For the last 5 years I have been a software developer. Before that I was a QA manager/Lead for 5 years. Recently I was laid off, and want to return to the QA field full time. Anyways, it seems a lot of jobs are looking for in depth winrunner experience. I have a little experience in Winrunner, but not much. I have more experience in Robot. My questions are:
1. Is getting certified in winrunner worthwhile/beneficial to QA career?
2. What are some good classes in Winrunner that would prepare you for certification? I see there are some online classes on this site.
3. Does anyone know if there is a trial version of winrunner available somewhere? I know it is expensive, so I did not want to buy it myself.
A good solid foundation of testing methodology bolstered with experience in any of the major tools is very beneficial. There should also be a good number of jobs that require Robot and Rational expertise.
1. Certification in WinRunner would be great if you want to be a WinRunner specialist. If you want to pursue a career in automation it would be very worthwhile, but if you want to stay in the QA Manager role it probably won't be as important.
2. There are classes on this site, or you can contact Mercury Interactive directly. Some of their Solutions Partners also offer the same MI training at a discount.
3. You can go to MI's website and get a 14 day trial.
I would suggest that, since many companies are either changing or have already adopted a Dot.Net approach to their applications, it might be more beneficial to learn Quick TestPro. There is an evaluation copy available from the Mercury Website and it is much more advanced than WinRunner. In fact Mercury would like to see everyone change, but that won't happen for some time yet. Also Load Runner is an excellent tool with many job openings requiring it. Though it is really not a functional tool, but a stress and load testing tool.
I see that you may be in Florida. If you are anywhere near the Tampa Bay area we have a Mercury User Group which will meet in St Petersburg on the 13th of this month. I would like to welcome you to attend. There will be many professionals in all of the tools mentioned and you can get their takes on your choices. In fact Mr. Quickhands will most likely be there too. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you more info by e-mail.