The Definite ISTQB Certification Guide!

What is ISTQB?

ISTQB stands for "International Software Testing Qualifications Board" . It offers internationally recognized certifications called "ISTQB Certified Tester".

Why should I take the certification? Is there any market value to the certification?

This is a very controversial topic and can be debated till death.

But here are a few pointers which might assist you in your decision.

  • Foremost nothing beats EXPERIENCE.  No certification can provide the exposure and learning you get while working on real time projects. PERIOD!
  • If you are a fresher ,or are from a non-technical background and trying to get a job in the software industry ,certification will definitely HELP. Just think about it, as an employer I do not have any other parameters to adjudge your technical caliber, so certification is a good start point.
  • If you are an experienced professional and looking for a job change ,a certification will definitely embellish your resume. More so, no matter how rich your experience may be, there will always be some new area of QA that you will learn while studying for the certification. But do not think that you will get a JOB just based on the certification.

What are the type of certifications offered by ISTQB ?







None but 6 months professional testing experience is desirable

Candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate

Sub Exams


  • Technical Test Analyst
  • Test Analyst
  • Test Manager 

There is an separate paper for each sub-level.

Candidates must pass all of the above 3 exams to get “Advance Level” certificate

No. Of Questions



Pass Percentage



Exam Duration

60 minutes

180 minutes


Where can I study from?

Refer our Beginner Software Testing Course

Refer our course for Test Managers

How To Register

It all above depends on the Country where you want to take the exam.Please go the link , where you will find the list of member sites of ISTQB.

So in case you want to take the exam in USA, go to the link American Software Testing Qualifications Board. Here you will find the information about Exam Dates, Fees , Registration details etc.       

Indian users enroll here

UK users enroll here           


Where can I get ISTQB papers for practice ?

Take the mock ISTQB Certification Test.

 For ISTQB Tips and Tricks click here.

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