What is the Best ISTQB Certification?

ISTQB Certification LogoThe ISTQB certification that is best to have is ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL). There are two reasons for this:

  1. ISTQB Foundation Level certification is the prerequisite for all other ISTQB certification exams. So it is required for everyone who tests software or works on software QA.
  2. ISTQB Foundation Level certification is the most commonly requested certification by employers. For more advanced jobs, employers also want other ISTQB advanced and specialty certifications, but if you are looking for a job, ISTQB Foundation Level is essential.

What is the best ISTQB certification after ISTQB Foundation Level? That depends on the type of job or promotion you hope to get.

If you want a job or promotion in an Agile development environment, the best ISTQB certification is ISTQB Agile certification. It is also a popular request by employers. If you have ISTQB Agile, then you should get ISTQB Agile Technical Tester because that will help you take on leadership roles in an Agile environment.

If you work in a continuous development or DevOps environment, ISTQB Test Automation certification will make you very highly valued. Test automation is very important and will continue to grow in importance.

If your company works on mobile applications, then ISTQB Mobile Application is the obvious next choice.

If your company makes software that can be used by large audiences, then ISTQB Performance Testing is critical for success.

As you can see, the answer as to which certification is best in ISTQB depends on what your company or future career focuses on. The ASTQB software testing career road map is very helpful in determining which ISTQB certification is best for you. Also, see the recommendation from our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA in answer to the question “Which certification is best for QA testers?