Who is it for?

  • Anyone working in software testing who has achieved an advanced point in their career.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation level and a minimum of three years testing experience is recommended.
  • The Professional Certificate may also be helpful but is not required.
  • Training with a BCS accredited training provider is recommended. 

What will I learn?

  • Testing process 
  • Test management: Responsibilities for the test analyst  
  • Test techniques 
  • Testing software quality characteristics
  • Reviews 
  • Defect management 
  • Test tools

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

Download the latest syllabus (PDF)

Please note: We are pleased to offer the latest edition of this Advanced Level ISTQB® examination. This is now available for bookings with our accredited training providers, and will be available for those wishing to use Pearson Vue test centres shortly. The previous exam and syllabus are still available until 30 November 2020.

Download the old syllabus (PDF)

When you achieve the certificate you can appear on the Successful Candidate Register (SCR).

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 five 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 35 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At any Pearson VUE test centre across the world.

How much does it cost?

Guide price: £252 (£210 + VAT) based on UK RRP

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What format is the current exam?

  • Three hours ‘closed book’
  • 60 complex multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65%

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.

Download the current specimen paper (PDF)

What format is the new exam?

The updated exam format for the 2019 syllabus is as follows:

  • Two hours ‘closed book’
  • 40 complex multiple choice question
  • Pass mark is 65%

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.

Download the new specimen paper (PDF)

Download the new answer key (PDF)

ISTQB® is a Registered Trade Mark of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board.

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