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ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Online


The ISTQB Advanced Test Manager online training package is interactive and includes expert tutor support. This software testing course has been fully accredited by the ISTQB and covers everything you need to pass the Advanced Test Manager exam.

The exam is included and can be taken at any Pearson Vue test centre.

Please note:

  • No hard copy materials, for example manuals, will be provided as part of this online course. All information will be provided within the Online Portal.
  • It might take up to 48 hours to receive full access to the course materials.

What's Included

  • Fully accredited ISTQB e-learning Course - 90 days access
  • Exercises for all K3 & K4 Level course Learning Objectives
  • Edited Live Virtual Class (LVC) recordings (3 sessions)
  • Sample Exam Style Question Paper (fully explained answers)
  • Pearson Vue Exam Voucher
  • Accredited Tutor Support & Helpdesk

(You will request the exam voucher code via the online portal once you are ready to take the exam.)

This course is to the latest syllabus and is approved and accredited by ISTQB.

More Information

Learning Objectives:

  • Manage a testing project by implementing the mission, goals and testing processes established for the testing organization.
  • Organize and lead risk identification and risk analysis sessions and use the results of such sessions for test estimation, planning, monitoring and control.
  • Create and implement test plans consistent with organizational policies and test strategies.
  • Continuously monitor and control the test activities to achieve project objectives.
  • Assess and report relevant and timely test status to project stakeholders.
  • Identify skills and resource gaps in their test team and participate in sourcing adequate resources.
  • Identify and plan necessary skills development within their test team.
  • Propose a business case for test activities which outlines the costs and benefits expected.
  • Ensure proper communication within the test team and with other project stakeholders.
  • Participate in and lead test process improvement initiatives.

Course Syllabus

Chapter 1: Testing Process

The Test Manager’s main activities are covered for each step in the fundamental test process.  Emphasis is placed on the tasks of Test Planning, Monitoring and Control.  In addition, the Test Manager learns how to implement a project retrospective in order to validate processes and discover areas to improve.

Chapter 2: Test Management

This is the core chapter of the syllabus and accounts for over two days of training out of the five days course in terms of syllabus timing

The Test Manager should understand how to define test management tasks according to the context of a project.  This involves taking all stakeholder needs into account and adjusting test activities to the software lifecycle model

Risk-based testing (RBT) for test prioritization and effort allocation is covered in detail.  Emphasis is placed on the Test Manager’s tasks in identifying, analyzing and assessing risks for the product and the project.  The Test Manager learns specific techniques and understands how to take stakeholder views into account when assessing risk levels and when defining the set of test activities needed to mitigate the risks.  By performing appropriate risk control activities, the Test Manager learns how to determine residual risks and can report them to project stakeholders such that informed release decisions can be made

The Test Manager needs to know how to evaluate different types of test documentation and tailor them to meet project and organization needs.  This includes an understanding of relevant standards

Estimation of testing effort using specific metrics and based on experience is covered.  Techniques required for estimating are covered and the Test Manager should learn how to use available data to communicate the value of testing

Test Managers should have an understanding for distributed, outsourced and insourced forms of test organizations.

Chapter 3: Reviews

The activities of the Test Manager focus on defining an appropriate review plan and setting up the review to achieve the best results.  The Test Manager should learn how to use metrics to optimize the review results and to show return on investment

The Test Manager should understand how to lead a review team through a formal review

Chapter 4: Defect Management

The Test Manager should know how to set up a defect lifecycle tailored for the adopted software lifecycle

The Test Manager should understand the skills to acquire in analyzing defect reports with the objective of evaluating the capability of the testing and software development processes


Chapter 5: Improving the Test Process

The Test Manager should be aware of the generic steps for conducting a standard test process improvement initiative and how to create a test improvement plan based on these steps

Information is provided on the test process improvement models TMMi, TPI Next, CTP and STEP

Chapter 6: Test Tools and Automation

The Test Manager should be able to plan and implement the selection of different types of tools (including open-source and custom-built tools) such that risks, costs, benefits and opportunities are adequately considered

An understanding of using tools for metric collection and evaluation is acquired

Chapter 7: People Skills - Team Composition

The Test Manager should understand how to assess the availability of soft skills along with the technical, business domain and testing skills required for a testing team, and can define a growth plan for skill development

The Test Manager should understand the relevant team motivation and communication skills required

Exam and Prerequisites

Assessment is by means of a three-hour, multiple-choice examination.

Candidates are required to hold the ISEB/ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level in Software Testing Certificate as a minimum before sitting the exam.

Candidates may find the BCS Intermediate Certificate a useful bridge between Foundation and Advanced though it is not mandatory.

Successful candidates may use the certification acronym CTAL-TM 


Target Audience

The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing.  This includes people in roles such as Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Test Managers, User Acceptance Testers and Software Developers.

This Advanced Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants.


How long does the course take to complete?
The course lasts approximately 30-40 hours.


How do I complete the exam?
With this package you will be able to book your exam at your chosen location world-wide. You will receive an exam voucher to use up to 12 months after purchase.


Full support
The course includes full tutorial support providing fast one-to-one access to experienced tutors via email within 24 hours so users never feel isolated or stuck. Phone support can be scheduled via the help-desk if required.


Self paced, self managed study
Self-paced study using automatic book marking lets users dip in and out of the course at any time. Most people spread the course over 2-4 weeks and the exam can be taken up to 12 months after course purchase.


What are the system requirements for the online learning?
Online delivery - display resolution of at least 1024 x 768
Not compatible with MAC and ipad devices



This course will be delivered via the Focus LearnTesting Portal - offering the ultimate in convenience and additional resources.  

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