ISTQB Logo

ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification is the easy first step toward better software testing and a software testing job or promotion. See the 5 steps below to prepare for your ISTQB Foundation Level exam.

The ISTQB Foundation Level Certification (CTFL) exam is required for everyone who tests software because it:

  • Gives everyone on your testing team a common testing vocabulary and set of principles that improve communication and efficiency
  • Opens a testing skills path, jobs, and promotions for both new testers and experienced software QA professionals
  • Is a prerequisite for all other ISTQB certifications

What if I have no experience? Can ISTQB Foundation Level help me get a job? Yes! ISTQB Foundation and ISTQB Agile testing certifications from ASTQB (ISTQB in the U.S.) can be as valuable as experience. For example, this U.S. job posting accepts certification in place of experience: “At least 1 year of progressive experience in the validation of software systems. Foundation Level with Agile Tester ISTQB certification can substitute for this experience.

Logo of the Official US List of Certified TestersImportant: American employers ask us, ASTQB (ISTQB in the U.S.), and our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA if you are on the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™. To appear on that list and get points toward your Testing Tiers™ software tester ranking, you must register here through ASTQB or AT*SQA. Of course, we will also add you to the ISTQB Successful Candidate Register.

Subscribe to the free ASTQB newsletter for news about U.S. software testing jobs

How to prepare for the ISTQB Foundation exam in 5 easy steps:

  1. Watch our free tips for how to pass ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL).
  2. Download our free ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) study materials below.
  3. Study the ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) syllabus, sample exams and glossary, plus related information in books or websites. Or use the easier, faster route of taking a software testing training course.
  4. Register for your ISTQB Foundation (CTFL) exam through ASTQB and our official ISTQB exam provider, AT*SQA.
  5. Pass your exam! We’ll then add you to the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ and the ISTQB Successful Candidate Register. Plus you will have earned points toward your Testing Tiers™ software tester ranking!

“My career has definitely improved a lot after taking the CTFL certification. I often get appreciation from my peers and manager when they see the CTFL certification in my office cube.”

ISTQB Foundation (CTFL) Preparation Resources

ISTQB Foundation Level certification is an easy first step.

ASTQB makes ISTQB CTFL easier by giving you free resources that help you get ready for the CTFL exam (see above).

NOTE: You must register for your ISTQB exam through ASTQB or our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA to appear on the Official U.S. List of Certified Testers. Employers check with us, ASTQB, to see if you are ISTQB certified. Managers tell us they want you to take ASTQB’s version of the ISTQB exam because that shows you will be able to communicate with the rest of the team. We will also award you Testing Tiers™ software tester ranking points and add you to the ISTQB successful candidate register (SCR).

If you want to make it even easier to prepare, take a proven ISTQB testing training course. Take a course that qualifies for ASTQB Proficiency Distinction™ and you’ll get extra recognition that makes you stand out for promotions and jobs.

“I believe that going through the certification process helped me grow tremendously as a software tester, which led to my current position as a Product Manager. Thank you for all that you do!”

Why should you get the career booster of ISTQB CTFL software testing certification?

  • It shows employers you have practical software testing knowledge.
  • It makes your company’s testing more efficient because everyone uses the same terms and principles.
  • It shows your commitment and puts you on a career path to promotion.

Get started today on ISTQB Foundation Level CTFL certification. Be sure to register for your ISTQB exam through ASTQB and our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA so you can get the extra, free benefits!