ISTQB Materials & Certifications


What is ISTQB? Is it important? Where can I find all the materials & certifications that I need? How can I get certified?

What is ISTQB?

First, the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) is an internationally accepted certification board. It was found in 2002 and since then, over 673,000+ people were certified.

I don’t think there is a formal education in colleges or universities around the world for Quality Assurance or software testing yet.

This branch evolved in the past 5 years so official materials for this do not exist. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this certification is completely equal to a university degree but it is definitely a starting point if you see yourself as a QA in the future. There are many QA courses on the web or 6-months academies but they pretty much tell you the same as the materials provided by ISTQB and they add additional information and some examples. That’s why ISTQB is the real deal and I would prefer buying the course from them and try for examination.

Survey ISTQB

Why ISTQB is important?

It is important to be ISTQB certified because:

  • Learn the most important aspects of testing
  • The certificate is globally recognized
  • Get a job as a junior tester pretty easy
  • Certifications do not expire

The most recognized and fastest-growing certification in the world!

Materials & Certifications

So if that is what you think about ISTQB than where can I find the materials? You can find all the materials here and choose what you prefer to learn.

I want to know more about the certifications and how they are organized?

As far as the certifications, there are 3 main levels of certifications and those are:

The first level is to get that first touch of what QA actually does. There are many sub-branches to foundation level like an agile tester, performance tester, usability tester, gambling industry tester, etc. But first, you must get the foundation certification if you want to get one of those mentioned above.

ISTQB Foundation Level
Example of ISTQB Foundation Level Content

The advanced level requires certifications from the foundation level and gives you an in-depth knowledge of the chosen topic.

ISTQB Advanced Level
Example of ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager Content

The third level is generally more forced on the management aspect of QA for those who see themselves as a test manager or test lead in the future since it requires foundation and advanced level certifications and a minimum of 5 years of experience in the QA field.

ISTQB Expert Level Improving The Testing Process
Example of ISTQB Expert Level Improving The Testing Process content

I hope this page gave you at least the basic ISTQB materials and certifications info that you need to start your journey as a software testing. But that’s not all! You can also check my podcasts and webinars page where you can listen/watch really information discussions about relevant topics around the QA field.

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