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Software Testers specify, develop and write test plans and test scripts, produce test cases, carry out regression testing, and use automated test software applications to test the behaviour, functionality and integrity of computer software, and document the results of tests in defect reports and related documentation.


  • tests, identifies and diagnoses functionality errors and faults in systems
  • programs code within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure systems perform to specification
  • performs organisational systems architecture reviews and assessments, recommending current and future strategies and directions for hardware and software
  • creates and reviews technical documentation, such as procedural, instructional and operational manuals or guides, technical reports and specifications, and maintenance inventory systems.

To become a Software Tester

  • You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as software development or computer science) to work as a Software Tester. Training may also be available through Vocational Education and Training (VET). There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers.

    Take a Diploma of Software Development

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Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • Quality Assurance and Control

  • SQL

  • Planning

  • Writing

  • Software Testing

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