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ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course Outline

Domain 1: Fundamentals of Testing

Module 1: What is Testing?

  • Overview
  • Test Objectives
  • Testing and Debugging
  • Difference between Testing and Debugging

Module 2: Why is Testing Necessary?

  • Role of Testing
  • Testing’s Contributions to Success
  • Testing and Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Errors, Defects, Failures, and Root Causes

Module 3: Testing Principles

  • Testing Shows the Presence, not the Absence of Defects
  • Exhaustive Testing is Impossible
  • Early Testing Saves Time and Money
  • Defects Cluster Together
  • Tests Wear Out
  • Testing is Context Dependent
  • Absence-of-Defects Fallacy

Module 4: Test Activities, Testware and Test Roles

  • Test Activities and Tasks
  • Test Process in Context
  • Testware
  • Traceability Between the Test Basis and Test Work Products
  • Testing Roles

Module 5: Essential Skills and Good Practices in Testing

  • Generic Skills Required for Testing
  • Whole Team Approach
  • Advantages of the Whole Team Approach
  • Tester’s and Developer’s Mindsets
  • Independence of Testing
  • Levels of Independence

Domain 2: Testing Throughout the Software Development Lifecycle

Module 6: Testing in the Context of a Software Development Lifecycle

  • Software Development and Software Testing
  • Impact of the Software Development Lifecycle on Testing
  • Software Development Lifecycle and Good Testing Practices
  • Software Development Models
  • Testing as a Driver for Software Development
  • DevOps and Testing
  • Shift Left Approach
  • Retrospectives and Process Improvement

Module 7: Test Levels and Test Types

  • Test Levels
  • Component Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • System Testing
  • System Integration Testing (SIT)
  • Acceptance Testing
  • Test Types
  • Confirmation Testing and Regression Testing

Module 8: Maintenance Testing

  • Overview of Maintenance Testing

Domain 3: Static Testing

Module 9: Static Testing Basics

  • Introduction
  • Work Products Examinable by Static Testing
  • Value of Static Testing
  • Differences between Static Testing and Dynamic Testing

Module 10: Feedback and Review Process

  • Benefits of Early and Frequent Stakeholder Feedback
  • Review Process Activities
  • Roles and Responsibilities in Reviews
  • Review Types
  • Success Factors for Reviews

Domain 4: Test Analysis and Design

Module 11: Test Techniques Overview

  • Test Techniques Overview

Module 12: Black-box Test Techniques

  • Equivalence Partitioning
  • Boundary Value Analysis
  • Decision Table Testing
  • State Transition Testing
  • Exercise

Module 13: White-box Test Techniques

  • Overview
  • Statement Testing and Statement Coverage
  • Branch Testing and Branch Coverage
  • Value of White-box Testing

Module 14: Experience-based Test Techniques

  • Error Guessing
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Checklist-Based Testing

Module 15: Collaboration-based Test Approaches

  • Overview of Collaboration-based Test Approaches
  • Exercise

Domain 5: Managing the Test Activities

Module 16: Test Planning

  • Purpose and Content of a Test Plan
  • Tester's Contribution to Iteration and Release Planning
  • Entry Criteria and Exit Criteria
  • Estimation Techniques
  • Test Case Prioritisation
  • Test Pyramid
  • Testing Quadrants
  • Exercise

Module 17: Risk Management

  • Risk Definition
  • Risk Attributes
  • Project and Product Risks
  • Product Risk Analysis
  • Product Risk Control

Module 18: Test Monitoring, Test Control and Test Completion

  • Test Monitoring
  • Test Reporting
  • Communicating the Status of Testing

Module 19: Configuration Management

  • Overview of Configuration Management

Module 20: Defect Management

  • Overview of Defect Management
  • Exercise

Domain 6: Test Tools

Module 21: Tool Support for Testing

  • Meaning and Purpose of Tool Support
  • Tool Support for Testing

Module 22: Benefits and Risks of Test Automation

  • Benefits of Test Automation
  • Risks of Test Automation

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Who should attend this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course?

This ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course is designed for anyone involved in, affected by, or responsible for Software Testing and Quality Assurance in Software Development projects. However, it is much more beneficial for the professionals who will benefit from this ISTQB Training Course are:

  • Entry-level Software Testers
  • Software Test Analysts
  • Quality Assurance Professionals
  • Software Developers
  • Test Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • IT Consultants

Prerequisites of the ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course

There are no formal prerequisites for attending this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course. However, a basic familiarity with IT and Software Development concepts can be beneficial. 

ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course Overview

The ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course provides a comprehensive introduction to the essential principles of Software Testing. It covers critical topics such as testing standards, testing life cycles, testing techniques and tools, and static testing. This training is highly relevant in the field of Software Development.

Proficiency in Software Testing Training is crucial for professionals in the IT and Software Development industry. Those aiming to master this subject include Software Testers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Developers, and Project Managers. Having a strong foundation in Software Testing can significantly enhance career prospects.

This intensive 3-day Software Testing Course on ISTQB Software Testing Foundation is officially recognised by the BCS. This ISTQB Training Course equips delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in Software Testing and prepares them effectively for the ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Certification exam.

Course Objectives:

  • To offer a comprehensive understanding of Software Testing fundamentals
  • To introduce delegates to testing standards and methodologies
  • To instruct delegates in various testing techniques and tools used in the industry
  • To explore the concept of testing life cycles and emphasise their importance
  • To empower delegates to conduct effective static testing
  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Certification exam

Upon completion of this ISTQB Course under Software Testing Training, delegates will gain a solid foundation in Software Testing principles and techniques, enhancing their ability to ensure software quality and reliability. Additionally, they will be well-prepared to obtain its associated certification, a valuable credential that can boost their career prospects in the IT and Software Development industry.


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What’s included in this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course?

  • ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Examination
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Exam Information

The ISTQB Software Testing Foundation certification is an entry-level certification that provides a basic understanding of software testing concepts and practices. It's designed for individuals new to software testing or wanting to establish a foundational knowledge of the field. The format of the exam is as follows: 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice  
  • Total Questions: 40 Questions 
  • Total Marks: 40 Marks 
  • Pass Marks: 65% or 26/40 marks
  • Duration: 60 Minutes 
  • Open Book/Closed Book: Closed book

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Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


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ISTQB Software Testing Foundation FAQs


ISTQB stands for the International Software Testing Qualifications Board. It is a globally recognised organisation that develops and maintains a set of standardised certifications for Software Testers. These certifications validate the knowledge and skills of individuals in the field of Software Testing and Quality Assurance.
This ISTQB Course introduces delegates to the fundamental principles and practices of Software Testing. It covers essential topics such as testing standards, methodologies, techniques, and tools, providing a solid foundation for individuals looking to pursue a career in Software Testing or Quality Assurance.
ISTQB exams refer to a series of certification exams offered by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). These exams are designed to assess the knowledge and proficiency of individuals in the field of Software Testing. They cover various levels of expertise, including Foundation, Advanced, and Expert levels, and successful candidates receive globally recognised certifications that validate their skills and competence in Software Testing.
ISTQB Foundation and Advanced Level certifications do not expire, while Expert Level certifications are valid for five years. Staying current with industry practices and standards is recommended to maintain competence, regardless of certification validity.
The demand for ISTQB Certifications can vary depending on the specific job market and industry. However, the ISTQB Foundation Level Certification is often considered the most in-demand, as it provides a solid foundation in Software Testing principles and is suitable for individuals entering the field or looking to demonstrate their basic testing knowledge.
ISTQB offers three certification levels: Foundation Level, Advanced Level, and Expert Level. Foundation Level is the entry-level certification, while Advanced and Expert Levels provide more advanced and specialised certification options for experienced Software Testers.
The time it takes to receive ISTQB exam results can vary depending on the specific exam being taken. Typically, candidates can expect to receive their results within a few weeks after taking the exam.
The average annual salary of an ISTQB Foundation Level certified Software Tester can come to £48,125 - £50,000. This can vary significantly depending on factors such as location, years of experience, and the specific company or industry.
Yes, this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Training Course is accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
The benefits of this ISTQB Software Testing Certification include improved career opportunities, industry recognition, skill development, increased earning potential, enhanced job performance, and opportunities for professional growth in the Software Testing field.
There are no formal prerequisites for this ISTQB Course, so anyone interested in Software Testing can apply. However, a basic understanding of Information Technology (IT) concepts and skills, alongside a minimum of 6 months of working experience in the field can be helpful in comprehending this course more efficiently.
If you encounter issues accessing your ISTQB Courses with The Knowledge Academy, contact our customer support or technical assistance team for a quick resolution.
The Knowledge Academy is a leading training provider and a popular choice for many reasons. We offer various internationally recognised certifications across various domains, with courses delivered by experienced instructors, including ISTQB Courses. We also provide flexible learning options, including classroom, virtual, and e-learning formats.
The price for ISTQB Software Testing Foundation certification in Belgium starts from €1695
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for ISTQB Software Testing Foundation.

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