Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) is core to the ISTQB Certified Tester Scheme. The syllabus has been updated to maintain its relevance and to reflect the current state of the software testing industry. The changes to the syllabus are the result of extensive feedback and review; the updated syllabus further supports the requirements of individuals and employers for skills in testing.
From 4th June 2018.
The 2018 syllabus is available for download here.
There are fewer K1 and K2 learning objectives and there is increased focus on practical K3 learning objectives. Additionally, there is more emphasis on review in Chapter 3 and less on white box testing in Chapter 4.
For information contact your ISTQB Member Board or Exam Provider.
Phase out of the 2011 syllabus exams will depend on the language.
Exams for the 2011 syllabus and the 2018 syllabus (when available from your local Member Board or Exam Provider) will run in parallel until 3rd June 2019 (12 months).
From 4th June 2019, only the 2018 syllabus exams will be available in English.
Exams for the 2011 syllabus and the 2018 syllabus (when available from your local Member Board or Exam Provider) will run in parallel until 3rd December 2019 (18 months).
From 4th December 2019, only the 2018 syllabus exams will be available in all languages.
The pass mark is 65% (there has been no change to the current exam pass mark). A minimum of 26 correct answers out of 40 questions is required to pass (each question is worth one mark only).
The glossary has been updated to align with the new 2018 Foundation Level syllabus. For the glossary click here.
Yes, sample exams for the 2018 syllabus are available for download here
Yes, the number of learning objectives have been changed and redistributed across the 6 chapters of the syllabus therefore the number of exam questions per chapter have changed also.
Please contact your accredited training provider, ISTQB Member Board or Exam Provider for information on exam fees. Contact details can be found here.
No, the standard duration for the training course will remain at 3 days. Accredited Training Providers may offer courses with different durations but as a minimum 16.75 hours are required to cover all learning objectives.
Please contact your ISTQB Member Board or Exam Provider.
It will be valid until ISTQB approves an updated version.
Yes, ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level certification does not expire and existing Foundation Level certificates will continue to be valid after the release of the updated 2018 syllabus.
Yes, an existing ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level certification will be valid in all instances where Foundation Level is specified as a pre-requisite within the ISTQB Certified Tester Scheme (Advanced, Agile and Specialist modules).
Training is a path to developing skills and knowledge as well as gaining the certification. If you have booked, or if you are considering booking, a course with an accredited training provider whose course is based on the current 2011 syllabus - do not hesitate to go ahead. Your certification will be valid!
Like the 2011 syllabus, the new ISTQB Foundation Level 2018 syllabus will provide you with the essential vocabulary and understanding of test principles needed to communicate more effectively as a tester. It will also familiarise you with the fundamental test techniques to support you in a testing role. Many employers around the world request ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level certification when advertising job vacancies and the Foundation Level is the starting point in the ISTQB Scheme paving the way for further certification in Agile, Advanced and Specialist areas such as Test Automation and Security Testing.
We would recommend that you train with an Accredited Training Provider; the quality of the training materials will have been assessed against the syllabus. This applies to instructor led classroom courses, virtual courses and e-learning. Accredited training providers can be found on the ISTQB website or contact your local Member Board or Exam Provider.
ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level will help your team to understand (or validate their understanding) of testing terms in general and provide knowledge of how to apply techniques to plan and perform more effective test cases. Additionally, it will provide an understanding of review techniques and test management knowledge, which will improve collaboration within the team. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level is ideal for full or part-time members of a test team and anyone involved in traditional, Agile, DevOps or continuous delivery who needs testing knowledge including developers.
Yes, if you are an Accredited Training Provider you will need to update your training material so that it aligns to the 2018 syllabus and submit it for re-accreditation to your local ISTQB Member Board (or via an Exam Provider who is authorised to accept accreditation applications).
If you license materials, we recommend you contact your licensor, as they will need to re-accredit so that your accreditation remains valid. Please contact your ISTQB Board or Exam Provider for further details.
Please contact your ISTQB Member Board or Exam Provider for information on costs.
If you are accredited to deliver training courses in English, you have 12 months from the date of release of the 2018 Foundation syllabus to reaccredit your English training materials (until 3rd June 2019).
If you are accredited to deliver training courses in a language other than English, you have 18 months from release of the 2018 ISTQB Foundation Syllabus to re-accredit (until 3rd December 2019).
Your accreditation will lapse and you will not benefit from a listing on the ISTQB website and you will not be able to use of the ISTQB trademarks. Please note also that the 2011 exam will be withdrawn (3rd June 2019 for English exams and 3rd December 2019 for other languages).
No, 2011 syllabus certifications remain valid.