Retraining for Software Testing: Future-Proof Your Workforce

In the quickly changing, demanding environment of software development, companies must constantly update and refine their workforce's skills to maximize software quality. Software quality is not unique in its need for retraining: The World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report 2023 forecast that 61% of workers across all industries will require retraining between now and 2027. The leading path for continuous learning in software development and QA is AT*SQA's self-paced training and micro-credentials.

AT*SQA, the Association for Testing and Software Quality Assurance, is a globally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing software testing and quality assurance best practices. Their AT*Learn™ software testing training area and AT*Micro™ software testing micro-credentials offer a focused, accessible, and efficient way to retrain workers for different facets of software testing.

Micro-credentials are compact, skill-specific certifications that allow professionals to update their competencies quickly and effectively. Due to their flexibility, accessibility, and focus, micro-credentials are ideal for retraining purposes. Here are six reasons your company should consider adopting AT*SQA's AT*Learn training and AT*Micro micro-credentials to upskill or retrain your workforce for improved software testing:

  1. Flexibility and Specialization: Micro-credentials, unlike conventional degree programs or lengthy courses, deliver targeted proof of specific knowledge. Preparation for AT*Micro micro-credential exams is easy with AT*SQA's AT*Learn training. AT*Learn offer workers the chance to learn at their own pace and focus on specialized areas such as test techniques, security testing, usability testing, or automation testing. The learning process becomes not only flexible but also highly relevant. Upon completion of the training, individuals are well-prepared to take and pass the AT*Micro exam for that area, proving their knowledge.
  2. Recognized Excellence: AT*SQA is the originator of software testing micro-credentials, and they set the industry standard for micro-credential quality and assurance. Training your workforce through a reputable, not-for-profit organization adds credibility to your company, and signals to your clients your commitment to high-quality standards.
  3. Employee Retention and Satisfaction: Providing training and development opportunities significantly impacts job satisfaction. By enabling your employees to earn AT*SQA micro-credentials, you are enhancing motivation and retention. Without your support for their career development, more than half of your employees aren’t motivated to give you their best at work and are likely to seek employment outside your organization during the next 12 months, according to an American Psychological Association study.
  4. Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness in Software QA Skill Development: Micro-credentials demand less time and financial investment than traditional degrees or comprehensive courses, so they provide a cost-effective method for upskilling your workforce. With AT*SQA's focus on specific, sought-after knowledge in software testing, the investment yields immediate returns through improved work quality and efficiency.
  5. Adaptability in a Changing Landscape of Software Quality: The rapid evolution of technology and software quality calls for a dynamic approach to training. Micro-credentials enable you to keep up with the latest trends, methodologies, and tools in software testing, ensuring your team is always prepared with the most up-to-date skills to tackle current challenges.
  6. Growth for Both Experienced and New Testers: AT*SQA micro-credentials are valuable for experienced professionals looking to further specialize and workers transitioning from other fields. For new employees, micro-credentials provide an accessible route into the software testing domain. They bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills, effectively preparing your workforce for real-world scenarios. Additionally, AT*SQA micro-credentials can serve as a stepping stone for more advanced certifications in the software testing domain, including software testing certifications from ISTQB and AT*SQA, both of which are also available through AT*SQA. This presents a clear career progression pathway for your employees, further enhancing their motivation and retention.

The AT*Learn™ software testing training area and AT*Micro™ software testing micro-credentials from AT*SQA offer an easy path for companies to retrain their workforce in software testing. By offering a flexible, efficient, and highly relevant means of education and credentialing, you can stay ahead of the technological curve while simultaneously boosting your credibility and employee retention. Investment in ATSQA micro-credentials is more than an investment in your workforce; it's an investment in your company's future.