Microsoft Software Tester

What is a Firebrand Microsoft Software Tester Apprenticeship?

Apprentices develop into the role of Microsoft Software Tester- learning how to ensure software operates as intended. They will design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing to ensure software is fit for purpose. They will document and report the results of testing activities and have a good understanding of the software lifecycle and software development practices

On the 16 month programme; the apprentice will learn the principles of software testing and associated software development and life cycles, and how to:

  • Design and prepare test plans
  • Test software to test it is fit for purpose
  • Document and report testing results and related activities
  • Relate their testing process to the software development lifecycle

Typical job roles: Software Tester & Software Test Analyst

How are employers involved?

  • Employing an apprentice for a fixed 16 month contract to progress them beyond their existing skills
  • Creating a position that will give apprentices an opportunity to work alongside IT professionals and learn the skills outlined in the Software Tester Standard
  • Dedicating an internal mentor to coach, organise and support the apprentice throughout their learning
  • Working closely with Firebrand Training to build the best training programme
  • Helping their apprentice with their final assessment programme to achieve all of their learning outcomes in the Software Tester Standard
  • Supporting other expenses required during the learning programme - including travel and additional learning
  • Paying their apprentice the recommended minimum wage of £250 per week.

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What qualifications ans certifications can Microsoft Software Tester apprentices achieve?

As part of their apprenticeship, your apprentices must sit a number of pre-selected exams which they will need to pass to gain their Microsoft Software Tester Apprenticeship qualification at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. Apprentices are also assessed by Firebrand against Ofqual-regulated Knowledge Standards as part of their programme.

Exams and certifications are not mandatory for every Firebrand training course attended by apprentices, however employers can purchase additional exam vouchers when their apprentices have gained the relevant work experience if they wish to.

Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship they are officially recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.

How will Firebrand help?

  • Our programmes are fully customisable - so we'll help tailor your programme to suit both employer and apprentice
  • We'll designate a Learning Mentor, who'll guide and support employers, mentors and apprentices throughout the programme
  • We run courses throughout the year, meaning training can be scheduled around the progress of apprentices and their job role
  • Travel and expenses are kept to a minimum, due to our residential and fully inclusive training
  • Because we've delivered 100s of Tech Industry Gold Trailblazer apprenticeships already, we make things efficient and easy - leaving you to concentrate on apprentice needs and development

5 steps to being a Firebrand Apprentice employer

  1. Identify whether you're recruiting for a new role, or if you'd like to develop existing staff
  2. Choose a mentor for your apprentice - they'll be responsible for the programme’s success within your organisation.
  3. Confirm the mentor understands the Software Tester Occupational Brief and can identify roles and responsibilities where the apprentice can learn and experience the knowledge standards required.
  4. Identify the type of accelerated training courses you see your apprentice taking
  5. Complete your Employer Declaration, where you'll create your job advert if you're hiring someone new

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Your Microsoft Software Tester programme

Apprentices develop into the role of Microsoft Software Tester- learning how to ensure software operates as intended. They will design and prepare test plans and conduct software testing to ensure software is fit for purpose. They will document and report the results of testing activities and have a good understanding of the software lifecycle and software development practices

Customise your IT apprenticeship programme

Your Microsoft Software Tester programme is fully customisable, so you can change it to suit you as an employer or apprentice. In the table below, we've pre-selected the most popular Firebrand courses that align to the Occupational Brief in the government Standard for this apprenticeship. You can substitute these for optional courses up to the same value, where the same Knowledge Standards are covered.

Courses with Knowledge Standards highlighted in red cannot be substituted.

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CourseDurationKnowledge Standards covered

Pre-selected courses

Software Testing Agile Tester2 days
Software Testing Introduction to DevOps2 days
Microsoft Administration & Configuration with Team Foundation Server (TFS) 20152 daysFind out more
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 - Web & Load2 days
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 - Coded UI2 days
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 - Microsoft Test Manager2 days
ISTQB Firebrand's Training for ISTQB's Foundation Software Tester Certification2 days
On-boarding and fund administrationMandatory
End point assessmentMandatory

Optional courses

Courses below are potential substitutions for those above, please contact us for more information
CourseDurationKnowledge Standards covered
Scrum Firebrand's training for's Professional Scrum Master certification2 days
ISTQB Firebrand's Training for ISTQB's Advanced Test Manager Certification3 days
Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals 2 days
App and Web Development Software Development Fundamentals2 days
BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing2 daysFind out more

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Knowledge modules

  1. Understands and can apply the basic concepts of software testing including testing types; test procedures; testing techniques; testing tools and testing terms
  2. Understands how to use and apply automated test tools
  3. Understands the importance of accuracy and clear documentation of software tests
  4. Understands how to use bug tracking tools
  5. Understands and can communicate the differences between software testing and verification
  6. Understands industry standard software development paradigms and methods (including Object Oriented, procedural and agile) to conduct testing
  7. Understands that software should be `secure by design’ and how to test for security requirements
  8. Understands the range and features of software test commonly used (Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Functional and Non-functional Testing, System Testing, Stress Testing, Performance Testing, Usability Testing, Acceptance Testing, Regression Testing, and Exploratory Testing)
  9. Understands how to set up and configure testing packages
  10. Understands the role of software testing within the wider systems development life cycle
  11. Understands the need for conformance to specific standards where appropriate (including data protection, health informatics, safety critical, etc) related to software testing

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Five reasons the Microsoft Software Tester Firebrand Apprenticeship is for you

  1. Certify at twice the speed. With our accelerated training, apprentices can spend longer in the workplace putting their certifications into practice
  2. Customise your programme. It's up to you which courses you choose for your programme to make it as relevant as possible for your business
  3. No cohorts. Apprentices train on Firebrand accelerated courses all-year round on our public schedule, training alongside industry professionals whenever it suits your business
  4. All costs are included. Our training includes all accommodation and food costs, plus transport to and from the nearest train station
  5. Train with a Tech Partnership Gold Provider. Our programmes are designed and accredited by industry employers to deliver world-class tech training

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