Microsoft Software Tester Higher Apprenticeship


MCPThe Microsoft Software Tester Higher Apprenticeship Programme

The programme is designed to teach the fundamental principles of software testing whilst also preparing the individual to achieve a MTA in Software Development, an ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) and a Microsoft MCP in Software Testing with Visual Studio qualification.


As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Testhouse are a perfect partner to support the delivery of our apprenticeship as a specialist in Microsoft’s Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS).

Testhouse can provide a range of training to support this apprenticeship programme including:

  • Team Foundation Server (TFS)


  • Coded UI (Test Automation)


  • Web and Load Testing


  • Test Management using Microsoft Test Manager


  • Agile Testing


  • Functional and Non-functional Testing


As a collaborative business partnership Microsoft, PDS and Testhouse will be working with, and supporting Software Industry Partners and companies across England, supporting the skills needed for growth.

The Microsoft Partner Apprenticeship Programme was launched nationally in January 2010 and since then over 11,000 people are on or have completed their Apprenticeship.

Microsoft apprentices are primarily Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeships,  The Microsoft apprentice programmes are delivered by a select group of seven Microsoft Learning Partners, including PDS, and all Apprentices are employed by Microsoft Partners and customers, following both the existing Apprentice frameworks for ICT and increasingly the new Apprenticeship Standards. The majority of the Apprenticeships are with SMEs.  

With the support of Microsoft and its Learning Partners, over 7,000 companies have participated in the scheme and we anticipate that this year there will be just under 4,500 new starts across all our programmes, representing up to a third of all IT Apprenticeship starts in the UK.

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