Indian Testing Board

ISTQB Certified Tester program

Officially founded as a non-profit organization in 2002 It is the parent body responsible for approving various national boards. Responsible for the "ISTQB Certified Tester”, an international certification Currently there are 18 national boards approved by ISTQB and others are in the process of formation For details please visit

ISTQB Certified Tester
An internationally recognized tester certification examination Multi-level examination
• Foundation Level • Advanced Level • Expert Level

Over 20,000 holders of ISTQB compliant certificate De facto standard in Europe and making rapid progress in Asia and America

How to tell a good apple from a bad apple
Questions that are worth asking when looking at a certification
• Who are the people behind this certification? • What are the processes behind creation of this certification? • What does this certification evaluate?

If the answers to these questions are not satisfactory then the apple is bad.

ISTQB Certification: People
International working groups, composed of test practitioners, consultants, and trainers that represent each National Board, create the syllabi or bodies of knowledge for the different levels. Prominent personalities of testing world, authors of books on testing, consultants and trainers such as Rex Black, Randy Rice, Dorothy Graham, Erik Van Veenendaal and many more… Prominent practitioners from the Industry spread across eighteen nations

ISTQB Certification: Knowledge
The typical member of working group has ten years of experience and is a published expert on the topic of testing. With five or ten people on each working group, each syllabus represents the distillation of 50-100 years of experience in the field of testing. The syllabi are reviewed and approved by all the National Boards, with collectively probably close to a millennium of test experience amongst us all.

ISTQB Certification: Process
Non-profit nature of ISTQB
• Nobody pushes own agenda • No vested interests

Neutral, fair and open nature of the certification
• Various national boards provide input to the syllabus, examination questions and other processes. Removes biases • Not tied to any particular school of thought or methodology

Any training provider can apply for accreditation Dynamic certification: Syllabus, exam pattern revised periodically

ISTQB Certification: What it tests
Multiple level exam
• Foundation level: • Advanced level
Tests knowledge Entry level certification Tests skills for people with

• Expert level:

• two or more years testing experience and • some specialization in the field, like automation, reviews, or management;

we put in those syllabi only those techniques and concepts that have real-world application.

Tests skills Expert level is for people with more than five or even more years of experience.

Advantage ISTQB
It is
• Practical • Supports a career path • Represents the distilled wisdom of many experts in the field • About promoting the broad profession of software testing rather than the narrow financial interests of particular training companies and consultancies

Foundation Level Exam
Knowledge based exam Requirements
• No experience required

Certificate valid for whole life Syllabus is crisply defined Demonstrate
• • • a commitment to testing as a profession an awareness of general terminology and concepts the ability to apply some basic techniques like equivalence partitioning, boundary values, and code coverage analysis

Exam pattern
Exam Format
• Closed book 90 minutes exam • 35 multiple choice questions. • Approximately 70 marks • Minimum 60% marks for passing

Advanced Level Exam…
Tests skills (as opposed to knowledge) Practice oriented Much more challenging than foundation level Requirements
• Foundation level certificate holder • At least 24 months of testing experience

Advanced Level Exam
Consists of three exams
• Technical Tester • Functional Tester • Test Manager

You can take any combination If you clear all three, you get an additional certificate for the complete “Advanced Level”

Works done by ISTQB
Creation of a Glossary of testing terms which will be adopted by British Computer Society as their standard The glossary has been submitted to ISO and IEEE too The new Foundation level syllabus, due to be released soon, will help define testing in a much better way

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