What is ISTQB Certification?
ISTQB certification is one of the most popular certification exams available today for software testers. It is an internationally accepted certification exam conducted by International Software Testing Qualifications Board. The ISTQB as an organization charters and controls the syllabus and scheme of the exam. Various national boards accredited under ISTQB conducts the exam in specified countries.
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Name of the Certification: Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)
Eligibility: Anyone with basic knowledge of software testing.
Certificate Validity: Does not expire, Valid for life time.
Official Site: www.istqb.org
Syllabus Download: www.istqb.org/downloads/finish/16/15.html
Exam Format: Paper Based/Computer Based
Total Questions: 40
Passing Grade: 65% or at least 26 correct answers out of 40 questions.
Negative Marking: No (Attempt all 40 questions)
Exam Duration: 75 minutes (90 minutes if your native language is not English)
Exam Fee: Usually around 100 USD. Please check with your exam provider.
Additional Certificates Available: Agile Tester Extension, Model Based Testing
Next Levels of Exam available: Advanced Level, Expert Level Exams available after passing Foundation Level.
Step by Step Guide: 10 Step by Step ISTQB Preparation Guide – Click here.
In USA the national board is called ASTQB or American Software Testing Qualification Board, in UK it is United Kingdom Testing Board, in India it is Indian Testing Board or ITB. The list of the national boards that organizes ISTQB certification in their respective countries/territories are given at the end of this page.
Apart from the national boards, there are Global Certification providers who can conduct exams online and can serve aspirants worldwide. A Global exam provider can offer exams locally and internationally including online exams through their own exam centers or Pearson Vue exam centers the countries highlighted by blue color in the above map. The global providers are –
- ASTQB – American Software Testing Qualifications Board
- BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT
- Cert-IT GmbH
- CertInstitute UG
- gasq – Global Association for Software Quality GmbH
- iSQI – International Software Quality Institute GmbH
Among online exam centers, Pearson Vue exam centers are the most popular world wide because of their availability and ease of access.
What are the exam codes for ISTQB Foundation Level?
Exam codes slightly differ in different Global exam providers such as –
BCS-IT from PearsonVue – CTFL18: ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level 2018
iSQI from PearsonVue –
CTFL_Syll2018: CTFL_Syll2018: ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2018, worldwide except D, A, CH, FL, BGR, ROU, SRB, MNE and UK)
CTFL_Syll2018_A ISTQB Certified Tester – Foundation Level
CTFL_Syll2018_CH ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level
CTFL_Syll2018_D ISTQB Certified Tester – Foundation Level
CTFL_Syll2018_SEE ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2018 – BGR, ROU, SRB and MNE only)
CTFL_UK_Syll2018: CTFL_UK & Ireland_Syll2018: ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2018, GB and IE only)
D = Germany, A = Austria, CH = Switzerland, FL = Liechtenstein, BGR = Bulgaria, ROU = Romania, SRB = Serbia, MNE = Montenegro, UK = United Kingdom, GB = Great Britain, IE = Ireland
Check with you local ISTQB National Boards and pick up the exact exam codes for Foundation Level.
Click to know more about ISTQB Foundation Level and Sample Questions
What after Foundation Level?
Once Foundation Level is achieved, one can go for Advanced Level and Expert Level certification. If you are interested in taking the ISTQB Exam and would want to get some tips and sample papers, here are the links to know more about what is ISTQB certification –
- ISTQB Advanced Level – Test Manager
- ISTQB Advanced Level – Test Analyst
- ISTQB Advanced Level – Technical Test Analyst
To appear for advanced level exam one has to complete the foundation level and relevant experience in software testing. For a bachelor degree holder, the candidate should have at least 3 years of experience and for non-bachelor degree aspirants 5 years of experience.
ISTQB Expert Level:
- ISTQB Expert Level – Test Management
- ISTQB Expert Level – Test Process Improvement
- ISTQB Expert Level – Test Automation Engineering
- ISTQB Expert Level – Security Testing
ISTQB Expert Level is the highest level of certification that can be attempted after advanced level exams. This level has four sub syllabus of which security testing is now being implemented.
List of National Boards –
|Short Form||National Boards||Country/Region|
|ASTQB||American Software Testing Qualifications Board||USA|
|ANZTB||Australia and New Zealand Testing Board||Australia & New Zealand|
|ATB||Austrian Testing Board||Austria|
|AZTB||Azerbaijan Testing Board||Azerbaijan|
|BSTB||Bangladesh Software Testing Board||Bangladesh|
|BySTQB||Belarus Software Testing Qualifications Board||Belarus|
|BNTQB||Belgium and Netherlands||Belgium|
|BSTQB||Brazilian Software Testing Qualifications Board||Brazil|
|CSTB||Canadian Software Testing Board||Canada|
|CSTQB||Chinese Software Testing Qualifications Board||China|
|CFTL||Comité Français des Tests Logiciels||France|
|CMTL||Comité Marocain des Test Logiciels||Morocco|
|CaSTB||Czech and Slovak Testing Board||Czech Republic and Slovakia|
|DSTB||Danish Software Testing Board||Denmark|
|ESTB||Egyptian Software Testing Board||Egypt|
|ETB||Estonian Testing Board||Estonia|
|ESTQB||Ethiopian Software Testing Qualifications Board||East Africa|
|FiSTB||Finnish Software Testing Board||Finland|
|GTB||German Testing Board||Germany|
|HASTQB||Hispanic American Software Testing Qualifications Board||Argentina, El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Uruguay|
|HTB||Hungarian Testing Board||Hungary|
|ITB||Indian Testing Board||India|
|ITQB||Iranian Testing Qualification Board||Iran|
|ISTB||Irish Software Testing Board||Ireland|
|ITCB||Israeli Testing Certification Board||Israel|
|ITA-STQB||Italian Software Testing Qualifications Board||Italy|
|JSTQB||Japan Software Testing Qualifications Board||Japan|
|JOSTQB||Jordan Software Testing Qualifications Board||Jordan|
|KENYA-STA||Kenya Software Testing Association||Kenya|
|KSTQB||Korean Software Testing and Qualifications Board||Korea|
|LSTQB||Latvian Software Testing Qualification Board||Latvia|
|LTB||Luxembourg Testing Board||Luxembourg|
|MSTB||Malaysian Software Testing Qualifications Board||Malaysia|
|NTB||Norwegian Testing Board||Norway|
|PSTB||Pakistan Software Testing Board||Pakistan|
|PTB||Polish Testing Board||Poland|
|PSTQB||Portuguese Software Testing and Qualifications Board||Portugal|
|RSTQB||Russian Software Testing Qualifications Board||Russia|
|SGTQB||Singapore Testing Qualifications Board||Singapore|
|SASTQB||South African Software Testing Qualifications Board||South America|
|SEETB||South East European Testing Board||South East Europe|
|SSTQB||Spanish Software Testing Qualifications Board||Spain|
|SLSTB||Sri Lanka Software Testing Board||Sri Lanka|
|SSTB||Swedish Software Testing Board||Sweden|
|STB||Swiss Testing Board||Switzerland|
|TSQB||Tunisian Software Qualifications Board||Tunisia|
|TTB||Turkish Testing Board||Turkey|
|USQB||Ukrainian Software Quality Board||Ukrain|
|UKTB||UK Testing Board||United Kingdom|
|VTB||Vietnamese Testing Board||Vietnam|
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