Thank you for your interest in the Certified Software Tester (CSTE) Program. I am sure you
already know the CSTE designation is quickly becoming the standard for IT software testing
professionals around the world. Many companies are requiring certification for hiring or
advancement. There have been over 27,000 IT professionals worldwide that have sought our
The CSTE Certification Board updates the CSTE Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK)
approximately every three years. You can be assured that if you become competent in this
material, you will be well prepared for today\u2019s software testing challenges. If you have extensive
experience in software testing within IT, the examination should not be difficult for you. If your
experience is minimal, or is limited to only certain areas of test management, you should seek
additional study material beyond those recommended in this guide.
The CSTE certification examination is based upon the skill categories identified in the 2006
CSTE CBOK Outline. As such, this guide to the CBOK was designed for you to use as material
in preparation for the CSTE exam. The examination presumes that you have had broad exposure
to testing practices. It is expected that you have reviewed and read current literature available on
software testing and quality. I urge you to read this guide carefully.
The guide to the 2006 CSTE Common Body of Knowledge has been released after careful review
by software testing professionals and editors. As an organization based upon quality principals
and theories, we welcome any feedback from you regarding content and structure. Please feel
free to email your comments and suggestions email@example.com.
William E. Perry, CSTE, CSQA
Quality Assurance Institute
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