QA Flex


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.

** Effective 1/1/2022 tuition for SQA FT, Express and Flex classes will increase by $250.

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)
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 $5,250.00
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.


  • Pay with a debit/credit card (the option is available in our shopping cart)
  • Use your Amazon account to make the payment (follow our shopping prompt, choose Amazon Pay at Checkout)
  • 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)

** Effective 1/1/2022 tuition for SQA FT, Express and Flex classes will increase by $250.

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Reviews from the previous class

  1. 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)))
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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 !!!)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!!!
  13. 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.
  14. 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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