What is ISTQB?ISTQB stands for "International Software Testing Qualifications Board". It is Belgium based International body legally established in the year 2002.
Software testing professionals from all over the world joined hands in formulating standardized contents for further education in the field of Software Testing. It is a multiple-choice exam & is an education program offered in 38 countries.
The ISTQB has come out with an International Qualification Scheme called "ISTQB Certified Tester".
Presently there are two levels of exams leading to the specific levels of certification.
Foundation Level Certification offers evidence that the certified person has a broad understanding of the key concepts & fundamental best practices of software testing.
1) Foundation Level Certification: Name of this certification is "Certified Tester Foundation Level" (CTFL). This is the only one foundation level exam. This is an entry level certification meant for people entering the field of testing and for experienced professionals desiring to move up the ladder of ISTQB certifications.
2) Advanced Level Certification: Name of this certification is "Certified Tester Advanced Level" (CTAL). This is the intermediate level certification. Eligibility for this exam is Foundation level certification i.e. CTFL certificate & 5 years experience of software testing. The candidate must have a Bachelor's Degree in IT or Computer Science or related field from a recognized institution; this can be substituted by two years of work experience in Software Testing.
Advanced Level Certification offers evidence that the certified person is a committed testing professional and has thorough understanding of key concepts & advanced best practices of software testing.
Following 3 - interrelated Advanced Level Certification Exams are available:
Candidate can go in for either or all of these advanced level certifications.a) Advanced Level Functional Tester:b) Advanced Level Test Manager:c) Advanced Level Technical Tester:
Additional Advanced Level Certification: After completing the above three advanced level certifications, one can go in for an additional Advanced Level Certification by the name "Advanced Level (CTAL) – Full Advanced Level". This is an exam of 1.5 hours duration.
This advanced level certification is meant for testers and programmers involved in non functional testing, structural testing or White Box Testing & for testers involved in automation. This advanced level certification is meant for test managers, development managers, and project managers responsible for testing. This advanced level certification is meant for software testers especially part of independent test teams involved in business-oriented testing. It provides the users the much needed & detailed information related to specifics of different testing techniques like behavioral testing or Black Box testing / White Box testing etc.