How can I get an ISTQB® Certificate for software testers?
You must successfully pass the exams organized by your National or Regional Board or ISTQB recognized Examination Provider.
There are 3 levels of certification:
- Foundation level
- Advanced level
- Expert level
How much does the Certification Exam cost?
- 120 EUR / 3000 CZK for the CTFL and CTFL-AT certifications
- 150 EUR / 3800 CZK for the Foundation level Specialist extension certifications (CTFL-MBT, CTFL-Aut, CTFL-PT, CTFL-UsT, CTFL-AcT, CTFL-MAT, ...)
- 180 EUR / 4600 CZK for the Advanced level Core certification (each module of CTAL-TM, CTAL-TA, CTAL-TTA)
- 200 EUR / 5100 CZK for the specialist module certifications (CTAL-TAE, CTAL-SEC) as well advanced technical tester ceritification (CTAL-ATT)
I want to prepare for the exam by self-study. Which preparation material should I use?
The relevant ISTQB® Syllabus and Glossary should be used as a minimum. Other suggested preparation material (books etc.) may be found in the „Reference“ chapter of each syllabus or in the References section of the ISTQB® Website.
Can I take an exam without owning the pre-conditions for it?
By default, it is not possible to sit in an exam without owning the pre-conditions needed for it; sitting in an exam without owning the pre-conditions can happen only in very specific cases and with the written consent of the local ISTQB® Member Board or Exam Provider. In any case, the certificate will be issued only after passing also the exam that are listed as pre-requisite.
Are there any prerequisites to take an ISTQB® exam?
The Foundation Level Core exam has no pre-requisites. Preparation on the syllabus topics (obtained either through attending a course provided by an accredited Training Provider, and/or through self-study) is recommended.
To take a specialist exam, as well as the Foundation Level Agile Tester exam, the candidate must hold a Foundation Level Core certificate, obtained by passing the Foundation Level Core exam. The possession of the Foundation Level Core Certificate may have to be proven by the candidate. Your local ISTQB® Member Board, or Exam Provider may allow you to take the Foundation Level Core exam on the same day as the specialist exam. Please talk to your local ISTQB® Member Board or Exam Provider to find out if they offer this option.
To take an Advanced Level exam (Core or Specialist), the candidate must hold the relevant Foundation Level Certificate (Core or Specialist) obtained by passing the relevant Foundation Level exam. The possession of the Foundation Level Certificate may have to be proven by the candidate. ISTQB® also recommends practical experience before taking any advanced exam.
To take the Expert Level exam, the candidate must hold the appropriate Advanced Level Certificate as stated for that specific Expert Level exam. For the currently released Expert syllabi („Improving the test process“ and „Test Manager“) the Advanced Level Test Manager certificate is required. Required certificates for Expert Level are shown in the „Expert Level Module Overview“ document. ISTQB® also recommends at least 7 years of practical experience.
How are the exam questions structured?
Foundation Level and Advanced level exams are based on Multiple Choice questions.
Each Multiple Choice question consists of a problem and a list of suggested solutions (options) and can be either single-answer or multiple-answer (Pick-N).
A single-answer type question has 4 suggested solutions, of which 1 and only 1 is correct.
For a Pick-N type question, the candidate is presented with a list of options, and instructions on how many correct items to select from the list. For example:
- If there are 5 options presented, there will be no more than 2 correct options to be selected.
- If there are 7 options presented, there will be no more than 3 correct options to be selected.
What is a core certification?
A core certification is a certification that cover a topic in a broad, horizontal way, valid for any technology / methodology / application domain, and allowing for a common understanding.
What is the Agile stream?
The Agile stream consists of a set of syllabi (foundation specialist, advanced specialist and Agile Test Leadership at Scale) dedicated to the professionals involved in Agile projects, which have the prerequisite of the Foundation level core certificate. The agile stream contains the following certifications:
- Foundation Level Specialist – Agile Tester
- Agile Technical Tester
- Agile Test Leadership at Scale (MVP)
What is a specialist certification?
A specialist certification is a certification that focuses on a specific topic / domain in a vertical way, using a drill down / deep-dive approach.
What is the content of the exams?
Each exam contains questions aimed at verifying the acquired professional knowledge of the candidate on the topics covered by the Learning Objectives for the relevant Foundation, Advanced, or Expert syllabus.
The Foundation Core exam only requires knowledge of the Foundation Core syllabus; all other exams, whether Core or Specialist, or whether Foundation Specialist, Advanced or Expert, assume that you have knowledge of the Foundation Core syllabus and may ask questions that are related to knowledge of the Foundation Core syllabus.
What is an Exam and an Exam Question?
An Exam is an assessment intended to measure a candidate’s (test-taker’s) knowledge, skill, and competence related to an ISTQB syllabus.
An Exam Question is an individual component of the examination that is used to assess the knowledge of a candidate’s understanding of the syllabus material and achievement of Learning Objectives.
Answers to any exam question may require the use of material based on more than one section of the syllabus being examined.
What are Learning Objectives?
Learning Objectives are statements which describe what the student is expected to know or be able to do after mastering the syllabus content. Learning Objectives have been defined for each syllabus section.
Exam Questions are used to assess the candidate’s achievement of Learning Objectives.
The Learning Objectives support the Business Outcomes.
Is this certification acknowledged across the world?
This certificate is recognized in multiple countries in multiple continents. Hardly any other certification has adoption in as many countries as this one. Please see ISTQB® Geographic Coverage at page https://www.istqb.org/certifications/member-board-list.
What is the ISTQB® Certified Tester program?
Frequently asked questions about Successful Candidate Registry.
What does SCR mean?
SCR stands for Successful Candidate Registry.
What is the SCR?
The SCR is a global registry of professionals that obtained an ISTQB® certification and that have given consent to have their name published.
Is the SCR global?
Yes, the goal is to have a unique point where all the ISTQB® certified professionals are listed.
Why did ISTQB® build the SCR?
For several reasons, among which to:
- Provide a better service to our certified professionals.
- Align to the practices of other leading certification schemes world-wide.
- Allow employers to check the certifications of candidates.
- Allow MBs/ EPs to check the validity of certificates that are preconditions to take other exams.
- Allow Marketing WG to check the validity of certificates for the Partner Program eligibility.
- Mitigate the risk of fake certificates.
What will be the usage of SCR?
SCR is provided by ISTQB® in order to make it possible to check certificates; no other usages are allowed and foreseen; in particular, no marketing usage by ISTQB® is allowed / foreseen (eg: we do not mean to collect the data to have the possibility to directly contact people or to send them marketing info).
Which data are listed in the SCR?
For each certificate, the following fields are listed:
- First name
- Last name
- Certificate number (in anonymized format, meaning some digits are replaced by ***)
- Certificate Body
- Certification Level
- Country of issue
- Certification date
- Certification expiry (when applicable, typically for Expert Level)
Where is the SCR?
All uploaded certificates can be searched using http://scr.istqb.org.
What about the historical certificates obtained before 2017?
Individuals that obtained an ISTQB® certification before January 2017 may be listed upon the request to the MB.