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Jun 17, 2020 SA Blog Team

Different Types of Software Testing Qualifications

Software Testing Qualifications best for different levels

Looking to get certified for software testing as part of quality assurance?

Best Certifications Widely Used For QA Testing Professionals – Here’s a list.

Certifications are important as not only it adds a line to your resume but also it determines the range of projects you can work on – banking and finance clients often ask for certified testers.

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Widely accredited certifications and learning resources

Major organizations issuing certifications and learning resources include

  • CSTE
  • CAST
  • CSQA
  • ASQ
  • Scrum Alliance

Difficulty levels and Fee

●Level 1 (0-5 Years experience)

1) CAST – Foundation

CAST – Certified Associate In Software Testing. You need to master Software Testing Body of Knowledge (STBOK) to pass the exam.

Fee: $100 / Pass: 65%

2) ISTQB – Foundation Level

It has been issued to 700,000 professionals around the world, alternatively, you can apply for your local version for example JSTQB stands for Japan Software Testing Qualifications Board.

Fee: $250 / Pass: 70%

●Level 2 (5 – 8 Years experience)

1) CSTE – Certified Software Test Engineer

You need to be actively working in software testing and quality assurance related jobs with degrees in IT field. You need to master CBOK (Common Body of Knowledge) to prepare for the exam.

Pass: 60% / Fee: $400

2) HP HP0-M102 for UFT

Fee: $350

●Level 3 (8 – 11 Years experience) – Suitable for test architect and manager role

1) ISTQB – Advanced Level – Test Analyst, ISTQB or Advanced Level – Technical test Analyst

Different syllabus for Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst respectively.
Again, you need to have active status in the field and have passed foundation levels.

Fee: $250 / Pass: 70%

2) ISTQB – Advanced Level – Test Manager

Suitable for test designer leading a project or team

Fee: $250 / Pass: 70%

3) ISTQB – Expert Level – Test Manager

And ISTQB – Expert Level – Improving the testing process

Fee: $375 for each / Pass: 75%

Others (Add-on)
ISTQB Agile Tester Certification
CASTP – P Certified
CASTP- M Certified
Advanced Test Automation Engineer

Commonly, professionals pursue foundation and CSM certification first, then move on to more advanced courses. What’s worth noting is that, even if you have a higher level of certification, in order to become a manager, it has to come with actual working years within organizations.

Hope this helps!


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