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Software Tester Certification Boot Camp

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Professional Credits


ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.


Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.

This course offers:
    20.50 PMP/PgMP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-PBA Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-ACP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-RMP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI Strategic PDUs
    1.00 PMI Leadership PDUs


It's rare that someone in a software testing role has a long list of testing-related educational credentials on their resume and currently, there are no undergraduate degree programs in the United States that offer a specialization in software testing. Often this is because most people don't target a career in testing; they either use it as a stepping stone, or they fall into it from some other place. Regardless of why you're in testing, or how long you've been testing, chances are your path into testing and your relevant experience are different from your contemporaries within your own project team or organization, or even your affiliated industry. Whether you're trying to validate what you know, fill gaps in your specific experience, or get a broad overview of testing topics because you're new to testing, there's something for everyone in the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Syllabus.

At the conclusion of this software tester certification training course you will have the opportunity to take the ISTQB™ Certified Tester – Foundation Level exam. The exam is held on the third day of the course. The ISTQB™ Certified Tester – Foundation Level certification exam is independently administered by the American Software Testing Qualifications Board, Inc. (ASTQB).

Note: Students who attend a live online delivery of this course will not take the exam in class, however, they will still receive an exam voucher at the completion of the course. 

Dynamic and interactive educational experience designed to boost your topic literacy and exam scores
Critical study tips and exam taking techniques to reduce stress and prep time while maximizing results
Full coverage of the syllabus topics with practical approaches to implementation using real-world examples
Integrated glossary definitions to facilitate recognition of new terms in line with concepts
Integrated review questions to promote better understanding of K2 level topics and above
Pop-quizzes reinforcing the syllabus concepts to improve retention and recall
Practical exercises to reinforce the application of ideas and techniques to support K3 and K4 topics
Several "peak tips" that provide extensions to the material to support utilization of topics post-course
Intense review of the Sample ISTQB CTFL Exam questions and answers
Get key questions about the material answered before the exam so you can feel prepared and confident
Upcoming Dates and Locations
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Jul 27, 2020 – Jul 30, 2020    12:00pm – 5:00pm Live Online Register
Aug 3, 2020 – Aug 6, 2020    12:00pm – 5:00pm Live Online Register
Sep 15, 2020 – Sep 18, 2020    12:00pm – 5:00pm Live Online Register
Oct 19, 2020 – Oct 22, 2020    12:00pm – 5:00pm Live Online Register
Nov 16, 2020 – Nov 19, 2020    12:00pm – 5:00pm Live Online Register
Dec 14, 2020 – Dec 17, 2020    12:00pm – 5:00pm Live Online Register
Course Outline

I. Course and exam overview

  • ISTQB and ASTQB overview
  • Exam format
  • Study and exam taking tips
  • Course flow and agenda topics
  • Outline of the daily schedule (varies on day 3)
  • Explanation of supplementary material

II. Fundamentals of testing

  • Testing overview and key terminology
  • Common testing principles
  • Basic test process
  • Psychology of testing
  • Code of ethics
    1. Interactive Session: Testing missions and test objectives
    2. Pop Quiz: Seven testing principles
    3. Interactive Session: Context drivers for testing

III. Testing throughout the software life cycle

  • Software development models
  • Test levels and test types
  • Maintenance testing
    1. Interactive Session: Understanding test impacts of software development models
    2. Interactive Session: Illustrating verification and validation for better understanding
    3. Interactive Session: Linking test levels with entry and exit criteria
    4. Interactive Session: Compare and contrast black box and white box testing
    5. Interactive Session: Understanding goals, targets, and issues within test levels
    6. Interactive Session: Compare and contrast test types using examples

IV. Test management

  • Test organization
  • Planning and estimation
  • Progress monitoring and control
  • Configuration management
  • Risk and testing
    1. Incident management
    2. Pop Quiz: Understanding project constraints
    3. Pop Quiz: Test team organizational structures
    4. Pop Quiz: Driving more accurate test estimates
    5. Pop Quiz: Choosing a test approach
    6. Interactive Session and Pop Quiz: Performing risk assessment
    7. Pop Quiz: Identifying incidents
    8. Hands-on Exercise: Write an incident report
    9. Hands-on Exercise: Perform a review session
    10. Interactive Session: Developing oracles

V. Test design techniques

  • The test development process
  • Specification-based techniques
  • Structure-based techniques
  • Experience-based techniques
  • Selecting test techniques
    1. Pop Quiz: Using specification-based techniques
    2. Interactive Session: Review tests designed with equivalence partitioning
    3. Hands-on Exercise: Use equivalence partitioning as a test design method
    4. Hands-on Exercise: Use boundary value analysis to create tests
    5. Interactive Session: Analyze and map out complex logic in requirements
    6. Hands-on Exercise: Use a decision table to develop tests
    7. Interactive Session: Walk through a state model
    8. Hands-on Exercise: Use a state model to build tests
    9. Pop Quiz: Use case basics
    10. Interactive Session: Generate tests from use cases
    11. Interactive Session: Analyze code flow with control flow diagrams
    12. Hands-on Exercise: Develop structural tests for code and analyze coverage
    13. Pop Quiz: Differentiate experience-based techniques
    14. Pop Quiz: Choose a test technique

VI. Static techniques

  • Static testing techniques
  • The review process
  • Static analysis by tools
    1. Review test sets to evaluate test design*
    2. Perform a peer review and feedback session
    3. (these practice sessions are embedded elsewhere to perform reviews on real targets)

VII. Tool support for testing

  • Types of tools
  • Effective use of tools
  • Introducing tools into an organization
    1. Pop Quiz: Test frameworks
    2. Pop Quiz: Understanding probe effect
    3. Pop Quiz: Pros and cons of tools
    4. Pop Quiz: Piloting a tool

VIII. Course wrap-up

  • Exam tips, procedures, and guidelines
  • Exam cram
    1. Open review session
    2. Practice exam review

At the conclusion of the software testing training course you will have the opportunity to take the ISTQB™ Certified Tester —Foundation Level exam. The exam is held at 3:30 p.m. on the third day of the course. The ISTQB™ Certified Tester —Foundation Level certification exam is independently administered by the American Software Testing Qualifications Board, Inc. (ASTQB).

Who should attend

The Software Testing Certification Boot Camp—Foundation Level training course is most appropriate for:

  • Testers and Test Engineers
  • QA Testers and Managers
  • Test Leads
  • Test Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Developers
  • Development Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Anyone that wants a better understanding of basic testing concepts.
Bonus Materials

A $250 USD fee is included in your registration for the ISTQB™ Certified Tester - Foundation Level exam. 


Although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the self-paced Fundamentals of Software Testing eLearning course have found it very helpful when completing this course.