ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CT-FL)

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ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing.

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The Foundation Level Curriculum extensively covers foundational knowledge which is expected by a Software tester or professionals of quality assurance. The content of the curriculum includes the core tasks of software testing within the life cycle of a project as well as a methodical approach and the correct process of testing. Testing is more than “just clicking as many buttons as possible“!

Prior experience in software testing can be helpful for the CTFL but is not necessary. The curriculum addresses both people that are new to software testing and those with prior experience who intend to improve their international language skills and improve their methodical knowledge.

The components of The Certified Tester Foundation Level are:

  • fundamentals of testing
  • testing throughout the software life cycle
  • statistic techniques
  • testing design techniques
  • test management
  • tool support for testing

The contents of the Foundation Level syllabus are defined in the Certified Tester Curriculum. The ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level is a necessary prerequisite for the Advanced Level ISTQB certificates.

The ISTQB Glossary is an essential part of the Certified Tester certification scheme – please use the latest version of the curriculum and glossary for the exam preparation.

There are two options for the exam preparation: You can visit a course offered by a training provider or you can study on your own. We frequently offer public examination dates for candidates who choose to study on their own. Please find the dates marked in our calendar.

In Order to apply for the ISTQB Advanced Level Certificates you must successfully pass the ISTQB Foundation level.