Reference Quantity: ST0129

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Role Profile

The first position of a Software program Tester is to make sure that software program operates as supposed. Testers usually design and put together take a look at plans and conduct software program testing as applicable to make sure that software program is match for goal. They doc and report the outcomes of testing actions. They’ve understanding of the software program lifecycle and software program improvement practices.

Typical Job Roles

Software program Tester, Software program Take a look at Analyst

Entry Necessities

Particular person employers will set the choice standards, however this would possibly embody 5 GCSEs; A ranges; a Degree 3 Apprenticeship; different related {qualifications} and expertise; or an inherent ability take a look at, with a deal with useful maths.

Technical Competencies

  • Implements software program testing procedures on software program functions (together with desktop, net, cellular, embedded, mainframe) to make sure agreed errors and safety points are recognized, recorded, prioritised and corrected earlier than launch.
  • Opinions software program necessities and specs for software program performance and safety, and defines complete assessments and situations.
  • Designs easy take a look at methods for non-complex tasks.
  • Analyses take a look at necessities and designs and prepares a take a look at plan.
  • Designs and builds take a look at circumstances, take a look at scripts, and take a look at procedures, with anticipated outcomes.
  • Develops and collects consultant and reasonable take a look at knowledge.
  • Conducts a variety of various software program testing varieties (together with Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Purposeful and Non- Purposeful Testing, System Testing, Stress Testing, Efficiency Testing, Usability Testing, Acceptance Testing, Regression Testing and Exploratory Testing); decoding and executing units of reasonably complicated take a look at scripts utilizing agreed strategies and requirements.
  • Precisely information the outcomes of take a look at actions and maintains correct take a look at information and experiences.
  • Assesses take a look at outcomes in opposition to anticipated outcomes and acceptance standards and thru traceability to necessities.
  • Presents and communicates outcomes successfully utilizing applicable communication kinds and media.
  • Operates the organisation’s software program testing instruments successfully and follows procedures and methods appropriately.
  • Complies with related laws and inside/exterior requirements associated to software program testing and software program safety.
  • Advises and helps others on testing processes and procedures.
  • Completes allotted duties in accordance with the organisation’s reporting and high quality methods
  • Operates inside service degree agreements

Technical Data and Understanding

  • Understands and may apply the fundamental ideas of software program testing together with testing varieties; take a look at procedures; testing methods; testing instruments and testing phrases.
  • Understands learn how to use and apply automated take a look at instruments.
  • Understands the significance of accuracy and clear documentation of software program assessments.
  • Understands learn how to use bug monitoring instruments
  • Understands and may talk the variations between software program testing and verification.
  • Understands business commonplace software program improvement paradigms and strategies (together with. Object Oriented, procedural and agile) to conduct testing.
  • Understands that software program ought to be ‘safe by design’ and learn how to take a look at for safety necessities.
  • Understands the vary and options of software program take a look at generally used (Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Purposeful and Non-Purposeful Testing, System Testing, Stress Testing, Efficiency Testing, Usability Testing, Acceptance Testing, Regression Testing and Exploratory Testing).
  • Understands learn how to arrange and configure testing packages.
  • Understands the position of software program testing inside the wider methods improvement life cycle.
  • Understands the necessity for conformance to particular requirements the place applicable (together with knowledge safety, well being informatics, security essential, and so on) associated to software program testing.

Underpinning Expertise, Attitudes and Behaviours

  • Logical and inventive considering abilities
  • Analytical and downside fixing abilities
  • Potential to work independently and to take accountability
  • Can use personal initiative
  • An intensive and organised strategy
  • Potential to work with a variety of inside and exterior folks
  • Potential to speak successfully in a wide range of conditions
  • Preserve productive, skilled and safe working surroundings


Apprentices should obtain one internationally recognised vendor or skilled qualification, from the suitable hand column within the desk beneath. This then exempts the Ofqual-regulated information module, as proven within the left hand column.

The information modules are summarised beneath and additional particulars can be found within the occupational temporary out there from the

Data Modules

Vendor or Skilled {Qualifications}

Data Module 1: Testing Instruments (for Degree 4 Software program

Tester Apprenticeship)


ISTQB Licensed Tester Basis Degree

Data Module 2: Testing Ideas ( for Degree 4

Software program Tester Apprenticeship)

ISTQB Licensed Tester Basis Degree


BCS Intermediate Certificates in Software program Testing

Particular person employers will choose which vendor or skilled qualification the apprentice ought to take.

English and Maths

Degree 2 English and Maths will have to be achieved, if not already, previous to taking the top level evaluation.

Skilled Recognition

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA degree 3 skilled competence and people finishing the apprenticeship are eligible to use for registration.


The period of this apprenticeship is often 24 months.


This can be a Degree 4 Apprenticeship

Review Date

This commonplace might be reviewed in February 2017

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