The Foundation Level syllabus forms the basis of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) Certified Tester Scheme.
ISTQB® Foundation Level is relevant across software delivery practices including Waterfall, Agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery.
The 2018 Foundation Level qualification is suitable for anyone who needs to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing including people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.
It is also appropriate for individuals who need a basic understanding of software testing including project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.
The new 2018 syllabus is recognised as a pre-requisite to other ISTQB® certifications where Foundation Level is required (note: all previous releases of Foundation Level, including the 2011 syllabus and “grandfathered” Foundation Level certifications, will remain valid).
Training for 2018 Certified Tester Foundation Level is available from Accredited Training Providers (classroom, virtual and e-learning). We highly recommend attending accredited training as an ISTQB® Member Board will have assessed the materials for relevance and consistency against the syllabus. Information about Accredited Training Providers can be found here or contact your local ISTQB® Member Board or Exam Provider
Self-study, using the syllabus and recommended reading material, is also an option when preparing for the Foundation Level exam. Your local ISTQB® Member Board or Exam Provider will be able to provide information on exams e.g. languages available, where to find an exam centre etc.
What are the entry criteria?
It is suggested that individuals seeking a career in testing have at least six months' practical experience in a testing role before taking the Foundation Level.
Which levels are available after Foundation?
Holders of the 2018 Foundation certificate are eligible to continue on to the higher level software testing qualifications from ISTQB® progressing to Advanced level and then Expert level.
2018 Foundation certificate holders may also extend their skills with ISTQB® Agile Tester or certifying themselves at one of the ISTQB® Specialist certifications (as examples Automation and Security).
The entire learning journey throughout the ISTQB® Certified Tester Scheme is underpinned by the ISTQB® Glossary.
ISTQB® Partner Programme
The new 2018 Foundation Level will be incorporated into the ISTQB® Partner Programme (2011 Foundation Level Certificates will remain valid). To become a Partner click here.
What’s has changed in the 2018 Foundation?
- Fewer K1 Learning Objectives (LO) in general (15 LO in 2018 compared with 27 LO in 2011)
- Less focus on Chapter 5 Test Management (15 LO in 2018 compared with 24 LO in 2011)
- More emphasis on review, a K3 LO has been added to Chapter 3 (Static Analysis by Tools section has been removed, and will be covered in other syllabi)
- More emphasis on test techniques in Chapter 4 (Section 4.1 of 2011 moved and merged with section 1.4 of Chapter 1)
- Agile is mentioned in the content of the syllabus (But not included in the wording of any LO)
- White-box techniques are downgraded (K4 and K3 LO removed – these topics will be covered in other ISTQB® syllabi.)
Additional changes made to the 2018 Foundation Syllabus are:
- ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 is now used for reference instead of IEEE Standard 829.
- ISO/IEC 25010 is now used for reference instead of ISO 9126.
- ISO/IEC 20246 is now used for reference instead of IEEE 1028
- The Code of Ethics has been moved from chapter one to ISTQB®.ORG website