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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.
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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


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

The best opportunity for a quick career change.

The best opportunity for a quick career change. This school offers short but intensive courses that will help you understand the basics of testing theory and practice what direction to best move in. You can build a profession from scratch and practice on real projects that are given. After the course is completed, an internship is provided where you can put your new skills to practice and prove yourself by working in a team of professionals. It’s a very strong curriculum and offers a starting for any beginner to break into a new field and come out a strong candidate for employment.

April, 2020
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