QA Training - Telerik Academy Alpha
Telerik Academy Alpha

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


Transform your life

Telerik Academy Alpha will equip you with the real-world tech and soft skills you need to jumpstart your IT career.

  • It's okay if you have ZERO programming experience. We'll help you get ready for our entrance exam
  • Upon graduation, you’ll be able to test real-world applications
  • You’ll have the tech and soft skills and our guidance to launch your career
Program duration

6 months. You can maintain a part-time or a non-demanding full-time job, which doesn’t interfere with your progress.


Monday - Wednesday (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm). Start: April 4


9-12+ hrs/week plus additional time for self-preparation


For your safety, it will be held online. Keeping everything else unchanged  


Conducted in Bulgarian, but all learning materials are in English

Career jumpstart

Eager to learn more? Register for our free webinar on December 2


Your fastest path to a fulfilling QA career

We'll help you develop crucial programming and QA skills for a lasting career as a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer.

1Start as a beginner. Graduate as an IT professional Become a well-rounded QA with our practical training and master the skills tech companies demand in not more than 6 months. Classes are 2-3 evenings a week, so you can combine them with your current job.
2100% hands-on. 100% job-ready Our practical assignments, workshops, hackathons and the final end-to-end project help you build solid tech skills you can use from day one at your new job.
3Always an expert by your side We cap our groups at 40-45 students, so our experienced trainers can always be there for you. Get a personalized training approach, consultations and individual development plans.
4All the skills you need in one program By the end of the program, you will be able to think like a QA Engineer, test software, fix bugs and be a key contributor to your team.
5Cutting-edge tools Master the best programming and QA practices and tools companies use. Collaborate effectively through source control with Git and GitLab. Plan and schedule your tasks with Scrum and Kanban.
6Be a highly valued team member Enhance your communication, teamwork and personal skills with the help of our soft skills trainers. Learn how to thrive in an online job interview and remote work environment.
7Strong community and lifelong friendships Study in a tight-knit group of motivated learners. Get mentored by people who have been in your shoes - our alumni. Create a career-boosting professional network.
8Real-world environment Our program is created to mirror real-work environment, foster collaboration and accelerate your progress. For your safety and convenience, it’s now online. Keeping everything else unchanged.
9Career coaching up to 12 months after graduation From crafting an outstanding CV and sharpening your interview skills to launching and excelling at your new career – our soft skills trainers will guide you all the way through.
10Connect with top employers Get to know our partners, their teams and cultures, and attain an inside look into the IT world. Start a job within our strong partner network or beyond.
years experience
job-seeking graduates
consider their Telerik Academy education a good investment
Why Become a QA

Why become a QA Engineer?

QA engineers ensure bug-free software, seamless usability and a smooth user experience. No wonder they are in such high demand. 


QA engineers are just as sought-after specialists as software developers.

For QAs there is no such thing as a boring day. They experiment with new technologies, devices and platforms daily.  

It’s among the main roles in a development team responsible for the quality of the product as a whole. 

You get the best of both worlds: software development, quality management and team collaboration. 


Is this for me? Yes, if you're
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Motivated to launch your career in software development
  • Have zero or basic programming skills and good English language skills
How can I apply?
  1. Submit your online application
  2. Take a quick online cognitive assessment, measuring your ability to learn and adapt
  3. Sit our entrance exam, using a language of your choice - Java, C#, JavaScript, C++, Kotlin, PHP, Python, Swift

How can I ace the entrance exam?

New to programming

  1. Join our free entrance exam preparation course, by completing your Alpha application by January 9.
  2. Once accepted in the course, participate regularly and do all tasks.
  3. Missed the course? Check out our online materials and prepare on your own.
  4. Sit our final entrance exam.
Important dates
  • Nov 4 - Mar 6 | Submit CV and application form. Take cognitive assessment
  • Nov 4 - Jan 9 | Join our prep course by completing your Alpha application
  • Jan 22 - Feb 26 | Participate in entrance exam prep course
  • Mar 9 | Sit final entrance exam
  • Apr 4 - Sep 30 | Study at Telerik Academy

Some programming experience

  1. Get ready for the entrance exam with our free online materials. Also, test your skills with these mock exams
  2. Join the early bird exam and save your spot in the program. You must submit your Alpha application by Jan 9.
  3. Didn’t ace the early bird exam? Practice some more and sit the final entrance exam.
Important dates
  • Nov 4 - Mar 6 | Submit CV and application form. Take cognitive assessment
  • Nov 4 - Jan 9 | Submit CV and application form to sit early bird exam
  • Jan 11 | Sit early bird entrance exam
  • Mar 9 | Sit final entrance exam
  • Apr 4 - Sep 30 | Study at Telerik Academy


(New to programming)

  • nov
  • dec
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • Nov 4 - Mar 6 | Submit CV and application form. Take cognitive assessment
  • Nov 4 - Jan 9 | Join our prep course by completing your Alpha application
  • Jan 22 - Feb 26 | Participate in
    prep course
  • Mar 9
    Sit final
    entrance exam
  • Apr 4 - Sep 30 |
    Study at Telerik Academy


(Some programming experience)

  • nov
  • dec
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • Nov 4 - Mar 6 | Submit CV and application form. Take cognitive assessment
  • Nov 4 - Jan 9 | Submit CV and application form to sit early bird exam
  • Jan 11
    Take early bird exam
    *Reserves you a spot
  • Mar 9
    Sit final
    entrance exam
  • Apr 4 - Sep 30 |
    Study at Telerik Academy

Get ready for the program

From zero coding skills to a Junior QA - your journey begins with our free instructor-led preparation course.

During the prep course you will:

Learn in a small group, allowing for a tailored teaching approach
Master the programming basics - data types, variables, conditional statements, loops and arrays
Get trained and mentored by industry experts
Be guided every step of the way - from ‘Hello World’ to acing our entrance exam


No programming skills are required. You must complete your Alpha application and pass our cognitive assessment by Jan 9


6 Saturdays - Jan 22 and 29 and Feb 5, 12, 19 and 26 (10:00 am – 01:00 pm)


All applicants will be admitted to the prep course and will be able to make their first steps into programming


100% participation.

3-4 hrs/session and additional 5-6 hrs/week for self-preparation

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Program details

  • Hands-on tech
  • Learning online
    from anywhere
  • Teamwork and
    soft skills boost
  • Two-month
    trial period
  • Career

Hands-on tech education


Every class is combined with hands-on assignments, workshops and projects. With 100% focus on practice, we create a learning experience tailored to your needs, where our trainers become your mentors.

Learning online from anywhere


Enjoy an unparalleled program from the comfort of your home. We transitioned every aspect online to keep the same renowned high quality, engaging experience and hands-on training.

Teamwork and soft skills boost


To help you stand out from the candidate pool, we dedicate 20% of the program to polishing your personal and teamwork skills.

Two-month trial period


Our program sounds challenging, but it’s doable. Just try it yourself. With our two-month trial period, if you drop out at the beginning of the program, you don’t pay any tuition. Simple as that.

Career jumpstart


Meet our hiring partners, get dedicated career coaching and have the freedom and confidence to start a job anywhere in the IT industry - within or beyond our network.

Industry-validated curriculum

Perfected over the years and validated by the business, our Alpha QA program
prepares you for your first IT job.

  • 01Weeks 1-2
  • 02Weeks 3-7
  • 03Weeks 8-10
  • 04Weeks 11-13
  • 05Weeks 14-18
  • 06Weeks 19-22
  • 07Weeks 23-26
  • 08Graduation

Java core

  • Build a solid Java foundation through pair programming
  • Use the most effective developer tools and workflows
  • Learn how to version your code with Git and share it with your team

Turbocharged learning

  • Learn best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects
  • Start building smarter new habits and skills
  • Learn how to deal with procrastination effectively

Java OOP

  • Understand the core Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) principles   
  • Start using objects and classes to better structure and update your code
  • Master the science behind writing high-quality code and unit testing

Teamwork and effective feedback

  • Improve your teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Get better at receiving and giving feedback
  • Learn how to work with people in different teams and with various skillsets


  • One week free of classes. You’ll be able to further strengthen your skills through self-preparation, individual and team assignments

JavaScript web

  • Create responsive front-end web pages using HTML5 and CSS3 
  • Confidently create and manipulate DOM elements in web pages using JavaScript

Effective communication and problem solving

  • Enhance your communication skills, as they are crucial for every QA
  • Develop a systematic approach to problem solving and master various problem-solving techniques

The basics of testing and test processes

  • Learn fundamental QA terms and processes 
  • Get to know the role of testing in software development cycles 
  • Find out how to create test plans, test scenarios and log issues using the industry’s best practices


  • One week free of classes. You’ll be able to further strengthen your skills through self-preparation, individual and team assignments

Functional automation testing

  • Learn the basic concepts of automated testing 
  • Explore the powerful open-source tool for test automation Sikuli
  • Discover how to test user interfaces and how to use Selenium IDE and WebDriver

Emotional intelligence 

  • Understand how a growth mindset can charge your personal development 
  • Improve your self-management and personal effectiveness
  • Learn how to leverage empathy and emotional intelligence to excel and grow

Rest API testing and performance testing

  • Get a good understanding of the REST and SOAP web services protocols and how to use them
  • Leverage environments, variables and scripts to verify expected results
  • Master the different types of performance testing and how to create them with Jmeter

Problem-solving and critical thinking 

  • Learn useful tips and tricks on how to boost your critical thinking
  • Develop a systematic approach to problem solving and master various problem-solving techniques
  • Master various effective problem-solving techniques


  • One week free of classes. You’ll be able to further strengthen your skills through self-preparation, individual and team assignments

Real-world project

  • Test a real-world web application  
  • Work in a small team and learn how to manage the entire QA process – from analysis to execution 
  • Create and execute manual and automation test cases 
  • Create a report of all test activities and a repository with automation projects and assets 
  • Present your project in front of your peers, trainers and our partner companies

Accelerate your career

  • Get an inside look into the IT industry – meet our partner companies
  • Receive personalized guidance on creating a CV that will make you stand out
  • Prepare for job interviews with the help of our coaches


Congratulations! You’re now a Master Junior ninja, and ready to kick-start your career.

You will receive a Telerik Academy certificate – widely recognized in the IT industry in Bulgaria.

Career jumpstart services

We’ll guide you for up to 12 months after graduation to help navigate your job hunt and first months at work. 
  • Personalized feedback and expert review of your CV
  • Technical interview preparation
  • Career coaching on your job search strategy and career exploration 
  • Guidance choosing the best place for you
  • Access to hiring partners through presentations and open house visits
  • Participation in our Career Days (job fair)
  • Curated list of open positions
  • Bridge to mentors and alumni who share their tested job-hunting strategies
  • Access to practical career resources
  • Tips on how to rock the important first months on the job

Vast partner

Leading global and local
tech companies

100% freedom

Start anywhere in the
IT industry

Some of our partners through the years


Your dedicated

Passionate about teaching and devoted to helping people thrive – this is our stellar team supporting you.
Diana_GospodinovaDiana Gospodinova Alpha QA Lead Trainer, QA Integration Lead, flatexDEGIRO
Pavlina KolevaPavlina Koleva Guest Trainer,
QA Engineer, Fadata
Nikolay AvramovNikolay Avramov Guest Trainer, Automation Lead, Automate the Planet
Vladi VenkovVladimir Venkov Java Tech Trainer,
Telerik Academy Alpha
Boyan HadjievSenior Learning & Development Trainer
Irina Lilova Career Coach
Tsvetelina Trichkova Program Coordinator

Meet our alumni

Our alumni jumpstart their careers in some of the best tech companies.

The rigorous QA program included crucial programming knowledge, which helps me keep up with the constantly evolving technologies. It equipped me with the right skills and mindset to succeed at my new workplace.

georgi mateevDamyan Dimitrov
former Government Agency employee, now Senior Test Automation Engineer, Scalefocus
Read Damyan’s story

Despite lacking any previous experience in the field, Telerik Academy helped me kickstart a successful IT career. My investment paid off in so many ways – I acquired invaluable knowledge and landed a job in just two weeks after graduating from the program.

georgi mateevIvan Rachev previously Airport Service Worker, now part of Musala Soft's Engineering Team
Read Ivan’s story

For years I’ve only worked on the HTML/CSS part of websites and apps, skills that are no longer relevant in the industry. I decided to take the leap and join Telerik Academy. It helped me fill in my knowledge gaps and get an inside look into some of the top IT companies in Bulgaria.

georgi mateevZevezdelina Djokova
Front-End Designer, now part of Accenture's team
Read Zvezdelina’s story
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Tuition model

Joining Telerik Academy could be your single most important career investment.

Pay in installments after graduation Pay in full upfront

BGN 180/month

For 24 months with a bank partner*

If you start a job at any
non-partner company

Apply now


BGN 135/month

For 24 months with a bank partner*

If you start a job within our
partner network

Apply now

BGN 4,000

full tuition

If you start a job at any
non-partner company

Apply now


-BGN 1,000

discount upon employment

If you start a job within our
partner network

Apply now

Terms tailored
to your needs

  • Pay fee in full or in installments with a loan from Allianz - a bank partner of Telerik Academy. No proof of income required for loan approval.
  • Start paying for your tuition up to 6 months of graduation in small installments over 12-24 months’ period. No upfront cost when paying with installments.
  • Drop-out with no consequences up to 2 months of the program start. Zero risk.
  • 25% discount off your tuition, if you are employed by a partner.

*Illustrative installment payment method. Different terms may apply based on borrowers’ credit score and creditworthiness as well as the bank’s current offering.


I have no QA or programming skills, can I still join the program?

Absolutely! If you have no programming skills, we recommend you participate in our free preparation course. You'll master the programming basics with the help of industry experts and get ready to ace our entrance exam.

I already have some QA and/or programming skills, is the program right for me?
Yes, during the program you’ll acquire practical skills while being mentored by our seasoned tech and soft skills trainers. You’ll master modern technologies, the best QA principles and the latest tools to impress employers and get ready for a successful IT career jumpstart. To save your spot in the program, complete your application early on and sit our Early Bird entrance exam.
Are there any age restrictions?

We've had students of various ages and stages of their lives in the past and they’ve succeeded in their journeys to a successful QA career. Age is just a number – the only thing that matters here is your motivation to learn, develop new skills and commit to the program. 

You only need to be 18 years of age or older to enroll in the course. If you're younger than 18 years, you can check our Telerik Academy School programs. 

How do I know if Quality Assurance is for me?

If you are ready to master new skills, you enjoy solving problems, working with people on fascinating projects and are detail-oriented, then you are off to a good start!

Quality Assurance is for everyone motivated to learn and absorb new knowledge. Still, the first step is to start coding. Join our free entrance exam preparation course and keep learning. Nail the entrance exam to our Alpha program and keep coding and mastering QA under the mentorship of our experienced trainers. Pretty soon, you’ll know the answer. If you decide this isn’t your cup of tea, you can drop out with no consequences up to 2 months of program start.

What is the selection process?
We use a holistic review process when evaluating applicants for admission. The final selection of candidates is not based on a simple formula of grades and test scores. Instead, we consider a variety of factors: application documents, online cognitive assessment, entrance exam results, personal motivation for applying, etc. Some candidates might also be invited to attend an interview to additionally discuss their career and development aspirations. 
What will the cognitive assessment include and how do I access it?
The cognitive assessment is a 12-minute timed assessment that measures general cognitive ability and ability to learn, adapt and grasp new concepts and handle complexity. Don’t worry – there is no need to prepare for the test. You will receive an e-mail invite to take the test within 1-3 days prior to the entrance exam. 
Can I combine the program with my full-time or part-time job?
The Telerik Academy Alpha QA trainings are held 2-3 times a week in the evenings, which makes it suitable to maintain a part-time or even non-demanding full-time job while attending evening classes. Expect 9-12+ hours of trainings per week.
What are the tuition fees for the program? Do you offer discounts?
The standard tuition fee for Telerik Academy Alpha QA is BGN 4,000. You can either pay it in full upfront or in monthly installments of BGN 180* via a bank loan (based on a 24-month repayment schedule). 

If you opt to pay with a bank loan, we are giving you a grace period of up to 6 months after graduation, during which you can focus on finding a job and not worry about any tuition re-payments.

If after graduation you are employed by one of our partners, you will get a 25% discount, and thus pay BGN 135*/month (based on a 24-month repayment schedule). If you’ve opted to pay your tuition upfront (BGN 4,000), should you start with a partner, you will get BGN 1,000 back.

* Illustrative payment method. 
Do you offer career services?

Yes! To help you stand out from the candidate pool, we dedicate 20% of our Alpha programs to polishing your personal and teamwork skills - how to manage feedback and expectations, ask the right questions, prioritize and much more. Plus, you will have a professional-grade portfolio. This includes your final project - a real-world web application built from scratch. And just before you graduate, our career services kick in to prepare you for the hiring process and to quickly settle into your new job.

We are also right by your side, providing you with up to 12 months career-related services designed to help your job hunt and first moths at work.

When will the next admission open?
You can keep track of our upcoming programs by registering here and be among the first to know.

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