The ATLaS certification is aimed at professionals working in an organization that is pursuing business agility at scale and who already have a basic understanding of agile and testing in an agile environment. This includes not only people in testing roles but also people in other roles throughout the organization who are responsible for quality, including members of agile teams, leaders of agile team(s), project managers, scrum masters, etc.

As advocates of the agile methodology, the CTAL-ATLaS certification is being developed by ISTQB® using an agile approach. This means that the currently released 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. This is due in 2022.

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 subsequently), you can start to implement concepts that can help to resolve practical challenges in your work, and also be proficient in these topics when you take the exam.


Yes, as 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 testing community. 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 for example, on current skill levels, the size of scaling and the current maturity level , 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. Whilst a lot of these 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.