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Certified Tester
Foundation Level Syllabus

Want to establish a solid foundation for your testing career?

In the ISTQB® Foundation course, you will learn how to apply test principles and control your own test activities using test processes and methodologies that are globally recognised as best practice. The ISTQB Foundation Certificate is an essential accreditation for all testing professionals. Internationally recognised, it is the industry standard professional qualification and has become a prerequisite among many hiring managers when considering testing candidates.

Learning Outcome

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Promote efficient and effective communication by using a common vocabulary for software testing.

  • Understand fundamental concepts of software testing.

  • Demonstrate understanding of how different development and testing practices, and different constraints on testing,
    may apply in optimizing testing to different contexts.

  • Contribute effectively in reviews.

  • Use established techniques for designing tests at all test levels.

  • Interpret and execute tests from given test specifications. Report on test results.

  • Understand test management principles for resources, strategies, planning, project control and risk management.

  • Write and communicate clear and understandable defect reports.

  • Understand the project factors that drive the test priorities and test approach.

  • Understand the value that software testing brings to stakeholders.

  •  Appreciate how testing activities and work products align with project objectives, measures and targets.

  • Assist in the selection and implementation process of testing tool



Detailed Syllabus | Certified Tester Foundation Level

of Testing

Testing Throughout the Software Development Lifecycle

Static Testing

Test Techniques

Test Management

Tool Support 

for Testing

What is Testing?

Software Development Lifecycle

Static Testing


Categories of
Test Techniques


Test Tool

Why is Testing Necessary

Test Levels

Review Process

Black-box Test Techniques

Test Planning

and Estimation

Effective Use

of Tools

Seven Testing Principles

Test Types

Test Process

Maintenance Testing

The Psychology
of Testing

White-box Test Techniques

Test Monitoring

and Control

Experience based Test Techniques



Risk and Testing



Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Testing

  • What is Testing?

  • Why is Testing Necessary?

  • Seven Testing Principles (K2)

  • Test Process

  • The Psychology of Testing (K2)

Chapter 2 Testing Throughout the Software Development Lifecycle

  • Software Development Lifecycle Models

  • Test Levels (K2)

  • Test Types (K2)

  • Maintenance Testing (K2)


Chapter 3 Static Testing

  • Static Testing Basics

  • Review Process

Chapter 4 Test Techniques

  • Categories of Test Techniques

  • Black-box Test Techniques

  • White-box Test Techniques

  • Experience-based Test Techniquesof Test Automation Improvement

Chapter 5 Test Management

  • Test Organization

  • Test Planning and Estimation

  • Test Monitoring and Control

  • Configuration Management

  • Risks and Testing

  • Defect Management

Chapter 6. Tool Support for Testing

  • Test tool considerations

  • Test Planning and Estimation

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