Which Software Testing Institute Should I join?

Lots of people ask me which testing institute is the best in Gurgaon, Noida, Delhi, Bangalore or any other places. Generally I don’t have an answer for this question. Sometimes I know few institutes run by good people/trainers. I usually recommend them. However, if I was the one who is looking for a good institute I would look for the following points to choose the best institute for software testing, dot net, qtp, selenium, java or any other subject.

The Faculty – This is one of the most important factors of choosing the best institute. If the faculty is not good for that subject, even though the institute has a very high reputation in the locality, I will not select that institute. The person teaching the subject should be the subject matter expert of that subject and should have practical experience of working in the IT industry. Will you be ready to learn something from someone who does not have a job for himself and teaching in an institute? But the problem is how to know about the trainer. The first attempt would to talk to the trainer, know his name. Do some research on linked in or twitter about the person. Most of us would join institutes merely by talking to the receptionist. That is wrong. Talk the trainer and ask him how he can help you learn the subject.

The Course Fee – This is also important. There are institutes who charges very high amount of course fee. People might think that a good institute charges high fee because of quality education they provide. This is not true. Have you noticed the beautiful receptionist, good looking classrooms and decorated front office and high cost of advertising? All these come at a price. The cost should justify the content you are learning. Training institute are not Branded T-shirts. Choose for a quality trainer instead of choosing 5-start hotel like class room. You will go there to learn, not to hang out with friends on weekends.

Batch Size – Are you learning in crowd? Is the faculty able to give real attention to everyone? Is he or she able to solve every doubt that you have? Crowded class room is as good as reading a text book alone without a teacher’s help. A class comprising of more than 5 students is crowd class and wastage of time and money.

Extra Value – What is the extra value that the institute is giving apart from the core course? Are they helping you to prepare your resume, helping you with interview techniques, guiding you for IT certifications? Are getting anything extra from that institute? Do they help you with the real time projects? Do they give you back up classes when you miss any class? Do they allow repeating the entire class after completing course? Are they really helping to get information about jobs suitable for you?

Class Timings – Many students cannot attend weekday’s classes. Does the institute have a weekend and holiday class options? Check out your favorable timings before joining.

I am sure there are other factors to consider before choosing a good institute. Asking old students also help sometimes. One thing is for sure, my institutes at Gurgaon surely pass the above examination. It is because we value our students’ time, money, emotion and ambition. This is why we do not have decorated class rooms but our class rooms are always full for our skilled trainers. Thanks to our old students who send new students to us. The word of mouth is the best form of advertisement and it is proving right in our case.

If you have any specific question, do let me know or Call me for training in testing – 9911449111.

Ajoy Kumar Singha
Ajoy Kumar Singha, a Test Manager in a New York based multinational IT services company with 15 years of experience in IT and above 13 years of experience in Software Testing. He is the editor of Software Testing magazine, Testing Circus which is read and subscribed by thousands of professional testers all around the world. He is associated with various testing forums such as NCR Testers Monthly Meet and has attended numerous testing related conferences. Ajoy is the founder of Talent Plus Plus Institute in Gurgaon. Ajoy Kumar Singha can be followed in Google+ profile.

1 Comment

  1. This is a good checklist. Mainly thing is there is very little value of theoretical knowledge of testing. Theory is needed but you must apply it to a practical project to really understand that.I
    recommend to choose a institute which will allow you to work on their internal project during the course.

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