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"Knowledge with experience is power; certification is just a by-product"

What is CP-MAT?

CP-MAT stands for "Certified Professional – Master Agile Testing" certification prepared and honored by "Agile Testing Alliance" & "Universiti Teknologi Malaysia".

CP-BAT is the prerequisite for this next level of certification. Alternatively you should have Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® or similar basic Agile training. In absence of this you should be having at least 1 year of proven relevant experience in Agile or Testing.

The course is applicable for all roles and not just "testers". Knowledge, experience & certification is consciously designed to focus on "agile testing" and not on "agile testers".

How is it useful?

    CP-MAT gets help you get into the testing mindset in an agile project. It helps you utilize your testing experience in learning hands on Agile testing.It instills the "Quality is everyone's responsibility" concept in the minds of the participants. It is useful for even to an experienced tester to apply the "regular" testing techniques to an Agile project. The concepts of Agile process with context to testing are covered during the course along with the associated best practices for Testing in an Agile Project. The course takes a hands-on approach while covering Release Planning, User Stories Review, Estimation, Sprint Planning, Agile Test Strategy, Testing debt, Testing DoD, Test Reporting and Metrics. This also introduces the participants to the concepts of TDD, ATDD, BDD and Continuous Integration (which are covered in detailed in the next level course CP-AAT). You will get a ready to use Agile Testing Tool Kit which will aid you in your testing projects.

Am I Eligible?

    Anyone who is CP-BAT certified is eligible for CP-MAT. Alternatively you should have Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® or similar basic Agile training and a testing background which includes certification from ISTQB/QAI/similar. In absence of this you should be having at least 1 year of proven relevant experience in Agile or Testing.


    CP-MAT is designed specifically for corporates and working professionals alike. If you are a corporate you can opt for either 5 half days course or 3 days course followed by an examination. If you are a working professional opt for 3 days course followed by an examination.
    CP-MAT is an open exam. If you are already aware about agile testing you can directly take the CP-MAT exam without undergoing a formal training from ATA.

Learning Objectives of CP-MAT

    1. Agile Fundamentals
    1.1. Quick Overview on Agile - Agile history, manifesto & principles

    Get everyone on one page about why agile and benefits of agile over traditional development. Reinforce agile manifesto and principles. Experience agility in action.
    1.2. Learn who, when and why agile manifesto was drafted? Understand what agile is and what is not. Learn about Scrum

    Learn about Scrum basics, important artifacts, meetings, roles. Learn what is a Release. Immerse into agile mindset. Experience Agility.

    2. Agile Testing
    2.1. What is Agile Testing?
    Justify the need of Agile Testing and why testing should be treated differently or not in an Agile project.
    Apply the classic Testing Strategy for a case study and then understanding the difference that an agile project would throw
    Learn and discuss the challenges that agile projects bring in our classical testing thinking
    2.2. Agile Testing mindset
    It is not just the tricks and techniques that need to be learned in order to do testing in an Agile project, it calls for overall shift in the mindset. How whole team approach is important and how testers can contribute in agile projects.
    2.3. Agile Testing Principles
    Learn agile testing principles and values.


    3. User Stories and Role of Agile Testers
    Learn user stories and understand the role of Testers in reviewing and collaborating for user stories. To be able to size and estimate the user stories by practicing agile estimation techniques.

    4. Agile Testing Iteration Zero
    4.1. Test Strategy and Release Planning
    Introduction on overall test strategy for an Agile Project and introducing the tool kit which can be modified to suit the specific agile project needs. Give out ready to use templates and ideas which the participants would need to use for the
    sprints further down the releases. Understand the activities that needs to be taken care off during the iteration Zero

    Learn the importance of Test Preparation, Test Environment, Test Data, Tools, Regression Strategy, Training, User Story elaboration, Metrics for the overall testing strategy in an agile project and the activities which can be addressed before the first real iteration or sprint kicks over.

    Learn the importance of defect tracking from an agile testing perspective

    4.2. Test Metrics

    Identifying important and relevant testing metrics for an Agile Project. Introducing the team to the Agile Testing Metric Tool kit. Understand how to keep track of agile testing as the iterations proceed. To be able to visually share the project status using tools like Task Board and its implementation for Testing tasks before the iteration starts, during the iteration and after the iterations gets over.


    5. Optimized Test Design and Test execution
    Learn the importance of just enough documentation. Learn how the Test design technique needs to be optimized in an Agile project. Learn the importance for the Agile testers to do more in less time. Learn some tools and techniques for become agile tester in agile projects or even in non-agile projects.

  • Learn Exploratory Testing, context driven testing and some templates from the MAT Tool Kit
  • Learn Orthogonal array and Pair Wise Test Design Technique
  • Learn the importance of Buddy Testing / Pairing in general
  • Learning scenario based testing
  • Learning non-GUI based testing concepts

6. Agile testing – Practice Iteration 1

Practice all agile and testing fundamentals throughout the course on a case study of a dummy project.Experience the theory of the previous sections and explore the concepts first hand while testing on an Agile project Sprint/Drop Case study. Experience practical agile testing by creating test plan, test cases and test results through an agile project setup.

Implement the tool kit for Iteration 1 by doing the following

  • Test Plan Creation
  • Test Design and Test Scenario Creation
  • Test Execution during the iteration=
  • Retrospective


7. Test Automation and Regression Testing
7.1. Why Automation?
Automation is done on traditional projects as well, what's different in an Agile Automation Strategy?
7.2. Continuous Integration
Learn what is continuous Integration and the importance of continous integration for Agile Projects and Test Automation

8. Agile Testing - Practice Iteration 2
Apply the learning from Iteration 1 to get better at the Iteration two of the case study
Implement the tool kit for Iteration 2 by doing the following


  • Test Plan Creation
  • Test Design and Test Scenario Creation
  • Test Execution during the iteration=
  • Retrospective

9. Agile testing – Other Facets
9.1. Development Driven Tests
Learn the what is TDD and Unit Testing and their importance for the agile tester
9.2. ATDD and BDD
Learn how the Test Driven development concepts has evolved into ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development) and its relevance for Agile Testing. Also Learn what is Behavior driven development. How ATDD and BDD help in testing from business perspective
9.3. Non-functional Testing
Understand how the other types of testing, specially the non-functional testing can be carried out during an agile project. When should the Non-functional testing be done and its impact on the Agile life Cycle.
9.4. Why AC are not same as DoD
Understand DoD – Definition of Done. Establish the concepts of Acceptance Criteria of User Story, how to extract Acceptance Criteria. Understandwhy User Story is not done even after the acceptance criteria are met. Understand how to test acceptance criteria and more so that DoD is met.
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9.5. Managing Testing Debt
Understanding what is debt in Agile projects and how the testing debts gets accumulated over a period of time. Also understand how to take care of Testing debts.
9.6. Refactoring
Understanding what is Refactoring and its relevance from a Testing perspective
9.7. Agile for a large and distributed teams
Understand organization and logistics challenges. Understanding how Agile can be implemented for large and distributed teams.
9.8. Agile for Independent Testing organizations
Understanding how can Independent testing organizations adapt to the agile ways and use this as an advantage for winning testing projects