MoT Advanced Certificate in Test Automation

What is the MoT Advanced Certificate in Test Automation?

The MoT Advanced Certificate in Test Automation (MoT-ACTA) certification course is designed for seasoned professionals aiming to advance their careers to leadership roles in Test Automation. Brought to you by the Ministry of Testing, this course equips you with the advanced skills and strategic expertise needed to excel in managing test automation initiatives and leading teams.

Course Contents

1. Creating the Automation Strategy

Develop competencies in analysing a project's context, modelling systems, and utilising insights to propose a comprehensive automation strategy. 

This section guides you through:

  • Understanding Context in Test Automation: Learn the significance of context in choosing the right tools and frameworks, enhancing your decision-making in diverse testing environments.
  • Measuring Testability in Different Contexts: Master assessing testability in automation scenarios, a crucial skill for optimising testing processes across various environments.
  • Setting Automation Goals: Develop the ability to set SMART automation goals, turning broad ideas into specific, achievable objectives for strategic success.
  • Documenting Your Automation Strategy: Improve your documentation skills to create clear, compelling strategy documents that resonate with stakeholders and secure buy-in.
  • Gaining Buy-in and Feedback on Your Strategy: Explore techniques to effectively integrate feedback and align your strategies with business objectives, ensuring wide support and technical soundness.
  • Maintaining and Updating Your Strategy: Stay ahead in the test automation field by learning to keep your strategies relevant and adaptable to ongoing project changes.

2. Planning to Automate

Master the competencies related to identifying, organising, and executing plans essential for achieving the strategic goals set for test automation.

This section covers:

  • Determining a Plan to Create: Learn to identify automation opportunities that align with your strategy goals, creating effective plans for implementation.
  • Documenting an Automation Plan: Understand the difference between strategy and plan, and master crafting detailed, actionable plans that reflect your strategic direction.
  • Getting Feedback on Your Plans: Enhance your plans by integrating feedback effectively, a key step in achieving alignment and improving your strategy’s effectiveness.
  • Breaking a Plan Down Into Tasks: Develop the ability to break down complex plans into specific, manageable tasks, enabling efficient and collaborative execution.
  • Making Changes to a Plan: Adapt your plans in response to new insights and challenges, ensuring they stay aligned with your evolving strategic goals.


Why choose MoT Certifications?

  • Proven Legacy: Ministry of Testing has been a trusted partner in the software industry since 2007.
  • Community-Powered: Our course curriculums are driven by the testing community, ensuring their relevance and quality.
  • Industry Expertise: The Test Automation curriculum is co-created with input from over 150 Test Automation Professionals.
  • Engaging Learning: Experience engaging and interactive courses.
  • Flexible Learning: Learn at your own pace with our online, self-paced courses.
  • Community Support: Join a supportive community for all your questions and concerns.
  • Transparent Pricing: Enjoy an all-inclusive price with no hidden fees.
  • Career Boost: Our credible certification can elevate your career in test automation.


Mark Winteringham's profile'

Mark Winteringham

Tester, Toolsmith, Author and Instructor

Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and author of AI-Assisted Testing and Testing Web APIs, with over ten years of experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors, including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk
Frequently Asked Questions

MoT Course Certificates are created by Ministry of Testing following deep research alongside the software testing community. Our goal is to create education.
All our courses aim to be cover topics in depth and with relevance and delivered in various digital media options. MoT Course Certificates are delivered self-paced and on-demand. Completion of courses and associated tests lead to MoT accreditation with a Certificate.

Yes. All the content and activities are to be completed online. Everything is available on-demand and can be completed at your own pace.

Each individual MoT Certification describes the level of knowledge, experience or pre-requisites required.

Pro-members are entitled to MoT Certification course discounts. The discount will vary depending on the certification course chosen.

Refunds are not available on MoT Certifications.

Yes, you can purchase an MoT Certification as many times as you like. You'll then be able to assign all your purchases to individual team members.

Once the content is live, we'll email all purchasers explaining how to get access to the content. The MoT Certifications courses will also be available for learner dashboards.

Yes, each MoT Certification will be updated on a regular basis. Updates will be included in all purchases, you won't have to pay for updates.

Basic knowledge of coding would be advantageous but is not essential as you will be guided through building automation in code. Notably, coding basics are not covered in these courses, but there are lots of free resources available online.

The practices and approaches covered in the certifications apply to any set-up or tools. Good automation comes from applying these practices to the tools that work best in a specific context. However, the IDEs and frameworks used are as follows:

  • Java: IDE is IntelliJ. Frameworks are JUnit, RestAssured and Selenium-WebDriver.
  • CSharp: IDE is Visual Studio Code. Frameworks are NUnit, RestAssured and Selenium-WebDriver.
  • JavaScript: IDE is Visual Studio Code. Frameworks are Jest, React-Testing-Library and WebDriverIO

Each course covers different aspects of Test Automation and is designed to cater to different levels of expertise. You can take the courses in order, going from foundation-level through to advanced-level or take the course that suits your current career goals. Here is a list of the Test Automation certifications, what they cover and who they’re aimed at:

  • MoT Foundation Certificate in Test Automation: This course is tailored for individuals beginning their journey in test automation. It focuses on core concepts and practical skills required for an entry-level Test Automation Engineer role.
  • MoT Intermediate Certificate in Test Automation: Aimed at professionals looking to advance to senior roles, this course delves deeper into the intricacies of creating and maintaining automated tests, reporting results, and managing testing frameworks and environments.
  • MoT Expert Certificate in Test Automation: This course is designed for experienced professionals aspiring to leadership roles in Test Automation. It covers advanced topics such as devising comprehensive automation strategies, planning automation projects, and leading test automation initiatives.

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Certification Details

  • Level
  • Modules
  • Duration
    8h 43m
  • Study Method:
    Online, Self-paced
  • Completion Award:
    MoT Certificate
  • Release:
    Jan 2024