Become a QA Specialist

QA Academy

Have you wondered how software testers validate complex real applications or how they simulate a load of thousand users at the same time? Dive into the QA world and learn their secrets. Join QA Academy – a remote training program no matter where you’re located.


What’s in it for you?

QA Academy’s objective is to provide the necessary tools and knowledge on how to land a job in the IT sector, and in particular – the QA field. To facilitate that, the academy will feature an engaging set of lectures, practical assignments, and exercise activities that will prepare you to become a real QA specialist. The current academy is targeted towards full stack QA – both manual and automation.

QA Academy Details
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Start date: 9 Nov
  • Class start time: 6:00 PM
  • Class duration: 2h 30 min
  • Frequency: Twice a week
  • Recorded sessions

You Need to Have...

  • Technical background (University degree, High school diploma, Programming/QA course)
  • Basic knowledge in any programming language as well as a passion for learning and working in the QA field
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, along with good communication and teamwork capabilities
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Ambition to take ownership of your work
  • Enthusiasm to take on new challenges

The Academy Trainers

Stefan Shopov

QA Manager
Sofia, Bulgaria

Kiril Ivanov

QA Lead
Sofia, Bulgaria

Velislava Minkova

QA Lead
Varna, Bulgaria

Umugul Kyazimova

Senior QA Analyst
Ruse, Bulgaria

Ekaterina Stamatova

Senior QA Analyst
Sofia, Bulgaria

Iliya Yanev

Senior Automation QA
Sofia, Bulgaria

Ivan Georgiev

QA Analyst
Sofia, Bulgaria

Iva Nakova

QA Analyst
Varna, Bulgaria

Boris Popov

QA Analyst
Sofia, Bulgaria

Lilyana Dimitrova

QA Specialist
Varna, Bulgaria

Galin Stanchev

QA Specialist
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Past Editions

There have been three QA Academy editions up to now. The first QA Academy took place live in Ruse in 2019. Since then, we’ve upgraded each QA Academy. In 2020, it happened online with a focus on Varna, Plovdiv, and Veliko Tarnovo. The third edition was open for the entire country, and we added automation themes to the curriculum, focusing on training full-stack QAs. As a result, the number of applications for the QA Academy continues to grow with each new edition. Lecturers in the past Academies have been some of the leading MentorMate experts.


QA Academies organized


Applications received


Participants joined


hired QAs at MentorMate

QA Academy Lecture Schedule


  • 01

    Introduction and Soft Skills

    Led by: Stefan Shopov

    09.11.2021 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 02

    Theory of Testing

    Led by: Ivan Georgiev

    11.11.2021 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 03

    Project Phases and Scrum

    Led by: Ekaterina Stamatova

    16.11.2021 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 04

    Stories, Issues & Jira

    Led by: Galin Stanchev

    18.11.2021 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 05

    Testing Documentation Part 1 - Test Cases, Test Suites, and Test Plans

    Led by: Iva Nakova

    23.11.2021 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 06

    Testing Documentation Part 2 - Prioritizing Test Cases, Writing Test Strategy and Test Reports

    Led by: Velislava Minkova

    25.11.2021 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 07

    Web Services Testing

    Led by: Kiril Ivanov

    30.11.2021 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 08

    Web Testing

    Led by: Velislava Minkova & Lilyana Dimitrova

    02.12.2021 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 09

    Mobile Testing

    Led by: Iva Nakova

    07.12.2021 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 10

    Exercise and Discussions Session

    Led by: Kiril Ivanov

    09.12.2021 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 11

    Usability Testing & Time Zone Testing

    Led by: Boris Popov

    14.12.2021 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 12

    Basic jMeter & Performance Testing

    Led by: Stefan Shopov

    16.12.2021 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 13

    MSSQL Testing

    Led by: Umugul Kyazimova

    21.12.2021 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 14.1

    Practical Task - Individually

    23.12.2021 Thu
    /no meeting/
  • Break

  • 14.2

    Practical Task Review

    Led by: Ekaterina Stamatova

    13.01.2022 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 15

    Automation Basics & UI Testing

    Led by: Iliya Yanev

    18.01.2022 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 16

    Automation Web Service Testing

    Led by: Iliya Yanev

    25.01.2022 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Pre exam break

  • 17.1

    Theory Exam

    Led by: Ekaterina Stamatova & Galin Stanchev

    08.02.2022 Tue
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 17.2

    Practice Exam - Team

    Led by: Ekaterina Stamatova

    17.02.2022 Thu
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
How to join the program

Application Process

Our goal is to find the best young talents and help them start their career in the QA field. Therefore, we’ve created a well-structured and competitive hiring process where 5% of applicants enter the program. This application process allows you to prove your motivation, communication skills, technical background, and English command. Your first task will be to shoot a short video presenting yourself and your drive to join the QA Academy. If you pass this stage successfully, you will participate in an online test. Then, the best candidates will have to complete an online interview. We will announce the final group of participants in October.

    1 Sept – 8 Oct
    Video assignment
    TO BE SENT WITHIN 3 DAYS after application
    Online test
    1ST GROUP 21 – 23 Sept
    2ND GROUP 12 – 14 Oct
    Online interview
    1ST GROUP 27 Sept – 1 Oct
    2ND GROUP 18 – 22 Oct
    Final group announcement
    25 – 31 Oct
    9 Nov

Apply now