TESTIMONIALS

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.

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 .

Eskedar June, 2021

Even before completing my internship I got two offers. Portnov is really doing great in mentoring the students.

If you are looking for chabge of career i. Software as a QA Engineer, then this is the right place. I highly recommend Portnov school. Even before completing my internship I got two offers. Portnov is really doing great in mentoring the students. The Mentors here are amazing. They teach us all techniques. I would say, they teach us beyond what a QA should know. Even a 10 years of experienced QA Analyst are not aware of most of the techniques that we learn here. So I would say, please make use of this platform and sure you will end up with a good amazingly paid jobs. I really thank the school for providing me this amazing opportunity and exposure to the QA world with real time experience(Internships). And also I would like to Thank the mentors here, who take special care on each and every students in improving the skills.

Shopana June, 2021

Portnov Computer School is a perfect place for people who are looking for a job in the IT industry.

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.

Ilmira June, 2021

I got a job right after my internship!

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

Olga S. May, 2021

This school really able to help your dreams come true!

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!

Facebook icon Kateryna May, 2021

Good material, will teach you from the scratch everything, don’t have to have some experience in this domain

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.

Facebook icon Alexandrina May, 2021

Portnov is the best school to begin or change your career as a QA engineer.

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!

Sibi May, 2021

Flexible schedule, affordable prices, best teachers and speakers.

I highly recommend Portnov Computer School! Flexible schedule, affordable prices, best teachers and speakers. Mr.Portnov himself started to help people to change carrier path/upgrade skills before my birthday, should I continue?
Facebook icon Sultan May, 2021

If you are looking for a career path in the QA field, you found the best school!

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!!!

Irina I. April, 2021

Portnov school played a major role in my career change goal.

Portnov school played a major role in my career change goal. I not only enjoyed learning software testing basics here but was also able to enrich my knowledge through one of the internship programs. The internship program introduced me to a real world software testing field, where we operated in an Agile/Scrum work environment, performed different types of testing, and used various testing tools (including a test automation tool). Another huge advantage of doing the internship was our job interview practice!
Keep in mind, the school will definitely equip you with all necessary knowledge and required practice in the Quality Assurance field, however, what will get you the actual job is going to be your efforts and determination.
I have been recently offered a full-time position as a Quality Assurance Engineer and I am beyond grateful to Portnov school for showing me the way and even leading me to my desired professional role. I recommend Portnov school to all those people who are ready for the next step up in their career!

Nazima.B April, 2021

It is evident that choosing a boot camp is a big decision that can change the course of your life

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.

Eyob A. April, 2021

Portnov school will teach you what you need to change your career

Portnov school will teach you what you need to change your career. They will also give you the sources so that you can continue educating yourself. The support is there until you find a job. What more could anyone want? I definitely recommend the school!

Mariana April, 2021

I started studying at Portnov School because three of my friends recommended it to me

I started studying at Portnov School because three of my friends recommended it to me, and now, when I graduated and found a job, I will recommend it to my other friends too! I actually already have some friends who are studying or just graduated as I did.
When I was studying at Portnov School I regretted starting it, because often there were times when I had difficulties understanding some things (especially Java) or just finding enough time to complete homework and catch up with others. Now, when I got 2 job offers (and lots of final interviews canceled because of already having 2 great offers), there is only 1 thing I regret: I regret that I hadn’t started studying much sooner! 95% of all questions that I got on interviews were discussed during our classes and internship so I was very well prepared to answer them, thanks to our teachers. I really appreciate the hard work of all the teachers! I got lots of phone calls from recruiters because my job market resume from the school was very well polished! I am excited to start my job soon and I highly recommend taking this course ASAP if you want to change your life and get a better job!

Natalia Z. April, 2021

It is evident that choosing a boot camp is a big decision that can change the course of your life

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.

April, 2021

I started studying at Portnov School because…

I started studying at Portnov School because three of my friends recommended it to me, and now, when I graduated and found a job, I will recommend it to my other friends too! I actually already have some friends who are studying or just graduated as I did.
When I was studying at Portnov School I regretted starting it, because often there were times when I had difficulties understanding some things (especially Java) or just finding enough time to complete homework and catch up with others. Now, when I got 2 job offers (and lots of final interviews canceled because of already having 2 great offers), there is only 1 thing I regret: I regret that I hadn’t started studying much sooner! 95% of all questions that I got on interviews were discussed during our classes and internship so I was very well prepared to answer them, thanks to our teachers. I really appreciate the hard work of all the teachers! I got lots of phone calls from recruiters because my job market resume from the school was very well polished! I am excited to start my job soon and I highly recommend taking this course ASAP if you want to change your life and get a better job!

April, 2021

Portnov school will teach you what you need to change your career.

Portnov school will teach you what you need to change your career. They will also give you the sources so that you can continue educating yourself. The support is there until you find a job. What more could anyone want? I definitely recommend the school!

April, 2021

I absolutely recommend Portnov Computer School

I absolutely recommend Portnov Computer School for anyone who is interested in starting a career in software testing, and I’m saying this from my personal experience! The school knows about the current job market trends and all the skills & technologies needed for you to succeed in the market. You will get the necessary support and guidance from the teachers and staff. Apart from the academics, you will also get advice on interview preparation as well, which helps to boost your confidence to face the interviews. I would like to thank all my instructors, especially Janna, Olga, Tanya, and Galina for supporting me throughout my journey. My special thanks to Sofia for her efforts in the job placements. She does her best to give the students the right opportunities. I’m so thankful for everything School had offered to me. Thank you Portnov Computer School!

March, 2021

School constantly updates and adapts program to the market needs.

I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants to change their life. School constantly updates and adapts program to the market needs. I met wonderful teachers who gave me theoretical and practical knowledge and supported me all the way. As a benefit of remote studying, lessons were recorded and I had access to them so I could review the parts I didn’t get or forgot.
Special thanks to Sofia who makes wonders with internship/job placement. Student might not even know, but she does a huge work to find a best match for each student.
Facebook icon Anna February, 2021

I really liked studying at Portnov School

I really liked studying at Portnov School. Program is intense, but you get all support from teachers. They do care about each student to succeed. Do you want to know the secret? If you learn at least what you are given during classes, you will get a job. You will get a job if you are passionate, curious and proactive. I came to school in the hardest time, when Covid hit and market went down. Despite pandemic, school never left me behind and I got internship with their help. I am very happy my career in QA officially stated. The only thing I regret is that I didn’t come to school earlier.

February, 2021

This the school where will give you chance to career change and better life opportunity!

This the school where will give you chance to career change and better life opportunity! Happy to be the student of Portnov who got two offers from Bay Area top ranked software companies. And also happy for my group mates who inform me about their new career job after we graduate the school. After their course and internship which is valuable I would say you will have enough QA mindset how to practically to use in your future job. Make sure you take their automation course too to be strong and valuable in the job market. I highly appreciate my teachers efforts ( Janna, Sofia, Olga, Tanya, Galina) . They will support you till the end of your journey until you get job. Thanks Michael for creating such a nice environment for us!

January, 2021

I believe that I was lucky when I got into PCS.

I believe that I was lucky when I got into PCS. Our group was one of the last who studied on campus before COVID19. All students and staff look like a big family, the school environment is very friendly and I enjoined every single day when I was in school. I would say that career change is not an easy path and first of all, you need to rely on yourself rather than anybody else. Teachers always help you but they cannot do your job. I had to study not only in lessons but after lessons and after the course. It took me a lot of time to get into everything but I finally to get a job as QA Automation Engineer. I really appreciate the help and guidance I was provided. Guys, you all will be in my heart forever.

September, 2020

There was a time in my life when I needed to change everything

There was a time in my life when I needed to change everything, career path included. I wasn’t young and bold; starting everything anew was kinda scary. When I heard about Portnov Computer School, I liked what I heard. First, I always wanted to be in IT, but I didn’t feel programming was exactly my thing, so SQA felt just right. Second, they said in Portnov’s School they really care what happens to the people they teach. I’m glad to say it appeared to be true. I could tell you about great teachers (there are great people working there, indeed), but what makes the School special is that they are really trying their best to put you in the industry, not just give you the specified amount of lessons in hours. Of course, a lot still depends on you. What I mean, if you really wish to reach your goal, they are always willing to assist you. I am a living proof: I managed to find a job in SQA during these unhappy COVID times. I owe it to Portnov School. Many thanks!

September, 2020

There are just not enough nice words I can say about Portnov and the training

There are just not enough nice words I can say about Portnov and the training I have received in Express QA, the Internship they provided, and our Test Automation Bootcamp. I have been at Bootcamp on Mon and Thurs, and we are supported by additional team “homework study group” meetings on Tue and Friday.Training is done in “Portnov style” which means technical theory, backed by extensive practice with commercially used tools and methods. As always I have also received really good career and job searching assistance. I’m currently working with the school on interviewing practice (i.e. Job Clearance), and I have received great help with resume work and establishing online job searching profiles. Until I pass clearance, I will not be actively applying to many positions because I need the interviewing practice (it’s been 14 years), but even if I didn’t, because of the time it takes to do Bootcamp. ;-)Nevertheless, just passively having my resume and LinkedIn profile out there, has already generated a recruiter screening and coding assessment. My thanks to Slava, our Bootcamp teacher. I received 100% on the WebDriver coding assessment. Even though I have not heard back from Tesla or the recruiter, that is the best proof I can offer that this program is worth the cost and effort. We’re not even finished with Bootcamp, and I aced a staff level QA automation assessment.As far as status, sorry for being scarce. I’m really just slammed with coding work and occasional job searches.Once again, thanks to NOVA for making all this possible. 🙂 Please call me if you have any specific questions.

September, 2020

Just want to say …

Just want to say that when I started a basic course of Mikhail, I did not have any knowledge about QA. Unfortunately for some personal reasons it took 1,5 years for me to go to a job market after graduation. Mikhail not only teaches how to be a good tester, but also how to be well prepared for an interview and gives a lot of inspiration and self-confidence to his students. The main idea you should follow his recommendations, to be 200% committed and continuously learn the tools you want to add to your resume – this is enough to get a job offer as a manual QA. When I entered the job market, with each call I was gaining an experience of how to talk to recruiters and potential employers, of course, I had fails, but I took them as an experience and a reason to continuously improve my skills and my knowledge. That pushed me to take Galina’s Bootcamp. Galina’s course is amazing! For 6 weeks, we have learned how to work with test management and bug tracking tools, to write test cases and bug reports, got basic knowledge of REST API in Postman, SQL, were familiarized with GitHub, Jenkins and Test Automaton tools and how to write a code for test automation and also touched a lot of important interview questions. A good point that because of limited people in Bootcamp, you get all your questions answered and a lot of practice. After this course, you will be comfortable not only to pass an interview but also it will be easier at the job place in the first stressful days. I would like to thank Mikhail for his course, motivation, and great tips for interview skills, and also I want to thank Galina for this outstanding course, your efforts, teaching, and patience!

July, 2020

Dear student or anyone who is looking for a career change

Dear student or anyone who is looking for a career change, My experience with Portnov Computer school was a big step in my life, and I deeply appreciate the choice. All the teachers are very professional and kind, they are not just teachers – they are real QA engineers and Project Managers, some of them even business owners in a technology stack. They make you feel important and give you a confidence when you need it the most. All programs are up to date and the knowledge you get is in real-life demand. Everybody who is persistent and pursues a personal learning goal gets to the point. Support and practice on real projects are guaranteed. After finishing school everybody is getting an internship to practice even more in development teams where there is a big chance to get hired. I have no other words but thank you to Portnov school and wish them prosperity and success!

July, 2020

Hi Mikhail!

Hi Mikhail! Last week the bootcamp with Tatya ended and I am still impressed. It was a great energizing program, also working in a team with nice people real products and clients – I really enjoyed it. I’m now very confident and actually answering recruiter’s questions. Thanks! Make this camp mandatory for all, it really helps.

June, 2020

If you are looking for a job

If you are looking for a job as a QA Engineer, with/without prior experience, then Portnov Computer School is the best institute in Bay area that you could rely on. They have a structured curriculum and are well aware of the present industrial needs, which keeps the students up-to-date and relevant to QA field. My background was in Electronics and Communication. But after gaining QA knowledge from Portnov, I easily got into a company as an intern and then into a permanent position in the same company. All thanks to God and of course Portnov for helping me achieve what I needed. All the best to Portnov and their aspiring QA candidates.

June, 2020

BootCamp

Great experience and valuable practical skills from BootCamp with Sofia. She is perfect teacher who spends time with each student, troubleshoot any issue, provides real examples. She is the best in role as project manager who well organize team, build strategy and structure, provide solutions and helps with any project’s issue within short time frames. I got practical experience how to use Jira, Confluence, IntellijIdea, Cucumber, Silenium, Java, Postman, Swagger, etc. with real web App. Clear understanding with real examples from Agile methodology, daily stand up meetings and scrum team. During 4 four weeks we have been working like a scrum team on our project, participate in grooming, sprints. We have been reviewed numerous interview questions. I became more confident with automation technologies and I could easier manage my job interviews. Afterwards this BootCamp was help me to get two job offers and join big company as QA Engineer.

May, 2020

Silver Bootcamp

First of all, I would like to thank you and your team for sharing all this incredible information, for your patience and support!!! When I decided to take this course, I thought it might be impossible to finish with my level of experience in QA and programming. Fortunately, I was surprised because you explained, drew, demonstrated and repeated everything several times.Everything were perfect: the course material was presented in a clear and structured manner, handouts cover every single topic, home works were enough complicated for self-improving. It was very nice to have people with different experience level and background in group because they asked unexpected questions: from simple to very complicated. The bootcamp was dynamic, intense and super cool!

May, 2020

Today my internship transitioned into a contract position

Today my internship transitioned into a 6 months contract position with the company and what a coincidence – this week also marks one year anniversary of my career change from Business Administration to Software Quality Assurance! I couldn’t do it without you All, THANK YOU! I’m so glad that a year ago I stopped by and enrolled in the summer class. Didn’t know it was possible to learn so much in a short period of time, but I did it – we did it. Here is an encouraging note to my fellow students: You can spend years trying to learn about software on your own, or you can come here to learn, practice and get it the right way. Personally, I gained as much as I could from the school. Because of that, I’m in such a better place in my life now, especially considering the situation out there these days.

May, 2020