ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board software testing certification program

Everyone has experienced software failures at some point, which can range from minor inconvenience to loss of reputation, confidence, customers, business - even loss of life!  And yet the root cause of all these failures could have been easily detected through proper testing...

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Purpose of this course

This course takes the individual through the iSQI-certified ISTQB Certified Tester (Foundation Level), an established qualification and an industry-recognised standard for companies and individuals to prove knowledge of the fundamentals of software testing.

Who is this course for

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software testing. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.

This Foundation Level certificate is also appropriate for anyone who wants a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

You will learn how to
  • Understand testing as an activity within software development lifecycles
  • Understand the value of the Fundamental Test Process
  • Project-manage testing as a valued discipline
  • Demonstrate a contribution to quality assurance
  • Use tools and techniques to perform static and dynamic testing
  • Appreciate different roles and responsibilities during testing
  • Prepare for the 'ISQTB Certified Tester - Foundation Level' examination
Benefits for your organisation

The organisation will gain an individual holding a certificate is recognised in multiple countries in multiple continents, demonstrating that they not only understand how important testing is, but how it adds value to both product and project, and how to carry out the best testing available within time and cost constraints.

Benefits for you as an individual

You will hold an internationally-recognised certificate which demonstrates familiarity with the most common concepts of software testing and the associated terminology.  No other certification program has adoption in as many countries as this one, it is truly International.

Fundamentals of Testing

Why is Testing Necessary?
What is Testing?
The Seven Testing Principles
The Fundamental Test Process
The Psychology of Testing

Testing Throughout the Software Life Cycle

Different Software Development Models
Different Levels of Testing
Types Of Testing
Maintenance Testing

Static Test Techniques

Techniques Used Within Testing
Formal/informal Review Processes
Using Tools For Static Analysis

Test Design Techniques

The Test Development Process
Categories of Test Design Techniques
Specification-based (Black-box) Techniques
Structure-based (White-box) Techniques
Experience-based Techniques
Which Technique To Use?

Test Management

Test Organization
Test Planning and Estimation
Test Progress Monitoring and Control
Configuration Management
Risk and Testing
Incident Management

Tool Support for Testing

Types of Test Tools
Effective Use of Tools
Introducing a new Tool


The candidate should have at least a minimal background in either software development or software testing, such as six months' experience as a system or user acceptance tester or as a software developer.

More about the exam

Delegate will be given an exam voucher after the course to allow them to sit the ISTQB® Certified Tester – Foundation Level exam which is offered in over 5,200 Pearson VUE Locations globally. 

The exam consists of 40 questions, multiple-choice, 60 minutes (25% time extension for non-native speakers available on request), minimum score 65%.