The ATLaS certification is aimed at professionals working in an organization which is pursing business agility at scale which already has a basic understanding of agile and testing in an agile environment. This includes both people in testing roles as well as people in other roles throughout the organization who are responsible for quality, i.e., members of agile teams, leaders of agile team(s), project manager, scrum master, etc.

As advocates of the agile methodology, the CTAL-ATLaS certification is being developed using an agile approach. This means that the currently published content is only part of the syllabus and thus, it is not possible to get the certification yet. The certification will be available when the entire certification has been developed and published.

Working as a test professional and/or leader in organizations that strive for business agility can be very demanding and challenging. By implementing ideas that are taught in the first chapters of ATLaS (and the chapters that will be published next), you can start to implement some concepts to resolve some practical challenges in your work, and be proficient in these topics when you take the exam.

ATLaS complements the existing Test Manager certification and helps people build the competencies needed to effectively contribute to organizations pursuing business agility at scale.


Yes, as the ISTQB is adopting an agile way of working, there is a chance that some parts will be updated, replaced or even deleted, based on feedback received from the public. You can also contribute by sending us your feedback and thoughts on the syllabus. Please send your comments and thoughts to

Yes, a candidate should hold the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) and the ISTQB® Foundation Level Agile Tester (CTFL-AT) certifications.


Many organizations are adopting business agility practices as a way of working. Whilst the demand is to deliver faster, quality of the product is equally as important and everyone’s responsibility. That means their employees may need to learn new competencies and skills, particularly where they are scaling. This qualification provides those steps as part of their career growth for all leaders.

As the certification is published in increments, you can start preparing the course material for the different increments as they are published. Please note that some parts may be updated, replaced or even deleted by the time the complete certification is released. You can also run short courses for these increments and send us your thoughts and comments to


Quality Assistance can be implemented differently within organizations based on current skill levels, the size of scaling as well as current maturity level, as examples. Therefore, there could be a number of skills needed. For this certification the four skills will be examinable, but it is important to realize that there could be others.

There are many important skills needed to be successful in quality and testing roles today. A lot of them are covered in the Foundation and Agile Tester certifications. The skills covered in chapter 1 are crucial for helping others take responsibility for testing and quality and thereby scale testing and quality management.

It was important to describe the origins of the improvement cycle which was the PDCA cycle, which is also more widely applicable.


To be near to the originating lean source but also to balance it with wording which resonates with software development. The main source is the Lean Lexicon. However, there are different sources for two types of waste.

To make it clear that the organizational focus in agile test leadership at scale is different from the team focus. That said, people in team focused roles can and should contribute to the organizational activities which may be initiated and facilitated by an agile test leader.


One form of notation is provided in the body of knowledge as an example. Exam questions should use a similar notation but there can be slight differences in the way the notation is depicted.


The objective is to understand how systems thinking and root cause analysis support a quality assistance approach. As a leader being able to use different techniques to understand and solve complex problems to improve for example test processes is a key skill.