Developing your Testing and QA Career Through Education Based Certifications

Apr 17 2012 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)

Developing your Testing and QA Career Through Education Based Certifications
Testing software systems to verify they perform reliably and as expected is a very critical quality control activity. Unfortunately, this critical activity is being performed on almost every software project in a very ad hoc, informal manner by developers, testers, and users. Informal surveys conducted by the International Institute for Software Testing during its seminars indicate that less than 1% of test professionals attending these seminars have used formal test design techniques to design their tests. Formal academic programs seldom provide even rudimentary coverage of software testing, let alone teaching it as a discipline.

Testing activities in many software projects is rarely planned and test teams are unable to perform adequate testing. Software testers have been given very little training and guidance on how to perform effective testing.

In this presentation, Dr. Hanna will discuss the need for test professionals to plan and develop their career through education-based certifications. He will show how to evaluate a certification program and how to get the most out of certifications. As part of the presentation, Dr. Hanna will show a career plan that helps test and QA professionals plan for advancing their professional status over time. The presentation will also discuss the requirements for six different education-based certifications offered by the International Institute for Software Testing. These certifications are:

  • Certified Software Test Professional – Associate Level (CSTP – A)
  • Certified Software Test Professional – Practitioner Level (CSTP – P)
  • Certified Software Test Professional – Master Level (CSTP – M)
  • Certified Test Manager (CTM)
  • Certified Software Test Automation Specialist (CSTAS)
  • Certified Software Quality Manger (CSQM)

About our Speakers:: Dr. Magdy Hanna

Dr. Hanna is a recognized educator, speaker and consultant in several areas of software engineering. His distinguished seminars on various topics have been highly rated by software professionals. His experience with software goes back to the mid 1970’s, when he worked as a developer at the NCR Center and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Over the last thirty-five years, Dr. Hanna has worked in all aspects and capacities of software projects and processes. He has trained over 50,000 professionals around the world over the last 20 years. His passion and enthusiasm for testing, process improvement, and software engineering are contagious.

Dr. Hanna is Founder, CEO, and Chairman of several organizations:

Rommana Software (,
International Institute for Software Testing (
International Institute for Software Process (
He is also the Chief Architect of Rommana™, an Integrated Software Lifecycle Management System develops new approaches and methods in software engineering including the Scenario-Based Development and Testing (SBDT), Requirement-Based Project Management (RBPM), Software Quality Engineering Methodology (SQEngineer), the Unified Data Model (UDM), and the Data-Driven Object Model (DOM). Dr. Hanna and his instructors conduct hundreds of free online webinars each year.

During his professional career, Dr. Hanna has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software Test Professionals, a publication of the International Institute for Software Testing, now the Bug Free Zone ( As a professor of Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, he taught graduate courses on several software engineering topics with emphasis on practical software quality techniques. In addition, Dr. Hanna continuously consults with companies to define and improve their software processes using disciplined software engineering approaches.

Dr. Hanna holds a Ph.D. and a Master Degree in Computer and Information Sciences form the University of Minnesota, also a Masters in Operations Research from Cairo University, and B. Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Suez Canal University, Egypt.

Meeting presentation file(s):
Presenation materials were provided in a print format for this meeting. Dr. Hanna was gracious enough to leave extras for those that did not attend. We do have a limited number of copies available, and if you would like to pick one up at a future meeting, please contact anyone on the Board of Directors.