You see the things that others miss. Make it your career.

Quality is everything

Our Software Testing course can give you the skills and opportunities to launch a brand new software testing career, or what some in the industry refer to as Quality Assurance or QA. It's the job that makes sure everything from apps to websites work the way they should.

A Snapshot

  • 8 weeks, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.
  • Theory of concepts and methodologies along with hands-on manual testing of real-live software, applications, websites and beyond.
  • Participants will be given the opportunity to interview for positions directly with Thrive Impact Sourcing, and other corporate partners.
  • No prior IT experience needed.
  • No cost. All services are 100% free for students.

Applications Accepted at All Time.

Upcoming Course Cycles:

August 19th, 2019 (Start date is subject to change)


What You’ll Learn

We’ll teach you both the theory of software testing and how to use the essential tools. It’s important that you understand both, since the field is advancing rapidly.

At first, some of the theoretical concepts might be hard to grasp. You will definitely have daily reading assignments and homework to help you understand them better. But we’ll also give you enough direct, hands-on experience to put theory into action.

Like all our courses, Software Testing includes guest lectures and panel presentations with working professionals, as well as opportunities to visit their companies.

Finally, because the field is so new, there is no universally accepted certification for software testing. But industry leaders know about Software Testing and are interested in hiring its graduates.


Classes convene Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm for 8 consecutive weeks at our main training center at the CityLink Center. There are no part-time, evening, weekend or online classes or sessions: you must be able to attend class in person every weekday for the entire course.


Week 1 of 8


Learn from the best

Learn from certified teachers with years of real-world training experience. Our instructors don’t just teach you what you need to know, but how to learn it.

Career Development

Building Your Career

You need more than just technical skills to get a good job. Excellent people skills are just as important. We’ve got you covered.

Start Out Right

Construct a professional resume and practice your interview skills. Find out exactly what employers are looking for and how you can impress them.

Get your foot in the door

Get customized referrals to open jobs at our hundreds of employer partners. Call on dedicated career developers for personalized advocacy, coaching and support.

Connect to our network

Meet and learn from working IT professionals. Visit employer sites and see their operations firsthand. Attend industry networking events and start making professional contacts.

Key to Success

Our students don't just land the job. They keep the job. Employers say customer service skills matter most. So you can guarantee it will be re-emphasized and applied with every piece of tech you learn.

Student Life

A Community of Support

You'll work hard. There's no doubt about it.

But if you’re like most students, you’ll look forward to each new day. And you’ll marvel at all the changes you see in yourself. Prepare yourself to spend your days in class and your evenings studying. Many students have children and hold part-time jobs and, despite those demands, they find a way to succeed. You will, too.

Buckle up

We'll be moving quickly. There’s a lot to pack in, and the standards are set high. But we also structure your training experience so that you have plenty of time to learn and practice each new skill.

Meet your new family

Your classmates will come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 to 65 (or older). It won’t take long before you see them as a second family—a community dedicated to everyone’s success. Study groups form somewhat naturally in and out of the classroom. Potluck dinners optional.

The staff are also some of the most dedicated and positive sources of encouragement you will ever encounter. Even on the days when some challenges might feel impossible, they will do everything in their power to help you continue to advance forward.


Modern Facilities

Our facilities always include modern classrooms; well-equipped training labs; and places to relax, socialize and study.

Your own workstation

You will work from your own lab-based computer workstation for the entire course. There, you’ll follow along in lectures and demonstrations, practice new skills, review course materials and measure how much you’ve learned.


Discover how to take advantage of our free courses.


Admission to Per Scholas is needs based. You may qualify if you:

  • Are unemployed
  • Work only part-time
  • Work in a minimum wage or other low-paying job
  • Work only sometimes throughout the year
  • Receive any public benefits such as unemployment insurance, Medicaid, subsidized housing, nutrition or income support

Other requirements include:

  • You have an interest in technology.
  • You live in or near the city in which we operate.
  • You have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • You are legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • You can read, write and speak in English.
  • You can pass a basic academic assessment test.
  • You can attend classes full-time for the entire duration of the course.
  • You are ready to make an important commitment to building your future.

Other factors that may affect your eligibility are addressed in the FAQs.


Joining us takes just 5 easy steps.

1. Online Application

Complete our online application to begin. Don't worry. This doesn't lock you in to a final commitment. In the following step you will get to ask questions and get the answers you need to determine if this is the right time for you to take this training.

You only need to complete one application. Submitting multiple will not impact your chances of admittance.

2. Information Session

You will be invited to attend an in-person information session after you complete your online application. All of your questions will be addressed in the information session. The information and instructions to attend are provided after you submit your online application.

3. Entrance exam

If you decide that Per Scholas is right for you, you can take our entrance exam at your information session. Or you can return to take it at a later time.

We use the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) as our entrance exam. To be admitted to Per Scholas, you must pass this test at a 10th grade level or higher. Find out more about the test and practice with sample questions here and here. We strongly encourage you study and practice in advance.

If you don’t pass the TABE on your first try, you may have the opportunity to take the test again.

4. Interviews

If you pass the TABE and meet other eligibility requirements, we’ll schedule one or two interviews to determine your fit and any special needs.

During the interview, we’ll ask about your education, life experience and plans for the future. There are no right answers, and you don’t have to impress us—so just be yourself.

5. Enrollment

If we agree that you’re ready for this training, we’ll let you know right away and try to enroll you in a course that starts within a month.


It’s free.

No cost. No catch. We invest in your success. All we ask in return is that you take the course seriously and work as hard as you can.

We are a national nonprofit organization. Our courses, job placement and other services are funded by generous donors and are 100% free to students and graduates.

Because our services are free, we can’t offer any other kind of financial support. But if you’re worried about making ends meet at Per Scholas, talk to one of our admissions specialists. We may be able to find other ways to help.


Curious? Let’s break it down.

The course teaches the skills you need to get and succeed in a software testing job. This job is also at times called Quality Assurance, or QA Testing.

This role is becoming very critical to business and government alike. Mistakes in software design don’t just cost them money to fix, they reduce trust and make it harder to achieve vital goals.

By the end of the course, participants will have acquired industry leading testing skills and techniques, be given access to real-life projects, and participate in field studies to learn alongside working professionals. The best part: participants will be given the opportunity to interview for openings directly with Thrive Impact Sourcing, and other corporate partners.

No. You must make a full-time commitment and attend class every day. As well, all courses are in-person and not available to take online.

Most people who learn about Per Scholas for the first time think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it is true. Our services are provided at no cost to you, using funds we raise from foundations, corporations, government and generous individuals.

The costs you can prepare for include transportation or childcare—expenses that take care of you so you can focus on your studies.

Because software testing is so new, there is no universally accepted certification you can earn today. That said, you’ll meet and learn from global leaders in the field. The contacts you make will be more important than any certification.

Yes. Per Scholas courses are approved for people receiving unemployment insurance, as well as other benefits that would ordinarily require them to spend time working or looking for work. In fact, most students are people who previously worked but were laid off. If you are still receiving unemployment benefits, they should not be affected. But if you still have particular questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us.

Unfortunately, we cannot process your application until you have received clearance to work in the U.S. However, if you are experiencing problems, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.

We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact us at [email protected] or (513) 221-3208 to discuss your specific situation and needs.

We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. See our full EEO statement here.