The ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) is the standard introductory qualification for those involved in software testing worldwide.
The Foundation Software Testing course is sometimes referred to as BCS Foundation or ISEB Foundation because it is accredited in the UK by the British Computer Society.
This 3 day course provides comprehensive first-level training. The course covers the fundamentals of software testing, providing delegates with the necessary foundation for a career as a software testing professional.
The course culminates in a one-hour multiple choice exam.
Focus offers ISTQB Software Testing Foundation courses in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and 12 cities across the UK.
The ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level is principally aimed at anyone directly involved in software testing who needs to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test leads, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.
It is also appropriate for project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, and consultants who have an interest in understanding the basic concepts of software testing.
Foundation Level professionals should be able to:
- Understand testing concepts, the fundamental test process, test approaches, and principles to support test objectives
- Design and prioritize tests by using established techniques
- Analyze both functional and non-functional specifications (such as performance and usability)
- Execute tests according to agreed test plans, and analyze and report on the results of tests
- Write clear and understandable incident reports
- Effectively participate in reviews of small to medium-sized projects
- Be familiar with different types of testing tools and their uses
- Use a common language for efficient and effective communication with other testers and project stakeholders
Delegates should have a basic working knowledge of IT and an understanding of the testing role in software development.
Fundamentals of Testing
General testing principles
Why testing is necessary
Fundamental test process
The psychology of testing.
Testing Throughout the Lifecycle
Models for testing
Component, System Integration and Acceptance testing
Non-functional system testing
Functional system testing.
Reviews and the test process
Costs and benefits of reviews
Types of review: Walkthrough, technical review, inspections, informal review
Test Design Techniques
Black and White box testing
Black box test techniques including equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition testing
White box test techniques including statement and decision testing
Choosing test techniques
Project test plan
Test estimation: Inclusion in project schedule
Monitoring and control
Tracking progress and deviations from plan
Incident management: Logging, tracking and analysis
Risk and testing
Types of test tool
Test harnesses, drivers and simulators
Effective use, benefits and risk
Introducing a tool into an organization
Leeds - City Exchange
From the train station
- Exit the train station and turn right along Wellington Street
- Cross the road to the Park Plaza Hotel and continue past it to Boar Lane
- Take the first road on your left, Albion Street
- The City Exchange building will be on your left
From the NCP car park
- Exit the car park using the north exit (i.e. don’t go back under the railway bridge)
- Turn left and go up the street with the car park building on your left
- Turn left on to Boar Street
- Turn right onto Albion Street (first street on the right)
- The City Exchange building is along Albion Street on your left
Leeds central station is a short walk from City Exchange. For train times and fares, see the National Rail website. (For walking directions from the station to the training centre, see above.)
Trains running along the East Coast Main Line, offers a service that can get you to London Kings Cross in less than two hours, and provide 26 Leeds – London journeys a day. Connections are made at York for journeys to and from Newcastle and Scotland.
The closest bus stop is Boar Lane T1. Head west along Boar Street and take the first road on the right, Albion Street. The City Exchange building will be on the left.
From M1 or M62 (to closest NCP car park)
- [From M62, take J29 onto M1 towards Leeds]
- Follow M1 to J43, taking M621 following signs to Leeds
- Leave the M621 at Exit 7, following signs to Central Leeds
- Merge onto Dewsbury Road (A653)
- Continue on to Victoria Road, then on to Neville Street
- Turn right onto Sovereign Street
- At the crossroads, turn left onto Swinegate
- The NCP car park will be on your right (under the tunnel)
The exam consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions
It will be a 'closed book' [i.e. no notes or books will be allowed]
Duration of 60 minutes
The pass mark is 65% [ie 26 out of 40]
This is a demanding course and typical candidates will need to spend time in the evenings during the course to consolidate and revise material for the exam.