This 6-month certificate program provides students with practical skills and knowledge for an entry-level position in the Information Technology industry as a certified software tester. In this intensive program, students learn how about conducting quality assurance testing, project management, and software architecture and design.

After completing the in-class training, students apply their skills and knowledge in an 8-week paid internship with our partner, PQA and Plato Testing.

Program Summary

Length: 6 months

Offered: To be determined

Credential: Certificate

Format: Full-time

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm

Practicum: 8 weeks - paid internship

AST program

Career Path

According to Work BC, people employed as a Software Tester can earn a median salary of $58,856 per year. As a Software Tester, you will develop and execute test plans to determine the software application performance.

People in this occupation:

  • thoroughly test software and systems programs before they are made available to the public
  • enhance software and systems performance
  • are employed in information technology units throughout the private and public sectors
  • are employed in companies that develop software or design computer and telecommunications systems
  • should have advanced computer skills and understand the needs of consumers
  • need to be analytical, patient and detail-oriented
  • must also be persistent, able to solve problems and able to make decisions under pressure
  • have the ability to communicate clearly with both technical and non-technical personnel


Admission Requirements

Native Education College Pre-Selection

  • Minimum Grade 10 completion
  • Keyboarding 25 wpm
  • An interest in computers and technology
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail
  • Ability to read technical manuals
  • Ability to write basic reports
  • Unemployed but not EI eligible OR underemployed (need documentation)
  • NEC Interview with Student Advisor or Program Manager

PQA Testing Final Selection

Interviews TBD.

Course Listing

  • Software Development
  • Software Testing Basics
  • Software Requirements
  • Architecture & Design
  • Coding & Stabilization
  • Quality Assurance
  • Configuration Management
  • Metrics
  • Project management
  • Risk Management
  • Estimation
  • Testing Types & Techniques
  • Test Design Techniques
  • Early Testing & Defect Prevention
  • Testing Without (Complete) Requirements
  • Critical Thinking
  • Test Planning
  • Test Management & Tools

Tuition & Fees

Indigenous learners are eligible to receive funding for tuition and books. Contact the Admissions Department for more information.


For more information, please contact:

Admissions Department
604.873.3772 Ext. 328