Tester (Test Engineer)


A tester (test engineer) works closely with test engineers and QAT analysts to learn the activities and techniques required to establish the basis of testing. At this role level, you will:

have domain and business knowledge

develop test scripts under supervision

raise awareness of and manage defects

Work Activity Components

Title Details
Test results and progress (Level 1) Records test results and documents test failures and successes compared with pre-determined criteria, in a manner such that development teams can re-create and resolve issues found at a later date.
Analysis and reporting (Level 1) Reports test results to supervisor and/or other colleagues in a clear and concise manner. Reports issues.

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
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


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.
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
Participation in Group Activities Participating in group activities inside or outside of the working environment that can assist with the development of interpersonal skills. Broadening Activities
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 Strategic Knowledge of Employing Organisation Developing a comprehensive understanding of the business environment in which the employing organisation operates and its position, policies and direction in relation to industry, country and global issues. 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

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.

Awareness Functional testing

You can: show an awareness of functional testing techniques execute test scenarios and identify defects, raising awareness of them run tests others have written and know the processes to do so show an understanding of a range of standard testing techniques

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.

Awareness Non-functional testing

You can: show an awareness of non-functional testing techniques execute non-functional test scenarios and identify defects run non-functional tests others have written and know the processes to do so understand a range of standard non-functional testing techniques

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Technical breadth

Awareness Technical breadth

You can: show an awareness of a range of tools and techniques for test automation demonstrate some technical attributes

Government Digital and Data Profession Capability Framework

Test analysis

Awareness Test analysis

You can: contribute to improving delivery and understand the importance of evidence-based design and analysis

Qualification Components

Title Awarding Bodies
FEDIP Associate Practitioner FEDIP - The Federation for Informatics Professionals in Health and Care
ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

The Professional Body Responsible for this job family is BCS. This job role profile was created in collaboration with BCS, using Role Model Plus.

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