The ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) is the standard introductory qualification for those involved in software testing worldwide. 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 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.
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.
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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
Exams & Certification
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.
You may prefer an online course if you are looking for a flexible and cost-effective solution. Online courses allow you to study at your own pace, at a time that suits you.
We have the following eLearning options available:
The ISTQB Software Testing Foundation online learning package is interactive and includes expert tutor support. This course has been fully accredited by the BCS (British Computer Society who formerly branded this as ISEB). The qualification is also recognised internationally by the ISTQB. The course covers everything you need to pass the Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. The exam is included.Course Info
Learn practical techniques for testing software applications efficiently with a real-world emphasis. This online course is appropriate for anyone wanting to get a good understanding of best practice testing processes.Course Info
Virtual classrooms provide all the benefits of attending a classroom course without the need to arrange travel and accomodation. Please note that virtual courses are attended in real-time, commencing on a specified date.