Why Certification is Important for Your QA Analyst Career

Certification for Quality Assurance Analysts: Build Your Skills, Credibility and Career

Build your career by using ISTQB and ASTQB certifications to prove your quality assurance analyst skills.

As a quality assurance analyst, ISTQB and ASTQB certifications prove your software knowledge. This can give you extra recognition, jobs, promotions … and the career you want.

Which certification should I get first as a QA Analyst? What should you do first? All QA analysts should start with the relatively easy, foundational ISTQB CTFL software testing certification. This proves you use the same software quality terms and principles as other QA analysts around the world.

NOTE: You must register for your ISTQB exam via this ASTQB site so you can work for a US company as a contractor or employee. That is because US companies check our official ASTQB list of ISTQB certified testers and QA analysts.

Are you interested in specialty software QA areas? ASTQB has them: agile testing, mobile testing, and advanced (CTAL) testing including specialities such as security testing, test automation engineering, and test management.

See the QA analyst career path / skills path infographic.

“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!”

Software Testing Career Road Map

See how the software testing career road map paves the way for promotion throughout your career.

For those involved in software test engineering, QA and quality, the choice of testing certifications is easy. ISTQB Certification is the most popular and fastest growing software testing certification in the world. ISTQB certification counts more than 570,000 software testing certificates awarded across 100+ countries. It is the standard that employers and managers can use to determine your software testing knowledge and skills. ASTQB is the non-profit organization that leads software testing certification in the U.S. for ISTQB, so U.S. companies check with ASTQB to determine if someone has ISTQB software testing certification.

Not sure where to start in developing and proving your software testing skills? It’s easy:

Learn more below as to why software testers choose ISTQB software quality analyst certification: how it makes you more competitive and paves the way to promotion and opens new opportunities for your career.

Software testers choose ISTQB certification for software testing jobs because:

It could make you more competitive.

Get the power of QA Analyst Certification. If there were two equally-qualified candidates for a software tester or QA job in your company, and only one had ISTQB software quality analyst certification, which candidate would you rather be? Visit our software testing career center to learn the many ways ASTQB helps you build your software testing career. You will also want to download our free white papers: How to Get a Job in Software Testing: 7 Qualities of the Successful Software Testing Job Applicant, and Get Promoted: 4 Ways ISTQB Software Tester Certification Paves The Way For Promotion.

It open doors for software testing jobs

Don’t just take our word for it. Here is what a software tester who holds ISTQB CTFL and CTAL-TM certifications said to us: “My next job is a cinch! They treasure testers with these certificates.” Or this announcement for a person being promoted: “…he helped establish modern R&D methodologies following ISTQB standards….”

Not sure where to start? Mobile testing is particularly important now, and it’s an easy first step. Learn about ASTQB Mobile Software Testing Certification.

A search for the keyword “ISTQB” on popular IT job sites such as Dice.com often result in dozens of job postings that indicate ISTQB software testing certification is a plus or a must. See the ASTQB Software Testing Career Center for job advice, scholarships, internships, and job postings.

It could reduce your company’s or client’s costs

Are you a manager or consultant? See how certified software testers can cut costs by downloading the free white paper, “Cut Software Development Costs”. You and your company/clients may also be able to qualify for lower tech insurance costs thanks to your ISTQB Software Tester Certification. Hiscox Insurance Company is now qualifying technology insurance applicants on whether their software testers are ISTQB Certified. Learn more and see the technology insurance quote form. That’s good news for you, and for the companies that hire you for their software testing jobs.

It gives you the flexibility to choose the education that fits your testing job

We give away the certification syllabus (body of knowledge) that covers the software testing exam topics, and let you choose the education. Take a software testing course from an ASTQB-accredited trainer, or self-study using software testing books and websites – it’s up to you. In addition, the ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification doesn’t ever require recertification.

It gives you a career path to get the software testing or QA job you want

As the world’s most popular software testing certification, ISTQB is recognized in 100+ countries, making you ready for software testing jobs throughout the world. As you progress in the software testing profession, ISTQB is ready with Advanced Level and Expert Level certifications that will give you the recognition you deserve … and open the door to more higher level software testing jobs. Do you like a certain type of software testing? Then you’ll enjoy the Mobile Tester, Agile Tester, and Specialist Tester (Security Tester, Test Automation Engineer), and Business Analyst certifications. You can even post your resume and search for jobs on the ASTQB website – see the Software Testing Career Center.


An excellent overview of the software testing job / career path and how ISTQB fits into it can be found in the article, “Which ISTQB Software Tester Certification is Right for You?

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Are you ready to get started with your ISTQB software quality analyst certification? Review the “Steps to Certification / FAQ” then download the free syllabus (body of knowledge) and glossary of software testing terms.

Do you know an ISTQB certified individual? You can search for a specific ISTQB certified software tester.


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