We’re excited to present our first interview featuring an ISTQB Certified Tester’s insights and experiences. Our guest is Philip Ekow Rockson, a software testing professional based in Accra, Ghana.
In this November 2020 interview, Rockson shares his motivations for pursuing ISTQB Foundation Level certification, his positive online training experience with QOLA, and his plans to continue upskilling in agile testing methodologies and test automation.
If you’re an ISTQB certified tester interested in being interviewed about your journey, please reach out! We would love to share your story as well.
My questions are in bold italics, and Philip’s responses follow.
By featuring first-hand accounts from certified testers around the world, we hope to inform and inspire others exploring software testing careers and ISTQB certification. Please enjoy reading Philip’s story below!
Please, introduce yourself
Philip, What do you do for a living?
I work as a quality assurance analyst at a leading pan-African bank, focused on end-to-end and functional testing of mobile and web applications. My day-to-day responsibilities include ensuring software quality through manual and automated testing, log defect tracking, and test documentation.
Interesting. So, why did you take the ISTQB Foundation Level training?
With a background in agricultural engineering, I made the pivot into IT and software testing, an exciting career transition for me. As I entered the field, I recognized the value of getting certified in software testing fundamentals. The ISTQB Foundation Level certificate is the most widely-recognized entry-level qualification for software testers globally.
Earning this credential was crucial for me as I embarked on a career as a QA analyst. It also positions me well for potential opportunities to work abroad in software testing and quality assurance roles in the future. The training and certification have given me a strong foundation in the core principles and processes of effective software testing.
So why did you choose QOLA for the training?
I initially researched ISTQB training providers in 2019 and compared several options. What set QOLA apart was the depth of real-world testing experience of their trainers. With over 15 years in test management at major companies, QOLA’s instructor offered the practical insights I was seeking beyond just textbook knowledge.
Additionally, QOLA’s competitive pricing and seamless pivot to live online training during the 2020 pandemic made them an ideal choice. Rather than just lecturing, QOLA delivered an interactive virtual training that allowed me to gain hands-on skills. Their flexibility and trainer expertise gave me confidence I would get quality ISTQB exam preparation. This proved true, as I successfully certified on my first attempt after QOLA’s course.
Oh, nice words for me, thanks! So what could you say about your training experience with QOLA?
QOLA’s interactive online ISTQB training stood out with its use of engaging tools and assessments. Right from the start, the instructor incorporated real-time question answering and explanation features that made the lessons fun and lively.
Additionally, end-of-day evaluations enabled me to check my understanding and get immediate feedback on areas needing more focus. The instructor also actively collected our input after each session to tailor the training, making it feel like a two-way conversation rather than a one-sided lecture.
With his over 15 years of hands-on experience, our trainer encouraged discussions and welcomed challenges, instilling practical knowledge. The interactive, assessment-driven approach allowed me to gain skills and confidence to pass the ISTQB exam on my first attempt. Overall, QOLA delivered an enjoyable, effective online training experience.
Now that you have your Foundation Level certification, what are your next steps, Philip?
The ISTQB certification program is comprised of three tiers: Foundation, Advanced, and Expert Levels. Having now completed the core Foundation Level, I plan to pursue the Agile Tester module next, which also falls under the Foundation category. Gaining this knowledge of agile software testing methodologies will be crucial as I advance in my career.
After finishing the Agile Tester course, I intend to focus on test automation skills. My roadmap is to take several hands-on training courses in test automation frameworks and tools to equip me with in-demand automation abilities. This phased training pathway, moving from ISTQB Foundation to Agile to test automation, will provide me with a comprehensive skillset in quality assurance and position me for success as a software tester.