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ISTQB Software Tester Certification Road Map

ISTQB Software Tester Certification Road Map

Are you ready to take your software testing career to the next level?  ISTQB Certification has a professional pathway for every tester, from Foundation to Advanced to Expert.

Here are some great resources to help you map out your software testing career:

It’s that easy to take the next step up in your software testing career!

ISTQB Certification

A Path to Software Testing Excellence

Foundation Certification

Entry-level certification: 0+ years of experience

ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level (CTFL)

  • Understanding concepts for general types of applications
  • Experience Requirement: None
  • Certification Prerequisite: None

Goals

  • Ensure a broad understanding of the fundamental and key concepts in software testing
  • Provide a foundation for professional growth

Syllabus/body of knowledge covers

  • Fundamentals of testing, test management, testing tools, test planning approaches, and basic test case design skills
  • Optional syllabus-based training courses are typically 3-5 days

Foundation Extension

ISTQB Foundation Agile Tester Extension

  • Understanding concepts for agile testing
  • Experience requirement: None
  • Certification Prerequisite: ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level (CTFL)

Goal

  • Acquire the necessary skills to work effectively within an agile team and environment.

Syllabus/body of knowledge covers

  • Fundamentals of agile testing principles, practices, processes, methods and tools
  • Optional syllabus-based training courses are typically 2 days

Advanced Certification

Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst
Advanced Level Test Analyst
Advanced Level Test Manager
Mid-level certification: 3+ years of experience

ISTQB Certified Tester, Advanced Level (CTAL)

  • Understanding and tailoring of concepts for specific applications
  • Experience Requirement: 3 years of verifiable full-time experience in software or systems testing, development, quality assurance, engineering or a related field
  • Ethics Requirement: Must subscribe to the Code of Ethics as stated in the ISTQB Advanced Level Syllabus
  • Certification Prerequisite: ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level (CTFL)

Goals

  • Ensure consistent understanding and execution of proven practical techniques by seasoned test professionals
  • Support on-going professional growth
  • Lead the software testing profession

Syllabus/body of knowledge covers

  • Advanced behavioral and structural test techniques for testers and programmers, sophisticated test management concepts, test process improvement, test automation, and non-functional tests including performance and usability
  • Optional syllabus-based training courses are approximately 5 days for each of the 3 advanced certification exams

Expert Certification

Expert Level qualifications are planned in the following subjects:
Improving the Test Process
Test Management
Test Automation
Security Testing
Expert-level certification: 7+ years of experience

ISTQB Certified Tester, Expert Level (CTEL)

  • Current certification options include Test Management, Improving the Testing Process, Test Automation Engineering, Test Automation Management (planned for 2015), and Security Testing (planned for 2015).
  • Experience Requirement: At least 7 years of practical testing experience, with at least 2 years of industry experience in the specific Expert Level topic
  • Certification Prerequisite: ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level (CTFL) and Advanced Level (CTAL) module depending on Expert Level module
  • In-depth, practically-oriented certification courses in a range of different testing subjects. Courses provided at Expert Level build on the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level.

Goal

  • Mastery of the subject

Syllabus/body of knowledge covers

  • Higher level learning objectives are the focus, with aspects of both “evaluation” and “creation,” and an in-depth consideration of subjects introduced at Advanced Level
  • Optional syllabus-based training courses are 5+ days