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 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.

 

ISTQB Agile Tester Extension

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 Extension certification will give the tester the knowledge to be a high-performing member of  agile testing teams.


Validity
Once achieved, the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level 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


You can book your exam here.

Please download the current Agile Tester Extension syllabus here.

ISTQB Advanced Level

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 to sit the Expert Level exam please contact us here.

 

ISTQB Security Tester

Certified Advanced Security Testers should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • Plan, perform and evaluate security tests from a variety of perspectives.
  • Evaluate an existing security test suite and identify any additional security tests needed.
  • Analyze a given set of security policies and procedures, along with security test results, to determine effectiveness.
  • For a given project scenario, identify security test objectives based on functionality, technology attributes and known vulnerabilities.
  • Analyze a given situation and determine which security testing approaches are most likely to succeed in that situation.
  • Identify areas where additional or enhanced security testing may be needed.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of security mechanisms.
  • Help the organization build information security awareness.
  • Demonstrate the attacker mentality by discovering key information about a target, performing actions on a test application in a protected
  • environment that a malicious person would perform, and understand how evidence of the attack could be deleted.
  • Analyze a given interim security test status report to determine the level of accuracy, understandability, and stakeholder appropriateness.
  • Analyze and document security test needs to be addressed by one or more tools.

You can book your exam here.

ISTQB Usability Tester

...will be released soon!

Downloads/ Syllabi

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 should be interested in arranging for an open exam for a group of 8 or more individuals who do not require accredited training, we will be pleased to arrange 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 arrange the details as soon as possible.
 
Exam Timings
ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level exam: 60 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers
ISTQB Certified Tester Agile Extension exam: 60 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers
ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager exam: 180 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers
ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Analyst exam: 180 minutes plus 25% for non-native speakers
ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst exam: 180 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 exams: 40 questions, 4 options with 1 correct.
ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level exams: 65 questions, multiple options possible.
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.