About MSTB's ISTQB Examination Scheme

As a member of the ISTQB®, MSTB provides the leadership, conduct examinations for certifications under the ISTQB Certified Tester scheme in Malaysia and administers ISTQB® accreditation process.

The ISTQB® Certified Tester Program has become the world-wide leader in the certification of competences in software testing as it provides participants with the knowledge they need to test software effectively. Our program comprises three levels: Foundation Level, Advanced Level and Expert Level.

The diagram below summarizes the existing ISTQB product portfolio :

 

MSTB Exam Process in a Nutshell


Certification exams under the ISTQB Certified Tester scheme currently available from MSTB are:

  • ISTQB® Foundation Core: Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) 2018

    The Foundation Level syllabus forms the basis of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) Certified Tester Scheme. ISTQB® Foundation Level is relevant across software delivery practices including Waterfall, Agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery.

    Validity: Once certified, the ISTQB® Foundation Core Level certification does not need to be renewed.

    Prerequisite: No formal prerequisite. However, MSTB recommends participation in a training program offered by an ISTQB accredited training provider prior to taking the exam.

    Click on ISTQB® Foundation Core CTFL 2018 for more information and syllabus.

    Please click here to book your exam or if you require further information.


  • ISTQB® Foundation Agile: Agile Tester

    A tester on an Agile project will work differently than one working on a traditional project. Testers must understand the values and principles that underpin Agile projects, and how testers are an integral part of a whole-team approach together with developers and business representatives.

    There is a lot of confusion concerning agile testing - which means there is an educational opportunity as well. The Agile Tester will give the tester the knowledge to be part of agile testing teams and achieve high performance.

    Validity: Once certified, the ISTQB® Foundation Agile certification does not need to be renewed.

    Prerequisite: Candidates must hold a CTFL Certificate.

    Click on ISTQB® Foundation Level Agile Tester for more information and syllabus.

    Please click here to book your exam or if you require further information.


  • ISTQB® Foundation Specialist: Usability Testing

    The Foundation Level Usability Testing qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved a Foundation point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in Usability Testing.

    Validity: Once certified, the ISTQB® Foundation Specialist Usability Testing certification does not need to be renewed.

    Prerequisite: Candidates must hold a CTFL Certificate.

    Click on ISTQB® Foundation Level Usability Testing for more information and syllabus.

    Please click here to book your exam or if you require further information.


  • ISTQB® Advanced Level Core : Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL)

    The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at software testing professionals who have achieved an advanced point in their careers. 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.

    There are three (3) types of CTAL certifications, namely:

    1. CTAL - Test Manager
    2. CTAL - Test Analyst
    3. CTAL - Technical Test Analyst

    Validity: Once certified, the ISTQB® Advanced Level certification does not need to be renewed.

    Prerequisites:

    Candidates must:

    1. hold a CTFL Certificate, and
    2. satisfy the Exam Board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience, which should be not less than 2 (two) years of relevant academic, practical, or consulting experience.

    Click on ISTQB® Advanced Level Core for more information and syllabus.

    Please click here to book your exam or if you require further information.


  • ISTQB® Advanced Level Specialist: Security Tester

    The Advanced Level Security Tester qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in security testing. The modules offered at the Advanced Level cover a wide range of testing topics.

    Validity: Once certified, the ISTQB® Security Tester Advanced Level certification does not need to be renewed.

    Prerequisites:

    Candidates must:

    1. hold the CTFL Certificate, and
    2. satisfy the Exam Board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience, which should be not less than 2 (two) years of relevant academic, practical, or consulting experience.

    Click on ISTQB® Advanced Level Specialist - Security Tester for more information and syllabus.

    Please click here to book your exam or if you require further information.


  • ISTQB® Expert Level:

    The Expert Level extends the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level by providing in-depth, practically-oriented certifications in a range of different testing subjects.

    The following syllabi have been released:

    ISTQB Certified Tester Expert Level Test Management
    ISTQB Certified Tester Expert Level Improving the Test Process

    Each Expert Level module has clear business outcomes. These provide information to businesses concerning the expectations of an expert in a particular subject. The business outcomes map to the individual Learning Objectives in a particular module.

    To obtain Expert Level certification, candidates must have the following entry criteria:

    1. the Foundation Certificate
    2. the appropriate Advanced Level Certification; dependent on the Expert Module desired
    3. passed the Expert Level Exam
    4. at least 5 years of practical testing experience
    5. at least 2 years of industry experience in the specific Expert Level topic

    Note:
    The experience criteria may also be attained after taking the exam. It is highly recommended, however, that the candidate obtain this practical experience before taking the exam. If a non-public exam is to be taken, completion of an Expert Level course is mandatory.

    What skills does an Expert Level individual have?
    An expert is a person with the special skills and knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject. Being a testing expert means possessing and displaying special skills and knowledge derived from training and experience and being able to apply that knowledge in real-life situations.

    A testing expert is one that combines a broad understanding of testing in general with an in-depth understanding in a special test area. An in-depth understanding means sufficient knowledge of testing theory and practice to be able to influence the direction that an organization and/or project takes when creating, implementing and executing testing activities related to the special area.

    Expert Level exam structure

    A certification scheme at Expert Level must meet the expectations and perceptions of its stakeholders and has to be seen to be truly "expert". An exam score above 65% is required to pass.

    An expert must not only be able to show knowledge, but also in depth practical skills; as a consequence an exam comprised only of multiple choice questions is not ideal. The exam therefore consists of two parts:

    Part 1: Multiple-Choice Questions
    Part 2: Essay

    Certificate Extension An Expert Level certificate is valid for 5 years.

    It must be renewed using one of the following two options:

    1. Repeat the exam
    2. Achieve 200 "Certification Extension Credits" (CEC)

    CECs may be achieved in a number of areas. For example:

    1. Perform a professional testing activity
    2. Take a relevant training course
    3. Attend a testing conference
    4. Present at a testing conference
    5. Teach a relevant training course
    6. Write a testing article or book
    7. Actively participate in a ISTQB related Working Group (National Board, SIGIST, ISTQB®)

    Verifiable evidence must be submitted to the certifier.

    The Certification Extension Program is published by ISTQB®

    Exercises in the Workplace
    Several learning objectives are identified in each syllabus which may be achieved in the workplace. Training Providers agree on these exercises with participants before they are performed and must ensure that they have been completed satisfactorily. This concept allows training courses to be split into separate parts with workplace exercises in between and enables maximum practical benefit from the training.

    Exam language: English

    Click on ISTQB® Expert Level for more information and syllabus.

    Please click here if you are interested in taking the Expert Level exam.


 

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