My admission to Mikhail Portnov’s school was not an accidental or sudden decision.

I found out about the existence of these courses on Mikhail’s YouTube channel a few years before I moved to the United States. On his advice, I took several basic courses on programming in Java while still in Ukraine, which of course then helped me a lot in training and with finding a job. The process of studying on campus, along with internship and Job market clearance, took a total of 7 months + time to find a job. In my case, due to a delay in obtaining immigration documents (EAD), the job search took 5 months. It may not have been a quick process, but it was certainly worth the time and effort.

At the end of March this year, I received a job offer (remote/full time) at one of the IT companies in San Francisco. This is my first, small victory, and perhaps it would not have happened if it were not for the school of Mikhail Portnov. I am very grateful to my kind teachers – Janna Spector, Michael Sokolov, Sofia Gerasymenko, Galina Lagunova and Olga Chekhanovskaya for their high professionalism and honest work. Special thanks to Janna for her kind, one might say motherly care for us, her kind heart and concern for us.

I would also like to thank Sofia Pravdina, Anna, Irina for their always timely assistance in organizational issues that needed to be solved in the learning process.

Portnov Computer School certainly gives the necessary basis of knowledge (SQA, SQL, Unix, API, mobile, automation testing), skills as well as practical experience (several web/mobile projects) that is necessary to start your career in QA. If the profession of QA Engineer is what you would like to do in your life, and you are ready on your part also make some effort, time, patience and perseverance, then you have a very high chance of success.

Portnov’s school is the best choice in my opinion to implement it. Many thanks to Mikhail for his great work, chance, and opportunities that he gives to people!

Oksana April, 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.

Vyjayanthi April, 2022

As a lot of people, I decided to switch my profession during the pandemic

I wanted to join the Portnov Computer School for a long time, but when everything went remote it was the best time to join. I never regretted. All the teachers that weren’t only teaching me, but sharing their own experience with passion was priceless. I learned a lot, not just how to be a QA Engineer, but also their enthusiasm inspired me so much.I was able to get a job on the first QA Interview ever. And yes, a lot of it has to do with my hard studying and repeating everything multiple times. But most of it because of the amazing teachers that I had and will never forget. Big thanks to Janna, Olga, Galina, Sofia, Luiza, Scott and all the school members. The school was very easy to reach out, and I always knew that if I have issues or questions, I can always call and they would help me. Even though I was never able to visit the school in person, these people became my family during the course.

Arthur March, 2022

Invest time at Portnov School and it is fruitful

Portnov school was referred to me by a friend recently. I have a 10 year career break and wanted to try Portnov to re-enter my career. The testing course curriculum has been molded in such a way that all the subjects are covered to be a successful QA Engineer. I truly appreciate the efforts of all the teachers – Miss Janna, Miss Olga, Sofia, Artem and Michael Sokolov.All the teachers are very patient , listen to the students input and clarify any questions. Miss Janna was the main instructor for our course and I would always reach out to her for any problems or solutions and she has always been there to guide me in the right path. This school groomed me that immediately after the course , I gave 2 interviews and I got offers from both of them. I would highly recommend this school.

Indira March, 2022


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.

Manisha February, 2022

I took a plunge …and now working as an Automation QA Engineer in a big and respectable company

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)))

Oksana February, 2022

If you are looking for the career change you are in the right place!

Before the school I was doing completely different thing, but then I started to think what to do next and by browsing youtube I found Michael’s channel (School Founder) and I just found out that become a QA would be a great start because I’m getting paid and continuing to improve myself and continue to grow. School will give you all you need to get your first job and get the ball rolling. After graduation continue to go to the job interviews, someone needs to pass 1, someone 5, someone 10-15-30.. etc so don’t lose your faith, you will get the job!

Yelp icon Alexander U. February, 2022

I have no regrets for joining Portnov Computer School

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.

Yelp icon Vlad February, 2022

Five stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Five stars!!! Industry leaders and Instructors. Thank you for the great experience. All the tools for success are giving to you at this school.
Facebook icon Misael Sanchez January, 2022

When changing your career, you don’t want this uphill battle alone

I was a student at Portnov’s recently, which coincided with my recent immigration to the US and being laid off from a first job, not related to QA.

I was working as QA Tester back in the old country though, and coming over to the US and trying to land a job in SQA initially, I had faced with totally different level of requirements and expectations for QA Engineers.

So, after leaving the first workplace, rather than looking for something similar with the same pay range, a good friend of mine reminded me of Portnov’s and helped me a great deal with establishing contacts and starting a program.

The learning process itself was not only very insightful and up to date with current SQA trends and technologies, but also one that reaffirms students and help us with believing that this new step forward is actually possible. When changing your career, you don’t want this uphill battle alone, and Portnov Computer School sees it through that you are all caught up with the classes, but also afterwards they offer a number of internship opportunities, some of them paid, and even more of those with a perspective to be hired full-time.

Thanks to the time and effort spent here, I landed a Software Testing Engineer position just recently, feeling a lot more prepared than before, and if you face similar challenges in your SQA career right now – this is the place to take care of you.

Yelp icon Ihor R January, 2022

Portnov Computer School changed my life!

I got a job immediately after graduating from the school. I do not have background in the tech industry. My job offer is 2x more than what I used to be making. I am really grateful that my friend told me about this school. You won’t regret going here.

Angela January, 2022

I have absorbed and understood a ginormous amount of information

So here I am, I began my journey to become a QA engineer in the middle of July. Since then, I ve learned so much that… frankly… the word = ‘Learned’ isn’t the best fit here. No! I have absorbed and understood a ginormous amount of information. How many times in your life have you felt like you just need a chance? I was ready to go and do whatever it takes if only I got that opportunity. In late December, a few days before Christmas, I got my first job offer. Everyone’s first offer will be different, but I will now be making almost 2 times more than doing my previous job (2 jobs to be precise) and I am allowed to work remotely.

How far are you ready to go? How much of your free time are you willing to sacrifice?I must say that it took so much grit and so much persistence to become knowledgeable and be able to compete on the job market for QA. It is totally worth it! I can’t stress enough the value and diligent work of the school’s staff too. Guys and girls, ask questions, do your homework , don’t sleep if you have to, forget about other less important things and go get that job! People really are given all the tools and knowledge to achieve their goal but most importantly you are presented with the opportunity to be taught, schooled and guided by Janna, Olga, Anna, 2 Sofia’s and many other professionals who are always there for you if you show how dedicated you are.

P.S if you speak more than 2-3 languages, employers are even more eager to talk to you which leads you to interviews.

Yelp icon Viktor December, 2021

Their support even after your course is fantastic;

I strongly recommend Portnov Computer School to everyone who wants to change their career professionally. All the instructors are experienced and friendly enough to clarify all your doubts. The structure of their curriculum is always focused/based on market needs from a QA person so that it will help each student to shine in their employment.

Their support even after your course is fantastic; it even made my husband raise his eyebrow in a good way. This is something that hard to see in this fast-moving world. I appreciate all the help which they are providing to all the students. My special thanks to all the excellent souls for working hard to shape every student’s career.

Finally, if you need to start/change your career, this is the right place to begin. I wish you all the very best.

Facebook icon Azhagunila Raju December, 2021

School has amazing teachers

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.

Genrikh December, 2021

Thank you so much Portnov for your support and encouragement.

I am happy that I took a course in Portnov. All the instructions are experienced and friendly enough to clarify all your doubts. The structure of their curriculum is always focused/based on market needs from a QA person so that it will help each student to shine in their employment.

Their support even after your course is fantastic; it even made my husband raise his eyebrow in a good way. This is something that hard to see in this fast-moving world. I appreciate all the help they are providing to all the students. My special thanks to all the good souls out there and working hard to shape every student in the school.

Thank you once again

Nila December, 2021
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