The ISTQB Foundation course covers the fundamentals of software testing, providing delegates with the necessary foundations for a career as a software testing professional.
This three-day intensive tutor-led course includes exam preparation, revision and the examination on the afternoon of the third day. It is fully- accredited by UKTB on behalf of ISTQB and has been rated SFIAplus level 3 by the BCS.
Who is it for ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course for?
The ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level is principally aimed at anyone directly involved in software testing, who needs to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts, such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test leads, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.
It is also ideal for all those who have an interest in understanding the basic concepts of software testing, and so is additionally appropriate for project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors 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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The entry requirements for the Certified Tester Foundation Level qualification are that the candidate should have a basic working knowledge of IT.
On arrival at the course candidates should have read the provided Syllabus in preparation for the course. The course is intensive and those delegates who have prepared achieve a higher exam success rate.
To qualify as an internationally-recognized Certified Foundation Level Tester and be issued with an ISTQB® Foundation Level Certificate, delegates must successfully pass the exam:
The examination consists of a one-hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.
It will be a ‘closed book’ examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
Duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language)
The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).
The Business Outcomes expected of a candidate who has achieved the 2018 Foundation Level certification are as follows:
Promote efficient and effective communication by using a common vocabulary for software testing.
Understand fundamental concepts of software testing.
Demonstrate understanding of how different development and testing practices, and different constraints on testing, may apply in optimizing testing to different contexts.
Contribute effectively in reviews.
Use established techniques for designing tests at all test levels.
Interpret and execute tests from given test specifications. Report on test results.
Understand test management principles for resources, strategies, planning, project control and risk management
Write and communicate clear and understandable defect reports
Understand the project factors that drive the test priorities and test approach
Understand the value that software testing brings to stakeholders
Appreciate how testing activities and work products align with project objectives, measures and targets
Assist in the selection and implementation process of testing tool
In addition, after successfully completing the course and passing the exam, delegates should be able to:
Use a common language for efficient and effective communication with other testers and project stakeholders
Understand established testing concepts, the fundamental test process, test approaches, and principles to support test objectives
Design and prioritize tests by using established techniques
Analyse both functional and non-functional specifications (such as performance and usability) at all test levels for systems with low to medium levels of complexity
Execute tests according to agreed test plans, and analyze and report on the results of tests
Write clear and understandable incident reports
Effectively participate in reviews of small to medium-sized projects
Be familiar with different types of testing tools and their uses; and assist in the tool selection and implementation process
Syllabus – Key points
Pictorially, the syllabus concentrates on the key aspects of Testing that are important to be understood and practiced by the aspiring professional software tester