This two-day training course provides a hands-on walk through to allow attendees to understand the steps in making Selenium function in the real world.

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The consumer is putting increasing demands on organisations to deliver applications across many devices, browsers and platforms. With increasing pressure being put on test tool budgets, IT professionals are looking to the open source market for test automation tools.

Selenium allows both developers and testers to automate tests against applications and execute them against multiple browsers. This Selenium training course aims at providing a solid foundation to the attendee in understanding automated testing using Selenium.

The objectives of this course are not only to teach what the tool is capable of doing, but to focus on the practical steps required to make automation using Selenium work. The course provides a hands-on walkthrough to allow attendees to understand the steps in making Selenium function in the real world.

Course Objectives

On completion of the course, attendees will understand how to configure Selenium and how to automate tests using the tool.

Course Outline


  • Automation overview
  • Core skills taught on the course

Selenium IDE

  • Overview of Selenium IDE
  • Available add-ins
  • Recording and replay of a Selenium IDE test
  • Firebug, Firepath and other object recognition tools
  • Assertions and Verifications
  • Exporting a Selenium IDE test as Java

Creating Selenium Scripts in IntelliJ IDE

  • Installing and configuring InterlliJ
  • Creating a basic automated test and a test suite
  • Executing a test and test suite through InterlliJ
  • Importing a test from Selenium IDE

Selenium WebDriver

  • Components of a Selenium Webdriver test in JUnit
  • Annotations in WebDriver
  • Interacting with the AUT: object locators
  • Actions on WebElements

Data Driving Selenium Tests

  • Use of data sources (e.g. Excel spreadsheets, CSV files, databases) to provide increased maintainability flexibility.

Debugging and coding

  • Setting breakpoints
  • Retrieving values on-the-fly
  • Stepping through code
  • Using observations from the application under test and data source
  • Making deductions
  • Building and testing a hypothesis

Page Object Model

  • Introducing the Page Object Model: concept of re-use
  • The concept of Public and Private and its uses
  • How to access the page objects in a test script

Object Recognition

  • Why it is hard to identify an object. The need to be unique, stable, navigable. 
  • Choice of element locator
  • Use of multiple locator properties
  • Use of XPath or CSS
  • Use of Xpath and CSS patterns
  • Use of ordinal identifiers
  • XPath and CSS syntax: how to use the firepath tool to write more stable locators
  • Descriptive programming for dynamic objects
  • How to navigate web iframes

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and Cucumber

  • Feature files
  • Step definitions
  • Runner classes
  • An outside-in test driven approach to developing an automation test.

Who should attend

Agile testers, test automation specialist looking to learn Selenium and testers wishing to become test automation specialists.


Although it is beneficial that attendees have a coding background (ideally in Java), this is not essential. The code examples used during the course are available in the training environment for all attendees to access.

Your benefits at a glance

  • Learn the most up-to-date methodology
  • Deliver increased efficiency and effectiveness to your team
  • Learn through best practices and real examples
  • Learn  with trainers who have proven track records
  • Flexible delivery with online learning options
  • Train with the world’s leading quality specialist for digital business

Recommended Follow-on courses

  • Using Cucumber with Selenium
  • Using Selenium Practical Workshop