Foundation Level Automotive Software Tester

Audience

The Foundation Level Automotive Software Tester qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved a Foundation point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in Automotive Software Testing.

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Contents

The following image demonstrates the contents of the Foundation Level Automotive Software Tester syllabus:

Automotive SW Tester Scheme

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Business Outcomes

Foundation Level testers who have passed the “CTFL Automotive Software Tester Specialist” syllabus exam should be able to accomplish the following Business Objectives:

  • Collaborate effectively in a test team.
  • Adapt the test techniques known from the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL®) to the specific automotive project requirements.
  • Consider the basic requirements of the relevant automotive standards (Automotive SPICE®, ISO 26262, etc.) and select suitable test techniques.
  • Apply the virtual test methods (e.g. HiL, SiL, MiL, etc.) in test environments.

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Learning Objectives

Certified Automotive Software Testers should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

Introduction

  • The tester should be able to explain and give examples of the challenges of automotive product development that arise from divergent project objectives and increasing product complexity.
  • The tester should be able to recall project aspects that are influenced by standards such as time, cost, quality and project/product risks.
  • The tester should be able to recall the six generic phases in the system life cycle per ISO/IEC 24748-1
  • The tester should be able to recall the contribution and the collaboration of the tester in the release process.

ASPICE

  • The tester should be able to recall the two dimensions of Automotive SPICE® (ASPICE).
  • The tester should be able to explain the Capability levels 0 to 3 of ASPICE.
  • The tester should be able to explain the meaning of the 4 rating levels and the capability indicators of ASPICE from the test perspective.
  • The tester should be able to explain the requirements of ASPICE for the test strategy including the regression test strategy.
  • The tester should be able to recall the requirements of ASPICE for the test documentation.
  • The tester should be able to design a verification strategy (in contrast to a test strategy) and criteria for unit verification.
  • The tester should be able to explain the different traceability requirements of ASPICE from the test perspective.

ISO 26262

  • The tester should be able to explain the objective of functional safety for E/E systems.
  • The tester should be able to recall his contribution as a tester for the safety culture.
  • The tester should be able to recall his contribution as a tester for the safety culture.
  • The tester should be able to present the role of the tester in the framework of the safety life cycle per ISO 26262.
  • The tester should be able to recall the volumes (part titles) of ISO 26262 that are relevant for him.
  • The tester should be able to recall the criticality levels of ASIL.
  • The tester should be able to explain the influence of ASIL on applicable test design techniques and test types for static and dynamic tests and the resulting test extent.
  • The tester should be able to apply the selected method table of the ISO 26262.

AUTOSAR

  • The tester should be able to recall the objectives of AUTOSAR.
  • The tester should be able to recall the influences of AUTOSAR on the work of the tester.

Comparison

  • The tester should be able to recall the different objectives of ASPICE and ISO 26262.
  • The tester should be able to explain the differences between ASPICE, ISO 26262 and CTFL® regarding the test levels.

Test Environment in General

  • The tester should be able to recall the purpose/the motivation of a test environment in the automotive environment.
  • The tester should be able to recall the general parts of an automotive specific test environment.
  • The tester should be able to recall the differences between Closed-Loop systems and Open-Loop systems.
  • The tester should be able to recall the essential functions, databases and protocols of an electronic control unit (ECU).

Testing in XiL environments

  • The tester should be able to recall the structure of a MiL test environment.
  • The tester should be able to explain the application area and the boundary conditions of a MiL test environment.
  • The tester should be able to reproduce the structure of an SiL test environment.
  • The tester should be able to recall the structure of an HiL test environment.
  • The tester should be able to explain the application areas and the boundary conditions of an HiL test environment.
  • The tester should be able to summarize the advantages and disadvantages for the testing with the help of criteria of the XiL test environments (MiL, SiL and HiL).
  • The tester should be able to apply criteria for the assignment of a given test scope to one or more test environments.
  • The tester should be able to classify the three XiL test environments (MiL, SiL, HiL) in the Vmodel.

Static test techniques

  • The tester should be able to explain the purpose, the types and obligations of the MISRAC: 2012 programming guideline with the help of examples.
  • The tester should be able to apply a review of requirements with the quality characteristics of the ISO/IEC 29148 that are relevant for him.

Dynamic test techniques

  • The tester should be able to create test cases to achieve modified condition/decision testing coverage.
  • The tester should be able to explain the use of back-to-back testing by giving examples.
  • The tester should be able to explain the principle of fault injection tests by giving examples.
  • The tester should be able to recall the principles of requirement-based testing.
  • The tester should be able to apply context dependent criteria for the choice of suitable and necessary test design techniques.

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Syllabus

The Automotive Software Tester is based on the Automotive Software Tester Syllabus.

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) provides it to the national examination bodies for them to accredit the training providers and to derive examination questions in their local language.

Training providers will produce courseware and determine appropriate teaching methods for accreditation, and the syllabus will help candidates in their preparation for the examination.

To receive the Automotive Software Tester certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate.

Automotive Software Tester Syllabus is available in Materials for download section.

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Exam Structure

Similar to the Foundation Level Certification Core exam, the Specialist Automotive Software Tester Certification exam will comprise of 40 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark of 65% to be completed within 60 minutes.

Module Number of questions Exam length (minutes)
Foundation Level Automotive Software Tester 40 60

 

The Foundation Level Core Certificate is a precondition of the CTFL Automotive Software Tester Certificate.

Accredited training providers

Exams may be taken as part of a course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider or taken independently at an examination center or in a public exam.

The typical duration of the Foundation Specialist Automotive Software Tester Certification Training offered by an Accredited Training Provider is 2 days.

Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for participating to the exam.

Please refer to the Web Sites of the ISTQB® Member Boards and ISTQB® Accredited Training Providers for exam and training availability.

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Materials for Download

Syllabus Documents:

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Exam Documents:

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General Files:

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