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)

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. 

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 Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.