BCS launches new agile software tester certificate

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has unveiled the Certified Agile Tester certificate for IT professionals that work in agile environments.

Due to increased adoption of more agile development methods, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has launched a certificate aimed at agile software testers.

The Certified Agile Tester certificate, licensed by the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI), is a foundation-level certificate for those working in agile environments or interested in agile, such as scrum masters and developers.

Characteristics of agile software development include the promotion of development, teamwork, collaboration, and process adaptability throughout the lifecycle of the project.

The BCS certificate is aligned to SFIAplus level 3 and is also included in the BCS software testing career path.

Students that successfully complete a five-day training course are awarded the certificate. During the course candidates have to undergo practical exercises, continuous soft skills assessment, theoretical and practical exams.

Tim Cardinal, group product manager at BCS, said with an increasing number of businesses looking to adopt different work methods in IT, there has been a rise in demand for new certificates from IT professionals, to ensure they stay up to date.

“This certification is an excellent addition to our software testing career path, enabling those who want to develop their career in this area an opportunity to do so. Those undertaking the certificate will gain an understanding of the testing role within an agile project and be able to effectively apply practical skills associated with that role and map this to SFIAplus,” he said.

A survey for the Ambysoft knowledge centre, in 2011, showed that in terms of software development between 65%-75% of 178 respondents said projects using agile methods were successful compared with just 50% for the traditional approach to development.

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