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ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer

Course Duration: 3 days

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Course Overview

The ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer Certificate Course is a three-day course explaining the tasks of a test automation engineer (TAE) in designing, developing, and maintaining test automation solutions.

The course includes exercises and practice exams to highlight key aspects of the syllabus and to help participants understand and practice the concepts and methods presented. The exam is held in the afternoon on the last day of the course.

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Who will benefit?

TheSTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer is principally aimed at test practitioners who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and are expecting to be actively involved in the technical aspects of software testing, including test automation, non-functional testing, white-box testing, and who want to increase their knowledge and skills beyond the levels covered by the Foundation and Intermediate qualifications. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.

This Advanced Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts and management consultants.

About ISTQB and the ‘Certified Tester’ Scheme

Founded in 2002, ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) is a not-for-profit association comprising 47 national boards (including the UKTB) covering 71 countries worldwide.

ISTQB has defined the Advanced certification as part of their ‘Certified Tester’ scheme that, with over 240,000 certifications, has become the de facto world-wide standard for software testing qualifications.

The ‘Certified Tester’ scheme:

  • provides a set of professional qualifications widely-recognised by employers, customers and peers;
  • enables software suppliers to hire and train certified testers and thereby gain commercial advantage over their competitors by advertising their tester recruitment and development policies; and
  • enables comparison of testing skills across different countries, testers to move across country borders more easily, and multi-national/international projects to have a common understanding of testing issues.
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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer qualification is that the candidate must hold the ISTQB Foundation certificate and it is also suggested that candidates have a minimum of 3 years testing experience.

Note that it is recommended that you attend an accredited training course run by an accredited training provider, as the overall exam pass rates are notably higher for candidates attending such courses.

Exam

The Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer exam is comprised of 40 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark grade of 65% to be completed within 90 minutes. Participants that take the exam not in their spoken language, will receive additional 25% time, and will have 23 minutes more, or a total of 113 min.

Next steps

The Advanced Level establishes a platform from which further skills and knowledge may be acquired at the Expert Level. Holders of the Advanced Technical Test Analyst qualification will be eligible to continue with other Advanced exams as well as progressing to Expert level qualifications, such as Test Automation and Security Testing.  More details to follow when available.

Course Objectives

Advanced Level testers who have passed the “Advanced Test Automation Engineer” module exam should be able to accomplish the following Business Objectives:

  • Contribute to the development of a plan to integrate automated testing within the testing process
  • Evaluate tools and technology for automation best fit to each project and organization.
  • Create an approach and methodology for building a test automation architecture (TAA).
  • Design and develop (new or modified) test automation solutions that meet the business needs.
  • Enable the transition of testing from a manual to an automated approach.
  • Create automated test reporting and metrics collection.
  • Manage and optimize testing assets to facilitate maintainability and address evolving (test) systems.

Certified Advanced Test Automation Engineers should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • Explain the objectives, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of test automation.
  • Identify technical success factors of a test automation project.
  • Analyse a system under test to determine the appropriate automation solution.
  • Analyse test automation tools for a given project and report technical findings and recommendations.
  • Understand “design for testability” and “design for test automation” methods applicable to the SUT.
  • Explain the structure of the Generic Test Automation Architecture.
  • Analyse factors of implementation, use, and maintenance requirements for a given Test Automation Solution.
  • Explain the factors to be considered when identifying reusability of components.
  • Apply guidelines that support effective test tool pilot and deployment activities.
  • Analyse deployment risks and identify technical issues that could lead to failure of the test automation project, and plan mitigation strategies.
  • Understand which factors support and affect maintainability.
  • Classify metrics that can be used to monitor the test automation strategy and effectiveness.
  • Explain how a test execution report is constructed and published.
  • Apply criteria for determining the suitability of tests for automation.
  • Understand the factors in transitioning from manual to automation testing.
  • Explain the factors to consider in implementing automated regression testing, new feature testing, and confirmation testing.
  • Verify the correctness of an automated test environment including test tool setup.
  • Verify the correct behaviour for a given automated test script and/or test suite.
  • Analyse the technical aspects of a deployed test automation solution and provide recommendations for improvement.

Syllabus – Key points

52 reviews for ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer

  1. Dean Porter | System Test Engineer | Deloitte

    I found the course straight forward and very informative – The only improvement feedback I have is around the presentation slides.

    The mind map is extremely useful, however 3 days of viewing slides showing only various snippets of it felt extremely repetitive and I found it hard concentrating as every slide looked extremely similar. This also made it difficult understanding what section we where learning and what level of a particular topic we were in.

  2. Chelsea Houston | Software Engineer – Test Analyst (Apprentice) | Capgemini

    Very good detail, lots of information. The trainer was easy to understand and get along with. Information was as expected, high level of information and detail, all relevant to the course. Regular breaks throughout the day helped a lot with comfort and retaining information. Excited for the next course I’m already booked onto.

  3. Luke Rogers | Functional Test Engineer | IBM

    really enjoyed the course and learning all the aspects of test automation

  4. Sean Wilson | Test Automation Lead | TrakCel

    Excellent speaker/instructor. Thank you Rosie!
    Very easy to follow and the analogies that were given were really helpful.

  5. Paul Johnson | Embedded software engineer | Frazer- nash consultancy

    Course really interesting and helped build a foundation to some of the things that I’ve been doing in my career.

    Enjoy the use of mind maps to break the slybus and trainer very helpful

  6. Romey Poonia | Systems Test Engineer | ULTRA

    Good course. The trainer Rosie Sheldon was excellent, I liked how she engaged with everyone and their testing experiences as well as bringing her own personal experiences as examples.

  7. Luan Dinh | Test Analyst | Natwest Markets

    John was an excellent trainer. The virtual class was very engaging and very thorough. John was great at explaining even the dry topics precisely and has been very helpful in getting points across and clearing any confusion I had with certain areas/topics.

  8. Doug Monk | System Test Engineer | N/A

    Very well presented

  9. Mitesh Shrimanker | Test Automation Analyst | NSK Europe Ltd

    Good examples with detailed explanation, made many concepts clear.

    Due to only one sample paper, maybe a additional revision session could have been planned for more confidence and more practise.

  10. Andrew Webster | Senior Test Analyst | NHS

    A good trainer and well-organised course

  11. Jonathan Ellis | Test Engineer | Close Brothers

    It was a great course, very detailed by presented in an engaging way. The course is intense with the amount of topics required for the exam.

  12. Josh Jennings | V&V Engineer | Northrop Grumman

    Excellent, really well presented, John is very thorough and knowledgeable

  13. Daniel Wyatt|Software Tester|Jaama Limited

    Well paced and Rosie’s presentation style made it easy to follow and understand the complex subject matter.

  14. Nicholas Nowosielski | Test Engineer | Capgemini

    Well structured content, combining theory, examples and practice. Enough breaks throughout the day to not burn out and instructor helped answer questions helpfully.

  15. Matthew East | Software tester |

    Well structured and progressed at a good pace.

  16. Matthew East | Software tester |

    Well structured and progressed at a good pace.

  17. Prajwal Shrestha | Test Analyst | Infomentum

    Great trainer, was very helpful and knowledgeable but the course is very rushed, would be best to have one more day to cover all the topics

  18. Dan Jones | Test Engineer | Capgemini UK

    Really well presented given the circumstances of having to carry out distance learning. John is an extremely knowledgeable trainer and took the time to ensure all attendees understood the material being presented.

  19. Victoria Harding | Test Analyst | Capgemini

    John was very knowledgeable and comprehensive – a good mix of theory and practice exam questions – breaks were well timed and felt comfortable to ask questions if necessary. Course covered a wide range of test automation factors throughout the testing lifecycle.

  20. Victoria Holmes | Senior UAT Analyst |Link Group

    Very well articulated for the different levels of experience of the course attendees. Understanding provided when incorrect answers given, weren’t left feeling silly. Considering it is hard to stay focused when the course is online, she did well to keep us engaged. It was well structured with small regular breaks.

  21. Ankita Singh | Assistant Manager |KPMG

    Trainer is having good understanding of automation testing processes. She delivered the course very well and discussed the queries well too.

  22. Bob Metcalfe | Quality Engineer |Lloyds Banking Group

    John was an excellent trainer, clearly walking us through the syllabus in an easy to understand way, with plenty of opportunities to undertake practical application of learning through past exam papers and scenarios. He frequently validated that everyone on the course was clear before we moved onto the next section and provided some helpful tips on how to revise and prepare for the exam.

  23. Jennifer Kwan | Quality Engineer |Lloyds Banking Group through outside company

    Excellent trainer, able to explain things well, any questions were answered well as well. Great examples as well that helped highlight and explain things in a manner that was understandable.

  24. ALAN BISHOP | QUALITY ENGINEER |LLOYDS BANKING GROUP

    Although a lot to cover and take in over three days, it was broken down nicely and covered and gone through clearly by the tutor. Tutor great at answering questions and explaining areas until it was understood.

  25. Karen Wareing | Quality Engineer |Lloyds

    I found the course very interesting and learnt a lot. It was paced well and John always made sure that everyone understood before moving onto the next part of the course. He went through the exam questions in detail explaining which answer was correct and why and why the other answers were not the best answer. I thought it would be difficult to concentrate with it been a virtual course WFH but I actually preferred it. It was a shame that we couldn’t print off the mind maps as I would have preferred to have been able to make notes on them to use for revision. It would have been good to be advised that some of the documents we were sent prior to the course weren’t able to be printed off as I thought it was an issue with my printer and wasted time trying to sort it out.

  26. Conor Wilson | QE |Lloyds

    Good material, however purely virtual learning is challenging, the past papers helped the most

  27. Linda Perry | Quality Engineer |Lloyds Banking Group

    Intense but very well presented with good explanations and examples along the way

  28. David McGechie | Quality Engineer |LBG

    tough going in a virtual classroom collaboration and contribution from all parties was reduced. content & delivery was great and at a pace that was good for me

  29. Claire Meikleham | Quality Engineer |LBG

    A lot of theory so it is a tough few days. Particularly enjoyed the exam type questions and the discussions around why the other options were not the correct answer. Felt this was very beneficial to my understanding.

  30. Linda Perry|Quality Engineer|Lloyds Banking Group

    Intense but very well presented with good explanations and examples along the way

  31. David McGechie | |Quality Engineer|LBG

    tough going in a virtual classroom collaboration and contribution from all parties was reduced. content & delivery was great and at a pace that was good for me

  32. Claire Meikleham|Quality Engineer|LBG

    A lot of theory so it is a tough few days. Particularly enjoyed the exam type questions and the discussions around why the other options were not the correct answer. Felt this was very beneficial to my understanding.

  33. Bob Metcalfe|Quality Engineer|Lloyds Banking Group

    John was an excellent trainer, clearly walking us through the syllabus in an easy to understand way, with plenty of opportunities to undertake practical application of learning through past exam papers and scenarios. He frequently validated that everyone on the course was clear before we moved onto the next section and provided some helpful tips on how to revise and prepare for the exam.

  34. Jennifer Kwan|Quality Engineer|Lloyds Banking Group through outside company

    Excellent trainer, able to explain things well, any questions were answered well as well. Great examples as well that helped highlight and explain things in a manner that was understandable.

  35. ALAN BISHOP|QUALITY ENGINEER|LLOYDS BANKING GROUP

    Although a lot to cover and take in over three days, it was broken down nicely and covered and gone through clearly by the tutor. Tutor great at answering questions and explaining areas until it was understood.

  36. Karen Wareing|Quality Engineer|Lloyds

    I found the course very interesting and learnt a lot. It was paced well and John always made sure that everyone understood before moving onto the next part of the course. He went through the exam questions in detail explaining which answer was correct and why and why the other answers were not the best answer. I thought it would be difficult to concentrate with it been a virtual course WFH but I actually preferred it. It was a shame that we couldn’t print off the mind maps as I would have preferred to have been able to make notes on them to use for revision. It would have been good to be advised that some of the documents we were sent prior to the course weren’t able to be printed off as I thought it was an issue with my printer and wasted time trying to sort it out.

  37. Judy Yu|Quality engineer|Lloyds

    Excellent

  38. Conor Wilson|QE|Lloyds

    Good material, however purely virtual learning is challenging, the past papers helped the most

  39. Samantha McKee|Assistant Test Manager|KPMG

    Was really good information and helped me place a lot of words to things I have been doing currently. The instructor was very helpful and he has ensured I am prepared for the exam and next steps.

  40. Lewis Ridings|IT Test Specialist|IBM

    The course was very informative and introduced the area of test automation very well. It was tailored very much towards Software Testing as expected given it is part of the ITSQB syllabus, however a lot of the concepts were explained very well in relation to all areas of testing, be it infrastructure, cloud etc. and very well related to agile methodologies. John was an excellent teacher, he is very personable and friendly and manages to keep the content interesting despite it being a lot of information in a short period of time. His teaching method worked well for a virtual offering, where adaptations to teach content through a web function worked as well as a classroom offering.

  41. Richard Goodwin|Senior Software Testing Engineer|Renishaw

    Good pace of course and content. Knowledgeable and good examples used. Trainer installed confidence in my ability to potentially pass the exam

  42. Alex Reynolds ||QE Engineer ||Lloyds

    The course was really good, John really knew his stuff and made it accessible and was able to pepper it with personal experience. This really brought the material to life.

    I personally loved the Mind Maps and see these as an invaluable resource. Although it would have been great to be able to print these out to allow attendees to annotate with their own notes.

    I also would have preferred more opportunities to work with those on the course in group sessions. However the GoTo Meeting system being used was unable to support break out rooms. I feel this would really have helped discussions and learning, although John did a great job of facilitating conversations with the attendees.

  43. Naomi Endersby|Test Specialist|IBM

    Course was good but hard work. John’s writing left a bit to be desired – couldn’t read it sometimes but otherwise excellent. Could do with more tangible examples as concepts and theory are difficult to visualise.

  44. PRIYA B|TEST ENGINEER|

    Complete coverage of the topics in course explained in an excellent way.

  45. Robert Villars|Test Manager|LLoyds Banking Group

    Very helpful tips as well as a thorough review of the content of the course. Far more thorough than other courses I have been on. Great explanations.

  46. Saleh Alamer|Testing Engineer|Advanced Electronics Company

    Excellent

  47. Johanna Booth|Quality Engineer|Lloyds Banking Group

    Course was delivered in a way which was always interesting and upbeat (important given that we did it online)
    The course itself is challenging and intense but could ask questions and go over things at any time.

  48. Ahsan Mumtaz | Senior Engineer | Clarksons

    It was good, however, I would expect more practical scenarios of the real world instead of just going through the theory. However, it covers the certification exam, syllabus. But I feel it should cover real world scenario

  49. Jodie Cain|Apprentice Software Tester|Bullet Digital Solutions

    This was a resit of a course taken in 2019however due to lockdown I was unable to sit the exam. The course has been re written and delivered through a series of mind maps and this format is much clearer and I found it easier to understand the concepts. I enjoyed the course this time around and feel much more confident about taking the exam.

  50. George Selway|Software Tester Apprentice|Sedgemoor District Council

    Good course in general however I found many of the examples/scenarios had too much ambiguity to allow facilitate a confident answer. One feels you have to come up with an answer which is always based on individual assumptions. Concerned that some of the exam questions have similar issues.

  51. Dale Bennett|Tes tEngineer|AVEVA

    Very good and informative, thank you

  52. Ahsan Mumtaz|Senior Test Engineer|Clarksons

    It was good, however, I would expect more practical scenarios of the real world instead of just going through the theory. However, it covers the certification exam, syllabus. But I feel it should cover real world scenario

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