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 Intermediate 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  
  • Reviews
  • Defect management
  • Improving the testing process 
  • Test tools and automation 
  • People skills - Team composition 

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

Download the latest 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 exam?

  • Three hours ‘closed book’
  • 65 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 specimen paper (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.