ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification – ISTQB CTFL – is the easy first step toward better software testing and a better testing career. Here is how to get ready for your ISTQB Foundation Level exam.

ISTQB Foundation Level certification is required for everyone who tests software because it:

  • Gives even experienced testing teams a common testing vocabulary and set of principles to make them more efficient
  • Opens a testing skills path, jobs, and promotions for both new testers and experienced 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 can sometimes make up for a lack of testing experience. Here is an example from a U.S. job posting, in which they asked for experience but will take certification in place of it: “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 companies check with us, ASTQB (ISTQB in the U.S.) and our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA, to see if you are on the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ so you must register here through ASTQB or register directly through AT*SQA for your ISTQB exam to appear on that list. We will also add you to the ISTQB Successful Candidate Register.

Where do I start? How do I get ready for the ISTQB Foundation exam?

  1. See our tips for passing the ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) exam.
  2. Start by downloading the free ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) study materials below.
  3. Learn by reviewing the ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) materials, studying on your own, or choosing the easier, faster route of taking a software testing training course.
  4. Then register for your ISTQB Foundation (CTFL) exam through ASTQB and our official ISTQB exam provider, AT*SQA.

“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.

And 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 on this ASTQB site 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.

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.