School Catalog

Learnix Center School Catalog: Software testing/QA and Cybersecurity  Courses

General Information 

Learnix Tree Center (main campus) 1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350 Vienna, VA 22182 

The Learnix Tree Center is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher  Education for Virginia (SCHEV): 

Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education 101 N. 14th Street Richmond VA 23219 

Phone number: 804-225-2600 

Web address:

School History & Development 

Since 2012 the Learnix Tree Center has been an authorized Training Provider  Partner of Target Labs, Inc. All school instructors are practicing IT professionals  with 20+ years of experience and comparable academic training. The Learnix  Tree Center develops integrated programs that include academic training,  hands-on practical experience and ‘soft-skills’ development.

Distance Learning / Online Learning 

Powers, Duties and Responsibilities 

The governing board consists of two owners: 

Andrew Duplyakin, Co-Founder of Learnix Tree Center, a seasoned IT  professional with a proven track record in technology leadership and 20 years  of experience in IT. Possesses a blend of expertise in infrastructure and  software architecture, system integration and analysis, as well as design and  development. Andrew Duplyakin serves as a Director and Administrator of the  school.

Larry Poltavtsev, Co-founder of Learnix Tree Center, President and CEO of  Target Labs, Inc. with almost 20 years of technology and entrepreneur  experience. A subject matter expert in IT consulting, IT staffing, IT security, and  project development with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. Has a thorough  knowledge of the IT industry and the IT labor market, and is an expert in IT  career advising and development. Larry Poltavtsev supervises and executes  Software Testing projects for multiple Fortune 500 clients in his position as the  president of Target Labs. Larry Poltavtsev serves as an Administrator of the  school. 

Offered Academic Programs in Virginia 

Software Quality Assurance and Software Testing 

Modality 1: On-campus (face-to-face) 

Modality 2: Distance Learning / Online Learning 

Certified Cybersecurity Technician (CCT) 

Modality 1: Distance Learning / Online Learning 


The Learnix Tree Center library is conveniently located in the cloud (Google  Drive) for regular student use. The library includes but is not limited to the  following materials: assignment book, course materials and slides, handouts,  testing documentation templates, sample project documentations, testing  metrics templates. The library service is accessible to students 24 hours a day  via the Internet. 

Office Hours: 

The Learnix Tree Center maintains the following business hours:

● Monday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

● Tuesday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

● Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

● Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

Outside of training hours, students are able to meet with instructors and  administrators during the following office hours: 

● Monday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

● Tuesday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

● Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

● Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm 

Student Communications / School Communications The Learnix Tree Center recognizes clear communications as a vital part of the  educational process. We practice an open door policy for all students and  faculty members. 

All students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors while in  class. The Learnix Tree Center instructors facilitate student participation during  all academic sessions. Outside of the classroom hours students are encouraged  to (a) contact their instructor via email/phone/voicemail/IM/Zoom video  conferencing/scheduling face-to-face meetings; (b) communicate with their  peers on-campus in study groups and off-campus via instructor-approved  email lists/IM threads/etc. 

Both students and faculty are encouraged to communicate with the Learnix  Tree Center administration at any time by either scheduling a face-to-face  meeting or via email/phone/voicemail. 

Students can also communicate with the school and instructors regarding career development, placement and other academic activities. 

Off-Campus Assistance 

The Learnix Tree Center offers Distance Learning / Online Learning modality.   

All activities related to the online modality are outlined in the Distance   

Learning / Online Learning Policy and attached to this Catalog.

The Learnix Tree Center offers optional career development / resume writing /  ‘soft skills’ development / interview training workshops and placement  assistance sessions conducted by the professional technical recruiters and life  coaches. Two (2) workshops are offered per program totalling six (6) hours. Transferability of Courses, Diplomas, Certificates 

The Learnix Tree Center courses and certificates are not transferable to other  schools. The Learnix Tree Center does not transfer any courses, diplomas or  certificates from any other school. 

Admission, Entrance Requirements, and Enrollment

The Learnix Tree Center Calendar Academic Terms: 

Winter 2023 

Spring/Summer 2023 Fall 2023 

Winter 2024 

Federal Holidays (School Closed)  

New Year’s Day  

Memorial Day  

Independence Day  

Labor Day  

Thanksgiving Day  


An applicant who desires admission must provide The Learnix Tree Center with  an Application for Admission/Enrollment. 

The Application for Admission/Enrollment and tuition payment should be  submitted before the training session start date. 

The application will not be processed without the tuition fee. The Learnix Tree Center will not accept transfer credits from another  institution 

Learnix center entrance requirements: 

● 18 years of age and older 

● Education level and proof: not required 

● Work Experience: not required 

● Government issued ID 

Student Disclosure Information 

A student’s academic progress will be measured according to the following  scale: 

Pass Grades (P) 

The grade of P is used to indicate successful completion of a course. A grade of  P carries credit. Pass grades require a level of performance at least equal to a  letter grade of B. 

Low Pass (LP) 

The grade of LP is used to indicate satisfactory completion of a course. A grade  of LP carries credit. LP grades require a level of performance at least equal to a  letter grade of C-. 

No-Pass Grades (NP) 

The grade of NP is used to indicate unsatisfactory performance in a course. A  grade of NP results in no credit earned. 

Incomplete Grade (l) 

The instructor may issue a grade of I (for Incomplete) when certain criteria  have been met and satisfactory student-instructor arrangements have been  made. 

The deadline for completion of an Incomplete is one calendar year. The  instructor may set a shorter deadline, which is binding. Failure to make up the  Incomplete by the end of one year will result in the mark of I automatically  changing to a grade of NP. 

Successful completion of a minimum of 96 clock hours of course credit with  grades of LP or better is required for graduation. 

Students will be given their official progress report within a week of the  midterm and at the end of the training program. 

Appeals and Grievances from Students Overview 

Students may appeal decisions about enrollment, grades, or general academic  policies to The Learnix Tree Center according to the procedures that follow.  Only students may submit appeals. Appeals must be made within 30 days of  the decision about enrollment, grades, or general academic policy. Learnix  Tree Center will respond to the claim within 30 days. 


Students who wish to appeal penalties attached to missed deadlines must 

submit appeals in writing to the Administrator of the Learnix Tree Center.

Grading and Classroom Issues 

Students who wish to appeal a grade must first attempt to resolve the issue  with the instructor of the course. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student  will consult with the Program Director. If this proves unsuccessful in the  resolution of the matter, the student may appeal to the President of the  Learnix Tree Center. 

 Appealing to The Learnix Tree Center Rules

Students whose petitions for exemption from the Learnix Tree Center rules  have been denied by the Program Director may appeal to the President of the  Learnix Tree Center. 

The student should follow the above process and may contact the State Council of Higher Education as a last resort. State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV): 

Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education 101 N. 14th Street Richmond VA 23219 

Phone number: 804-225-2600 

Web address: 

Students will not be subjected to discrimination by any school officials as a  result of initiating a complaint. 

Probation, Dismissal, and Readmission 

A minimum grade average of LP must be maintained by all students. A student whose grades fall below the minimum satisfactory requirement of LP  will be placed on probation for one term. If the student does not achieve a  minimum cumulative grade of LP or above at the end of the term, he or she  will be dismissed from the school. 

A student will be permitted to re-enter the program at the beginning of the  next term if the student petitions the school’s admission committee with an  explanation of how the student has resolved the problems causing the  unsatisfactory progress or conduct. 

Student Records 

The school will permanently retain a transcript of students’ academic and  course work. This record will include the academic and course progress at the  

school including programs of study, dates of enrollment, courses taken and  completed, grades, and indications of the students’ states (graduated, on  probation, etc.). The admission records for each student will be maintained by  the school for three years after the student’s last date of attendance. The  financial records for each student will be maintained by the school for three  years after the student’s last date of attendance. 

The School will afford a student certain rights with respect to his or her  educational records. These include: 

● The right to inspect and review his or her education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. 

● The right to request the amendment of education records that he or she believes are inaccurate or misleading. 

● The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in his or her education records. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. 

Program Areas and Telecommunications Activities 

Learnix Tree Center offers programs in various fields, with an emphasis on QA  and cybersecurity. We also engage in telecommunications activities to extend  our educational reach. 

The School will maintain records on all enrolled students: 

1. Each student’s application for admission and admissions records containing information regarding the educational qualifications of each regular  student admitted that are relevant to the postsecondary school’s admissions  standards. Each student record must reflect the requirements and justification  for admission of the student to the postsecondary school. Admissions records  must be maintained by the school, its successors, or its assigns for a minimum  of three years after the student’s last date of attendance. 

2. A transcript of each student’s academic or course work at the school, which  shall be retained permanently in either hard copy forms or in an electronic  database with backup by the school, its successors, or its assigns. 3. A record of student academic or course progress at the school including  programs of study, dates of enrollment, courses taken and completed, grades, 

and indication of the student’s current status (graduated, on probation, etc.)  must be retained permanently. Any changes or alterations to student records  must be accurately documented and signed by an appropriate school official. 

4. A record of all financial transactions between each individual student and  the school, including payments from the student, payments from other sources  on the student’s behalf, and refunds. Fiscal records must be maintained for a  minimum of three years after the student’s last date of attendance. When  tuition and fees are paid by the student in installments, a clear disclosure of  truth-in-lending statement must be provided to and signed by the student. 5. The school shall make the documents referenced in subdivisions 1 through 4  of this subsection available to the student upon request. Academic transcripts  shall be provided upon request if the student is in good financial standing.


Student Conduct 

The Learnix Tree Center Training Program provided for students is solely for  training purposes. The Training Programs may not be copied, reproduced,  stored in a retrieval system, or retransmitted in whole or in part, in any form or  by any means, whether electrical, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or  otherwise without the prior written permission of the Learnix Tree Center. Attendance/Leave of Absence Information 

If a student’s absences exceed 15 clock hours of the scheduled hours in a  program, the school will withdraw the student from the program. The school  does not allow for a leave of absence. A student would be required to  withdraw and re-enroll at the beginning of the next term. 

A student arriving over 10 minutes tardy for a scheduled class will be marked  absent for the full time of that class. 

Tuition, Fees and Refunds 

Software Testing/Quality Assurance Program and Certified Cybersecurity 

Technician tuition is $4,500.00 for each course. This tuition includes all 

required books and materials.

Refund policy follows the SCHEV refund policy: 

Proportion of Total Program Taught by Withdrawal DateTuition Refund
1-25% 75% Refund
26-50 50%
51-75% 25%
76-100% No refund

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A copy of this regulation can be obtained from the school Administrator.   

All students are expected to pay their tuition either upfront or before the end   

of the program via an installment plan at zero (0) percent interest as per the   

attached Truth-in-Lending document.


Our purpose is to provide high-quality education and training programs that  align with industry demands. Our offerings are consistent with our mission to  prepare students for successful careers in Software Testing/Qa and  cybersecurity. 

Software Quality Assurance and Software Testing Program  Curriculum 

Certificate — Software Testing/Quality Assurance 

As demand for IT testers and analysts soars in today’s IT market, Learnix Tree  Center has developed a comprehensive, robust training program designed to  qualify students for Quality Analyst and Software Tester positions. Students  will gain the knowledge of theory and best practices, as well as develop  practical skills through hands-on exercises. To set students up for success, they  will receive resume-writing and interview strategy tips as part of this program. The length of the program is 96 clock hours.


Course Description / Objectives / Outcomes 

Building a Career in Software Testing 

compensated. Explore skills and experience necessary to build a successful IT  career. Understand the Fundamentals of Testing. 

This course teaches students to conduct a risk-based quality factor ranking.  Students will master working with quality factors and attributes by studying  theory on quality factors, the purpose of ranking, and best practices. Specific  hands-on practice prepares students to apply these skills on the job. Testing Principles and Techniques 

Explore different categories of testing: dynamic versus static testing, Black box  testing, White box testing, Gray box testing. Explain differences between test  types. Detailed discussion about various testing techniques and how to apply  these techniques to different types of projects. Focus is on critical skills  required for different types of testing. 

No two projects are alike, so testing needs to fit the needs of each project. This  course explores the different types of testing such as dynamic testing, static  testing, Black box testing, White box testing, and Gray box testing. Students  discuss the differences between testing techniques, and when and how to  apply these techniques, no matter what type of project they may be working  on. 

Web and E-commerce Testing 

Study different types of Web Systems and basic Web architecture. Explore the  layers of a typical web/E-commerce application and processing on each layer.  Practice finding potential defects associated with each layer. This course teaches students to work with different types of Web Systems and  basic Web architecture to find potential defects. Students will study the typical  layers of Web and E-commerce applications, understand common defects at  each layer, and practice finding them. 

508 Compliance/Accessibility Testing 

Lecture/Seminar introducing Section 508, focusing on Accessibility Web  standards and testing tools. 

Accessibility, or Section 508, testing is crucial to avoiding federal lawsuits for  noncompliance. This lecture-based course focuses on guidelines, standards, and  testing tools to make sure websites meet accessibility guidelines. SQL Database for Testers 

Study different types of databases. Explore basic concepts and SQL tools, and  how to apply these tools. Practice with SQL tools.

This course explores different types of databases and the basic concepts of  testing databases. Students will learn the different types of SQL tools available  to them and how to apply these tools, before getting plenty of guided practice. 

Writing Effective Test Documentation 

Study different types of test documentation. Understand test planning,  including how to organize test cases, and writing and tracking test cases.  Practice how to create effective test documentation: test plans, test cases,  traceability matrices, and defect reports. Study Test Management, Test  Planning, and Defect Management. 

Finding defects during testing is only half the battle; it’s useless without the  ability to clearly direct developers to the defect. This course explains different  types of test documentation such as test plans, test cases, traceability matrices,  and defect reports, and how to write each one effectively. Students will also  learn about Test Management, Test Planning, and Defect Management. Software Tools 

Discussion on testing tools being used in the industry, test management, and  productivity tools. 

Explore test automation tools such as HP QTP, Rational Functional Tester, and  Selenium. Practice using different types of testing tools. 

This course will help you automate and manage parts of your workflow.  Students will learn about and practice using testing, management, and productivity tools used in the industry (i.e., HP QTP, Rational Functional Tester,  and Selenium). 

Hands-on Project 

Professional Practice 

This workshop-type course provides students practical experience in testing a  web application for an external client with several minor enhancements,  different release versions, and change requests. During the 21-hour workshop,  students will have the opportunity to review and report requirements issues  and concerns, create and develop test cases in MS Excel, execute manual test  cases for releases and report defects via Bugzilla and JIRA, perform basic  backend testing, write SQL queries to validate data, and perform automation  testing using Selenium IDE. The project will be monitored by an instructor. The student may not be considered as a graduate or issued a graduation  credential until this workshop has been satisfactorily completed. 

Certified Cybersecurity Technician (CCT) Course Overview

Learnix Center’s Cybersecurity Course, designed to empower you with the  knowledge and skills needed to excel in the dynamic field of cybersecurity. Our  comprehensive program covers a wide range of topics to prepare you for a  successful career in safeguarding digital assets and protecting against evolving  cyber threats. 

Our Cybersecurity Course is carefully structured to provide you with a deep  understanding of the following key areas: 

1. Information Security Threats and Vulnerabilities 

 – Explore the landscape of cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities.  – Learn how to identify and assess potential risks. 

2. Information Security Attacks 

 – Study various types of cyberattacks and their methodologies.  – Understand the motives behind cyberattacks and their impact. 

3. Network Security Fundamentals 

 – Gain a solid foundation in network security principles. 

 – Learn about security protocols, VPNs, and firewalls. 

4. Identification, Authentication, & Authorization 

 – Explore the concepts of user identity, authentication, and access control.  – Discover methods for securely managing user credentials. 

5. Network Security Controls – Administrative Controls 

 – Understand the role of administrative controls in network security.  – Learn about security policies, procedures, and compliance. 

6. Network Security Controls – Physical Controls 

 – Explore physical security measures to protect network infrastructure.  – Study techniques for securing data centers and server rooms. 

7. Network Security Controls – Technical Controls

 – Dive into technical controls, including intrusion detection and prevention  systems. 

 – Explore security technologies such as antivirus and anti-malware solutions. 

8. Network Security Assessment Techniques and Tools 

 – Learn how to assess network security using various techniques and tools.  – Conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. 

9. Application Security 

 – Study best practices for securing web and mobile applications.  – Explore common vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies. 

10. Virtualization and Cloud Computing 

 – Understand security challenges and solutions in virtualized and cloud  environments. 

 – Learn about cloud security models and technologies. 

11. Wireless Network Security 

 – Explore wireless network security protocols and encryption.  – Learn to secure Wi-Fi networks and prevent unauthorized access. 

12. Mobile Device Security 

 – Study mobile device security principles. 

 – Discover methods for securing smartphones and tablets. 

13. IoT and OT Security 

 – Explore the security challenges posed by the Internet of Things (IoT) and  Operational Technology (OT). 

 – Learn to protect critical infrastructure and IoT devices. 

14. Cryptography 

 – Understand the principles of encryption and decryption.  – Explore cryptographic algorithms and their applications. 

15. Data Security

 – Learn how to protect sensitive data at rest and in transit.  – Study data encryption, access controls, and data loss prevention. 

16. Network Troubleshooting 

 – Develop skills in identifying and resolving network issues.  – Learn troubleshooting techniques for network security incidents. 

17. Network Traffic Monitoring 

 – Explore tools and techniques for monitoring network traffic.  – Detect anomalies and potential security threats. 

18. Network Logs Monitoring and Analysis 

 – Learn to collect and analyze network logs for security insights.  – Identify security incidents through log analysis. 

19. Incident Response 

 – Develop an incident response plan and framework. 

 – Learn how to mitigate and recover from security incidents. 

20. Computer Forensics 

 – Explore digital forensics techniques and tools. 

 – Learn to gather and analyze evidence for cybercrime investigations. 

21. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 

 – Understand the importance of business continuity planning.  – Develop strategies for disaster recovery and data backup. 

22. Risk Management 

 – Study risk assessment and risk management methodologies.  – Learn to evaluate and mitigate cybersecurity risks. 

Course Format 

Our Cybersecurity Course is offered in a flexible format, allowing you to choose  from in-person, online, or blended learning options. The program includes 

lectures, hands-on labs, real-world simulations, and practical assignments to  ensure a well-rounded learning experience. 


Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Learnix Center  Cybersecurity Certification, recognized as a testament to your expertise in  cybersecurity. 

Leave of Absence Policy 

Our leave of absence policy is detailed, providing guidance to students who  may need to take a temporary break from their studies. 

Faculty Accessibility 

We have policies in place to ensure faculty accessibility for academic and  course advising, both on-site and through distance education. 

Career Advising and Placement Services 

Learnix Tree Center offers career advising and placement services to support  students in achieving their career goals by providing special classes and post graduation support. 


Information on the transferability of courses and credentials earned at Learnix  Tree Center is provided for students’ awareness. 

Ownership and Faculty Information 

Andrew Duplyakin, Co-Founder of Learnix Tree Center, a seasoned IT  professional with a proven track record in technology leadership and 20 years  of experience in IT. Possesses a blend of expertise in infrastructure and  software architecture, system integration and analysis, as well as design and  development. 

Larry Poltavtsev, Co-Founder of Learnix Tree Center, President and CEO of  Target Labs, Inc. with almost 20 years of technology and entrepreneur  experience. A subject matter expert in IT consulting, IT staffing, IT security, and 

project development with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. Has a thorough  knowledge of the IT industry and the IT labor market, and is an expert in IT  career advising and development. 

Michael Fabrik, Instructor, and Lead Software Tester with over 20 years of  experience in the full life cycle of software and systems development for  scientific, commercial, and financial systems. Graduated from Moscow  Transport University in Moscow with a M.S. in Computer Science. 

Disclaimer: Learnix Center reserves the right to modify the curriculum and  course offerings as needed to ensure the most up-to-date content and  industry relevance.