This free short course is for job seekers on the autism spectrum. It is designed to build skills and knowledge required for a career in IT and software testing. Delivered by industry experts, this course will build upon your natural affinity for problem solving, attention to detail, and a desire to work in the field of IT and software testing.
This course has been specifically designed for people on the autism spectrum by EPIC TestAbility Academy’s IT experts, Dr Lee Hawkins and Paul Seaman. It can help you build the skills you need for 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 skills and experience in:
- testing techniques and processes
- Agile methodologies
- programming basics.
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 dates||March and September|
|Course length||1 evening per week for 12 weeks|
|Flexible ways to study||Classroom learning plus self-guided learning|
|Entry requirements||To 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.|
|Costs||Free of charge|
This custom-designed course will provide you with an introduction to the key skills required to be a software tester.
|1||Getting Started with Testing|
|2||Basic Concepts – Test Techniques|
|3||Test Approaches – Traditional, Exploratory|
|4||Testing in Agile (scrum)|
|5||Exploratory Testing Skills|
|6||Advanced Exploratory Testing and working together|
|8||Tools in Testing|
|9||Introduction to Programming|
|10||Introduction to Programming in Ruby|
|11||Cloud and Web Testing|
|12||Consolidation and Continuous Learning|
Why study with us?
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.
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 and sponsors
Paul and Lee generously provide their time and expertise to this program at no charge. In addition, our corporate sponsors ANZ and Association for Software Testing have covered room hire and catering costs, with hands-on support provided by EPIC.
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:
- have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, provided by a medical professional
- be aged 18 or over
- be able to complete the full 12 week (1 evening per week) duration of the course
- 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
- be open to developing verbal and written communication skills
- be open to developing teamwork skills
- have an eye for detail.
How to apply
To apply, you must send us:
- a written diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, provided by a medical professional
- a written resume or video resume (no longer than 2 minutes)
- evidence of your highest level of education (e.g. Year 12 qualifications, degrees, diplomas)
- your answer to this puzzle: http://blackboxpuzzles.workroomprds.com/Puzzle01.html. Once you have completed the puzzle, you will need to clearly explain how the machine works. You can write your answer or record your answer on video (no longer than two minutes).
When you have these 4 items ready, please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the course or application process, please get in touch.