QA Flex

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QA Flex

QA Flex™ is an evening (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) career change program perfectly suited for students who are working during the day or who have other scheduling challenges. This flexible program allows the student to complete their training while affording them choices in time allocation. QA Flex™ takes 16 weeks to complete.

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 400+ hours of QA education, interview prep, and job training, including:

160 lecture hours of in-classroom education plus over 240+ 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.

CURRENT SCHEDULE OF CHARGES

(Short-term career training: 160 lecture hours)
Manuals, handouts, lab time and equipment: at no charge to students
The total amount for all fees, charges and services the student is obligated to pay for the course is $5,500.00
The total cost for the program is reduced to $5,250 (Five Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars), if prospect student makes payment in full amount at the time of enrollment.

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  1. DinaraMay, 2022

    First, I want to say thank you to all the teachers of Portnov School. You are the best! A lot of my friends graduated from this school and got a job at top companies. Being a full time Mom with 3 kids I was a bit hesitant at the beginning but also decided to give it a try and was not disappointed. In two weeks after finishing the school I got 2 full time offers. Just do your best and study hard!
  2. ShvetaMay, 2022

    If you want to change your career as QA, best place to start with is Portnov. I was totally new to Technology and worried but Portnov made it so easy for me. Awesome knowledgeable and outstanding teachers, always ready to answer anytime you have question to clear your doubts. Great hands on experience, great detailed training and Material. They have most updated tools and technology. I got Job within a month. I would like thank you all staff of Portnov and specially to Jaana, Olga , Sofia Pravdina, Anya, Sofia, Julia and Mr. Mikhail. One thing I would like to suggest is do your homework.
  3. Ana P.May, 2022

    Portnov Computer School is the best decision which I did and Thank You for changing my life in a best way I want to express a huge gratitude to School and to all Wonderful Instructors for being so professional, knowledgeable, dedicated and patient. Every member of the school is there to help you, support and guide. I am impressed and can’t believe how much I grew in several months, how confident I became and how easy was this journey in changing my career. You will have here all the support to rock any interview and get a job offer as soon as possible. Program and all the classes are very well organized, outstanding and information is up to date. Beside the theoretical knowledge I got here hands on experience, which is a must have in finding a dream job. The school will give you a great opportunity to change your career and life in a best way. Thank you for caring and guiding even after I finished the course.
  4. NikitaApril, 2022

    Portnov School taught and provided the necessary skills and training to jump-start my QA Engineer career. QA Basics, SWDM, QA Testing, QA Methodologies, Documentation, Bugs, HTML, CSS, JIRA, Confluence, JavaScript, SQL, XML, UNIX/Linux, Mobile Testing, API Automation, UI Automation, Git/GitHub, Cucumber/Gherkin, Selenium WebDriver, Xpath, Jenkins CI/CD. Can you ask of any other school that covers so much testing software and tools? The most important part is that students get help in their resumes as well as interviews and any and all questions. Highly recommend would be an understatement. Thanks for everything.
  5. VyjayanthiApril, 2022

    A successful way to start your career with Portnov!! I had a great experience working with Portnov as a student. This school teaches you in a right direction to reach to destination. Structured classes with assignments will make you more confident and students are motivated by teachers with their responses. This is the right place for anyone to start their career.
  6. ManishaMarch, 2022

    IF THERE IS A WILL PORTNOV IS A WAY Through My friend I came to know about Portnov Computer School . And after joining Portnov I realize this is best decision which I ever made. If you really want to enter in IT industry and don't know where to start than no institute better than Portnov. I will highly recommend it. Their curriculum is well designed according to market needs And all instructors are very experienced and supportive. Just you need to put your honest efforts according to their guidance. And you will definitely get success. Because of Portnov I landed at my dream job. I am very grateful to my amazing instructors(Janna, Olga, Tanya, Galina)They always motivated me and special thanks to Sofia Pravdina who always ready to help. She is the backbone of Portnov. She always try to put each and every student in best internship/job placement according to their ability. Over all Portnov School has very positive and encouraging environment. I would say do not waste your time if you really want to enter in software industry join Portnov ASAP.
  7. OksanaMarch, 2022

    A year ago I was browsing these pages wondering whether this school is for me. I had a very vague idea of what QA is and had no clue what HTML, JS, or SQL are! ))) But I took a plunge ...and now working as an Automation QA Engineer in a big and respectable company. So, how could it happen in just a year?A big part of it is your dedication to learning. If you want to succeed you have to prepare to do your part of the work: lectures, homework, exploration, practice...daily! If you are willing to do your part then I can assure you that this school will do everything possible to teach and help you each step of the way!!! You see one incredible feature of the school is its staff. Amazing people! Everyone is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. But someone can say "Well, there are knowledgeable people somewhere else as well" and probably will be right. But what sets this school family (yes, it feels like a family)) apart is a true passion for the profession as well as deep care for students' success! Everyone in school wants you to achieve your goals. They are not satisfied with you just getting through the course but want you to get a job and are ready to help you out anytime. If you will have problems they will try their best to help, if you land a job of your dreams they will celebrate it with you the way the only family does. It's a place where people care!!! And I cannot stress it enough. I think that it's crucial when you are climbing a mountain of new knowledge. You need support and care and you have it here !!!! Truly. And you can't help but get inspired ))). I was hooked during our first lecture with Janna Spector -"amazing, wonderful, beautiful" )). Her passion is highly contagious! Be warned! ))) Janna will make sure that you know the base of QA like your own name! ))) If you need a shot of self-confidence then gorgeous and intelligent Luiza will deliver it to you! ))) You will learn API testing with very calm and patient Sofia, and maybe will be lucky to go through the practice with her! )) Olga Chekanovskaya will teach you the most technical parts. It's not scary, its fun, in big part because inside of Olga still lives a small curious girl who is open to continuous learning from students also ))) She also introduced us to my current love - Automation testing!))) Tanya was spectacular at teaching us Mobile Testing! Incredibly nice and funny person!))) Galina Logunova who was my instructor during the practice blew me away with her presentation of material and extra attention to students' needs. If someone was struggling she was there ready to work with that person one on one. It takes true dedication. Amazing lady!!! Also very calm but warm ))). Anna and Irina, two great ladies, who were working behind the scenes to assure that the process goes smoothly!)) Sofia Pravdina! Extremely energetic, caring "mom" of the school who wants to help everyone and does!))))) ...I just can't express all the feelings and gratitude I have for every person I was lucky enough to meet at school! ))) It was a tough road but well worth it!!! And I'm extremely happy that I climbed it together with such wonderful people (and my smart and enthusiastic fellow students!!! Almost all of them are working now whether as a Manual QA or an Automation one!!!!)))) ( Guys, if you ll decide to go into Automation after the basic course then I cannot recommend enough the course of Slava Skryabin "Automation with Java"! It's the Universe of its own!) Portnov School, you are the best, dear people! Thank you for teaching, guiding, caring. Thank you for the tough times and laughter shared! Potential new students, guys, I envy you ))) If you take this road in 4-5 months you will look back and will be amazed by how much you have learned and how much it transformed you! Best of luck, future colleagues! You can do it)))
  8. VladFebruary, 2022

    I have no regrets for joining Portnov Computer School. Their knowledge in SQA and employment process is unbeatable. Moreover, they have professional teachers with great attitude towards their students. If you are looking to enter SQA field PSC is your best bet.
  9. Edgar SanchezJanuary, 2022

    Phenomenal program and class. The school provides a life changing opportunity with their programs that lead to a great career in TECH.. They have excellent instructors like Janna Spektor and Olga who will go the extra step to ensure you’re successful in the class materials, processes and testing theologies. I 100% recommend this school and these programs. My wife will be enrolling in late spring 2022 to their online QA flex class.
  10. Edgar SanchezJanuary, 2022

    Phenomenal program and class. The school provides a life changing opportunity with their programs that lead to a great career in TECH.. They have excellent instructors like Janna Spektor and Olga who will go the extra step to ensure you’re successful in the class materials, processes and testing theologies. I 100% recommend this school and these programs. My wife will be enrolling in late spring because of my success and the schools great reputation.
  11. EvgenyJanuary, 2022

    Portnov Computer School. Not only does it provide training on all contemporary technologies in the quality assurance field but it also helps people find jobs by elaborating on interview questions and sharing former students' interview experience. Following the teachers and other school staff's instructions will help the overwhelming majority of students find a job as a software quality assurance engineer or similar. All the above said is based on my personal experience at school.
  12. GenrikhDecember, 2021

    I am really glad I went to this amazing Portnov school which thought me a lot about Qa and helped me to learn all about it. School has amazing teachers and overall everything is perfect. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is interested to be in IT world.
  13. Anna S.November, 2021

    The one thing that I regret about Portnov Computer School is not starting it earlier! I should have done it earlier. It changed my life, it changed my vision of IT field. This school taught me not only to understand technical stuff such as HTML, CSS, JS, API, SQL, Linux/Unix, but also become more confident as a person. I would love to thank all the teachers Janna, Olga, Sofia, Michael who are not only knowledgable and experienced in this field but also super patient. Also, I would like to thank Director of Operations, Sofia Pravdina for being so care about the students. I would recommend PCS to all my friends who want to get into IT field. It’s a great and effective start, but don’t forget that it is not easy, it’s a hard work, but teachers will teach you how to work smart)))
  14. AngelinaOctober, 2021

    I can safely say that the Portnov Computer School taught me about confidence during the interview process, and if I have any questions, the teachers are always happy to answer and help me. I have already received three offers, with very decent salaries. Portnov School provides exactly that practice and process that would be useful in your future dream job.
  15. GarimaOctober, 2021

    I have been going to Portnov for 3 months, and I already got an internship. I would recommend people to go to Portnov who are looking for a career change. This school is life-changing, but only if you are willing to put some efforts and work hard during study cycle. Great school, great internship opportunities, great instructors, learned a lot practical experience from the projects, my basic knowledge and technical skills improved a lot. A special thanks goes to Sofia, she is really awesome, helpful and encouraging person I have ever meet. Thanks all!!
  16. PiterOctober, 2021

    I started Portnov Computer School at the end of April. Despite all other good or bad reviews I can tell one thing, if you want to find a job and start a new career the school will definitely help you. You have to be ready to work a lot. The teachers will give you tons of information, but it’s your job to study. Everybody at the school is helpful. They navigate you through the curriculum. Just work hard and you will achieve your goal.
  17. Dmitry N.September, 2021

    Wanted to get a change in my career. Got suggested this school by a friend of mine. Instructors are very sweet, and detail oriented. They are really interested in helping you to get into IT world. Of course you have to put in work into it as well, listen and study carefully. The instructors will find a way to explain you all the methodologies and tools if you do not get it one way or another. I am super thankful! Definitely recommend this school!
  18. GeethaAugust, 2021

    Portnov truly works! I have always been looking for an entry point into the IT industry and it was finally possible with the help of Portnov. If you have Gaps in your career , looking for a career change, don’t know where to start, want to have a reliable source, want to have career guidance, knowledgable training, real-time experience, resume /interview prep, placement support Portnov is the place you want to be. Our Hardwork+Portnov support= SUCCESS GUARANTEED Portnov is equipped with experienced instructors and a great operations team to help with placements. My special thanks to my wonderful instructors(Janna, Olga, Tanya, Sofia) and Sofia Pravdina for helping me with placement opportunities. Overall it was the best decision to opt for Portnov and I highly recommend Portnov to everyone who is really serious about their career.
  19. Dmitry VAugust, 2021

    Hello! Wanted to get a change in my career. Got suggested this school by a friend of mine. Instructors are very sweet, and detail oriented. They are really interested in helping you to get into IT world. Of course you have to put in work into it as well, listen and study carefully. The instructors will find a way to explain you all the methodologies and tools if you do not get it one way or another. I am super thankful! Definitely recommend this school! Got my offer a few days ago. Thanks to all of the instructors. Galina Ilchenko as was mentioned in previous comment, thanks for all the support and motivation!
  20. EvgeniyJuly, 2021

    Hello everyone! To everyone who is considering Portnov Computer School to gain knowledge in the field of Software Testing! I highly recommend this school for the following reasons: - Basic knowledge of theory in Software Testing! - Practical and homework! - Familiarity with many tools and technologies! - The school can organize practice on several real projects and in my opinion this is the most valuable thing that I got in this school! - Help and support when looking for a job! Let me draw your attention once again to: The school provides basic and structured knowledge and this means that in any case it will be necessary to improve many topics on your own or take additional courses. It all depends on what you like or where you feel there are gaps. But!!!!! This is not a bachelor's degree in computer science !!!!! The school gives everything for the start and further self-development !!!!! In general, the school is worthy of attention and I do not regret that I chose it some time ago! (And here's another thing, since the school has existed for more than a dozen years, Mikhail and the teachers have a large number of friends in a huge number of companies where you can get to practice, as was the case in my case) If my wife decides, I will definitely send her to Portnov School! Thanks a lot from me: Michael, Janna, Olga, Sofia, Sofia Pravdina, Galina, Anna Mazur and of course Galina Ilchenko (the best mentor in my life !!!)
  21. Grace LooJuly, 2021

    After being a stay at home mom for a decade, I decided to return to work and explored a new career. My friend recommended me to Portnov Computer School after her success in her new career in SQA. I took the courage to go for it despite my old age and commitment to my family. After all the perseverance and encouragement, I did it. I honestly had a great time learning at Portnov. The teachers (Janna, Olga, Tanya, Galina and Sofia) are all wonderful and full of passion. They not only gave us extra classes to complete the course but also gave me one-on-one attention from their personal time. They not only taught me the technical skills that are needed to be a SQA Engineer, they also taught me how to ace the interview. I also wanted to thank Sofia Pravdina who helped me with job placement. Right after the SQA course, I was given multiple internships/projects where I could work in a company to gain real working experience. Last but not least, I want to thank Mikhail Portnov. He gave me personal attention on how to improve my resume and jobsite profile. He even gave me good advice when I had multiple offers. I highly recommend Portnov Computer school to my friends. Everyone there is so supportive and they have lots of resources for me to further my skills too. I will never stop learning and I am going to take an advanced course (in Test Automation) there.
  22. IlmiraJuly, 2021

    Portnov Computer School is a perfect place for people who are looking for a job in the IT industry. Besides of excellent Software Quality Assurance teaching methodology, the school also teaches a lot of helpful technical skills (Linux/Unix, SQL, HTML, CSS, JS, API, test automation, etc.), gives a practical experience with real projects, and provides a lot of support by preparing you for job searching. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to start my new job in the IT industry. Six months ago, before my decision to choose this school, I couldn’t even dream about that. What is most important is that this school has a team of great people led by a guru in this field Mikhail Portnov. The school really cares about each of its students if this student is ready to learn, practice, and follow school’s instructions. Thank you so much.
  23. SibiJuly, 2021

    Portnov is the best school to begin or change your career as a QA engineer. The curriculum teaches different aspects of software testing and new technology in the field. The school also provides an internship which helps you gain practical experience. They are up to date with the current job market and also prepare you for the interview. After graduating from Portnov, I was hired as an automation engineer!
  24. Irina I.July, 2021

    If you are looking for a career path in the QA field, you found the best school! Portnov school has WONDERFUL instructors who provide you with tons of knowledge that came from years of experience in the QA field. The entire staff is 100% dedicated and committed to YOUR success!!! I have done an extensive research before going to Portnov, checked out their competitors, and finally came to the conclusion that there is really NO ONE out there that would give you the same knowledge, provide you with hands-on experience, and set you up for success! Portnov school has changed my life! And after just several months, I was able to get my first job in the QA field! THANK YOU!!!
  25. Eyob A.July, 2021

    It is evident that choosing a boot camp is a big decision that can change the course of your life, so who better to get advice from than learners who have been right where you are? This is Eyob who wants to vouch for Portnov Computer School to all who wants to start their career in IT with or without any prior experience. Coming from a non-IT background, I was a bit skeptical whether I can really make a career in this field but as I started attending the classes for Software Quality Assurance, I quickly realized that the teachers: Michael, Janna, Olga, Sofia, Galina and Tatiana go above and beyond to prepare everyone for the long run. They deliver an up-to-date curriculum that suits the market needs and provide students with hands on software training with top leading and efficient programs such as Java, Selenium, Cucumber, SQL, Linux, API, Networking, Mobile testing etc. Not only that, at the completion of the course the school will provide internship opportunities and an intensive boot camp training where the mentors go out of their way to assist with resume building and job applications. Going through this program was significant in helping me make a career change and I am very much pleased to share you that I managed to land in a decent job in the Bay area. Hence, I would strongly recommend anyone looking to get a career in IT to not think twice about enrolling in Portnov’s program. Kudos to Michael for creating such a life changing program and to Sofia in helping us find such decent jobs.
  26. AlexandrinaJune, 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.

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