If you want to validate your skills and build your career in software testing, you need software testing certifications. But which software testing certifications should you get? Here are the top 10 software testing certifications ranked based on their professional and technical importance, popularity, and relevance for QA testers:

1. ISTQB Foundation Level Certification (CTFL)

The ISTQB Foundation Level Certification (CTFL) is the essential starting point for any software tester. As a prerequisite for all other ISTQB certifications, it establishes fundamental knowledge of software testing principles and practices, making it indispensable for career advancement.

2. ISTQB Agile Testing Certification

With Agile methodologies becoming the norm in software development, the ISTQB Agile Testing Certification is highly relevant. This certification ensures testers can effectively function within Agile teams, mastering concepts like iterative development and Agile testing principles.

3. ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Certification

Designed for those looking to deepen their analytical skills, the ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst certification focuses on advanced test analysis, design, and execution techniques. This certification is ideal for testers aiming to specialize in analytical roles.

4. ISTQB Test Automation Engineering Certification

In the age of automation, the ISTQB Test Automation Engineering certification is crucial. It provides expertise in designing, developing, and maintaining test automation solutions, making it essential for testers seeking to enhance their automation skills. Note: The ISTQB Test Automation Strategy certification is relatively new in comparison, but it complements this certification so it will be moving up this list soon.

5. ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst Certification

For those interested in the technical aspects of testing, the ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst certification offers advanced knowledge in areas like test tools, automation, and non-functional testing.

6. ISTQB Test Management – Advanced Certification

The ISTQB Test Management – Advanced (formerly called ISTQB Test Manager) certification is tailored for leadership roles. It covers test management principles, including planning, monitoring, and controlling test activities, which is crucial for those aspiring to manage teams and projects.

7. ISTQB AI Testing Certification

As AI technology becomes more prevalent, the ISTQB AI Testing Certification prepares testers to handle AI-based systems and leverage AI in testing. This certification is key to staying ahead in the technological landscape.

8. ISTQB Mobile Application Testing Certification

With mobile applications ubiquitous, the ISTQB Mobile Application Testing certification addresses the specific challenges of mobile testing. This certification is vital for testers focusing on mobile platforms and applications.

9. ISTQB Acceptance Testing Certification

The ISTQB Acceptance Testing certification targets professionals involved in user acceptance testing, including UAT, alpha, and beta testing. It ensures a thorough understanding of acceptance criteria and testing processes.

10. ISTQB Game Testing Certification

As the game industry grows, the ISTQB Game Testing certification offers specialized knowledge for testing games. It is ideal for testers who want to focus on the gaming sector and understand the unique aspects of game testing.

What is Best for Your Software Testing Career?

All of these certifications provide a structured pathway for software testers to enhance their skills, specialize in various domains, and advance their careers. If you are in a more specialized field of software testing such as automotive testing or gaming industry testing or your company has a strong need for performance testing (as most do), there may be better choices for your situation, so see the full list of software testing certifications.

Regardless of which software testing certifications you choose, be sure to register for your ISTQB exams through AT*SQA. Only AT*SQA has exclusive, free extras such as vouchers that are valid for 365 days, Testing Tiers® software tester ranking points, inclusion on both the Official U.S. List of Certified and Credentialed Testers™ plus the ISTQB SCR, and inclusion on the AT*Work™ List of Testers for Hire if you ever need a software testing job.