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ISTQB Advanced Test Manager

The ISTQB Advanced Test Manager course extends the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to enable the role of Test Manager to be performed.

This five day tutor-led course includes lectures, exercises and practical work, as well as exam preparation. 

The examination is held at an agreed later date, so allowing adequate time for revision. 

It is fully-accredited by ISTQB and has been rated SFIAplus level 5 by the BCS.

Who is it for?

The ISTQB Certified Test Manager Advanced Level is principally aimed at test practitioners who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and are expecting to be actively involved in the management of any aspect of software testing, and who want to increase their test management knowledge and skills beyond the levels covered by the Foundation and Intermediate qualifications.

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 and management consultants.


Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course and passing the exam, delegates should be able to:

  • 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.


The entry requirements for the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager qualification are that the candidate must hold the ISTQB Foundation certificate and it is also suggested that candidates have a minimum of 3 years testing experience.

Course Content

Basic aspects of software testing
Review of the Certified Tester Foundation Level syllabus
Specific systems (application domains)
Testing and the software development life cycle
Test process

Risk management
Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)

Test management
Test policy
Typical test strategies
The test strategy document
Master test plan
Level test plan
Test estimation
Scheduling test planning
Test monitoring, reporting and control

Test management issues
Business Value of Testing
Distributed, Outsourced and Insourced Testing
Test management issues for exploratory testing
Test management issues for systems of systems
Test management issues for safety critical systems
Other test management issues

Principles of reviews
Types of review
Introducing Reviews

Incident management
Incident reports
When can an incident be identified
The incident management process or defect life cycle
Defect fields
Metrics and incident management
Communicating incidents

ISO Standards
IEEE Standards
BSI Standards
Industry specific and other standards

Test process improvement
The purpose of test process improvement
Testing Maturity Model (TMM)
Test Process Improvement (TPI)
CTP (Critical Testing Process)
STEP (Systematic Test and Evaluation Process)
Improving the Test Process
Capability Maturity Model Integration, CMMI

Test tool concepts
Test tools categories

People skills
Individual skills
Test team dynamics

Exams & Certification

To qualify as an internationally-recognized Certified Advanced Level Test Manager and be issued with an ISTQB Advanced Level Certificate, delegates must successfully pass the exam. 

The exam lasts three hours (or 225 minutes for candidates taking exams that are not in their native language) and consists of 65 multiple-choice questions.  The exam is 'closed book' (i.e. no notes or books are allowed into the examination room) and the pass mark is 65%.

The exam fee is included.

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