This course has been specifically designed for people on the autism spectrum by ETA’s IT Testing experts, Dr Lee Hawkins and Paul Seaman. It can help you build the knowledge and entry-level skills you need for testing roles in the IT sector, such as entry-level software tester and quality assurance tester.

What will I learn?

This course is designed to provide you with entry-level skills and knowledge in:

  • testing techniques and processes
  • Agile methodologies
  • programming basics
  • programs and software in documenting testing outcomes.

You will also have opportunities to develop skills in effective communication, working within teams, and managing priorities. Find out more in the course section.

Start dateEarly 2019
Course length1 evening per week for 12 weeks
LocationMelbourne, Victoria
Flexible ways to studyClassroom learning plus self-guided learning
Entry requirementsTo be eligible, you must have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, provided by a health professional. You are also required to solve a puzzle, which demonstrates technical understanding needed for the software testing industry. View the Enquire section for more details on applying.
CostFree of charge

This custom-designed course will provide you with an introduction to the key skills required to be a software tester. Please note: these sessions are subject to change depending on the knowledge level of participants.



1Getting Started with Testing
2Basic Concepts – Test Techniques
3Test Approaches – Traditional, Exploratory
4Testing in Agile (scrum)
5Exploratory Testing Skills
6Advanced Exploratory Testing and working together
7Bug Reporting
8Tools in Testing
9Introduction to Programming
10Introduction to Programming in Ruby
11Cloud and Web Testing
12Consolidation and Continuous Learning

Set to be one of the largest employers in the next decade, the IT sector needs to attract the best and brightest talent to rise to the challenge. EPIC TestAbility Academy is set to make it easier for people on the autism spectrum to find work in this growing industry.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to boost their employability in the IT sector by participating in this customised training program.

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  • Designed and delivered by leading IT specialists

    The program is delivered by Dr Lee Hawkins and Paul Seaman, IT experts and educators from Melbourne, Australia. Both have been professional software testers for more than 15 years, and are using their wealth of experience to give back to the community.

  • Customised hands-on program

    In collaboration with Lee and Paul, EPIC Assist established the EPIC TestAbility Academy to deliver a custom syllabus focussed on practical and applied learning. The skills you learn are highly relevant to software testing roles and will help you kickstart your IT career.

  • Tailored to the needs of people on the autism spectrum

    We ensure that the program is designed to meet the needs of our students. Environmental factors, course timetables, communication strategies and learning styles have been addressed with your needs in mind. No two students are the same, and we will ensure we adjust our approach to suit you and the other students.

  • Free of charge, thanks to our generous trainers

    Paul and Lee generously provide their time and expertise to this program at no charge. In addition, EPIC provide hands-on support to participants.

  • Pathways to employment

    We offer a range of employment services for people on the autism spectrum. We work with many major employers and we help you to create pathways to employment.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • provide evidence of a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder by a health professional
  • send your resume
  • be able to operate Windows or Mac computer systems
  • have familiarity with the use of electronic forms of communication (e.g. email, chat)
  • have a device with USB access (e.g. laptop, tablet) that you can bring with you to class.

Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WRBW2L2 to apply today.

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