The International Software Testing Qualification Board is a software testing certification. The ISTQB certification training online will provide more than 16 hours of tutorial videos, three mock tests, access to forums and subject related notes for a year long of subscription. This curriculum is designed to teach you all the basics of software testing with the foundation of software development models. Various static and test design techniques are also covered. Test management strategies and different test tools are explained in detail.

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ISTQB Course Content

1 Fundamentals of Testing
  • 1.1 What is Testing?
  • 1.1.1 Typical Objectives of Testing
  • 1.1.2 Testing and Debugging
  • 1.2 Why is Testing Necessary?
  • 1.2.1 Testing’s Contributions to Success
  • 1.2.2 Quality Assurance and Testing
  • 1.2.3 Errors, Defects, and Failures
  • 1.2.4 Defects, Root Causes and Effects
  • 1.3 Seven Testing Principles
  • 1.4 Test Process
  • 1.4.1 Test Process in Context
  • 1.4.2 Test Activities and Tasks
  • 1.4.3 Test Work Products
  • 1.4.4 Traceability between the Test Basis and Test Work Products
  • 1.5 The Psychology of Testing
  • 1.5.1 Human Psychology and Testing
  • 1.5.2 Tester’s and Developer’s Mindsets
2 Testing Throughout the Software Development Lifecycle
  • 2.1 Software Development Lifecycle Models
  • 2.1.1 Software Development and Software Testing
  • 2.1.2 Software Development Lifecycle Models in Context
  • 2.2 Test Levels
  • 2.2.1 Component Testing
  • 2.2.2 Integration Testing
  • 2.2.3 System Testing
  • 2.2.4 Acceptance Testing
  • 2.3 Test Types
  • 2.3.1 Functional Testing
  • 2.3.2 Non-functional Testing
  • 2.3.3 White-box Testing
  • 2.3.4 Change-related Testing
  • 2.3.5 Test Types and Test Levels
  • 2.4 Maintenance Testing
  • 2.4.1 Triggers for Maintenance
  • 2.4.2 Impact Analysis for Maintenance
3 Static Testing
  • 3.1 Static Testing Basics
  • 3.1.1 Work Products that Can Be Examined by Static Testing
  • 3.1.2 Benefits of Static Testing
  • 3.1.3 Differences between Static and Dynamic Testing
  • 3.2 Review Process
  • 3.2.1 Work Product Review Process
  • 3.2.2 Roles and responsibilities in a formal review
  • 3.2.3 Review Types
  • 3.2.4 Applying Review Techniques
  • 3.2.5 Success Factors for Reviews
4 Test Techniques
  • 4.1 Categories of Test Techniques
  • 4.1.1 Choosing Test Techniques
  • 4.1.2 Categories of Test Techniques and Their Characteristics
  • 4.2 Black-box Test Techniques
  • 4.2.1 Equivalence Partitioning
  • 4.2.2 Boundary Value Analysis
  • 4.2.3 Decision Table Testing
  • 4.2.4 State Transition Testing
  • 4.2.5 Use Case Testing
  • 4.3 White-box Test Techniques
  • 4.3.1 Statement Testing and Coverage
  • 4.3.2 Decision Testing and Coverage
  • 4.3.3 The Value of Statement and Decision Testing
  • 4.4 Experience-based Test Techniques
  • 4.4.1 Error Guessing
  • 4.4.2 Exploratory Testing
  • 4.4.3 Checklist-based Testing
5 Test Management
  • 5.1 Test Organization
  • 5.1.1 Independent Testing
  • 5.1.2 Tasks of a Test Manager and Tester
  • 5.2 Test Planning and Estimation
  • 5.2.1 Purpose and Content of a Test Plan
  • 5.2.2 Test Strategy and Test Approach
  • 5.2.3 Entry Criteria and Exit Criteria (Definition of Ready and Definition of Done)
  • 5.2.4 Test Execution Schedule
  • 5.2.5 Factors Influencing the Test Effort
  • 5.2.6 Test Estimation Techniques
  • 5.3 Test Monitoring and Control
  • 5.3.1 Metrics Used in Testing
  • 5.3.2 Purposes, Contents, and Audiences for Test Reports
  • 5.4 Configuration Management
  • 5.5 Risks and Testing
  • 5.5.1 Definition of Risk
  • 5.5.2 Product and Project Risks
  • 5.5.3 Risk-based Testing and Product Quality
  • 5.6 Defect Management
6 Tool Support for Testing
  • 6.1 Test Tool Considerations
  • 6.1.1 Test Tool Classification
  • 6.1.2 Benefits and Risks of Test Automation
  • 6.1.3 Special Considerations for Test Execution and Test Management Tools
  • 6.2 Effective Use of Tools
  • 6.2.1 Main Principles for Tool Selection
  • 6.2.2 Pilot Projects for Introducing a Tool into an Organization
  • 6.2.3 Success Factors for Tools

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ISTQB Stands for International Software Testing Qualifications Board which is a software testing qualification certification organization that operates internationally. Since it is Internationally recognized certification, it is valid across countries.

ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) ISTQB Advanced Level (CTAL) – Test Manager – Test Analyst – Technical Test Analyst Expert Level – Improving the Test Process – Test Management – Test Automation(planned) – Security Testing(planned)

No. One has to clear foundation level to attempt Advanced level certification course and has to clear all advanced level(Test Manager, Test Analyst, Technical Test analyst) to attempt Expert level certifications.

Question Type : Multiple Choice No# of Questions : 40 Point Systen : No Negative Marking. 1 point for each Question. Success Criteria : 65% (26 Questions or More) Exam Duration : 60 Mins Exam Fees : US$250

Yes you can take up the test even if you are a fresher. However, it is encouraged to have a hands on experience in testing before attempting certification.

Yes. You can take up ISTQB Foundation level certification any number of times but there should be a minimum gap between two attempts. You can check the same on

Both are different Certifications. PMP is purely for Project Management(general Management techniques) and Should NOT be confused with testing certifications. However ISTQB is specific to Software Quality assurance only. One has to choose based on their skills/long term goals.

Once the test is completed, the results will be shown to the user immediately. The certificate usually reaches two weeks after clearing the tests.

+ Foundations of Software Testing – ISTQB certification 3rd Edition – Dorothy Graham 2012 + Software Testing – ISEB Foundation Guide – British Computer Society + Software Testing Foundations : Rocky Nook, Andreas Spillner (2011) + What is Software Testing ? , [Abbott] J. Abbot (1986), Software Testing Techniques, NCC Publications. [Adrion] W. Adrion, M. Branstad and J. Cherniabsky (1982), Validation, Verification and Testing of Computer Software, in: Computing Surveys, Vol. 14, No 2, June 1982. [Bach] J. Bach (2004), Exploratory Testing, in: E. van Veenendaal, The Testing Practitioner – 2nd edition, UTN Publishing, ISBN 90-72194-65-9. [Beizer] B. Beizer (1990), Software Testing Techniques, van Nostrand Reinhold, ISBN 0-442-20672-0 [Chow] T. Chow (1978), Testing Software Design Modelled by Finite-Sate Machines, in: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol. 4, No 3, May 1978. [CMM] M. Paulk, C. Weber, B. Curtis and M.B. Chrissis (1995), The Capability Maturity Model, Guidelines for Improving the Software Process, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-4664-7 [CMMI] M.B. Chrissis, M. Konrad and S. Shrum (2004), CMMI, Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-15496-7 [Deming] D. W. Edwards (1986), Out of the Crisis, MIT Center for Advanced Engineering Study, ISBN 0-911379-01-0

Foundation Level Certification has Life Long Validity.

1. Fundamentals of Testing (K2) 1.1 Why is Testing Necessary (K2) 1.2 What is Testing? (K2) 1.3 Seven Testing Principles (K2) 1.4 Fundamental Test Process (K1) 1.5 The Psychology of Testing (K2) 1.6 Code of Ethics 2. Testing Throughout the Software Life Cycle (K2) 2.1 Software Development Models (K2) 2.2 Test Levels (K2) 2.3 Test Types (K2) 2.4 Maintenance Testing (K2)3. Static Techniques (K2) 3.1 Static Techniques and the Test Process (K2) 3.2 Review Process (K2) 3.3 Static Analysis by Tools (K2)4. Test Design Techniques (K4) 4.1 The Test Development Process (K3) 4.2 Categories of Test Design Techniques (K2) 4.3 Specification-based or Black-box Techniques (K3) 4.4 Structure-based or White-box Techniques (K4) 4.5 Experience-based Techniques (K2) 4.6 Choosing Test Techniques (K2) 5. Test Management (K3) 5.1 Test Organization (K2) 5.2 Test Planning and Estimation (K3) 5.3 Test Progress Monitoring and Control (K2) 5.4 Configuration Management (K2) 5.5 Risk and Testing (K2) 5.6 Incident Management (K3) 6. Tool Support for Testing (K2) 6.1 Types of Test Tools (K2) 6.2 Effective Use of Tools: Potential Benefits and Risks (K2) 6.3 Introducing a Tool into an Organization (K1)

t is a truly internationally recognized certification program.

This certificate is recognized in multiple countries in multiple continents. Hardly any other certification has adoption in as many countries as this one.

You can take the exams as many times as necessary to pass them. Typically for each additional attempt you must be pay exam fee for separately.

This is a truly internationally recognized certification program. For the list of participating countries please visit ISTQB® Geographic coverage.

The ISTQB® Certified Tester program provides certification for software testers internationally. There are currently two levels of certification: The Foundation Level certificate(one module) and the Advanced Level certificates(three modules). An Expert Level is currently being developed. For all three levels, international working groups develop and maintain internationally uniform curricula and exams. One of the core principles of the program is a strict separation between the administration of exams and the training to those who would like to prepare for the exam in ISTQB® compliant courses. This is not true of other testing and/or quality assurance organizations.


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