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.
To receive Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate and satisfy the Exam Board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience to be considered Advanced Level qualified.
Refer to the relevant Exam Board to understand their specific practical experience criteria.
The Advanced Level has three Syllabi within the Core part:
A specific exam and certification is available for each of the three modules.
When a Certified tester successfully achieves certification on all three modules, he receives a "Full Advanced" certificate. Moreover, ISTQB® is developing Advanced Level syllabi and exams for the Agile stream and for the Specialist stream.
To get the Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate and have sufficient practical experience.
Holders of an Advanced certificate are eligible to continue on to higher level software testing qualifications, certifying themselves at Expert level as shown below. The entire learning journey is underpinned by the ISTQB® Glossary.
An individual with the Advanced Level Certificate has extended the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to enable the role of Test Manager or Test Analyst to be performed. Test Analyst skills may be further extended into the role of Technical Test Analyst.
The Advanced Level establishes a platform from which further skills and knowledge may be acquired at the Expert Level. After achieving experience as a Test Manager, for example, a person may choose to develop their testing career further by acquiring Expert Level certifications in the subjects of test management and improving the test process.
People possessing an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate may use the Certified Tester Advanced Level (acronym CTAL-TM, CTAL-TA, and CTAL-TTA, according to the module for which they are certified.
People possessing all the 3 advanced level certificates can obtain the Full Advanced level certificate.
Advanced level is valid for life time.
The following picture summarizes the contents of the Foundation Level syllabus:
The following picture summarizes the contents of the Advanced Level Test Analyst Syllabus:
The following picture summarizes the contents of the Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst Syllabus:
To get an ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level Certificate you must successfully pass the Advanced Exam administered by your Member Board or Examination Provider.
Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be issued with an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate, which is internationally recognized.
The exam aims to verify that the candidate has acquired the professional knowledge contained in the syllabus.
Each Advanced Level exam module (i.e. Test Manager, Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst) has an independent exam, consisting of multiple-choice questions split 'roughly' in line with the Learning Objectives of each chapter.
Each question answered correctly scores between one and three points, reflecting the difficulty, and the candidate must reach a score of 65% to pass the exam.
The number of questions and exam timing for each module is indicated in the following table. If the candidate's native language is not the exam language, the exam duration is increased by 25%.
|Module||Number of Questions||Exam Length (in minutes)||Exam Length + 25%(in minutes)|
|Advanced Test Manager||65||180||225|
|Advanced Test Analyst||60||180||225|
|Advanced Technical Test Analyst||45||120||150|
|Exam||Number of questions per K levels|
|Ch. 1||Ch. 2||Ch. 3||Ch. 4||Ch. 5||Ch. 6||Total|
Exams may be taken as part of a course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider or taken independently at an examination center or in a public exam.
The typical duration of the Foundation Level Training offered by an Accredited Training Provider is 3 days. Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for participating to the exam.