To ensure consistency and fairness ISTQB has developed a rigorous examination format and question writing guidelines that has been adopted also by CaSTB and relevant Certification Authorities.
The ISTQB Certified Tester program teaches knowledge to effectively verify and test software. There are basically three stages, the Foundation Level, the Advanced Level, and the Expert Level.
The Foundation qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software testing. This includes those who may be expected to go on to the advanced qualification such as Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Test Managers, User Acceptance Testers, and Software Developers.
In order to obtain an ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate, candidates are required to pass a 1 hour, 40-question multiple choice examination designed to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and to an understanding of the entire Foundation Level Syllabus. 65% success rate must be reached to pass.
Note: The certification is possible to take in Czech, Slovak or English.
The Advanced Certificates are for experienced testing practitioners and aimed to demonstrate a depth of knowledge of testing topics and the ability to perform testing activities in practice.
The Advanced level consists of three Core modules and other Specialist modules:
ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level (Core)
ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level (Specialist)
In order to obtain an ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level certificate, candidates are required to pass a 1,5 hour (module TAE) or 2 hour (module TTA) or 3 hours (module TM and TA), 65-question (40 for TAE / 45 for TTA) multiple-choice examination designed to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the entire Foundation Level Syllabus and the relevant parts of the Advanced Level Syllabus. 65% success rate must be reached to pass.
Note: The certification is possible to take in English.
For non-native speakers, the exam duration is increased by 25 % (i.e. 45 minutes for TM and TA module, and 30 minutes for TTA module).
The Expert Level extends the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level by providing in-depth, practically-oriented certifications in a range of different testing subjects. With Expert Level, ISTQB® offers career paths for testers with clearly defined business outcomes.
The four expert modules are:
Note: Certification is currently not provided by CaSTB and its Certification Authorities.
CaSTB authorized Certification Authorities to perform the examination activities and provide examinations after each accredited training.
From time to time and depending on a market demand, Certification Authorities are also providing examinations scheduled directly by CaSTB which are not related to particular training (so called open exams). If you are interested, please contact directly our certification authorities which are:
Czech and Slovak Testing Board (CaSTB)
Certification Authority for Czech Republic and Slovakia, member board of the ISTQB
Czech Society for Quality (CSQ)
Certification Authority for Czech Republic