Software Testing Certifications

    SOFTWARE TESTING CERTIFICATIONS listed here will help validate your knowledge or skill in software testing. Though a certification is not absolutely necessary to have a great career, these certifications can give an edge to job-seekers trying to break into the software testing industry or job-holders who want to move up in their career. Note that a certification is only a formal recognition of a level of proficiency and does not guarantee the actual proficiency of the certified person. Below are some popular software testing certifications:

    International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®)

    Website: https://www.istqb.org/ Open in New Window

    Certification Excerpt
    Foundation Level 2018 Open in New Window
    The Foundation Level syllabus forms the basis of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) Certified Tester Scheme.
    Foundation Level Agile Tester Open in New Window
    Agile testing is a relatively new approach to software testing that follows the principles of agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto.
    Advanced Level Agile Technical Tester Open in New Window The Advanced Level Agile Technical Tester qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in technical testing aspects in an agile context.

    Foundation Level Model-Based Tester Open in New Window

    Model-based testing is an innovative test approach to improve effectivity and efficiency of the test process. A model-based tester on a project uses models to drive test analysis and design, and keeps advantage of the models for other testing activities such as test implementation and reporting.
    Advanced Level Test Manager Open in New Window A central responsibility of a manager is to secure and utilize resources (people, software, hardware, infrastructure, etc.) to carry out value-adding processes.
    Advanced Level Test Analyst Open in New Window In this Advanced Level Test Analyst syllabus, the activities which have particular relevance for the Test Analyst are considered in more depth. This provides additional refinement of the test process to better fit different software development life cycle(SDLC)models
    Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst Open in New Window Technical Test Analysts work within the risk-based testing framework established by the Test Manager for the project. They contribute their knowledge of the technical product risks that are inherent in the project, such as risks related to security, system reliability and performance
    Advanced Level Security Tester Open in New Window The Advanced Level Security Tester qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in security testing. The modules offered at the Advanced Level cover a wide range of testing topics.
    Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer Open in New Window The Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in automation testing.
    Expert Level Improving the Test Process Open in New Window The syllabus starts with an introduction to the fundamental issues concerning improvement to the testing process. Basic questions like “why improve testing?” and “what can be improved?” are considered and the different ways that stakeholder can view quality are described.
    Expert Level Test Management Open in New Window The syllabus starts by considering the purpose of testing or the test mission, and the relation between the test policy, the test strategy and the test objectives. Test prioritization and various effort allocation techniques, including risk-based are considered in depth.
    Foundation Level Automotive Software Tester Open in New Window The Foundation Level Automotive Software Tester qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved a Foundation point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in Automotive Software Testing.
    Foundation Level Usability Testing Open in New Window The Foundation Level Usability Testing qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved a Foundation point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in Usability Testing.
    Foundation Level Performance Testing Open in New Window The Foundation Level Performance Testing qualification is aimed at people who already hold the Software Testing Foundation and wish to develop further their expertise in Performance Testing.
    Foundation Level Mobile Application Testing Open in New Window The Foundation Level Mobile Application Testing qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved a Foundation point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in Mobile Application Testing.
    Foundation Level Acceptance Testing Open in New Window This acceptance testing qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software acceptance testing activities. This includes people in roles such as product owners, business analysts, testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, and software developers.
    Foundation Level Gambling Industry Tester Open in New Window The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at anyone in software testing who wishes to broaden their knowledge of the Gambling Industry, anyone who wishes to start a specialist career in the Gambling Industry, or anyone involved in casino and lottery software testing.

    American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB)

    Website: https://www.astqb.org/ Open in New Window

    ASTQB is the official representative of ISTQB in the United States and provides the following certification in addition to ISTQB certifications.

    Certification Excerpt
    ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester Open in New Window Mobile is now the leading digital platform. That’s why you need the global standard in mobile testing certification for cell phones, smartphones, mobile phones, and tablets: ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester.

    American Society for Quality (ASQ)

    Website: https://asq.org/ Open in New Window

    Certification Excerpt
    Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) Open in New Window The Certified Software Quality Engineer understands software quality development and implementation, software inspection, testing, verification and validation, and implements software development and maintenance processes and methods.

    International Software Certifications Board (ISCB), a part of the Quality Assurance Institute (QAI)

    Website: https://www.softwarecertifications.org/ Open in New Window

    Certification Excerpt
    Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST) Open in New Window Acquiring the designation of Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST) indicates a professional level of competence in the principles and practices of software testing in the IT profession.
    Certified Software Tester (CSTE) Open in New Window The Certified Software Tester (CSTE) certification is intended to establish standards for initial qualification and provide direction for the testing function through an aggressive educational program.
    Certified Manager of Software Testing (CMST) Open in New Window The Certified Manager of Software Testing (CMST) certification establishes a worldwide standard for the assessment of the capabilities and competencies of software testing professionals that are working at, or soon will work at, the software testing management level.
    Certified Associate in Software Quality (CASQ) Open in New Window The CASQ Certification demonstrates a foundation-level understanding of quality assurance principles and practices.
    Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) Open in New Window Acquiring the designation of Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) indicates a professional level of competence in the principles and practices of quality assurance in the IT profession.
    Certified Manager of Software Quality (CMSQ) Open in New Window The Certified Manager of Software Quality (CMSQ) certification establishes a worldwide standard for the assessment of the capabilities and competencies of software quality assurance professionals that are working at, or soon will work at the software quality assurance management level.

    International Software Test Institute

    Website: https://www.test-institute.org/ Open in New Window

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    Certification Excerpt
    Software Tester Accredited Certification Open in New Window Accredited Software Testers play proactive role for the processing of Product Unique Selling Points, Requirements, Use Cases, Software Architecture and various other software design material to find out desired test types to validate the quality of System under Test.
    Software Test Manager Accredited Certification Open in New Window Accredited Software Test Managers are accountable to build test teams and to strategize, coach, mentor and motivate their entire Test Teams. They build and operate world class Testing Processes to assure Best Quality of Products, Software Solutions and Services delivered by their organizations.
    Software Test Automator Accredited Certification Open in New Window Accredited Software Test Automators work with Test Manager, Software Testers and Project Lead to understand Testing Projects, to determine Test Automation Strategies and if needed to find out other external Test Automation Systems.

    International Institute for Software Testing (IIST)

    Website: https://testinginstitute.com/ Open in New Window

    Certification Excerpt
    Certified Software Test Professional – Associate Level (CSTP-A) Open in New Window Anyone new to the testing area. This includes individual in roles such as testers, test analysts, developers, test engineers, test consultants, user acceptance testers, and test managers.
    Certified Software Test Professional – Practitioner Level (CSTP-P) Open in New Window Individuals who hold an active CSTP Associate Level Certification
    Certified Software Test Professional – Master Level (CSTP-M) Open in New Window Anyone who wishes to become a better test professional or advance his/her professional standing in testing
    Certified Agile Software Test Professional – Practitioner Level (CASTP-P) Open in New Window
    • Agile Development Methodologies (CASTP #1)
    • Agile Requirement Exploration and Requirement Management (CASTP #2)
    • Agile Test Design and Test Execution (CASTP #3)
    Certified Agile Software Test Professional – Master Level (CASTP-M) Open in New Window
    • Agile Test Management (CASTP #4)
    • Agile Test Automation (CASTP #5)
    • Collaboration and Team Dynamics Tools and Techniques (CASTP #6)
    Certified Software Test Automation Specialist (CSTAS) Open in New Window
    • Area #1: Test Design for Automated Test Execution
    • Area #2: Introduction to Test Automation
    • Area #3: Scripting Methods and Techniques
    Certified Software Test Automation Architect (CSTAA) Open in New Window
    • Area #4. Database Testing: Structured Query Language (SQL)
    • Area #5. Test Automation Architecture
    • Area #6. Test Automation Frameworks
    Certified Software Test Lead (CSTL) Open in New Window
    • Area #1: Test Process Management
    • Area #2: Test Project Management
    • Area #3: Test Process Measurement and Improvement
    Certified Test Manager – Practitioner Level (CTM-P) Open in New Window
    • Area #4: Test Organization Management
    • Area #5: Risk Management
    Certified Test Manager – Master Level (CTM-M) Open in New Window
    • Area #6: Test Automation Strategies and Architecture
    • Area #7: Software Quality Assurance
    Certified Mobile Software Test Professional (CMSTP) Open in New Window The Mobile Testing Body of Knowledge and the Certified Mobile Software Test Professional has been created to fill a major gap in the skills and knowledge required to effectively test and evaluation of mobile applications and web sites running on mobile devices.
    Certified Software Quality Manager (CSQM) Open in New Window The purpose of the CSQM certification is to help establish and advance the field of software quality management as a discipline independent of the field of software testing.

    Note

    With the software testing job market being increasingly competitive, it does help you differentiate yourself by taking a software testing certification. Go through the options listed above and compare them on the basis of syllabus, recognition, and cost. Also, be sure to check the availability of the certification in your area. All the best!

    Last Updated on September 6, 2020 by STF