Note: On 4th June 2018, ISTQB released the new 2018 Foundation Level syllabus. The 2011 Foundation Level Certificate will remain valid and will be accepted as a pre-requisite for Advanced, Agile and Specialist certifications.
The 2011 Syllabus will be phased out as follows:
- English language by 3rd June 2019 (12 months from release of the 2018 Foundation syllabus)
- Non-English language by 3rd December 2019 (18 months from release of the 2018 Foundation syllabus)
For more information please go to the 2018 Syllabus FAQs here.
The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing. This includes people in roles such as test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and IT Professionals.
The Foundation Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who needs a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.
What are the entry criteria?
It is suggested that candidates for the Foundation Level certification have at least six months' practical experience in a professional testing role.
Which levels are available after Foundation?
Holders of the Foundation Core certificate are eligible to continue on to higher level software testing qualifications, certifying themselves at Core Advanced level, and then at the Expert level, as well as sitting in the Agile Tester exam or certifying themselves at one of the Specialist certifications. The entire learning journey is underpinned by the ISTQB® Glossary.