QA Express

QA Express


QA Express

QA Express is a daytime career change program. QA Express takes 16 weeks to complete and involves 3 sessions each week from 10 am until 2 pm.

Imagine learning a new skill from scratch — no matter your current background — and getting a job that has plenty of potential for advancement. That’s QA. It requires no special background and can be done in person or online. In fact, your current background will probably help you be a great QA tester.

While many other jobs are getting outsourced, tech jobs are so much in demand that companies can’t hire fast enough.

Most programming jobs take years of education — but you can become a QA specialist in just a few months. The industry is growing so fast that people are often getting hired right out of our courses at $35+/hour. People who previously worked minimum wage jobs in factories, grocery stores, etc., people for whom English is not their first language, people with zero programming skills or IT background — everybody can become a QA specialist and be ready to ace the interviews (and get a job) after completing our QA course.

Portnov Computer School is known as the pioneer in QA education. It is not only the oldest one in the U.S. (over 26 years) but is the only one backed by the U.S. Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Our graduates have an unheard-of success of 79% placement rate. That’s partly because we take care of our students like no other computer school. Every student goes through an internal internship and then can do one of several external ones (working in real IT companies) to be ready for a good-paying QA job.

The secret to our program’s success is simple: we don’t pack 300 students into each class — every class is limited to 40 students, with 1-on-1 teacher attention to each student. Students learn to work in small groups of 4-5 (just like in a real job), discuss topics in class, and can always privately ask the teacher any questions.

Each student gets 500+ hours of QA education, interview prep, and job training, including:

160 lecture hours of in-classroom education plus over 340+ hours of instructor-led HANDS-ON practical activities and training. This is not memorization or copying what the instructor does but actual practical learning that you remember, that teaches you how to be good at QA. These are the skills employers look and hire for.

Here is how the lesson hours break down:

40 hours of Software QA Fundamentals, including:

  • Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Software Development models: Waterfall; Agile: Scrum, Kanban, Extreme, and other methodologies;
  • Test Documentation; Bug reporting and tracking; JIRA, Confluence

40 hours of Frontend Testing and Information Technologies: Web Technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript); Web Services (REST API); Networking)
24 hours of Backend Testing: UNIX/LINUX OS; SQL & RDBMS
40 hours of Mobile Testing plus 40+ hours of hands-on live project testing activities
40 hours of Test Automation (Selenium WebDriver)

This way, you can work on any device and any part of the tech stack — making you more valuable to employers than hiring separate people for each.
20 instructor-led hours plus 20 hours of practical hands-on activities on Software QA Testing Live Projects. This will be similar to the work employers require. After 26 years in business, we know exactly what most students will encounter in the job.

20 hours of interview preparation: most common interview questions; detailed review and best practices with examples for answering each question. We want our students to get the best jobs available ASAP. That’s why we make sure that you show up to an interview ready and confident.

65 instructor-led hours plus 140 hours of practical hands-on structured activities in the internal Internship/Bootcamp that every student completes after the main course to get a good feel for how QA works in the real world and be ready for doing QA in their job once hired by an employer.

15+ hours of the job market and latest industry trends review and analysis, knowledge & skills evaluations. Because we want our graduates to be ready for the best QA jobs both today and into the future.

Portnov students always get the best support, including:

  • Unlimited hours of personalized Job Interview Coaching: Mock Interviews for graduates so they are ready for any question a hiring manager throws at them.
  • Unlimited hours of Navigating Job Market Services: Job search webinars; placement assistance; resume preparation; etc. You are never alone in your job search. The reason we have such a high job placement success percentage over 26 years is that we are like a big family: taking personal care of each student while also making sure that you learn the newest QA testing instruments available on the market. The goal is for you to get a well-paying QA job no matter your previous background. And no other school has the expertise and learning environment that’s so perfect for getting you the skills you need to get that QA job.


(Short-term career training: 160 lecture hours)
The total amount for all fees, charges and services the student is obligated to pay for the course is $5,250.00
Manuals, handouts, lab time and necessary classroom equipment: Included
The total cost for the program is reduced to $5,000 (Five Thousand Dollars), if prospect student makes payment in full amount at the time of enrollment.


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  • Pay with the Zelle app (make a transfer from your Zelle account)
  • Mail us a check (make checks payable to “Portnov Computer School”, mail to 4966 El Camino Real, #123, Los Altos, CA 94022)
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Reviews from the previous class

  1. Vlad V.October, 2021

    This school is a wonderful resource to facilitate IT-related career change. I found myself an excellent position within 6 months of my first class. However, expect to do a lot of work and selfeducation- success does not come for free!
  2. NirupamaOctober, 2021

    I am so grateful to all of you for helping me enter my first step in my career. I am totally happy for the decision I made to join Portnov school. I received proper guidance and support for getting my internship and a job now! I was so confident in the interview because of the training I received! The resources available on the school website was so useful to prepare. Over all, Portnov school was the main reason for the bright turning point of my career!
  3. Elena S.September, 2021

    Just finished Portnov SQA program few days ago and it’s time for an amazing update ! I’m thrilled to let you know that I got a job of my dreams!!!!! I cant believe how far me and my mates come n last 6 months, this awesome career move come so quickly. From little less experience we grow to confident , knowledgeable and mature QA engineers who can rock any interview! Here in Portnov we gain all the necessary knowledge about HTML/CSS, JS , Java as well as hands on experience with Postman, Charles Proxy, Selenium WD, Android Studio, XCode, Linux, SQL and many many more ! Here you’ll got everything you need to get your dream job, the most complex program on the market, real projects and endless support and encouragement . HUGE THANKS for each of you : Michael Portnov, Janna Spector, Sofia Pravdina, Olga Chekhanovskaya, Luiza Yusupova and rest of Portnov school staff! All you put into creating this awesome program , all your knowledge , all your passion and enthusiasm and of course all of your support and readiness to help and answer all our tricky questions even on weekends! I’m just where I dreamed of being and so thankful for the way you supported me and my talented mates in making this dream a reality!
  4. Aleksei S.September, 2021

    The only thing I regret about studying in Portnov Computer School is that I did not join them much earlier! I knew about that school for years but I always thought that QA is not for me. I did not have a lot of IT experience and, thus, I was sure that QA would be very difficult for me. Don’t get me wrong, QA is challenging and you have to study really hard. But the Portnov Computer School provides you with everything you need to get your first job. Instructors of the school (yes, for me they were not teachers, but friendly instructors) did an amazing job providing us with clear explanations, nice communication and a lot of positive emotions. And the most important part for me is that instructors of the Portnov Computer School recommended me to a company which eventually became my employer. My first job is a little bit more difficult than I expected it to be, but I’m really happy to work there and I’m incredibly grateful to the Portnov Computer School for the opportunity they gave me. I’m especially grateful to Janna Spector and Sofia Pravdina. If you are thinking about changing your life for the better in a short period of time and you are ready to invest time in your education, then the Portnov Computer School is definitely an option for you!
  5. Viktoryia I.August, 2021

    Studying at this school opened the doors to a new world for me, they led me to all the necessary rooms. You will absolutely not regret the money invested. Don’t look for cheaper, this is what you need. And finally, you will get a great internship with practice in automation. And teach, complete assignments, listen. Ask, you will always be answered in a friendly way. Big Thank You to Sofia, Olga, Zhanna, Hannah.
  6. Sofiia N.August, 2021

    Thank you, Sofia, and Portnov Computer School! Greatest teachers, greatest knowledge, and absolute support. I wasn’t believing in myself as much as every teacher believed in me. I am forever grateful :сердце:
  7. LorraineJuly, 2021

    When you want to learn and excel you should do it from the BEST and the best is PORTNOV .Living a few blocks away from the school I would everyday take a walk down the street near Portnov not aware of what it was all about, when one day my son ran towards the school and me after him, thats when I happen to just casually ask a student what they were learning there and I was told a lot of interesting things. And finally when I decided to restart my career I knew where I had to go .. Portnov it was ! In 2019 I joined the evening classes nd within no time of completion of my course I had an internship offer in hand with one of the best company in the Bay Area. And ever since than theres no looking back , Im glad I took that leap of faith and decided to change my career . Something totally different than what I doing in my previous jobs. Portnov helped me change my career and most importantly made me realize what I was meant to be doing . The teachers here are fantastic .I have to mention teacher Janna , she is one of the best teachers I have come across so far. Very patient and approachable. Her way of teaching is fantastic! Also, each student gets personal attention and hands-on training with the right guidance . They are bang on with the latest technology and polish you well for interviews. You can expect a plethora of opportunities coming your way for you to grab on .Besides that , the door of the school is always open for all the students and ex-students. A very very special mention- Sofia who is one of the strongest pillar of the school goes out of the way to make sure that every student has a job . She’s so very supportive throughout your journey right from the moment you enroll in school till you are independent and established in your field and beyond. My experience has been wonderful with this school and everyone here. So, it’s a promise of great experiences with an excellent faculty team and administration. While you are here, build networks, take chances and compete with yourself , push yourself higher and you will be rewarded with the Best!! I highly highly recommend this school to everyone who wish to make a great career.
  8. EskedarJuly, 2021

    Deciding to change a career and start a path in a completely new industry was one of the hardest decisions that I made and to say that I was not skeptical at first would be a lie. Like anyone who has been working in a different profession and jumping into a new path, I had so many doubts, so many questions, would I understand it? Would I ever be successful? Would I get a job? … a lot of questions. Looking back now, the decision to change a career and the fact that I chose Portnov Computer School for that is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. This school has changed my family’s life to the better. My sister studied here 5 years ago, and she is currently a senior QA engineer in a big company in the Bay area. Up to date curriculum, flexible schedule, incredibly supportive and talented teachers, information on current market trends, guidance and follow up until you land a job is only a few of the reasons why I feel so strongly about this school. Every single one of the teachers here are skilled and know their stuff incredibly very well. I would like to thank Janna, Olga, Tanya and Sofia for supporting me through this Journey. Special thanks to Sofia Pravdina who makes wonders in matching everyone with an internship either internal or external. The school’s good relationship with a lot of companies in the Bay area and across the country is also an asset. The external internship position that I just landed on is a great example for that. I am beyond grateful for what I have got from Portnov .
  9. Olga S.July, 2021

    If you want to start a career in the IT field, Portnov Computer School is the place to go for training. The SQA course at Portnov has been a life-changing experience. I got a job right after my internship! All of the classes are designed to give you the best understanding of SQL, SQA, Unix/Linux, API, Automation, Mobile testing, and more. Like nowhere else, teachers care about students and they are very supportive. My basic knowledge and technical skills improved greatly. The school prepared my resume and provided excellent counseling on how to answer interview questions and ways to project myself in the job market. Great school, great internship opportunities, and great instructors (Janna, Olya, Sofia, Tanya, Hanna, Galina, Anna). It is always a pleasure to hear Irina’s voice when I call the school. A special thanks goes to Sofia Pravdina. She is an amazing, helpful and encouraging person. Another special thanks to Luiza, the director of the school, for support and guidance. I would definitely recommend Portnov Computer School to anyone looking to jump-start their career
  10. KaterynaJuly, 2021

    I highly recommend Portnov Computer School for anyone who is interested in changing a career in software testing. The school gives you up-to-date information about the current job market trends and all the skills & technologies you need to successfully get the job. You will get all necessary support and guidance from the teachers and staff. Apart from the academics, you will also have interview preparation classes as well, which helps to increase your confidence to face the real interviews. I would like to thank all school instructors for supporting and encouraging me on this way. I especially appreciate Sofia’s help in the job placements. She does her best to give the students chance to get the great opportunities. This school really able to help your dreams come true!
  11. AlexandrinaJuly, 2021

    I highly recommend Portnov Computer School! Good material, will teach you from the scratch everything, don’t have to have some experience in this domain. Flexible with the schedule, can combine school with your work. Thank you for the opportunity.
  12. SimonJune, 2021

    This school became my second family, i never seen such a good attitude to students , they helped me to get a dream job and i will never forget how much they did for me!!! Thank you so much Portnov Computer School!!!
  13. AlexJune, 2021

    I highly recommend Portnov Computer School and their program to anyone who looking for a career change to the IT field and get hands on experience in real company.

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