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eCollege Software Testing – ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level

This programme aims to provide candidates with a globally recognised foundational qualification in software testing to help candidates secure work as a software tester.

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  • Reference
  • Location
  • Type
  • Duration
    14 weeks
  • Certification
  • Fees
    No Fees
  • Continuous Intake
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Course Overview

Successful candidates will be awarded the Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate from the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and will have the skills, knowledge, and competency to source employment as an entry-level software tester.

This qualification would also be a highly valuable addition to the Curriculum Vitae for anyone involved in or hoping to gain employment in software development e.g. prospective software analysts, software programmers/developers, software architects, user experience designers, IT managers, and software test engineers.


What are the entry requirements?

  • To navigate this course, you will need a significant computer programming qualification which will be checked. At least one of the following is a prerequisite: 
    • Microsoft Exam 98-361 MTA in Software Development Fundamentals (available on eCollege) or higher Microsoft programming award
    • Oracle Java Foundations Junior Associate (Exam 1Z0-811) (available on eCollege) or higher Oracle Java programming award
    • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Software Development or higher
    • Bachelors/Masters degree in Software Engineering / Computer Science • HDip/PGDip in Software Engineering / Computer Science (from a university or Irish IT)
    • C++ Certified Professional Programmer (Exam CPP from C++ Institute)
  • A potential learner must: 
    • Possess one of the listed prerequisite awards 
    • have a keen interest in software development and software testing 
    • be a logical thinker 
    • have a good memory to learn processes and procedures
  • Experience in a broad range of software development is desirable, but enough prior experience should be gained through the completion of one or more of the prerequisite qualifications listed.

What will I study?

Software Tester - ISTQB

Fee Information

No Fees.

What is the certification?

Software Tester Foundation (ISTQB-CTFL)


Still have questions?

Call Claire 066 714 96 90 or get in touch by email: [email protected]

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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