PCAT™ – Certified Associate in Testing with Python certification is a Python Institute's Testing specialization track credential that covers the most important elements of automated testing activities from the perspective of a Python programmer. The exam covers the principles of software testing, the fundamentals of unit testing, the principles of software engineering, software decomposition, and the Test-Driven and Behavior-Driven Development (TDD, BDD) approaches to programming.
PCAT certification gives its holders confidence in their software testing and programming skills, helps them stand out in the job market, and gives them a head start on preparing for and advancing to the professional level.
Becoming PCAT™ certified ensures that the individual has comprehensive knowledge of software testing and software enginnering concepts, methodologies, and best practices, as well as they are fully acquainted with all the primary means provided by Python 3, related testing frameworks and test automation tools, to develop high-quality code and perform automated testing activities to enable them to start their own studies at an advanced level, and to open a path to the software tester's career.
PCAT™ certification is an interim step to the PCPT1 (Unite Testing), PCPT2 (Test Automation), and PCPT3 (Security) certifications, a great motivator for self-improvement and self-development, and most importantly – the means to keep one's Python testing skills up to date and demonstrate them to others. Becoming PCAT™ certified reflects the candidate's interest in developing a specialized proficiency in using Python for the purposes of software testing, Test-Driven Development and Behavior-Driven Development programming approaches, as well as their ability to use them for commercial and non-commercial software development projects, and create, develop, and improve their own programming portfolio to increase their value in the job market.
Python is the programming language that opens more doors than any other, and the more you understand Python and related technologies, the more you can do in the 21st Century. With a solid knowledge of Python, you can work in a multitude of jobs and a multitude of industries.
PCAT™ certification is a valuable credential for individuals looking to acquire the skills and knowledge essential to continue to more advanced, more specialized, and higher paying Software Development, Software Testing, Quality Assurance, Security, Networking, IoT, and engineering roles. It will particularly appeal to:
Python is either the highest-paid, or one of the highest-paid languages in all parts of the world today, and the salaries range between $90,000 and $130,000 a year (source: SalaryExpert.com).
With the ever-increasing reliance on the Internet, and with Python playing an ever-growing role, the salary of the average Python programmer is almost surely to rise.
Currently, there are 100,000+ unfulfilled Python jobs around the world, and the supply of qualified Python programmers is unable to match the demand.
|Exam name||PCAT™ – Certified Associate in Testing with Python|
|Exam Code & Current Exam Versions||PCAT-31-0x (Status: Coming Q1 2023)|
|Validity||5 years (unless retaken)|
|Exam Duration||Exam: 65 minutes, NDA/Tutorial: 10 minutes|
|Number of Questions||40|
|Format||Single- and multiple-select questions | Python 3.x|
USD 295 (Exam)
|Delivery Channel||Pearson VUE: Authorized Pearson VUE Testing Centers + OnVUE Online Proctoring from Pearson VUE
OpenEDG Testing Service: 2022 pilot, limited availability
|Associated Certifications||PCPT1 – Certified Professional in Testing with Python: Unit Testing (Exam PCPP-32-10x)
PCPT2 – Certified Professional in Testing with Python: Test Automation (Exam PCPP-32-20x)
PCPT3 – Certified Professional in Testing with Python: Security (Exam PCPP-32-30x)
|Courses Aligned||Testing Essentials with Python (Free – Edube Interactive™, an OpenEDG Education Platform)|