Why ISTQB® Certification?

Benefits for Professionals

ISTQB

  • International recognition of acquired competencies and skills
  • Authorized to use the “Certified Tester” logo (specifying the level of certification)
  • Whole of career path support, from Foundation to Expert level

"Would you recommend the ISTQB® Foundation Level (CTFL) certification to your colleagues?"

Survey Professionals

(Source: ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2013-14)

 

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Benefits for Companies

  • ISTQB® certification can provide a competitive advantage for companies, promising a higher level of reliability of the applications being developed due to efficient and cost effective testing practices derived from the ISTQB® competencies
  • Consulting companies with certified staff can offer higher-level services to customers, increasing revenues and brand value
  • ISTQB® has defined a “Partner Program” for companies that engage a large number of certified testers

"As a Test Manager, what percentage of your testing staff would you like to see certified at the ISTQB® Foundation Level?"

Survey Companies

(Source: ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2013-14)

 

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Benefits for Accredited Training Providers

ATP

  • Educational institutions and consulting companies may become an ISTQB® Accredited Trainer Provider according to processes and rules defined at the international level
  • Accredited Training Providers ensure a high standing of training is delivered through having:
    • certified trainers
    • the content, quality and syllabus coverage of training materials checked by ISTQB® Boards
    • advance notice of changes to the ISTQB® Glossary and syllabi
  • Accredited Training Providers are entitled to use relevant logos and are listed in the ISTQB® Website

"How significant do you think the training was in your certification success?"

Survey ATPs

(Source: ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2013-14)

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Certification Path

In this section, you can learn everything about ISTQB® Certification.

Click on the diagram to learn more about different certifications.

Agile Tester Test Management IMPROVING THE TEST PROCESS TEST MANAGER TEST ANALYST TECHNICAL TEST ANALYST CERTIFIED TESTER SECURITY TESTER TEST AUTOMATION ENGINEER MODEL-BASED TESTER USABILITY TESTING AUTOMOTIVE SOFTWARE TESTER PERFOMANCE TESTING GAMBLING USER TESTER MOBILE APPLICATION TESTING ACCEPTANCE TESTING Advanced Level Agile Technical Tester

 

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Rationale

The product portfolio architecture has been evolved  on the basis of several market studies as well as the outcomes of the ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey.

Its main goals are to:

    • Maintain the mission and vision of ISTQB® and keep the high quality of deliverables that has marked the success of the scheme world-wide
    • Maintain the focus on software testing
    • Maintain the validity of certifications already obtained
    • Extend the coverage of ISTQB® certifications to additional specific topics
    • Make the scheme more modular
    • Make it easier for professionals to obtain the specific certifications they are interested in
    • Provide an overall framework in which existing as well as  future modules will fit in a coherent way

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The Architecture of the new ISTQB® Product Portfolio

The new ISTQB® product portfolio follows a Matrix approach characterized by

    • Levels, that identify progressively increasing LOs
      • Foundation
      • Advanced
      • Expert
    • Streams, that identify clusters of certification modules:
      • Core
      • Agile
      • Specialist
  AGILE CORE SPECIALIST
EXPERT   X  
ADVANCED X X X
FOUNDATION X X X

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Core, Agile and Specialist Streams

ISTQB® streams focus on:

    • Core – these modules correspond to the “historical” ISTQB® certifications and so they:
      • Cover software testing topic in a breadth- first, broad, horizontal way,
      • Are valid for any technology/ methodology/ application domain
      • Allow for a common understanding
    • Agile – these modules address testing practices specifically for the Agile SDLC

      ISTQB® recognizes the importance of Agile practices that have become a de facto standard in many contexts; taking also into account the outstanding success of the Agile Tester Foundation certification module, ISTQB® has decided to single out an ad-hoc separate Stream, on which significant investments have been planned in order to complement the existing module with new Advanced modules, covering both organizational and technical specificities of testing in Agile contexts

    • Specialist – these modules are new in the ISTQB® product portfolio and address specific topics in a vertical way, meaning that:
      • They are built using a drill down / deep-dive approach
      • They can address specific quality characteristics (e.g.: Usability; Security; Performance; etc.)
      • They can address technologies that involve specific test approaches (e.g.: model based testing; mobile testing; etc.)
      • They can also be related to specific test activities (e.g.: test automation; test metrics management; etc.)
      • They can also cluster testing know-how for  application domains that deserve or require a specific approach (e.g.: automotive; pharma & medical devices; gambling; etc.)
      • Specialist modules are potentially numberless; ISTQB® has defined an initial set of Specialist modules(see the ISTQB® Product Portfolio) on the basis of the outcomes of its surveys; additional Specialist modules will be defined in future on the basis of market needs, emerging technologies and new paradigms in software development

In any stream, there may be modules that heavily rely on the content of the Core Foundation.

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Features of the scheme include:

  • High quality syllabi: all syllabi are developed and reviewed by leading testing professionals from academia and industry.
  • Global recognition: certifications are recognized globally because of the consistent application of ISTQB® policies and procedures by the member boards.
  • Common language: the ISTQB® Glossary provides a common vocabulary for the profession.
  • Objectivity: the assessment of tester capabilities is conducted independently by ISTQB® and provides objective verification of competencies.
  • Adherence to a Code of Ethics: all ISTQB® certified testers adhere to the Code of Ethics defined by ISTQB®.
  • Public Availability: ISTQB® glossary and syllabi is made freely available on the ISTQB® website and on the Member Board websites in local languages.
  • Openness: ISTQB® materials are developed on a voluntary basis and are open to contributions from anybody interested in joining ISTQB® working groups.
  • Independence: the non-profit nature of ISTQB® ensures that content is not constrained by particular methodologies or technologies, and is able to draw on best practices from a wide variety of sources.
  • Continuous improvement: syllabi and other documents are continuously being improved to meet the needs of Business Organizations around the world and to keep pace with the development of the profession.
  • Professional standing: being certified provides advantages for individuals and organizations by ensuring that testing professionals meet the high standards set by the ISTQB®.

 

"As a Test Engineer, what was your motivation in obtaining your ISTQB® CTFL certification?"

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"As a Test Manager, what was your motivation to have your employees achieve ISTQB® Foundation Level (CTFL) certification?"

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ISTQB® Certified Tester is the most widespread qualification scheme in the world, and the syllabi contents and glossary have become the de facto industry reference for the software testing profession.

 

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