International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a software testing qualification certification organisation that operates internationally.
ISTQB is responsible for the "ISTQB Certified Tester", which is an international qualification scheme and the qualifications in the scheme are based on a syllabus. There is an examination covering the contents of the syllabus. After the examination, each successful participant receives the “ISTQB-Certified-Tester” certificate.
The Foundation Level exam tests for knowledge, not skill. It provides information about the certificate holder's level of familiarity with the most common concepts of software testing and the associated terminology. It does not require work experience. The Foundation Level exam is a stepping stone toward the Advanced Level, which is more in-depth and much more practice-oriented. Information on the knowledge and skills that need to be demonstrated in order to get the certificate can be found in the syllabi of the Levels.
Syllabi are publicly available for download from the:
ISTQB Â® Website (http://www.istqb.org/downloads.html).
Terms used in the ISTQB Â® syllabi are described in the .
ISTQB Â® Glossary (http://www.istqb.org/downloads/viewcategory/20.html).
- Prepare candidates for theÂ Certificate in Software Testing based on the ISTQB syllabus.
- Improve understanding of software testing "its purpose and nature" and to raise awareness of issues and constraints around testing.
- Provide a professional qualification widely recognised by employers, customers and peers.
- Introduce test techniques (static, white box and black box) to delegates as well as providing practical experience of some key techniques.
- Learn standard terminology.
- Provide a complete picture of the test activities and processes from requirements review to system implementation; and to discover good sources of information.
- Enabling software suppliers to hire certified testers and thereby gain commercial advantage over their competitors by advertising their tester recruitment policy.
- Enabling comparison of testing skills across different countries, testers to move across country borders more easily and multi- national/international projects to have a common understanding of testing issues.
Scope for Fresher and for Experienced for ISTQB (FL) are same.
Value of the Course:
- Prepare candidates for the Â Certificate in Software Testing based on the ISTQB syllabus.
- Conveys Common Practices for Software Testing.
As test manager and adjunct professor Marc Rene writes, "Certification across an organization gets all testers on the same playing field with terminology, approaches, methodology, and general testing principles. Certifications focus on foundational testing knowledge and sound testing practices. Furthermore, they allow all testers to have a shared understanding about the maturity .
- Establishes a Framework for Skill Building.
There are many topics available for training in software testing, but which ones are best for the development of your team? The ISTQB certification program lays out a tree structure of training, with well--â€defined syllabi and learning objectives developed by international testing experts. The ISTQB syllabi forms a strong basis of topics and timings that can be applied at corporate and university levels.
- Builds Credibility and Professionalism for Your Profile.
- Has International Recognition and Consistency.
Many international companies are adopting ISTQB certification as a way to get consistent training of all their test teams worldwide on a common syllabus.
- Transfers Practical Knowledge for Software Testing.
- Learning the Subtleties of ISTQB Terminology and Approaches.
People who have been in the testing field for many years may understand topics from their experience and previous training. However, people with over 30 years experience have failed the CTFL exam â€“ not because they lack knowledge, but because they lack the ISTQB perspective. Small details in understanding can make the difference between passing and failing the exam. The syllabi provides the learning objectives and what should be covered in a training course. They do not convey the knowledge behind the topical outline. That is where formal training comes into play.
- Instructor Guidance and Feedback.
A good instructor will make sure all learning objectives are covered and that your questions are answered. With self--â€study, you are largely on your own. Terminology and process details are explained so the candidate will be able to understand the concepts and apply them on the job.
- Focused Attention.
You are focused on the topic of software testing for a period of time. This is more than just reading a book. (Which, by the way, reading books on testing is something few testers do.
- Making the Best Use of Your Exam Investment.
A candidate can re-take the exam at any time if they don't pass. However, each exam sitting is 45,00 for the first time and 2500 for the rest of the times. With training, you have a much better chance of passing the exam, plus you get the benefit of testing training which can be used on the job for years to come.
- Practical Application.
Any type of software testing training should include practical exercises to reinforce the key concepts. People only retain 50% of what they hear and see, but 90% of what we say and do, so we will have practical approach and discussions.
Hierarchy of qualifications.
Currently ISTQBÂ® provides 3 levels of certification:
ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL).
ISTQB Advanced Level (CTAL).
- Test Manager.
- Test Analyst.
- Technical Test Analyst.
- Improving the Test Process.
- Test Automation (to be implemented).
- Security Testing (to be implemented).
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