ISTQB Foundation Level Software Testing Certification (CTFL)

ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification (CTFL) is a career essential for those testing software.

Whether you test software all day or just part-time through Agile, DevOps or Continuous Delivery, you need ISTQB Foundation Level testing certification. The Foundation Level provides a common testing vocabulary and testing principles that make you and your team more efficient. This is an easy first step for those testing software.

“My career has definitely improved a lot after taking the CTFL certification. I often get appreciation from my peers and manager when they see the CTFL certification in my office cube.”

Get started right now with free resources to help prepare for the exam: the syllabus (body of knowledge), online glossary, and sample exam questions & answers. They can be found at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: US companies check our list of ISTQB certified testers because we are the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB). It is very important that you register for your ISTQB exam on this ASTQB site if you wish to work for a US company.

If you want to prepare the easy way, take a proven ISTQB testing training course. Take the courses that qualify for ASTQB Proficiency Distinction™ and you’ll get extra recognition that makes you stand out for promotions and jobs.

After Foundation Level, most people who test software choose the straightforward add-ons of ASTQB Mobile Tester and ISTQB Agile Tester so they are ready for promotion.

“I believe that going through the certification process helped me grow tremendously as a software tester, which led to my current position as a Product Manager. Thank you for all that you do!”

Why should you get the career booster of ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification?

  • It shows employers you have a foundation of practical software testing knowledge. If you are new to software testing, it helps you get a software testing job. If you are already an experienced software tester, it proves your existing knowledge and shows you are preparing for promotion. In either case, the software testing career road map shows how your career can reach the highest levels.
  • It gives you a common software testing vocabulary so you can work effectively with other testers and software development teams both locally and around the world. If you’re not yet working with large or distributed teams, this might not seem like a big deal. But having a common set of terms and testing principles saves time, reduces confusion, and leads to better testing.
  • It shows your commitment and desire to improve your software testing skills. Said another way, getting your Foundation Level certification says, “I’ve proven I have what it takes, and I’m ready to take the next step!”

Don’t wait. It is important that you have your ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification as soon as possible. This is the signal you are ready to get the testing job you want.

Begin by reviewing the free glossary, syllabus and sample ISTQB exam questions found below. You will also want to review the steps to certification.

Important: If you work (or might some day work) for an American company or live in the U.S. at any time in your testing career, it is critical that you register for the ASTQB version of the ISTQB Certification exam found on this, the ASTQB website, because American companies check with ASTQB to determine if you have ISTQB Certification. You also get special benefits by taking your exam through ASTQB, such as easier to understand exam questions, and ASTQB-only access to job postings.

If you would prefer to take software testing training rather than self study, be sure to use an ASTQB Accredited Testing Training Provider. The online “dumps” and tutorials quickly thrown together and promoted cheaply on various websites may actually include incorrect information. If you want to be well prepared for the ISTQB exam, you should only use the free ASTQB materials below or choose an ASTQB accredited training providers.


ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)


ISTQB Foundation Level Certification Syllabus

Sample Exam

ISTQB Foundation Level Sample Exams
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ISTQB Foundation Level Sample Exam Answers
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