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The story about certification:

Certification in software testing began in the UK with the British Computer Society’s Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) when a software testing commission appeared in 1998 ( 

In 2002, ASQF in Germany began supporting a tester qualification scheme( 

The ISTQB certificate is the most renowned and complete in the area of software testing. 

Issuing more than 600,000 certifications in more than 100 countries, achieving 10,000 new certifications per quarter. 

Study materials are available for download from the certification website. The exam is available in other languages, following rules consistently.

This evaluation focuses on the quality of tests, presenting the text in an organized way in modules for easy understanding. 

Thus, making it easier to obtain the certificate faster and more agile, not forgetting essential subjects for success in the IT market. 

The new ISTQB product portfolio follows an approach characterized by Levels (Foundation, Advanced, Expert) and Flows (Core, Agile, Specialist). 

Levels identify the increase in the course of applied content and the learning objective (LOs) and The Streams identify the groupings of the certification modules.

ISTQB flows to focus on:

Core — These modules correspond to ISTQB’s “historical” certifications:

Cover the software testing topic broadly. 

They are valid for any technology domain, methodology, or application. 

They allow a common understanding.

Agile — these modules address testing practices specifically for Agile SDLC

The ISTQB recognizes the importance of agile practices that have become a de facto standard in many contexts. 

Also taking into account the remarkable success of the Agile Tester Foundation certification module. ISTQB decided to highlight a separate ad-hoc flow. In which significant investments were planned to complement the existing module with new advanced modules, covering the organizational specificities and testing techniques in Agile contexts

Specialist — These modules are new to the ISTQB product portfolio and address specific

Topics, which means that:

  • They are built using a deep-dive, drill-down approach They can address specific quality characteristics (e.g., Usability, Security, Performance, etc.). 
  • It can address technologies that involve specific test approaches (for example, model-based testing, mobile testing, etc.). 
  • They may be related to specific test activities (for example, test automation, test metrics management, etc.) 
  • They can group test knowledge into application domains that deserve or require a specific approach (e.g., automotive, pharmaceutical, and medical, gambling; etc.)

Preconditions between certifications

There are preconditions related to certification exams, providing natural progression through the ISTQB Certification scheme, which helps people choose the right certification. 

The ISTQB Core Foundation is a precondition for any other certification.

The additional rules for ISTQB preconditions are summarized below:

Core-Foundation is a prerequisite for Core-Advanced. 

Core-Foundation is the standard prerequisite for Specialist-Foundation certifications unless specified differently in the specific module. From now on, all Specialist-Foundation certifications require Core-Foundation as a prerequisite Any Specialist-Advanced or Specialist-Expert module that is linked to a lower-level Specialist module must apply for lower-level certification. 

Expert modules must require certification at the corresponding Advanced level. 

Any Specialist-Advanced module that is not linked to a lower-level Specialist module must require Core-Foundation as a prerequisite.

Benefits for certified software testers:

  • Gain knowledge and skill independently; 
  • Increases your chance in the job market where most testers are not trained; 
  • Have a recognized certificate in your curriculum which adds credibility to the company that will contact you; 
  • Being recognized and guided by a code of ethics;

Benefits for employers:

  • Count on a professional or team qualified for any type of test resulting in quality, knowledge and less expense for uncovered tests; 
  • Team with knowledge of theory and practice raise the level of the company, resulting in large and intellectually enriching projects; 
  • The certificate guarantees an up-to-date professional with the latest innovations at the time of testing;

BSTQB certificate differences

Common Language: The content offers a language that is easy to understand for both people with experience in the area or not;

Global Recognition: The certificate includes a policy consistent with procedures by boards of BSTQB members;

Professional Situation: The professional who holds the certificate will be well seen and recognized in companies, which increases the chance of effective hiring;


Knowledge Base for Software

Test Certification Syllabus forms the knowledge base for International Software Testing Qualification, both for the fundamental level (CTFL) and for the advanced level (CTAL). 

Fundamental Level Certification is available to anyone involved in software testing. 

This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test manager, the user who performs acceptance testing, and software developers. 

This level of certification is also appropriate for anyone who wants to acquire a foundation of understanding about software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors, and consultants. 

Those who achieve certification will be able to seek a higher level of software testing qualification.


Training providers who use the syllabus as a reference in their courses can be authorized by a national committee (board) recognized by ISTQB, in Brazil only the BSTQB. 

An authorize course follows this syllabus, and an ISTQB perform an exam to all part of the course. 

The Advance Level Certification is intend for the person who, in addition to being certified at the fundamental level, also has proven experience in the area of software testing.

Certification levels:

Fundamental Level

This is a set of fundamental level certifications that aim to involve anyone in software testing. This includes people in roles such as:

  • Testers
  • In Test Analysts,
  • Test Engineers,
  • Test Consultants, etc.

This certification is also suitable for those who want a basic understanding of software testing, such as:

  • Project Managers, Quality Managers,
  • Software Development Managers,
  • Business Analysts,
  • IT Directors and Managers. 

This certification is a prerequisite for all other certifications the BSTQB/ISTQB

Certifications available

  • CTFL — Certified
  • Tester Foundation Level
  • CTFL-AT — Agile Tester CTFL-MBT — Model-Based Test
  • CTFL Model-Based Test
  • CTFL-MBT stands for Certified Tester Foundation 

Level — Model-Based Test. This is an innovative test proposal to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the testing process. 

A tester with this certification uses models to conduct test analysis and modeling, maintaining the advantages of models for other test activities, such as implementation and reporting.

CTFL-AT Agile Tester

CTFL-AT stands for Certified Tester Foundation Level — Agile Tester. 

This is a relatively new proposal for software testing that follows the principles of agile software development, as described in the Agile Manifesto.

The site also has advanced levels of certificates like these below:


The exam:

All exams are base on the multiple-choice questions in English.

The minimum duration of the examination is 30 minutes.

Extra time is given to candidates whose native language is not the English language. 

The time is only allowed upon proof of documents and that is informed to the BSTQB at registration time.

Exam Locations:

BSTQB has a partnership with several Academic Institutions in the country (Exam Partners). 

These partners provide the appropriate place to perform the exams. 

The disclosure of the final list of registrants and selected partners will take place within one week of the end of registrations on the BSTQB website.

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