Watch this video about ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) certification. It’s the first step in the certification path that can lead to ever-better software testing jobs and promotions.


What is the first step toward ISTQB Software Testing Certification?

Your software testing certification begins with the ISTQB Foundation level, also called ISTQB CTFL or ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level.

ISTQB Foundation Level certification is the first step because it:

  1. Gives you a common testing vocabulary and set of principles that makes your testing team more efficient.
  2. Begins a testing skills path that leads to jobs and promotions.
  3. Is a required prerequisite for all other ISTQB certifications.

Follow these steps to get ready for your ISTQB Foundation Level exam:

  • Download the free ISTQB Foundation study materials and sample exams at
  • Use these material to study on your own for your exam. In addition, there are books and resources available on the internet.
  • Or take a software testing training course by a training provider. This has been proven to be an easier and efficient way to learn the required information. You can find a list of software testing training companies at
  • When you are ready, register for your ISTQB exam through ASTQB’s official ISTQB exam provider, AT*SQA, by going to
  • Important: American companies check with us, ASTQB and AT*SQA, to see if you are on the official U.S. list of certified testers, so you must register through ASTQB and AT*SQA for your ISTQB exam.

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