Test Engineer


A test engineer is responsible for writing, debugging and refactoring test code. At this role level, you will:

work closely with software developers to reach a common understanding of the code base and test coverage at unit level

collaborate with analysts to ensure the required business scenarios are covered in the acceptance test scripts

work on both functional and non-functional areas of an application

coach and mentor testers

Work Activity Components

Title Details
Test results and progress (Level 2) Checks test results and documents test failures and successes compared with pre-determined criteria.
Analysis and reporting (Level 2) Analyses and reports test activities and results in a clear and concise manner.
Risk management (Level 2) Identifies and reports issues and risks.
System errors (Level 3) Uses normal operating facilities, test scripts, diagnostic tools, technical manuals and systems documentation to identify, diagnose and report on basic system errors.

Behavioural Skills

Title Details
Goal Orientation Maintaining focus on agreed objectives and deliverables.
Attention to Detail Applying specific quality standards to all tasks undertaken to ensure that deliverables are accurate and complete.
Verbal Expression Communicating effectively using the spoken word.
Written Expression Communicating effectively in writing, such as reports and via emails.
Teamwork Working collaboratively with others to achieve a common goal.

Technical Skills

Title Details Depth
Corporate, Industry and Professional Standards Applying standards, practices, codes, and assessment and certification programmes relevant to the IT industry, and the specific organisation or business domain. Aware of
Test Management Techniques Principles, methods, techniques and tools for the effective management of the testing process and the execution of tests throughout the lifecycle of development or integration projects. Aware of
Development Approach Understanding and application of different development approaches e.g. iterative/ incremental methodologies (Agile, XP, TDD, SCRUM) or traditional sequential methodologies (Waterfall or V-Model). Irrespective of development methodology a DevOps approach may also be taken where development and operational staff work collaboratively. Aware of
DevOps The collaborative approach consisting of agile practices, processes, and procedures designed to facilitate rapid IT service and product delivery. DevOps emphasizes people (and culture) and seeks to improve collaboration between development (Dev) and operations (Ops) teams with the aim of shortening the systems development life cycle to provide continuous release of high-quality software. Aware of
Agile A collection of methods, practises, tools and techniques, underpinned by the Agile Manifesto, that enable teams to deliver high value products and services in small, workable, increments. An Agile culture typically encompasses concepts such as Servant-Leaders; ceremonies, Stand-Ups, Sprints and Retrospectives; and the deployment of tools and techniques such as Backlogs and A/B Testing. Aware of

Other Skills

Title Details Depth
Coaching Techniques Methods and techniques for coaching individuals or groups by a balanced combination of support and direction, including use of virtual learning environments plus add-ons to augment feedback specific to work items, workflow or career plans. Aware of


Title Details
Application Development Tools Software tools that automate or assist the whole development life-cycle, for example IDEs (Integrated Development Environments), Visual studio, etc.
Software Configuration Installation, configuration and tuning of applications or systems software.
Coaching Concepts, methods and techniques for providing coaching in subject specialisms to individuals or groups (e.g. GROW model).
Security Awareness Tools and techniques to help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches and for IT and security professionals to prevent and mitigate risk.

Professional Development Activity (PDA)

Title Details PDA Group
Job Shadowing and Special Assignments Undertaking temporary periods or secondments in other roles, inside or outside IT, particularly those that offer a new perspective on own function or exposure to other environments and cultures. Broadening Activities
Gaining Knowledge of Activities of Employing Organisation Developing an understanding of the potentially diverse range of activities (service, governance, administrative, regulatory, commercial, charitable, industrial, etc.) undertaken by the employing organisation. Increasing Knowledge
Gaining Knowledge of Surrounding Technical Areas Gaining knowledge of IT activities in employing organisation external to own function. Increasing Knowledge
Involvement in Professional Body Activities Attending meetings, seminars and workshops organised by professional body and reading published material, such as journals and web content. Participation in Professional Activities
Team Working Undertaking learning and practice in the techniques of team and collaborative working. Gaining an understanding of the underlying concepts. Developing Professional Skills

Organisational Skill Name and Description

Framework Skill Level
Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Functional testing

Financial management involves planning, organising and monitoring financial resources.

Working Functional testing

You can: design and execute test cases using standard testing techniques come up with different business scenarios for a feature, working with others in the team

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Non-functional testing

Modern development standards involves using the latest technologies and best practices to improve the quality of the software development process.

Working Non-functional testing

You can: design and execute non-functional test cases using standard testing techniques, in instructed environments come up with different business scenarios for a feature, working with others in the team

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Technical breadth

Working Technical breadth

You can: use a range of technologies for testing use one type of tool to write test scripts use technologies to design and execute test cases under guidance

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Test analysis

Working Test analysis

You can: identify simple patterns and trends investigate problems and opportunities in existing processes, and contribute to recommending solutions work with stakeholders to identify objectives and potential benefits

Qualification Components

Title Awarding Bodies
FEDIP Practitioner

FEDIP - The Federation for Informatics Professionals in Health and Care

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level

BCS - The Chartered Institute of IT

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation level - Mobile Application Testing

BCS - The Chartered Institute of IT

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