ISTQB certificationDescription and Benefits Author: Aleksandra Tyurina Date: 03/20/2012 Version: 0.4
Table of content 2Importance of certificationOfficial informationBenefitsISTQB® FrameworkLevels of CertificationAdvanced Level CertificatePreparationSelf-study preparationPassing the examsISTQB WorldwideRSTQBISTQB comparisonUseful Links
Importance of certification 3 As clients more closely guard expenses and become more discerning, organizations needing to outsource services and support will want to ensure the firms and technicians they hire are competent. IT certifications are a great method for service consulting organization to demonstrate their skill, knowledge, and expertise to potential clients. ISTQB® is the most widely recognized and fastest-growing software tester certification in the world: Developed by 100 global software testing experts Offered in 47 countries More than 165,000 certified software testers worldwide
Official information 4 The International Software Testing Qualifications Board® (ISTQB) is a non-profit organization responsible for defining various guidelines such as examination structure and regulations, accreditation, certification etc. The ISTQB® Certified Tester program provides certification for software testers internationally. One of the core principles of the program is a strict separation between the administration of exams and the training to those who would like to prepare for the exam in ISTQB® compliant courses.
Benefits 5 Certifications are a great method for YOUR COMPANY to demonstrate engineers’ skills, knowledge, and expertise to potential clients. For a company, a staff with a variety of relevant certifications makes the business more marketable, which translates to new customers, and the development and implementation of new processes, systems and applications. Employees who are better trained and educated as the result of certification efforts will be less likely to commit errors that lead to failure. Certifications are objective measurements of skills and hence easy to use when it comes to comparing and contrasting the talent pool.
Levels of Certification 7 There are currently two levels of certification: Foundation Level (one module) Advanced Level (three modules). To receive Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate. An Expert Level is currently being developed (will start in 2012). For all three levels, international working groups develop and maintain internationally uniform curricula and exams.
Advanced Level Certificate 8 The Advanced Level supports 3 certifications, and there is a separate exam for each certification: Test Manager Test Analyst Technical Test Analyst This offers the option to either acquire the certificate in one specific field or to take all three exams and receive an ISTQB Certified Tester, Full Advanced Level, certificate.
Preparation 9 You have choices of how to prepare for the exams: A course from an accredited provider Internal company training for employees Self-study via software testing books and Web sites Only accredited companies are allowed to offer preparation trainings. An ISTQB® accredited training provider is someone who has extensive knowledge and experience in testing, and can provide additional insights into testing terminology and the syllabus content, to make it easier to attain the ISTQB® certifications.
Self-study preparation 10 If you want to prepare for the exam by self-study the ISTQB® Syllabi and Glossary are highly recommended. The Foundation Level exam tests for knowledge, not skill. It provides information about the certificate holders level of familiarity with the most common concepts of software testing and the associated terminology. It does not require work experience. The Foundation Level exam is a stepping stone toward the Advanced Level, which is more in-depth and much more practice-oriented.
Passing the exams 11 You must book your exam directly with the International Software Testing Qualifications Boards. Select your country from the list to get local exam dates, applicable fees and booking information. For Russia see slide RSTQB. Exam fee is from 150 EUR ($250) per module. The FL exam comprises 40 multiple-choice questions, a pass mark of 65% and a duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for not-native speaker). The AL exams comprise 65 multiple-choice questions, a pass mark of 65%, and a duration of 180 minutes (or 225 minutes for not-native speaker).
ISTQB Worldwide 12 ISTQB is composed of 47 member Boards from worldwide countries. E.g. boards available in the countries:American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB)Australia and New Zealand Testing Board (ANZTB)Chinese Software Testing Qualifications Board (CSTQB)Finnish Software Testing Board (FiSTB)German Testing Board (GTB)Indian Testing Board (ITB)Japan Software Testing Qualifications Board (JSTQB)Korean Software Testing and Qualifications Board (KSTQB)Polish Testing Board (PTB)Russian Software Testing Qualifications Board (RSTQB)Swedish Software Testing Board (SSTB)UK Testing Board (UKTB)
RSTQB 13 RSTQB is a Russian Board of the ISTQB. The board works out the syllabus and examination questions for the certification scheme in Russian. The RSTQB offers the Foundation Level exam and all three Advanced Level exams all over Russia. Most exam dates at the moment are in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Vladimir and Dubna. An online exam can be provided by an ISTQB certified Proctor on any local place. Foundation Level Exam is now possible to be organized in Nizhny Novgorod. The following department is accredited and can provide trainings in Russia now: Knowledge Department.
ISTQB comparison 14 ISTQB QAI’s CSTE IIST’s CSTPOrganization International Quality Assurance International Instituteawarding the Software Testing Institute for Software Testingcertification Qualification Board www.qaiusa.com http://www.iist.org/ www.istqb.orgFormal training None. None. 10 days of formalrequired for the An optional 3-day An optional 3-day classroom trainingcertification to prep course available prep course offered by with hands onbe awarded from ISTQB certified QAI. workshops. training providers.Certified 155,000 certified 35,000 Certified 2,500 Certifiedsoftware testers (Oct,2010) (Sep, 2008) (Oct, 2010) the most popularIs re- No Yes Yescertificationrequired?Cost $250 for taking or $300 for taking or Cost of training + $120 re-taking the exam re-taking the exam graduation fee Cost of training is approximately $5,500
Links 15# Description Link1 International Software Testing http://istqb.org Qualifications Board ® (ISTQB)2 Syllabi and Glossary http://istqb.org/display/ISTQB/Syllabi?atl_toke3 ISTQB Worldwide http://istqb.org/display/ISTQB/ISTQB+Worldw4 RSTQB http://en.rstqb.org/5 Knowledge Department http://knowledge-department.ru/6 Why you need it and how to get it? by http://www.testingexperience.com/testingexperi Rex Black7 ISTQB vs. ISEB http://www.istqbcertification.org/?q=node/178 Software Testing Materials: Basic http://www.rbcs-us.com/software-testing-resour Resource Library
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