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You are interested in a certification, but lack time for attending a training?

If you aim to master a topic, a professional training by a Training Provider will help you a lot, but it is not a formal requirement to pass the exam.

Depending on your experience within each area of expertise, the effort for your preparation will naturally vary.

As you can see by the references below, nothing holds you back to prepare via self-study for your exam. To register for an exam, simply choose from our calender an available examination date at a location nearby!


CPRE Foundation Level

Requirements Engineering Fundamentals by Pohl and Rupp

The most important guide for your exam preparation is the CPRE FL syllabus. This document lists and describes all the topics that are relevant for both the examination and your career as a requirement engineer. The syllabus is condensed and compact, and as such the perfect starting point and reference for your self-study.

Of additional help is the CPRE FL practice exam containing solutions and correction aids, in the same form, structure, and style of the actual examination.

For an in-depth guide, we recommend the official Study Guide Requirements Engineering Fundamentals by Klaus Pohl & Chris Rupp. Their book is designed for self-study and covers the curriculum for the CPRE Foundation Level exam as defined by the IREB.

CPRE Advanced Level

Systematisches Requirements Engineering by Christof Ebert

Also for your Advanced Level exam preparation the corresponding syllabus is an important guide and starting point. Depending on your area of specialization in RE, each Advanced Level has its own syllabus, which can be found here.

The IREB kindly provides a pratice exam for each Advanced Level in the same form, structure, and style of the actual examination, including solutions and correction aids to further advance your preparation. Please choose according to your specialization in RE:

German speaking candidates preparing for a CPRE Advanced Level certification exam might also want to read Systematisches Requirements Engineering: Anforderungen ermitteln, dokumentieren, analysieren und verwalten by Christof Ebert.


Certified Tester Foundation Level

The ISTQB helps you in taking the CT Foundation Level exam by providing you all the essential and latest documents in its download section. It offers you the exam structure and rules, as well as the Foundation Level syllabus, which is also available as an E-Book in two formats – free of charge. Independent of format, the syllabus covers all the relevant training topics, making it an ideal resource for your self-study.

For candidates wanting an even more in-depth preparation for the CT Foundation Level exam we recommend reading into Software Testing Foundations, A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam by Andreas Spillner, Tilo Linz, and Hans Schaefer. This study guide is ISTQB compliant and also mentions the latest updates to the Certified Tester syllabus.

Certified Tester FL Agile Extension

Just like for the Foundation Level the ISTQB enables you to prepare for the Agile Extension exam by providing you the syllabus for the Agile Extension. Being also the source for trainers to structure their courses, it serves candidates very well in their exam preparation – whether individudally or accompanying a training.

For an in-depth learning guide that covers the ISTQB syllabus for Agile Software Testing we recommend Testing in Scrum, A Guide for Software Quality Assurance in the Agile World by Tilo Linz. The book is relevant for both students preparing and trainers structuring courses for an Agile Extension exam.

Certified Tester Advanced Level

If you are a holder of a CT Foundation Level certificate you are eligable to continue on to the Advanced Level certifications, of which there are currently three in the core part. For each of them the ISTQB provides a comprehensive syllabus, which is available free to download here. Additionally, the ISTQB enables you to advance your preparation for an Advanced Level exam with sets of sample questions for each of the three core Advanced Levels:

Also candiates preparing for a CT Advanced Level exam have a selection of in-depth learning guides at hand that are aligned with the corresponding ISTQB syllabus. Each of the following books also includes sample questions at the appropriate level of difficulty to advance your self-study as efficient as possible.

For the CTAL Test Manager we recommend reading into Advanced Software Testing Vol. 2, 2nd Edition, Guide to the ISTQB Advanced Certification as an Advanced Test Manager by Rex Black.
For the CTAL Test Analyst we recomend reading into Advanced Software Testing Vol. 1, 2nd Edition, Guide to the ISTQB Advanced Certification as an Advanced Test Analyst by Rex Black.
For the CTAL Technical Test Analyst we recomend reading into Advanced Software Testing Vol. 3, 2nd Edition, Guide to the ISTQB Advanced Certification as an Advanced Technical Test Analyst by Rex Black and Jamie L Mitchell.


CPSA Foundation Level

The most import step for your CPSA-F exam preparation is taking a close look into the documents section of the iSAQB. There you will find the latest version of the CPSA-F curriculum and exam regulations, as well as a comprehensive glossary of software architecture terminology. The curriculum provides for each of its sections clearly defined goals and specific vocabulary, which makes your preparatory work very efficient. Within the exam regulations you will also find example questions that give you a glimpse into the actual test scenario.

For German speaking candidates preparing for a CPSA Foundation Level exam, we recommend reading into Basiswissen für Software-architekten by Mahbouba Gharbi, Arne Koschel, Andreas Rausch and Gernot Starke. It complies with the CPSA-F curriculum and covers it accordingly.