best practices. This hands-on course covers the major test techniques with lecture and exercises. This course follows the  ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus 2018.

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ISTQB Virtual Advanced Security Tester Boot Camp

The Advanced Security Tester Boot Camp course, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of a number of International Software Testing Qualifications Board syllabi, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints.

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ISTQB Virtual Advanced Test Automation Engineer Boot Camp

The Advanced Test Automation Engineer Boot Camp, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of a number of International Software Testing Qualifications Board syllabi, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints.

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Virtual Foundation Business Analyst Boot Camp

The Foundation Business Analyst Boot Camp, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of a number of International Software Testing Qualifications Board syllabi, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints.

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ISTQB Virtual Advanced Security Tester Training

This hands-on course provides test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the strategy into action and is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. In preparation for the exam, participants will key concepts related to security threats, risks, policies and procedures, and how to address those through testing processes integrated into the software lifecycle. 

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ISTQB Expert Test Management Strategic Test Manager Training

The Expert Test Management Strategic Test Manager course, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Expert Level Syllabus Test Management, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. 

This hands-on course provides test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the strategy into action and is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. In preparation for the exam, participants will learn the subject matter behind the test standard and deepen their understanding by working through case studies and exercises. In group exercises, typical review situations are played out and analyzed.

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ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Training

The Advanced Security Tester course, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Advanced Syllabus, provides test engineers with advanced skills in security test analysis, design, and execution through direct instruction and group exercises. 

This hands-on course provides test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the strategy into action and is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. In preparation for the exam, participants will key concepts related to security threats, risks, policies and procedures, and how to address those through testing processes integrated into the software lifecycle.

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ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer Training

The Advanced Test Automation Engineer course provides TAEs (test automation engineers) with advanced skills in defining, initiating, developing, maintaining, and extending test automation solutions. The course was co-created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and Jamie Mitchell, who brings over 38 years of testing experience, both hardware and software.  Jamie is a pioneer in the test automation field, having been creating automated testing since 1991. Both Rex and Jamie are co-authors of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Advanced Syllabus.

This hands-on course provides automated test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the strategy into action and is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. In preparation for the exam, participants will learn key concepts related to test automation, factors, tool evaluation and selection, architecture, risks, metrics and procedures, and how to address those through testing processes integrated into the software lifecycle.

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ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer Training - Private

The Advanced Test Automation Engineer course provides TAEs (test automation engineers) with advanced skills in defining, initiating, developing, maintaining, and extending test automation solutions. The course was co-created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and Jamie Mitchell, who brings over 38 years of testing experience, both hardware and software.  Jamie is a pioneer in the test automation field, having been creating automated testing since 1991. Both Rex and Jamie are co-authors of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Advanced Syllabus.

This hands-on course provides automated test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the strategy into action and is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. In preparation for the exam, participants will learn key concepts related to test automation, factors, tool evaluation and selection, architecture, risks, metrics and procedures, and how to address those through testing processes integrated into the software lifecycle.

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CMG GTB ASTQB Foundation Level Performance Tester

The CMG GTB ASTQB Foundation Level Performance Tester hands-on course provides anyone involved in software testing a chance to broaden their knowledge of performance testing.  If someone has a desire to start a specialist career in performance testing, this course will help them understand the fundamentals and theories behind performance testing, and to prepare for the certification exam. The course was co-created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and Jamie Mitchell, who brings over 38 years of testing experience, both hardware and software.  Jamie is a pioneer in the test automation field, having been creating automated testing since 1991. Both Rex and Jamie are co-authors of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Advanced Syllabus.

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CMG GTB ASTQB Virtual Foundation Level Performance Tester Boot Camp

Need to prepare for the CMG GTB ASTQB Foundation Level Performance Tester exam exam quickly, but don't have time or money for a live course? This Boot Camp provides a two day virtual classroom immersion in the Performance Tester syllabus. 

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Selenium Tester Foundation Training

The Selenium Foundation is a practical training course aimed at test professionals who desire a basic understanding of Selenium WebDriver for creating web application tests.  Participants will learn about factors to consider when deciding to automate testing as well as specific techniques for navigation, interacting with GUI elements, logging, reporting, and more.  Upon the successful completion of the course, a participant will be able to create and run Selenium WebDriver tests without supervision.

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Selenium Tester Foundation Training - Private

The Selenium Foundation is a practical training course aimed at test professionals who desire a basic understanding of Selenium WebDriver for creating web application tests.  Participants will learn about factors to consider when deciding to automate testing as well as specific techniques for navigation, interacting with GUI elements, logging, reporting, and more.  Upon the successful completion of the course, a participant will be able to create and run Selenium WebDriver tests without supervision.

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Virtual Selenium Tester Foundation Training

The Selenium Foundation is a practical training course aimed at test professionals who desire a basic understanding of Selenium WebDriver for creating web application tests.  Participants will learn about factors to consider when deciding to automate testing as well as specific techniques for navigation, interacting with GUI elements, logging, reporting, and more.  Upon the successful completion of the course, a participant will be able to create and run Selenium WebDriver tests without supervision.

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