Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level
- Learn the fundamentals of software testing including key concepts and context, testing principles and test process, and the human factors in testing.
- Explore the relationship of testing to development in the software development lifecycle, compare test levels and test types, and understand the triggers and impact of maintenance testing.
- Understand the value of static testing while exploring different static and dynamic techniques, and learn the most common review types and how to use these approaches to find defects.
- Examine test design techniques including black-box testing, white-box testing, and experienced-based testing.
- Delve deep into test management, exploring test organization, test planning and estimation, configuration management, risk-based testing, defect management, and more.
- Explore tool support for testing including tool selection, benefits, risks, and classifications.
Developed and delivered by leading experts in the testing industry, Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level is an accredited training course to prepare you for the ISTQB Certified Tester—Foundation Level (CTFL) exam. Certification demonstrates a knowledge of software testing and is based on a Body of Knowledge and examination guidelines that are applied consistently across the world. It focuses on test concepts and techniques that can apply to all software projects, including agile projects, other types of iterative and incremental lifecycles, and in sequential lifecycles.
Software Tester Certification—Foundation Level goes above and beyond the ISTQB syllabus, giving you practical knowledge you can apply now. In addition to the fundamentals of software testing, you will also learn about the psychology of testing, test and review process, black-box test methods, white-box testing, experienced-based testing, test monitoring and metrics, the benefits and risks of test automation, and more. Gain the basic skills required of a software test professional and learn how testing adds significant value to software development projects.
The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a non-proprietary organization that has granted more than 500,000 certifications in more than 100 countries around the globe. This program is the only internationally-accepted certification for software testing accredited through its network of national boards.
ISTQB certification is designed for software professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of testing—test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, and developers—as well as those who need a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, development managers, business analysts, IT directors, and management consultants.
In addition, CTFL holders with verifiable experience can extend their certification with the ISTQB's Advanced-Level certifications or qualify their competencies in agile testing, security testing, test automation, and more. Learn more about advanced-level certifications for Test Managers, Test Analysts, and Technical Test Analysts.
Who Should Attend?
This course is appropriate for individuals who recently entered the testing field and those currently seeking ISTQB® certification in software testing (CTFL). Common job functions include testers, test engineers, QA professionals, test managers, project leaders, quality analysts, and more.
ISTQB 2011 and 2018
Recently, the ISTQB released a new Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) syllabus. While the fundamental principles and best practices of testing remain, a number of areas have been updated to take into account modern industry trends.
CTFL certification is good in perpetuity. Once a professional has earned the certification, they retain the credentials even if the criteria are updated. Learn more about the changes.
Download the 2011 ISTQB Foundation Level syllabus.
Download the 2018 ISTQB Foundation Level syllabus.
Read our CTFL2018 FAQs.
General terms of testing and explains the following in detail.
- Why is Testing Necessary?
- What is Testing
- General Testing Principles
- Fundamental Test Processes
- Psychology of Testing
Narrates how testing runs parallel with development process in SDLC. The main topics are as follows:
- Software Development Models
- Distinction: testing - checking, verification - validation
- General "V Model", identification of phase results
- Benefits of early tests; iterative tests
- Testing within the life cycle models
- Test Levels
- Component Testing (unit testing)
- Integration Testing
- System Testing
- Acceptance Testing
- Test Types: the Targets of Testing
- Functional Testing
- Non-functional Testing
- Structural Testing
- Testing changes - Confirmation and Regression Testing
- Maintenance Tests
- Testing once changes have been made
The main objective of this chapter is how to write effective test cases looking into requirements.
- Identifying test conditions and designing test cases
- condition, test case, and test procedure.
- Categories of test design techniques
- specification-based (black-box), structure-based (white-box)
- Specification-based or black-box techniques
- equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis
- decision tables, state transition diagrams
- Structure-based or white-box techniques
- Experience-based techniques
- Choosing test techniques
Static testing is a verification process. Following are narrated in this chapter
Reviews and the test process
- Review Process
- Formal review
- Informal review
- Technical review
- Static analysis by tools
Objectives of Test Management are as follows:
- Test organization
- Test planning and estimation
- Test progress monitoring and control
- Configuration management
- Risk and testing
- Incident Management
Overview of this chapter are as follows:
- Types of test tools
- Effective use of tools: potential benefit and risks
- Introducing a tool into an organization.