Certified Agile Tester

CATLast December I became a trainer for Certified Agile Tester (CAT). Following the course has been very intensive, but really great! Four full days of training, with a couple of hours every night to keep up with the provided material, followed by an exam. The effort paid off and I passed the exam, so since then Polteq can offer the training!

Giving this training feels great. Seeing how your students evolve in using Agile and getting more comfortable every day is very satisfying. This course actually has all the elements that I mentioned in my post on good courses. Every day starts with explaining the theory (and exam material) to the students alternated with discussions. All the students actively participate in the discussions, allowing them to learn from each other’s experience. Another part of the day is a practical exercise, where the students work together in teams to experience what working in Agile teams is like.

Not only the students are learning from this course. Every discussion we have, provides me with more examples that I will be able to use the next time. Tomorrow will be the last day of exam preparation and I want to wish my students all the luck with their exam on Tuesday.

6 comments on “Certified Agile Tester

  1. So, today is exam-day. All laptops are booted in the exam-system and the morning is devoted to the practical exam. In the afternoon the students will do the theoretical part. After that, the waiting for the results will begin…

  2. Hi Jeroen,

    thanks for sharing your insights from the trainer’s perspective. I would like to add some thoughts on the practical relevance of CAT.

    Before we implemented Scrum, our testers felt like always being on the end of the food chain: so little time to find so many defects… We then made all of them (including the performance engineers) attend a CAT course, and the majority passed the exam with quite good ratings.

    Literally over night, the testers changed the way they collaborated with the software developers. They interacted in a smarter way, and started to demand certain things – in fact, the testers are taking the drivers seat when it comes to collective quality ownership. It is really amazing to see how quick they adopted Agile principles after having received the right (CAT) toolkit.

    So please keep going strong and educate as many Certified Agile Testers as you can. We software people need them.



    • Hi Frank,

      Nice to hear that you have such good experiences with this course. I’m glad that the exercises helped to achieve a better collaboration. I learned a lot from the discussions about pairing and try to apply pairing with every assignment I have.

      I hope that more and more people will see the value of this course. So let’s spread the word and get more people to follow this course.

      • Hey Jeroan , i have some questions about the nature of the examination for CAT as the description is pretty vague . What does an open questions exam mean exactly? Can you detail it a bit ? Like how many questions in the 3h , what s the general scope of the questions ? How your knowledge of written English language affects your mark(and your ability to express yourself in English for non native English speakers) ? Maybe an example of similar question to one at the exam?

        Second part of the examination aka a practical section where the examinee’s testing skills are put to the test, how exactly is that done ? There are 100 ways to test practical knowledge in my mind , how exactly it s done here ? Again maybe you can give a theoretical example in the style of the exam.

        Also i m interested in the pass/fail rate of the exam if you can give me any estimations of that . I did not get the change to have real life experience with agile at the workplace but i ve read Agile Testing by Lisa etc and another book about the agile process (unfortunatly i did not have time to study them, just read ) and i m wondering if i m ready for the whole thing (training + examination) considering that the whole thing cost alote of money and part of it it s from my own pocket i dont have the luxury of failing it at all . I m wondering if it s not wiser to postpone it for a few months to study agile more in depth.

        Not sure you can answer all my questions but hopefully you can answer at list some.

      • Hi Marcus,

        I’ll make a new blog post to try to answer your questions. In that post I will try to give you some idea of the examination, give me a couple of days to formulate this.

        The estimate of the pass rate that I got from iSQI, so for all the CAT exams, is about 70%. The course I gave had a 90% pass rate. I hope you will go up for the training someday and pass! Good luck!

  3. Great , i m looking forward for your post . I want to add to the long list of questions i already posted . The certification is focus on the Scrum “flavor” of agile development or it s general including Extreme Programming ,Crystal etc? I m asking mostly because from what i ve read already some of the “flavors” (in this case Extreme Programming) diminish the role of the professional tester to the point that it s just a hat the developers wear at some points in a iteration. That’s all i have for now, tx for taking the time to answer my queries .

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