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3 Steps to Prepare Your Testing Career for Whatever Comes Next

When it comes to testing, you can't always predict. But you can prepare. 

What comes next? Will businesses open soon? Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Of course, we can't predict the future. But we can take concrete steps to prepare. So here are the 3 steps you need to take now to make sure your skills and qualifications are ready for "whatever comes next." 
  1. Find your next big thing! If you've felt like you're doing the "same old thing" day-to-day, this is the time to mix it up. What sounds interesting to you? There is no better place to brainstorm your career than the Software Testing Career Path
  2. Dive into that subject. The ASTQB Accredited Training Providers continue to offer excellent discounts on top-notch testing training courses - see the list below! (Move quickly, as some discounts end April 30th!)
  3. Go for it! Prove you're the go-to person by getting your certification. More exam testing centers will soon be re-opening, so give yourself a deadline, then show off your new certification! Go to our ASTQB exam provider AT*SQA to schedule your exam.

Have fun! This is the perfect time to explore, dive into and go for that new skill and expertise that will set you on the career path you want!

Special Offers from Testing Training Providers

It's important to use this time to develop skills that will improve your company's software quality – and prepare your career for advancement. Our ASTQB-accredited training providers are ready to support you with great offers on training you can access from home for ASTQB's certification exams!

RICE CONSULTING SERVICES: Rice Consulting Services is offering an expanded schedule of live virtual training courses including the ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester, ISTQB Performance Tester and ISTQB Foundation Level. All courses are taught by Randall Rice. Rates have been discounted in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Discounts also apply to all ASTQB and ISTQB e-Learning courses. Additional discounts are available for groups of 3 or more people. Private live virtual courses are also available for booking immediately. For schedules, prices and other information visit our website and live virtual information

RBCS: In response to COVID-19, RBCS is offering 10% off of all ISTQB and ASTQB virtual certification training for the remainder of 2020. This applies to boot camps and full courses. Visit RBCS Marketplace, choose your course, and enter the code 20VIRTUAL20 to receive your discount. Contact RBCS at to schedule private virtual training. Offer expires 12/31/2020. Offer cannot be combined with any offer. Offer applies to ISTQB and ASTQB certification training only.

NOPMARK: NOPMARK is doing everything we can to make sure you have the tools and resources available to do your job during this difficult time. Starting today, all NOPMARK eLearning training courses are FREE through April 30, 2020. Use promo code FDBX4WZ. Software development and testing is fortunate to be an industry that can succeed in a remote and virtual work environment. Our instructors are current Managers and Directors leading software test teams through the COVID-19 challenges. Start or advance your career during these challenging times with 50% OFF our Live Virtual Foundation Level or Agile Tester certification training courses through April 30, 2020. Use promo code 7LQEIFZ for CTFL and promo code SCC8K9V for Agile. Email for details.

COVEROS: Coveros has expanded their Live Virtual class offerings to help you and your team keep your initiatives on track. Live Virtual learning utilizes a feature-rich, virtual classroom to deliver the same content as in-person learning. It’s a live, online class, delivered by certified experts with engaging discussions, hands-on exercises, breakout sessions, and more. Watch this video to learn more and to hear from alumni. Their Q2 lineup includes multiple offerings of many of the most-requested Foundation Level, Agile, Mobile, and Advanced Level courses, as well more than 30 different classes across multiple topics. During April, teams of 5 or more save 25% off regular prices, while individuals and small groups save 15%. See full details and get the promo code.

ALPI: Don’t let Coronavirus keep you from your Training and Certification needs! Special 20% discount on any 2020 Virtual Live Instructor remote attendance public class if you register by April 30! Use promo code SPRING20 for ISTQB and ASTQB Certification Training. Visit


Exam Scheduling and Rescheduling

For your planning purposes, please note that our ISTQB testing centers will soon make the earliest exam dates 3 weeks in the future. This is designed to provide some staffing flexibility as they work through the COVID-19 / coronavirus situation.

The good news is that you have lots of flexibility thanks to our unique ISTQB voucher system from our official ISTQB exam provider, AT*SQA:
  • You have up to 365 days to schedule your initial exam date when you purchase an exam voucher.
  • Once you have scheduled your exam, you may reschedule it with no additional fee so long as you do so at least 72 hours before the exam. 
  • You may reschedule your exam multiple times. There is no additional fee so long as you do so each time at least 72 hours before the exam. 
  • If you are within 72 hours of your exam, the $75 change fee can only be waived by Kryterion/Webassessor because they have to pay for the employees that staff the testing centers. This requires a doctor's note stating that you could not sit for the exam. In that case, contact Kryterion via the Kryterion Test Taker Support Area. Do not contact AT*SQA or ASTQB in this case, as the waiver must be given by Kryterion.
  • Kryterion will also post notices in their Kryterion Test Taker Support Area if an area has had a widespread test center closure that requires a no-cost reschedule. 
Prefer a group exam in your location? If you have several individuals who can take their exams at the same time in the same location, you may be eligible for an on-site exam. The exams can be any combination of foundation, specialty, advanced or expert certifications. Contact the AT*SQA Support Team for the criteria and details.

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