iSQI Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ)

The Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ) is an accelerated learning Agile certification that has a very practical focus. It is designed to support people with current Agile knowledge to take their skills to a practitioner level in an intensive learning environment.

Learning objectives

  • Agile Mindset – Put into practice all the soft skills appropriate to the Agile Quality Mindset.
  • Faster Delivery – Optimize delivery through implementing automation practices where feasible.
  • Build Quality In, Quality Engineering Principles – Implement the team activities to ensure the product quality objectives for each persona are met from inception (shift left) throughout the product lifecycle. Build the right product, right first time, maximizing business value using repeatable, auditable and adaptable approaches.
  • Scalability – Identify additional risks and changes required to effectively scale processes based on team size and/or distribution.

Target audience

This course is designed for anyone who wants to improve their Agile skills and who is committed to ensuring accelerated quality delivery of working software. This includes developers, BA’s, Project Managers, Team Leaders, Testers, Scrum Masters and all other members of an Agile delivery team.


This is a practitioner’s course. Candidates are expected to have met one of the agile knowledge pre-requisites which can be demonstrated by holding certifications such as iSQI® Certified Agile Essentials (CAE), iSQI® Certified Scrum Master Pro OR have 2 years professional experience working in Agile. ISTQB® Foundation Level Agile Tester could be useful.
Due to the practical experiential learning approach to this course, there is assumed knowledge which, if not met, will make it difficult for candidates to complete the course and assessments within the time boxed course. Candidates are expected to be able to already apply basic practices and techniques, such as:
• Agile Manifesto principles and Scrum events
• Basic test terminology
• Knowledge of the basic SDLC (Software or System Development Life Cycle)

Course and Exam format

Course format

The course is designed for the whole team, as everyone has an equal responsibility for product quality. It covers the key competencies required to function effectively and efficiently whilst delivering quality. The PAQ course features hands on application, and experiential and collaborative learning through discussion and exercises (including access to the PAQ “Ticketz” platform).

Exam format

PAQ candidates are assessed under controlled exam conditions in order to be certified. The assessment may be taken either directly at the end of the PAQ
training course, or separately scheduled. The exam has a duration of 120 minutes in total (25% extra time is available for non-native speakers of the exam language).

The assessment is comprised of two parts (taken together within the 120 minutes):

The “Theoretical Assessment” (40%)
This assesses the candidate’s understanding of the content of  PAQ and includes both multiple choice style questions and a scenario based questions that require short written answers.

The “Practical Assessment” (60%)
The ‘hands-on’ practical assessment includes User Stories, Associated Design Documentation plus a ‘multi-drop’ application seeded with defects. Candidates are awarded the PAQ certificate if they score 60% total marks. Any candidate failing will have an opportunity to schedule a re-sit (a fee will apply). Candidates will be given instructions as to what is expected of them during the practical assessment and the opportunity to create the work products required. Note: any in course soft skills assessment or feedback does not count towards the PAQ certification (no marks are given that count in the final assessment).

In-house training

If you are more than 5 people from same organisation, it can be beneficial to consider the course as in-house training. We conduct the course exclusively for your employees, either as standard as described or tailored to your needs.

In-house training offers several benefits. It can lead to financial savings when training more than five people. This approach fosters intensive exchange of experiences and encourages knowledge sharing among employees. Additionally, it helps in building a common understanding of the subject matter among the workforce. Furthermore, in-house training provides the opportunity for unique customization based on a company’s specific methods and processes.

iSQI Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ)

iSQI Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ)

In-house training or questions?

If you are more than 5 people or just need some help contact us at info@triforkqi.com


Course content

1. Introduction

  • Roles and responsibilities in an Agile Team
  • Traditional Roles in Agile

2. Product Backlog

  • Product Backlog
  • Business Value and Priority
  • Refinement
  • DoD/DoR Acceptance Criteria
  • Test StrategyPl

3. Planning

  • Planning review
  • Risk Assessment
  • Estimation and Velocity

4. Daily Standup

  • Feedback
  • High Performing Teams
  • Task Board
  • Anti-Patterns/ Patterns

5. The Iteration

  • Code Quality
  • Refactoring
  • Automation
  • CI/CD
  • TDD and BDD
  • Exploratory Testing

6. Demo

  • Acceptance Criteria vs Fit for Purpose
  • Demo Execution

7. Retrospective

  • People, Proces, Product Evaluation
  • (Continuous) Improvement Culture
  • Follow up on Result
  • Team and Collaboration
  • Execution of Retrospective

8. Specialities

  • End-2-End in Agile
  • Scaling Agile
  • DevOps


Meet our Trainers

Annemette Clement

She is a accomplished QA mentor and trainer with a master’s degree in IT and product development and has worked as a consultant in testing and quality assurance since 2016. Her expertise spans Test mentor, Test Management, QA Analysis, and Technical Testing across diverse industries. rnShe holds accreditations to instruct in globally recognized certifications such as ISTQB Foundation, ISTQB Agile Tester Extension, ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst, and ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst. Additionally, she has taught numerous TMAP certification courses and, notably, practical test courses.