Jumpstart your IT career as а QA Engineer in just 6 months

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Become a sought-after QA specialist. Learn from experienced practitioners.

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineers make sure everything from apps and websites to complex platforms run seamlessly. They play a key role in every tech company and demand for them is as high as ever.

Sounds exciting? Make the first step to your thriving IT career. Master the advanced QA skills companies seek. With evening classes on Tuesday-Thursday, you can now balance work, university or other responsibilities while attending the QA program.


  • Who is this for?

    Whether you have zero or little programming knowledge, we will equip you with the skills to succeed. You only need to be 18 years of age or older, and eager to kickstart your career as a QA engineer. If you want to join the IT industry, but becoming a developer is not the path for you – then this program is your perfect choice.

  • What does a QA do?

    QA engineers ensure bug-free software, seamless usability and smooth user experience. No wonder they are such key part of the entire software development process. Working closely with software developers, they make sure all user or client requirements are met and bugs fixed.

  • How can I apply?

    You can take our entry exam using a language of your choice - Java 8, Java 9, Java 10; C++; C#; JavaScript; Kotlin; PHP 7+; Python 2, Python 3; Swift. If you’re brand new to programming, we recommend you learn Java - the programming language used in the QA Alpha cohort. Otherwise, you can use any of the languages listed above.

  • How can I prepare for the exam?

    1. Ace the entrance exam by studying our extensive preparation materials.

    2. Take part in our onsite exam preparation workshops.

    3. Test and polish your skills in Programming Fundamentals with our online practice exams: Mock Exam IMock Exam II.

    For other questions, check out our FAQ and visit our forum.


Feb 20 – May 21

Submit CV and application form

Mar 12

Attend onsite event (optional)

Mar 13 - May 15

Attend onsite preparation workshops (optional)

until Apr 24

Take online cognitive assessment

May 22

Take onsite entrance exam

May 27

Program starts

Exam Preparation

Guided hands-on preparation at Telerik Academy

To help you master the fundamental concepts of Java (the programming language used in the QA Alpha program) and get ready for Telerik Academy Alpha’s entrance exam, we’re coupling our curated online materials with hands-on, onsite workshops. During the workshops we’ll go through the homework assignments after each video lesson, answer your questions and help you solve any challenges you may face.

Onsite workshops

Mar 13, 7:00-9:00 pm: Data types and Variables; Conditionals (prep commitment at home 5 hrs/week)

Mar 20, 7:00-9:00 pm: Loops (prep commitment at home 5 hrs/week)

Apr 3, 7:00-9:00 pm: Arrays (prep commitment at home 5 hrs/week)

Apr 10, 7:00-9:00 pm: Preparation for the exam

May 15, 7:00-9:00 pm: Final preparation for the exam


Immersive Program

During the first 2.5 months of the training, you’ll go from absolute beginner to advanced in Java programming. Object-oriented programming, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, and creating high quality code – you’ll master them all. In the next 3.5 months, you’ll learn best QA practices and get hands-on experience with the most popular software testing tools.

Power skills

20% of the program is dedicated to polishing your soft skills. Our Learning and Development Trainers will help you develop your ability to manage feedback and expectations, ask the right questions, prioritize and stick to your high-value activities.

Path to Success

At Telerik Academy Alpha QA you will:

  • Attain advanced knowledge of programming with Java
  • Master the latest and most widely used QA tools
  • Gain in-depth understanding of the software testing methodologies
  • Augment your soft skills, while working on real-world problems
  • Get fully ready to jumpstart your IT career
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Module 1 (5 weeks)

Java Advanced
High Quality Code
Object-Oriented Programming
No Onsite Training - 1 week

Module 2 (5 weeks)

Basic Data Structures
No onsite training - 1 week

Module 3 (5 weeks)

Software Testing Basics
Issue Tracking Tools
Test Design Techniques
Intro to Automated Testing
Testing Web Apps with Selenium
No Onsite Training - 1 week

Module 4 (5 weeks)

Mobile Testing
Web Service Testing
Performance Testing
Security Testing
QA Setup Process
No Onsite Training - 1 week

Module 5 (4 weeks)

Final Project from a Partner Company
Certificate of Graduation

Program Details


Basic programming knowledge (language of your choice) and good English language skills. No previous experience in the IT industry required.


To get the most out of the program and then jumpstart a rewarding career, you’ll need to focus on your studies for 6 months. To recharge your batteries, you’ll have 4 weeks of vacation.


Lectures are held 2 to 3 times a week (Tuesday–Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm) at Telerik Academy in Sofia. You can maintain a part-time or even a non-demanding full-time job while attending Telerik Academy Alpha QA as long as this doesn’t interfere with your progress.


100% onsite participation. Expect an average of 6-9+ hours per week and additional time for self-preparation.

Language of instruction

Courses are conducted in Bulgarian, but all learning materials are in English.

Tuition Model

Start a job within our partner network

Start a job at any non-partner company

Discounted tuition
BGN 135/month for 24 months
Full tuition
BGN 180/month for 24 months

In short:

  • If you are employed by a partner, you get a 25% discount off your tuition
  • Financing provided by a bank partner of Telerik Academy. Automatic credit approval
  • Payment of tuition fee doesn’t start until 6 months after graduation (grace period)
  • Deferred payment over 12-24 months’ period
  • Zero risk: Money-back guarantee. Drop-out with no consequences up to 2 months of program start


Pavlina Koleva
QA Alpha Trainer
QA Engineer, Fadata
Vladimir Venkov
Java Tech Trainer
Telerik Academy Alpha
Neven Dinev
Guest Lecturer
QA Architect, Progress
Angel Indzhov
Guest Lecturer
Compliance & Information Security Officer, Fadata
Dimiter Topuzov
Guest Lecturer
QA Architect, Progress

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