Applitools has announced the first courses of the year for its Test Automation University. The company first announced the program in November as a way to teach test automation skills through community-driven educational training courses.

“At Test Automation U, we don’t want to limit learning to any one particular school of thought, which is why we are providing a wealth of training materials from a variety of industry veteran instructors all in one centralized location,” said Angie Jones, senior developer advocate at Applitools. “Our first course, meant for all stages of skill sets and career paths, helps students set a foundation for test automation success by thinking through and identifying the core elements of good test automation and applying them before starting a project.”

Test Automation U now provides seven chapters:

  1. Designing a test automation strategy
  2. Creating a culture for test automation success
  3. Developing for test automatability
  4. Tooling for test automation
  5. Future-proofing your test automation efforts
  6. Scaling your test automation
  7. Measuring the value of your test automation

In addition, the company will provide additional courses lead by test automation experts. Upcoming courses include: design patterns for test automation by Eran Barlev, exploring tools for API test automation from Amber Race, and scaling automated tests with Docker from Carlos Kidman.

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