ISTQB® releases Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Analyst v3.1 (CTAL-TA)

ISTQB® has released the Advanced Level (CTAL) Test Analyst (TA) Version 3.1. This is a minor update to the CTAL-TA certification. CTAL-TA is a “Core” module within the ISTQB® Certified Tester Scheme and an in-demand next step after the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL).

 The release consists of the ISTQB® Advanced Level Test Analyst syllabus (v3.1) and sample exam questions and answers (v2.3) each supported by Glossary keyword items and Business Outcomes with full Learning Objectives traceability. A separate Exam Structure and Rules has been extracted from the general CTAL document without substantial changes. The documents CTAL TA Overview and Accreditation Guidelines remain unchanged.

An overview of the main changes in the new 3.1 version compared with the 3.0 (2019) version can be found in the Release Notes on the ISTQB® website.

Please note the year of the syllabus release is no longer specified in the version control naming convention for CTAL-TA meaning:

  • 2019 version is referred to as v3.0
  • 2012 version is referred to as v2.0

This is the first time that an update to CTAL-TA has been released without a simultaneous release of CTAL- TTA. According to Agile principles, small iterations ensure better market adoption.

What does this CTAL-TA update mean?

From March 3rd 2021 the following will apply:

  • For English language - the 3.1 syllabus for CTAL TA will be the prevailing current version.
  • The previous 3.0 version in English will be valid to September 3rd 2021.
  • For non-English Syllabi, 3.0 will be valid to December 3rd 2021.
  • Accredited Training will remain as 3 days.
  • Accredited courses remain valid, based on the 2019 (v.3.0) syllabus for CTAL TA, however, the ISTQB® Member Board ( through its accreditation panel) will need to review and confirm that the changes to materials have been completed to reflect the update.
  • Training in other languages may continue for the CTAL TA 2012 (v.2.0) syllabus until August 3rd 2021.
  • CTAL-TA certification exams in English will only be valid if aligned to the 3.0 and 3.1 syllabus versions (3.0 only until September 3rd including for retakes).
  • Exams in other languages are still allowed for CTAL TA 2012 (v2.0) until August 3rd 2021.
  • Holders of the CTAL-TA 3.0 and any previous versions continue to hold a valid certification.

Even more information you can find in the dedicated FAQ section.

ISTQB® Advanced Level Test Analyst Product Owner / the Task Force leader of the CTAL-TA v3.1.0 development Matthias Hamburg, said:

“Shortly after the launch of the 2019 version of our CTAL-TA Syllabus, we received change requests from several stakeholders. We wanted to react quickly to those valuable suggestions, and at the same time keep the impact on training and exams limited to a minimum. We hope to achieve both goals with this minor release.”

ISTQB® President Olivier Denoo added:

“The Test Analyst is a high-quality building block within the core stream of our portfolio. I am pleased that we have been able to make it even better in a short time.”

Chair of ISTQB® Marketing Working Group Sebastian Małyska, noted:

“Our organization is never giving up on our journey to quality. We are committed to the QA community and always open for constructive feedback. If this occurs we react. Never forgetting the need for business continuity which is as very important for our partners and those aiming for certification.”

Thank you to all who have supported the update including Mette Bruhn-Pedersen (Working Group Chair); Matthias Hamburg (Product Owner); Wim Decoutere, István Forgács, Adam Roman, Jan Sabak, Marc-Florian Wendland (Authors) and many other from Exam & Marketing Work Groups.

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ISTQB® Sunset dates and information regarding ISTQB® Advanced Level Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst Syllabus 2012 (CTAL-TA-2012/CTAL-TTA-2012)

ISTQB® Advanced Level (CTAL) Test Analyst (TA) and Technical Test Analyst (TTA) 2012 in English will be retired as public syllabuses, including exams and training material, as of February 4th 2021 (other languages are available until 4th August 2021).

What does that mean?

This means that from February 4th 2021:

  • For English language - the 2019 syllabuses for CTAL TA and CTAL TTA will be current versions.
  • Training providers in your country/region will only be allowed to provide accredited courses, delivered in English, based on the 2019 syllabuses for CTAL TA and CTAL TTA.
  • Training in other languages may continue for the CTAL TA and CTAL TTA 2012 syllabuses until 4th August 2021.
  • CTAL TA and CTAL TTA certification exams in English will only be valid if aligned to the 2019 syllabus versions.
  • Exams in other languages are still allowed for CTAL TA and CTAL TTA 2012 until 4th August 2021.

Read the Press Release for more information.

ISTQB® is proud to announce that 1 Million exams have been taken worldwide!

 

ISTQB® is the established global standard in software testing certification! Thank you to all in the testing community who have recognized and embraced ISTQB® in support of their careers and improving testing efficiency and effectiveness in their organizations. Thank you to all Member Boards, Exam Providers, Accredited Training Providers and to those individuals who have made a significant contribution!

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ISTQB® and IREB® are forming an Alliance

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ISTQB® and IREB® have established alignment between their respective Glossaries The International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB®) and the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) have allied to further promote the Requirements Engineering and Software Testing professions together.

The IREB® and the ISTQB® qualification schemes are closely related and each organization supports the qualification of professionals in their respective subject domains based on the current state of practice.

With both certification programs recognized throughout the world, many software quality professionals already obtain both the IREB® Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering (CPRE) and the ISTQB® Certified Tester (CT-FL) training and certifications. Hence, by aligning the terminology taught in the two qualification schemes, professionals will gain a consistent view of testing and requirements engineering.

The first joint project between ISTQB® and IREB® has been to establish alignment between their respective Glossaries - the list of terms and definitions used to underpin their subject domains.

ISTQB® and IREB® have successfully reviewed their Glossaries and aligned the terms that are used in each, and IREB® and ISTQB® are pleased to announce the publication of these newly aligned Glossary releases dated October 2020: the CPRE Glossary version 2.0 and the ISTQB® Glossary version 3.5.

“Together with IREB®, we have identified an overlap of 75 terms used in both Glossaries. To our great satisfaction, many of them were already consistent. At ISTQB®, we have adjusted the definitions of 6 quality terms, and removed 19 requirements engineering terms from our Glossary, referencing the IREB® Glossary instead. These changes are now implemented in English, other supported languages will follow soon.” – said ISTQB® Glossary Working Group Chair Matthias Hamburg.

“This alliance is of strategic importance for us because it supports professional excellence. I thank the joint team for the successful work in aligning the terminology. We are committed to further strengthen the compatibility of the two qualification schemes.” – said ISTQB® President Olivier Denoo.

“We are happy to have reached this important milestone in an excellent cooperation. The new CPRE Foundation training will be based on our new Glossary v2.0. But time does not stand still. We will keep in touch to maintain and improve compatibility.” – said IREB® Council Chair Prof. Dr. Martin Glinz.

Media Contact:
Sebastian Malyska, ISTQB® Marketing Working Group Chair, sebastian.malyska@istqb.org
Stefan Sturm, IREB Gmbh Managing Director, Stefan.Sturm@ireb.org

About IREB®

The International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB®) has joined forces with the vision to create an international and professional basis for Requirements Engineering, to give this discipline the importance and the orientation that corresponds to its added value for the industry.

IREB® is the developer and the holder of the CPRE® (Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering) certification scheme. The board was created in 2006 by leading RE representatives, from science, research, industry, and consulting, and today it is a worldwide renowned body of experts for the individual certification of professionals in requirements engineering.

In their effort to establish the CPRE® certification scheme internationally, IREB is highly successful. Today, over 70,000 exams have been performed, and almost 55,000 professionals have obtained the CPRE Foundation Level certificate in over 80 countries.

For more information about IREB®, their activities, and the certification model, see www.ireb.org.

Read the Press Release for more information

 

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