8 October – 3 December, 2019 Ruse University

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 expert. And yes, it’s free!

About the Academy

Academy start
October 2019

Six weeks 

Twice a week

Duration per session
2h 30min

Ruse University

Five QA experts

QA Fundamentals Theory and Practice

Take-home assignment after each lecture

All sessions will be recorded

Theoretical and practical exam

Suitable for
People interested in QA

Beginners, no previous experience required


8 OCT 2019


10 OCT 2019


15 OCT 2019

Project Phases and Scrum – Jenya Tineva

17 OCT 2019

Stories, Issues & Jira – Jenya Tineva

22 OCT 2019

Test Cases and Test Strategy – Velislava Minkova

24 OCT 2019

Web Testing – Jenya Tineva

Week off

5 NOV 2019

Mobile Testing – Velislava Minkova

7 NOV 2019

Usability Testing & Time Zone Testing –  Jenya Tineva

12 nov 2019

Web Services Testing – Umugul Kyazimova

14 nov 2019

Basic jMeter & Performance Testing – Stefan Shopov

19 nov 2019

MSSQL Testing – Umugul Kyazimova

Week off

26 nov 2019

Theoretical Exam – Ekaterina Stamatova

3 dec 2019

Practical Exam – Ekaterina Stamatova

„Quality means doing it right
even when no one is looking.“

– Henry Ford

Meet your mentors

Stefan Shopov

As a QA Lead in the QA department, Stefan balances between several roles – a mentor, a trainer, a QA expert and a great helping hand in the development of MentorMate’s office in his home city of Ruse. He has been an integral part of the MentorMate team for over 5 years. Stefan is also a certified Scrum Master, has an ISTQB Foundation Level certificate and has gone through a CISCO CCNA training. He loves to share his knowledge in different trainings at MentorMate and also talked at the DevTalks event in 2017 and at a QA workshop at MobCon Europe. Being an active sportsperson, Stefan is a table tennis fan, a cyclist, and a round-the-world traveler – he has already visited 32 countries on 5 continents.

Jenya Tineva

Jenya has more than 7 years of experience with QA. She joined MentorMate in 2015 and since the end of 2018, she has been leading her own team of QAs. She’s worked on а broad range of projects – CRMs and healthcare systems, mobile аnd weather apps, online newspapers, ID scanning systems and many more. Jenya is a very active person, not only in her work but outside of it. In her free time, she leads dance classes. The most valuable thing for her is sharing her knowledge with those who want to learn and seeing them grow.

Umugul Kyazimova

Working in the IT sector was Umugul’s childhood dream and it was nothing short of natural when she started as а .NET developer. Shortly after, in 2016, she joined MentorMate as a QA. She enjoys working with colleagues from all over the world, learning new technologies and sharing her experience with new team members. Outside of her office hours, Umugul loves to read books, take long walks with friends and go to car races.

Velislava Minkova

Belonging to that 1% of humankind who hate chocolate and love physics, Velislava stepped into the professional world as a teacher in physics. After a while, however, a friend hooked her to quality assurance, a sphere of daily challenges and great variety. So, for the past 2 years, she has been part of MentorMate’s QA team, testing responsive sites, mobile apps, admin portals, and much more, using multiple testing tools and technologies.

Ekaterina Stamatova

“Life is just like a game”, an Einstein quote goes. For Ekaterina, too, a whole new chapter opened when a friend asked her to test a game he was working on. Within a day, she found a lot of bugs and thought that was a fun job. And here she is now – testing software, giving trainings in web services courses and mentoring newcomers at MentorMate. A never-failing thirst for knowledge makes everyday challenges into perks for her, so it is only logical that she is a certified Scrum Master, holds an ISTQB Foundation Level certification and even a Japanese language proficiency diploma. Ekaterina takes great pleasure in reading and travelling and has already been to 18 countries (yet, still catching up with Stefan).

Applying for the QA Academy is now closed. Good luck!