ISTQB - International Software Testing Qualifications Board

ISTQB Certified Tester

Insufficient testing or unqualified testers are frequently the root causes of poor quality software. In fact, the systematic use of solid test techniques is the exception rather than the rule in practical applications. The objective of the ISTQB® Certified Tester Program is to change this. All important testing topics are explained and simulated for training purposes. ISTQB® Certified Tester is a globally homogeneous program, and can be considered the benchmark for software testing certification.


Hundreds of experts from more than 40 countries are continuously updating this program. Thanks to this close cooperation, international compatibility is always achieved. As a result, it is also possible to obtain certification as an ISTQB® Certified Tester in a wide variety of languages. At this time, GASQ offers certification at the Foundation Level in English, French, German, Polish and Russian.

More than 500,000 software testers are now in possession of an ISTQB compliant certification – and the number continues to grow every day.
The ISTQB® Certified Tester Program provides participants with the knowledge they need to test software effectively. Our program comprises three levels: Foundation Level, Advanced Level and Expert Level.
 

ISTQB Product Portfolio

ISTQB Foundation Level

The Foundation Level syllabus includes the following sections: The Fundamentals of Software Testing, Testing During the Product Lifecycle, Dynamic Testing, Static Testing, Test Management, and Testing Tools.


Target group:
The foundational level of the Certified Tester training program aims at all individuals who are involved in software testing activities of any kind. This includes individuals holding positions as testers, test analysts, testing engineers, testing consultants, test managers, acceptance testers and software developers. The foundation level also addresses the needs of individuals holding positions such as project manager, quality manager, software development manager, system analytics specialist (business analysts), IT managers or management consultants who are eager to acquire basic knowledge and a fundamental understanding of software testing applications.


Validity
Once achieved, the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level certification does not expire.

Certification prerequisites
There are no formal prerequisites for certification. Nevertheless, we recommend participation in a training program offered by an ISTQB accredited training provider prior to taking the exam. In order to acquire the title of ISTQB Certified Tester you simply have to pass the Foundation Level exam.


You can book your exam here.


Please download the current Foundation Level syllabus here.

 

The new ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus 2018 is now published.

You can download the new Syllabus here.

You can download a sample exam including the answer sheet here.

It is still possible to pass the English ISTQB FL exam according to the Syllabus 2011 until 04th of June 2019.
Non-English ISTQB FL exams according to the Syllabus 2011 are available until 04th of December 2019.

ISTQB Agile Tester

Agile testing is a relatively new approach to software testing that follows the principles of agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto.

A tester on an Agile project will work differently than one working on a traditional project. Testers must understand the values and principles that underpin Agile projects, and how testers are an integral part of a whole-team approach together with developers and business representatives.

There is a lot of confusion concerning agile testing – which means there’s an educational opportunity as well. The Agile Tester certification will give the tester the knowledge to be a high-performing member of  agile testing teams.


Validity
Once achieved, the ISTQB Agile Tester certification does not expire.

Certified agile testers should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • The Fundamentals of Agile Software Development
  • The different agile approaches
  • The Differences between Testing in Traditional and Agile Approaches
  • Testing in Agile Projects
  • Roles and skills of a tester in Agile Projects
  • Agile testing techniques and methods
  • Assess product quality risks within an Agile project
  • Estimate testing effort based on iteration content and quality risks
  • Tools in Agile Projects

Certification prerequisite is ISTQB Foundation Level certificate.

You can book your exam here.

Please download the current Agile Tester syllabus here.

ISTQB Model-Based Tester

Model-based testing is a concept that focuses on the software testing that generates from models that are abstract and represent a certain function or expected behavior of the system. This approach views software testing as an integral part of software development, which makes it both challenging and extremely beneficial for IT businesses.

Model-Based Tester module provides the professional testers with additional knowledge and skills in the area of model-based testing process, methodology and techniques. This qualification would be useful not only for software testing specialists, like software testers, test analysts, technical test analysts and test managers, but also for anyone who wants to understand the use of models for test generations.  


Validity
Once achieved, the ISTQB Model-Based Tester certification does not expire.

Certified Model-Based testers should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • Objectives and motivations for MBT
  • MBT activities and artifacts in the test process
  • Integrating MBT into the software development lifecycles
  • MBT modeling activities
  • Languages for MBT models
  • Good practices for MBT activities
  • Classification and application of MBT test selection critetia
  • Evaluating and deploying an MBT approach
  • Managing and monitoring of an MBT approach deployment

Certification prerequisite is ISTQB Foundation Level certificate.

You can book your exam here.

You can download the current Model-Based Tester syllabus here.

Automotive Software Tester

Automotive Software Tester Module is mostly directed on professional software testers who have mastered the fundamentals of testing and want to devote their carreer to automotive branch.

The certification can also be useful for test analysts, test engineers, test managers, software developers, as well as anyone who would like to learn more about software testing in automotive projects.

Validity

Once achieved, the ISTQB Automotive Software Tester certification does not expire.

Automotive Software Tester Certification would allow the participants:

  • Work effectively in a test team
  • Apply the methods and techniques acquired with the Foundation Level certification in an automotive software testing setting
  • Obtain a general understanding of the standards relevant for the automotive branch, such as Automotive SPICE®, ISO 26262, etc.

Certification prerequisite is ISTQB Foundation Level certificate.

You can book your exam here.

You can download the current Automotive Software Tester syllabus here.

Usability Testing

The target group of Usability Testing certifications includes anyone who has experience in software testing and would like to broaden their comprehension of usability testing. This also applies to professionals who would like to advance in their carreer and become a speciaist in usability testing.

 

Once achieved, the ISTQB Usability Testing certification does not expire.

Certification prerequisite is ISTQB Foundation Level certificate.

You can book your Usability Testing exam here.

The current Usability Testing Syllabus can be downloaded for free here.

Usability Testing Certification candidates should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills with regard to following activities:

  • Identify and classify the usability risks in a certain project at any stage of a development cycle.
  • Be familiar with the concepts of usability, user experience, and accessibility, as well as their standards.
  • Plan the project in a way that stated usability, user experience and accessibility goals are achieved in practice.
  • Monitor the implementation of the test plan for achieving stated usability, user experience and accessibility goals.

ISTQB Performance Tester

The ISTQB Performance Tester qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software testing who wishes to broaden their knowledge of performance testing or anyone who wishes to start a specialist career in performance testing. The qualification is also aimed at anyone involved in performance engineering who wishes to gain a better understanding of performance testing.

Performance Testing Certification: Improve your software performance testing – and your career.

Validity
Once achieved, the certification does not expire.

Certified performance testers will be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • Understand the basic concepts of performance and performance testing
  • Define performance risks, goals, and requirements to meet stakeholder needs and expectations
  • Understand performance metrics and how to collect them
  • Develop a performance test plan for achieving stated goals and requirements
  • Conceptually design, implement, and execute basic performance tests
  • Analyze the results of a performance test and state implications to various stakeholders
  • Explain the process, rationale, results, and implications of performance tests to various stakeholders
  • Understand categories and uses for performance tools and criteria for their selection
  • Determine how performance testing activities align with the software lifecycle

Please download the Performance Tester syllabus here.

Acceptance Testing

This acceptance testing qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software acceptance testing activities. This includes people in roles such as product owners, business analysts, testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, and software developers.
The focus of the syllabus is on the concepts, methods and practices of collaboration between product owners / business analysts and testers in acceptance testing.

The ISTQB Foundation Level certificate shall be obtained before taking the Foundation Level Acceptance Testing certification exam.

The main parts of the Syllabus are the following:

  • Introduction and Foundations
  • Acceptance Criteria, Acceptance Tests and Experience- Based Practices
  • Business Process and Business Rules Modeling
  • Acceptance Testing for Non-Functional Requirements
  • Collaborative Acceptance Testing

Please download the Acceptance Testing syllabus here.

Mobile Application Testing

Mobile Application Testing (MAT) module requires the set of skills and qualifications needed for software testing and the ability to apply these and develop them further in the context of mobile applications.

The learning objectives of MAT are directed on specific issues and features that are especially relevant for this type of testing. These include: developing test strategies based on the mobile market, preparing tests compatible with different types of mobile devices and their characteristics, understanding and mitigating the security issues related to mobile apps etc.

The ISTQB Foundation Level certificate is a prerequisite for taking the Mobile Application Testing exam.

The main parts of the Syllabus are the following:

  • Business and Technology Drivers
  • Mobile Application test Types
  • Common Test Types and Test Process for Mobile Applications
  • Mobile Application Platforms, Tools and Environment
  • Automating the Test Execution

The Mobile Application Testing syllabus can be downloaded here.

ISTQB Advanced Level Core

The Advanced Level builds on the concepts introduced in the Foundation Level and includes more higher-level and advanced material. It is divided into three modules: Test Manager, Test Analyst (previously called Functional Tester) and Technical Test Analyst (previously called Technical Tester). Participants have the option to pass an exam upon completion of each module.

 

Validity
Once achieved, the ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level certification does not expire.

You can book your exam here.

Please download the Advanced Level syllabus here.

The Test Manager module comprises the following components:
Test Management, Reviews, Error and Deviation Management, Test Optimization Process, Test Tools, Team Composition.


The Test Analyst module (previously called Functional Tester) comprises, among others, the following components:
Test Processes, Selection and Application of Test Processes, Functional Testing Techniques, Blackbox Tests, Reviews and Roles.


The Technical Test Analyst module (previously called Technical Tester) comprises, among others, the following components:
Test Process, Specification Based and Structure Based Test Processes, Static and Dynamic Analysis, Test of Software Properties, Test Tools: Selection, Evaluation and Introduction.

ISTQB Expert Level

The Expert Level comprises a variety of specialized topics and targets professional software testers who are highly experienced in the discipline.

The following syllabi have been released:

ISTQB Certified Tester Expert Level Test Management

ISTQB Certified Tester Expert Level Improving the Test Process

The syllabi and parts are defined as follows. For each part a seperate exam is available. 

You can book your exam here.

Test Management:
Part 1: Strategic Test Management
Part 2: Operational Test Management
Part 3: Managing the Test Team
 
Improving the Testing Process:
Part 1: Assessing test processes
Part 2: Implementing test process improvement
 
Why Expert?
The Expert Level extends the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level by providing in-depth, practically-oriented certifications in a range of different testing subjects.


Clear Business Outcomes
Each Expert Level module has clear business outcomes. These provide information to businesses concerning the expectations of an expert in a particular subject. The business outcomes map to the individual Learning Objectives in a particular module.


Achieving Expert Level
Criteria are set to ensure good and consistent quality of those wishing to achieve Expert Level certification.


To obtain Expert Level certification, candidates must have:

  • the Foundation Certificate
  • the appropriate Advanced Level Certification; dependent on the Expert Module desired
  • passed the Expert Level Exam
  • at least 5 years of practical testing experience
  • at least 2 years of industry experience in the specific Expert Level topic

Note that the experience criteria may also be attained after taking the exam. It is highly recommended, however, that the candidate obtain this practical experience before taking the exam. If a non-public exam is to be taken, completion of an Expert Level course is mandatory.

What skills does an Expert Level individual have?
An expert is a person with the special skills and knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject. Being a testing expert means possessing and displaying special skills and knowledge derived from training and experience and being able to apply that knowledge in real-life situations.
A testing expert is one that combines a broad understanding of testing in general with an in-depth understanding in a special test area. An in-depth understanding means sufficient knowledge of testing theory and practice to be able to influence the direction that an organization and/or project takes when creating, implementing and executing testing activities related to the special area.

Expert Level exam structure and training

A certification scheme at Expert Level must meet the expectations and perceptions of its stakeholders and has to be seen to be truly "expert". An exam score above 75% is required to pass.
An expert must not only be able to show knowledge, but also in depth practical skills; as a consequence an exam comprised only of multiple choice questions is not ideal. The exam therefore consists of two parts:

Part 1: Multiple-Choice

  • Duration:1 hour
  • 20 questions

Part 2: Essay

  • Duration: Reading: ½ hour, Answering: 2 hours, extra ¾ hour for non-native speakers
  • Answer 4 questions out of 5
  • Mostly higher level learning objectives

Certificate Extension
An Expert Level certificate is valid for 5 years.
It must be renewed using one of the following two options:

  • Repeat the exam
  • Achieve 200 "Certification Extension Credits" (CEC)

CECs may be achieved in a number of areas. For example:

  • Perform a professional testing activity
  • Take a relevant training course
  • Attend a testing conference
  • Present at a testing conference
  • Teach a relevant training course
  • Write a testing article or book
  • Actively participate in a ISTQB® related Working Group (National Board, SIGIST, ISTQB®)


Verifiable evidence must be submitted to the certifier.
The Certification Extension Program is published by ISTQB®
 
Exercises in the Workplace
Several learning objectives are identified in each syllabus which may be achieved in the workplace. Training Providers agree on these exercises with participants before they are performed and must ensure that they have been completed satisfactorily. This concept allows training courses to be split into separate parts with workplace exercises in between and enables maximum practical benefit from the training.

Exam language: English 

If you are interested in taking the Expert Level exam please contact us here.

 

ISTQB Advanced Level Specialist

Advanced Level Specialist modules include Security Tester and Test Automation Engineer.

The Advanced Level Security Tester and Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer qualifications are aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to further develop their expertise in security testing and automation testing respectively.

The focus of Security Tester module is planning, performing and evaluation of security tests from multiple perspectives. A Certified Security Tester should be able to alanyle and evaluate the existing security tests as well as identify the additional security tests needed in every specific situation or project.

Test Automation Engineer module verifies skills and knowledge of the participants in design, development and management of test automation solutions. A Certified Test Automation Engineer should demonstrate deep understanding and expertise in evaluating and using appropriate test automation techniques and approaches in every specific project according to the business needs.

 

 

Validity

Once achieved, the ISTQB Advanced Level certifications do not expire.

 

Prerequisite for both certifications is ISTQB Foundation Level Certificate.

 

You can book your exam here.

Please download the current Security Tester syllabus here.

You can find the current Test Automation Engineer syllabus here.

 

Downloads/ Syllabi

Foundation Level

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level English v.2011

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level English v.2018

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level English v.2018 Syllabus Overview

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Releasenote 1: Learning Objectives

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Releasenote 2: Traceability from 2011 to 2018 (LO-Level)

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Releasenote 3: Deleted LO from 2011 Syllabus

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level German v.2011

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level German v.2018

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level French v.2011

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level French v.2018

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Polish v.2011

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Norwegian v.2011

ISTQB Certifed Tester Foundation Level Exam Structure & Rules

ISTQB Certifed Tester Foundation Level Course Timing Information

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Accreditation Guidelines Evaluation

 

ISTQB Agile Tester

ISTQB Certified Agile Tester German

ISTQB Certified Agile Tester English

ISTQB Certified Agile Tester French

 

ISTQB Model-Based Tester

ISTQB Certified Model-Based Tester English

 

Automotie Software Tester

ISTQB Automotive Software Tester English

ISTQB Automotive Software Tester German

 

Usabillity Testing

ISTQB Usability Testing English

 

GTB Test Data Specialist

GTB Certified Tester - Test Data Specialist German

 

Performance Tester

ISTQB Certified Tester - Performance Tester English

 

Acceptance Testing

ISTQB Certified Tester - Acceptance Testing English

 

Exam

The ISTQB Certified Tester exams are based on their respective ISTQB syllabus. The exact topics covered by the exams are precisely defined in the Learning Objectives set forth in the syllabi. Consequently, the Learning Objectives provide the framework for the exams. The exam consists of multiple choice questions.
Candidates eligible to participate in an ISTQB exam either have attended an accredited course or they are participants of an open exam (no prior course attendance required).
However, GASQ recommends participants attend a training program with an accredited provider prior to taking the exam.
If you are interested in arranging an open exam for a group of 5 or more individuals who do not require an accredited training, we will be pleased to organize an exam at your location within Germany. To make arrangements, please complete our exam form and submit it to info@gasq.org. We will contact you to negotiate the details as soon as possible.

Exam Duration:

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level, Certified Tester Agile, Certified Tester Model-Based, Certified Automotive Software Tester, Certified Tester Usability Testing: 60 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers

ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager, Advanced Level Test Analyst exam: 180 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers

ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst, Advanced Level Security Tester exam: 120 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers

ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer exam : 90 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers
 
Every ISTQB Certified Tester has to adhere to the ISTQB Code of Ethics.

Exam Conditions:
ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level, Agile Tester, Model-Based Tester and Automotive Software Tester, Usability Testing exams: 40 multiple choice questions.
ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level exams: 65 questions for the Test Manager, 60 questions for the Test Analyst, 45 questions for Technical Test Analyst and Security Tester, 40 questions for Test Automation Engineer.
A 65% score is required to pass the exam.
The exam candidate must leave the exam room immediately after delivering the exam paper.
The exam candidate is not allowed to keep any exam paper for notes. The paper must be delivered to the proctor.
A form of identity with photo (personal identity pass, passport, driving license) must be presented on submitting the exam paper.
The exam paper must be submitted in all cases.
Results will be sent by e-mail, typically within one week.
The certificate will be sent by post, typically within 6 weeks of receipt of payment.
Before starting the exam, the candidate agrees that he/she will answer the questions alone and without the assistance of any forbidden materials.
Before starting the exam, the candidate agrees in writing to keep the contents of the questions and their corresponding answers secret for an indefinite period of time and not to divulge them to any third parties.
 
Certification Requirements
For Advanced Level it is necessary to have previously passed the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level exam.

Time Bonus Regulations for ISTQB Exams

  • Non-Native-Speaker can ask for 25% extra time (time bonus) in ISTQB exams
  • In case of Foundation Level the extra time is 15 minutes (25% on 60 minutes exam time). So you have 75 minutes to answer your exam
  • To get a time bonus it is necessary to fill in and send back the Application form for non-native-speaker time bonus at least 2 working days before the exam
  • The certification authority will always check if your application has been filled correctly and if you are allowed to get the time bonus
  • During the exam (or directly before the exam) it is not possible to get time bonus
  • Also after the exam it is not possible anymore to re-open your exam to get time bonus

You can download the Application form for time bonus here.

ISTQB Partner Program

The ISTQB Partner Program recognises organisations with a demonstrated commitment to software testing certifications. It is in the ISTQB best interests to further develop the relationship with such companies, providing a partnership scheme to further develop the co-operation with a win-win approach.

Further info about the program can be found here.

The official ISTQB Partner Program slide share can be found here.

The ISTQB Partner Program consists of 4 levels:

    Silver Partner
    Gold Partner
    Platinum Partner
    Global Partner

GASQ is authorized from ISTQB to determine partners for this program. Become an official ISTQB Partner today and send us an e-mail.

What are the benefits of the ISTQB Partner Program?

The major benefits of the ISTQB Partner Program include:

  • Permission to use the ISTQB Partnership Program logo (and other permitted marketing material) on organisation's website
  • Recognition of the organisation's testing professionalism, both in the local and international market
  • Official Recognition Letter, indicating identity/location, validity and level
  • Listing of the organisation on ISTQB website
  • Listing of the organisation on the GASQ website
  • Special privileges in relation to ISTQB related events and conferences
  • Eligibility to receive the alpha version of new ISTQB Syllabi with the opportunity to contribute to their review
  • Honorary membership of the exclusive "ISTQB Partner Forum" which will allow Partners to receive news on the ISTQB Roadmap.

ISTQB Code of Ethics

In the following you find the ISTQB Code of Ethics. It can be found in the ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level syllabus (v.2007, page 26).

Every participant sitting an ISTQB exam has to agree to the following ISTQB Code of Ethics:

PUBLIC
Certified software testers shall act consistently with the public interest.

CLIENT AND EMPLOYER
Certified software testers shall act in a manner that is in the best interest of their client and employer, consistent with the public interest.

PRODUCT
Certified software testers shall ensure that the deliverables they provide (on the products and systems they test) meet the highest professional standards possible.

JUDGEMENT
Certified software testers shall maintain integrity and independence in their professional judgement.

MANAGEMENT
Certified software test managers and leaders shall subscribe to and promote an ethical approach to the management of software testing.

PROFESSION
Certified software testers shall advance the integrity and reputation of the profession consistent with the public interest.

COLLEAGUES
Certified software testers shall be fair to and supportive of their colleagues, and promote cooperation with software developers.

SELF
Certified software testers shall participate in lifelong learning regarding the practice of their profession and shall promote an ethical approach to the practice of the profession.

FAQ

I have lost my certificate. Is it possible to apply for a new one?
It is possible to apply for a replacement certificate; a processing fee of € 35 will be charged.

Is it possible to review the exam?
For a fee of € 80, a target-actual comparison can be performed at our business premises in Nuremberg, Germany. Conducting a target-actual comparison means that you will be presented the exam questions along with the solutions. You will have a time limit of 15 minutes to conduct this review. Subsequently, you will be denied access to the questions that are currently being used in the exam.

If I do not pass, is it possible to take the exam again?
Yes, you can re-take the exam; however, you will be charged another exam fee.

Do I have to meet any prerequisites to participate in the Foundation Level?
No.

Is it possible for me to take the Advanced Level exam immediately without first passing the Foundation Level exam?
No. Before you are eligible to take the Advanced Level exam it is mandatory for you to have passed the Foundation Level exam.

When will my certificate expire?
The validity of both the Foundation and the Advanced Level certificates is indefinite.

Will I incur any other fees besides the exam fee?
No.

Will I have to attend a course before I sign up for the exam?
No, attending a course is a choice you make at your discretion. You can also take the test by self-study. However, we recommend you attend a course offered by an accredited training provider.

Will you notify my supervisor/employer as to whether I have passed or failed the exam?
No.