Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Valley University’s Community and Continuing Education has announced a non-credit software testing certificate program designed to help students gain education and training in the technology industry.

OREM — Utah Valley University’s Community and Continuing Education has announced a non-credit software testing certificate program designed to help students gain education and training in the technology industry.

UVU worked with technology companies DigiCert and Xactware, as well as the state Department of Workforce Services, to create a program that prepares students for immediate employment as software testing professionals.

“The ability to certify quickly and easily, then turn around and be interviewed for employment almost immediately, is a tremendous benefit to these professionals," said Alexis Palmer, former senior director of community and continuing education. "This new program is a great example of how the university and the private sector can come together to help train workers on the skills needed for the future economy and aid employment prospects in our area.”

Made possible through a grant from the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership, the curriculum for the 124-hour program was developed under the direction of the university’s computer science department, along with computer tech industry representatives.

Students who earn certification will have the opportunity to be interviewed by DigiCert and Xactware for potential employment.

Core competencies offered in the curriculum include: beginning- and advanced-level training (separate certificates); information on various career options; preparation for employment as software testers; principles of software testing and automated testing; opportunities to meet industry professionals; and training and knowledge of new technologies.

For more information, visit uvu.edu/ce/certifications. Program participation is limited to a maximum of 20 students per cohort. To register, contact Brandon Poduska at 801-863-7428 or Brandon.Poduska@uvu.edu.