Software Test Engineer Certificate Program

Software Testing classroom

The Software Test Engineer (STE) Certificate Program is designed to qualify students for jobs as entry-level software testers. These jobs require workers who can successfully find software bugs and provide logical, concise written reports on them.


To train students to complete these tasks, the program provides a solid foundation in C# programming fundamentals, testing principles and methods, and test planning, modeling, and reporting as well as an introduction to C# automation and structured query language.

Who should take the certificate?

The program was designed with the guidance of software testing industry professionals to best reflect the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. Because courses emphasize learning by doing, they incorporate extensive lab exercises to teach skills such as client-server testing and bug eradication. All instructors are experienced professionals currently working in the software-testing field, and Bellevue College Continuing Education has been successfully training software testers for more than ten years.

Why invest in the Software Test Engineer Certificate?

Software testing is one of the most highly sought after career skills by employers in the Pacific Northwest.


The certificate currently requires 199 hours of instruction and typically takes about 12-14 months to complete.



Learning Outcomes:

  • C# Programming skills
  • Software testing protocols and processes
  • Professional Testing methods
  • Modeling and reporting

Student Quote:

“I still use the testing methods and models I learned in this program and I have to test all of my own code.” –R.W.


To register for a free information session, click on the session description below.


 Updating Classes...

Current Software Test Engineer Certificate Program Classes

  • Winter Open House

    Get skills that will accelerate your career! Join us on December 11th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for an Open House that will introduce you to our professional programs and certificates. You will have the opportunity to visit up to four... More about Winter Open House

  • C# Automation

    Software quality is everyone's responsibility on the development team. Learn to implement quality from the ground-up, as well as build checks for existing software. Create software automation that builds, tests, and reports the results. Apply NUnit as both an automation... More about C# Automation

  • C# Programming: 1

    Learn C# programming in a Windows environment using Visual Studio. Develop skills in designing and writing simple C# computer programs using basic coding structures such as variables, constants, enumerations, decision making statements, loops, arrays, methods, and error handling. Learn how... More about C# Programming: 1

  • C# Programming: 2

    Study C# programming in a Console environment using Visual Studio. Apply the .NET Framework and object-oriented programming principles to create a C# application. In addition, develop skills in designing and writing C# computer programs using structures, collections and custom exceptions.... More about C# Programming: 2

  • Principles of Software Testing

    This course introduces you to the field of software testing through discussion of the tester’s role in the product cycle and hands-on labs that give you an opportunity to develop software testing skills. This course covers how testers find and... More about Principles of Software Testing

  • Professional Testing Methods

    This course explores test case development for the two most fundamental types of software testing: black box and white box. Learn the techniques involved in both as you practice writing and applying test cases, developing scripts, and using a wide... More about Professional Testing Methods

  • Software Test Engineer Certificate Capstone

    The final class in the Software Test Engineer Certificate requires students to utilize the skills gained throughout the program. The project will be the foundational component of the student’s professional portfolio. Students are expected to create a test plan and... More about Software Test Engineer Certificate Capstone

  • Structured Query Language: (SQL) Level 1

    Create queries using a standard structured query language (SQL) that is applicable to almost any relational database. Students will get hands-on practice creating queries to retrieve data in various forms, including filtered, calculated, grouped and aggregated, sorted, and consolidated from... More about Structured Query Language: (SQL) Level 1

  • Test Planning, Modeling and Reporting

    Take a structured approach to test case development as you plan recurring test activities and examine the product fundamentals necessary for decision making. Recognize tester’s contribution to the product team and their role in an agile environment. Students will develop... More about Test Planning, Modeling and Reporting