5 easy steps to getting software testing jobs and promotions

  1. Start by learning about ISTQB Foundation Level Certification.
  2. Then study for the ISTQB exam using the free ISTQB syllabus (what you need to know to pass the exam), sample exam questions & answers, and glossary of software testing terms. Or you can choose the easier, faster route of taking an accredited (proven) software testing training course.
  3. Next, register for your exam through ASTQB. Note: American companies check with us, ASTQB, to see if you are certified, so you must register through this site for ASTQB’s ISTQB exam! (Managers want you to take ASTQB’s version of the ISTQB exam to show you can communicate with the rest of the American team.)
  4. Finally, pass the exam. Excellent! Now you can appear on the official list of ISTQB Certified testers that American companies check. You will also be able to proudly display your software testing certificate and include your certification on your resume. Only ASTQB lets you retake your ISTQB Advanced Level exam for free when you meet the criteria!
  5. Don’t let you career stop there. Look at the Software Testing Career Path to see where you should take your career. Hint: Mobile and Agile certifications are relatively easy next steps you can do right away.

What is software testing certification?

Software testing certification demonstrates your knowledge and skill. The leading software testing standards are ISTQB software testing certification and ASTQB mobile testing certification.

That’s why ISTQB software testing certification is used in more than 100 countries with 570,000+ software testing certificates issued, making it by far the #1 software testing certification in the world.

Important: US companies check with us, ASTQB, to see if you are certified, so you MUST register through ASTQB to appear on our Official U.S. List of ISTQB Certified Testers!

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The Easy Way to Get Ready for the ISTQB Exam

ASTQB recommends that you prepare for the ISTQB exam by utilizing an ASTQB-accredited training provider or by using self-study materials such as the ISTQB syllabi and glossary. We cannot confirm the accuracy or authenticity of other, non-accredited online test preparation sites or materials. You may also find these software testing books and publications to be useful.

The exam costs are as follows:
  • The ISTQB Foundation Level exam is US $250
  • The ISTQB Agile Tester exam is US $150
  • The ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester exam is US $150
  • The ISTQB Usability Testing exam is US $150
  • The ISTQB Performance Testing exam is US $150
  • Each of the ISTQB Advanced Level exams is US $200
  • Each of the ISTQB Expert Level exams is US $375

Of course, great pricing isn’t the only reason testers choose ISTQB Certification from ASTQB, the U.S. country board for ISTQB. Testers love ASTQB-built tests because they are of the highest quality: each question is fair, with no misleading or easily mistaken wording. See a full list of reasons why you should take your ISTQB Certification exam from ASTQB. As an added bonus, taking your ISTQB Certification exam through ASTQB gives you exclusive access to the ASTQB Career Center, among other great certified tester benefits. Start today so you can pass your exam and show your boss your software testing certificate.

ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) Testing Certification

Prerequisite

Minimum
Recommended
Experience
None
Basic to Mid-Level

Preparation

Minimum
Recommended
ISTQB books
Magazines
Standards
Learning
Self Study
Self Study

Examination

Minimum
Recommended
Exam Fee Option
Single Exam
Volume Purchase Plan
Exam Venue
Exam Center
or
Training Course
or
At Your Company
or
At Your College

ISTQB Foundation Level – Agile Testing Certification

Note: If you wish to take the Agile exam, you must first submit proof of CTFL certification to info@astqb.org in order to be granted access to register for the exam at a test center.

Prerequisite

Minimum
Recommended
Experience
None
Basic to Mid-Level
Certification
ISTQB CTFL
Basic to Intermediate

Preparation

Minimum
Recommended
ISTQB books
Magazines
Standards
Learning
Self Study
Self Study

Examination

Minimum
Recommended
Exam Fee Option
Single Exam
Single Exam
Exam Venue
Exam Center
or
Training Course
or
At Your Company
or
At Your College

ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester

Prerequisite

Minimum
Recommended
Experience
None
Basic to Mid-Level
Certification
None
ISTQB CTFL

Preparation

Minimum
Recommended
Books
Magazines
Standards
Learning
Self Study
Self Study

Examination

Minimum
Recommended
Exam Fee Option
Single Exam
Single Exam
Exam Venue
Exam Center
or
Training Course
or
At Your Company
or
At Your College

ISTQB Certified Performance Tester

Prerequisite

Minimum
Recommended
Experience
None
Basic to Mid-Level
Certification
None
ISTQB CTFL

Preparation

Minimum
Recommended
Books
Magazines
Standards
Learning
Self Study
Self Study

Examination

Minimum
Recommended
Exam Fee Option
Single Exam
Single Exam
Exam Venue
Exam Center
or
Training Course
or
At Your Company
or
At Your College

ISTQB Certified Usability Testing

Prerequisite

Minimum
Recommended
Experience
None
Basic to Mid-Level
Certification
None
ISTQB CTFL

Preparation

Minimum
Recommended
Books
Magazines
Standards
Learning
Self Study
Self Study

Examination

Minimum
Recommended
Exam Fee Option
Single Exam
Single Exam
Exam Venue
Exam Center
or
Training Course
or
At Your Company
or
At Your College

Advanced Level (CTAL) Testing Certification

Note:
– Advanced Level certifications are considered either “Core” or “Specialist” certifications as noted above. Core certifications are more testing career focused, while specialist items are great skill building additions for anyone who does testing.
– If you wish to take an Advanced Level exam, you must first submit proof of CTFL certification and a resume and/or employer verification of 3 years experience to info@astqb.org. In the cover email, the examinee must state that the information contained in the resume or employer verification is accurate and complete to the best of his/her ability.

Prerequisite

Minimum
Recommended
Experience
3 Years
3+ Years
Certification
ISTQB CTFL
Basic to Intermediate

Preparation

Minimum
Recommended
ISTQB books
Magazines
Standards
Learning
Self Study
Self Study

Examination

Minimum
Recommended
Exam Fee Option
Single Exam
Volume Purchase Plan (Core only)
Exam Venue
Exam Center
or
Training Course
or
At Your Company
or
At Your College

Expert Level (CTEL)

  • Test Manager
    – Strategic Test Manager
    – Operational Test Manager
    – Managing the Test Team

Note: If you wish to take any of the three Expert Level Test Manager exams, you must first submit proof of the appropriate CTAL-TM certification and a resume and/or employer verification of 5 years experience as a test manager to info@astqb.org. In the cover email, the examinee must state that the information contained in the resume or employer verification is accurate and complete to the best of his/her ability.

Prerequisite

Minimum
Recommended
Experience
5 Years
5+ Years
Certification
ISTQB CTAL
Advanced

Preparation

Minimum
Recommended
Books
Magazines
Standards
Learning
Self Study
Self Study

Examination

Minimum
Recommended
Exam Fee Option
Single Exam
Single Exam
Exam Venue
Exam Center
or
Training Course
or
At Your Company
or
At Your College