Who is it for?

  • Anyone involved in any aspect of software testing or who is looking for a more practical approach to core software testing knowledge.

Entry requirements

  • There are no pre-requisites for entry to the examination, although holding the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation level and accredited training is strongly recommended.
  • The BCS Professional Certificate - Software Tester can be used as a standalone certification but will not on its own enable candidates to advance to the higher-level certifications. To advance through to these Advanced level Certifications the candidate will need to sit the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation level.

What will I learn?

Candidates will learn:

  • Testing activities in development lifecycles
  • Testing and risk 
  • Test management 
  • Test analysis and design
  • Software product quality characteristics
  • Test automation characteristics

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

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How do I get this certification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last three days.

Where can I study?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

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Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about software testing.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 60 hours to prepare for the exam, depending on existing knowledge.

Where do I sit my exam?

At any Pearson VUE test centre across the world.

How much does it cost?

Guide price: £204 (£170 + VAT) based on UK RRP

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What format is the exam?

  • 90 minutes ‘closed book’ with 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Simple non-programmable calculators can be used during paper based examinations (to be provided by the candidate).

Candidates taking online examinations will have access to an on-screen calculator. No other calculators or mobile technology will be allowed.

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.