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Software tester

Carrying out tests to make sure computer software works as intended and is fit for purpose.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


4 (equivalent to certificate of higher education)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £18,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • software testing and development principles and techniques
  • using and configuring software testing tools and packages
  • preparing and carrying out tests - including designing test strategies, plans, procedures and scripts
  • recording and reporting test results - including identifying, prioritising and correcting issues
  • testing a range of software applications using different types of testing
  • logical and creative thinking and analytical and problem solving skills
  • working independently on their own initiative while working within a team environment
  • software testing and security practices, standards and legislation

One of the following internationally-recognised vendor / professional qualifications:

  • BCS intermediate certificate in software testing
  • ISTQB certified tester foundation level

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

Apprentices will be able to apply for Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) level 3 professional competence as this apprenticeship is recognised by the Register of IT Technicians.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 01793 417417
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.