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ISTQB Advanced Test Manager

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The ISTQB Advanced Test Manager course extends the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to enable the role of Test Manager to be performed.

This five-day tutor-led course includes lectures, exercises and practical work, as well as exam preparation. The examination is held in the afternoon on the last day of the course. It is fully accredited by UKITB on behalf of ISTQB and has been rated SFIAplus level 5 by the BCS.

Who is it for?

The ISTQB Certified Test Manager Advanced Level 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 management of any aspect of software testing, and who want to increase their test management 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.

The Value of Business Testing

Being a test manager these days of ever expanding and changing technology is a big deal and responsible job, and the syllabus recognises this by calling for 5-days of intensive training and a 3-hour exam. This qualification is a must for the upwardly mobile. Senior Trainer Rosie Sheldon talks you through a lesson on ‘The Value of Business Testing’

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager qualification are 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.

The Exam

The exam is taken after the course and consists of;.

  • 65 multiple choice pick ‘n’ mix questions which consist of the questions followed by a list of options
  • Duration of 180 minutes (or 225 minutes for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language)
  • A Candidate must score at least 65% to pass (75/115)

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.

Holders of the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager qualification may also wish to consider the other Advanced Level qualifications, Test Manager, Test Automation Engineer, Agile Technical Tester, Test Analyst, Technical Test Analyst Engineer and Security Tester

Course Objectives

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

  • Manage a testing project by implementing the mission, goals and testing processes established for the testing organization.
  • Organize and lead risk identification and risk analysis sessions and use the results of such sessions for test estimation, planning, monitoring and control.
  • Create and implement test plans consistent with organizational policies and test strategies.
  • Continuously monitor and control the test activities to achieve project objectives.
  • Assess and report relevant and timely test status to project stakeholders.
  • Identify skills and resource gaps in their test team and participate in sourcing adequate resources.
  • Identify and plan necessary skills development within their test team.
  • Propose a business case for test activities which outlines the costs and benefits expected.
  • Ensure proper communication within the test team and with other project stakeholders.
  • Participate in and lead test process improvement initiatives.

Syllabus – Key points

Pictorially, the syllabus concentrates on the key aspects of Test Management that are important to be understood and practiced by the modern Test Manager

24 reviews for ISTQB Advanced Test Manager

  1. Naphrali Yates | Mizuho | Test Analyst

    I attended this course to progress in my career, the environment was conducive to my learning and the course met my objectives well. The course tutor John Young was excellent.

  2. Nathan Elmi|Test Consultant|NEST

    Even though the training was online, John was able to capture the audience very well, explaining with detail all the subjects and always finding examples for each situation.
    Also in the questions and exercices every choice was discussed about the correct or not correct answers and sharing some hints how to deal with them.
    John was always friendly and available to discuss any topic. I would be happy to have him in a next training some day.

  3. saritha muddam|Senior Test Engineer|British Library

    Really good! Doing a remote course is not that easy but John was always there trying to keep people on the same page, applying for interactions and making everything really dynamic. Really appreciated!

  4. Will Blakeney|Software Tester|HMRC

    Although I have concerns about an offline course it went well. Also, I like the course materials, it helps me a lot to pass for the exam.

  5. Mounika Hanumandla | Automation Test Engineer

    I attended this course to obtain my certification in advanced Test Analyst, the course and tutor was excellent

  6. Michael Myatt | Senior Test Engineer | Mass

    I attended this course to grow my testing skills. John taught the lesson in a very useful way to encourage a better understanding.

  7. Andrew Francis | Test Analyst | Worldpay

    I attended this course to progress in my career. The course met my objectives, Our tutor John Young was excellent

  8. Gareth Hunt|n/a|Unemployed

    The course was informative and the trainer was very good at explaining concepts by way of examples. Some very dry chapters were enhanced by the trainer’s approach to tesaching.

  9. Maria Butt|Administrator|Old Mutual Wealth

    Really superb course, Rosie’s style of presenting was perfect for me. The course material was really well produced, it was easy to understand and covered the syllabus well. As a result I was able to prepare for the exam and pass it successfully, and there is so much I have been able to take from the course with a view to implementing in my day to day role as a test manager.

  10. Mark Whitby|Head of Development and Testing|InHealth Intelligence

    Really superb course, Rosie’s style of presenting was perfect for me. The course material was really well produced, it was easy to understand and covered the syllabus well. As a result I was able to prepare for the exam and pass it successfully, and there is so much I have been able to take from the course with a view to implementing in my day to day role as a test manager.

  11. Chris Howell|Senior QA Manager|Zynga

    The course and the associated materials were good. The written accompaniment to the slides were definitely welcome. The traceability between the course content and the syllabus learning objectives were also good and allowed quick lookup of weak areas.

    I thought the TSG written training questions were average. Some included scenarios and answers which conflicted with real-life project experience and I found it difficult to focus solely on the syllabus reasoning. There was example about developers preparing for a review by translating some technical documents into Chinese, which would never happen. There was another answer about using defect number metrics to track the effectiveness of testing – even when it’s commonly known that more or less bugs can’t alone tell you whether testing is effective. Learning is easier when clearer examples are provided instead of fuzzy answers which are open to subjectivity.

  12. Gavin Ware | Test Analyst | Hollingdale Consultancy Services

    The course was informative and the trainer was very good at explaining concepts by way of examples. Some very dry chapters were enhanced by the trainer’s approach to tesaching.

  13. Mark Whitby | Head of Development and Testing | InHealth Intelligence

    Really superb course, Rosie’s style of presenting was perfect for me. The course material was really well produced, it was easy to understand and covered the syllabus well. As a result I was able to prepare for the exam and pass it successfully, and there is so much I have been able to take from the course with a view to implementing in my day to day role as a test manager.

  14. Sofia Penim | Test Manager | Siemens

    Really good! Doing a remote course is not that easy but John was always there trying to keep people on the same page, applying for interactions and making everything really dynamic. Really appreciated!

  15. Nino Dias | Senior Business Tester | Siemens

    Even though the training was online, John was able to capture the audience very well, explaining with detail all the subjects and always finding examples for each situation.
    Also in the questions and exercices every choice was discussed about the correct or not correct answers and sharing some hints how to deal with them.
    John was always friendly and available to discuss any topic. I would be happy to have him in a next training some day.

  16. Rita Gracio | Business Tester | Siemens

    Really helpful explaining and depicting everything with examples and schemes, allowing us to take screenshots, it was very good.

  17. Jack Luke| Test Manager|Cubic Transportation Systems

    I really enjoyed the training. Even though it was online, the lecturer John, was a brilliant teacher. The course is very detailed, and explained well with a solid balance of theory and sample questions. As a group we went over the answers together and i found it very informative. The documentation and slides are excellent. Looking forward to putting the processes I learned in practice.

  18. lee westwell| test and quality assurance specialist|Vodafone

    great content and helpful towards the exam. recommended

  19. Balaji Srinivas`| Test Manager|TMHCC

    `the course gave me good insights to Test Management. Lot of valuable information and some good insights towards Test Management

  20. Sarbjeet Pandha| Test Analyst|LGT VESTRA

    Remote virtual course. Very enjoyable and lots of interaction with everyone.

  21. Ernest Obuobi | Manager Datacentre & Testing | Standard bank/Stanbic Bank

    Excellent training

  22. Kate Mottershead | Test Team Lead | IDBS

    The content is long and slightly behind in times now (post-COVID). But Angelina did a very good job at keep everyone engaged and giving good advice, an impressive feat in a remote setting. 5/5.

  23. David Walshe | Test Lead | Ordnance Survey

    Solid course, covered the materials effectively with a good pragmatic view on what was useful for ‘real life’ and what was more about the test.

    Trainer was engaging, fun and provided numerous helpful anecdotes to contextualize the materials.

  24. Ken Wong | Test Analyst | FIS

    Angelina was great at delivering the content of the course, applying the real world experiences into each context.

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