Who is it for?

  • Principally aimed at anyone involved in software testing, it will also be of interest to project managers, quality managers, business analysts and IT directors or management consultants.

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements however, the candidate should have a basic working IT knowledge. It's recommended that all candidates attend a BCS accredited training course. 

What will I learn?

  • Fundamentals of testing  
  • Testing throughout the software development lifecycle  
  • Static testing 
  • Test techniques
  • Test management
  • Tool support for testing

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours:

Download the latest syllabus (PDF)

Download the 2011 syllabus (PDF) - to be retired 26 May 2019

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 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 18 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At any Person VUE test centre across the world. Please note that until 26 May 2019, Pearson VUE will continue to offer testing against the 2011 syllabus. The exam based on the 2018 syllabus will be available from 20 May 2019 and will replace the 2011 version completely from 27 May 2019.

How much does it cost?

Guide price: £192 (£160 + VAT) based on UK RRP

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour 'closed book' with 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Download the specimen paper (PDF)

Download the 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 in Wales, CCEA or SQA.