Software Testing and Quality Assurance Certifications – Part 2

This is a part – II of testing certification series. If you missed last article on testing certification you can check it out here.  In last article we discussed on four important software testing certifications namely – CSTE, CSTP, CTM, and HP QTP Certification.

In this article we’ll be discussing on remaining five important software testing certifications:

1) ISEB & ISTQB
2) CMST
3) CASQ
4) CSQA
5) CMSQ

Here are the details on these certifications eligibility, exam patterns and how to apply guide.

1) ISEB & ISTQB:

ISTQB

ISEB (The Information systems Examinations Board) certification is the step taken forward by a chartered institute for IT called BCS (British Computer Society), to support the career of IT professionals in IT field. ISEM was formed in 1990 which is a division of BCS. This professional certification is available in foundation, practitioner and advanced level to cater the needs of each IT testing aspirant. While ISTQB stands for “International Software Testing Qualifications Board,” and it was formed in late 2002. Both are similar certifications, at the foundation level are same, in essence. The only distinguishing factor is that ISEB is UK specific whereas ISTQB is international certification.
BCS offers following internationally recognized qualification in following subjects:

  • IT Service Management
  • Software Testing
  • Sustainable IT
  • Business Analysis/Change
  • Solution Development
  • Project Management and Support
  • IT Governance, Information and Security
  • IT Assets and Infrastructure

Following are the levels at which both of these certification are available to suit the needs of every professional:

  • Foundation Level – Certification at this level provides the broad coverage about a specific area. This is specifically designed to enhance the knowledge set and future scope of managers. Its cost is £130.
  • Intermediate Level – Intermediate level certification exam is focused in examining the subject in more detail which acts as the basis for the practitioner level certification. Its cost is £110.
  • Practitioner Level – This level exam lay emphasis on a specific skill within a subject area in a more detailed manner to provide the practical knowledge of IT skills. Its cost is £150.
  • Higher Level – Higher level certification is meant for managers and specialists, having deep knowledge of their subject of concern. Its cost is £540.

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2) CMST:

CMST

CMST, short for Certified Manager of Software Testing, is meant to establish the competencies of testing professional in software industry at the international level. Having CMST certifies means acquiring qualification in terms of principles of testing field and capabilities to handle software testing scenarios. The prerequisite of taking this exam includes:

  • Having a bachelor’s degree and at least 4 years of relevant experience in software testing field, or
  • Having an associate degree and at least 6 years of relevant experience in software testing field, or
  • Minimum of eight years of relevant experience in software testing field.

The potential candidates are required to demonstrate their capabilities in following subjects:

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  • Test Planning
  • Test Reporting
  • Measurement
  • Managing Test Execution
  • Organizational Development (both, teams and management)
  • Communication (both, leadership and behavioral skills)
  • Define, deploy and improve work processes

To apply for this certification test, go to CMST, which is the customer portal for candidates and complete all the formalities by following the easy steps to set up the test. The free for this exam is $450.

3) CASQ:

CASQ

CASQ stands for Certified Associate in Software Quality, which is focused on quality assurance skills and principles at the fundamental level of understanding. CASQ provides the rapid career progression at a potentially affordable cost. His exam is intended for beginners in quality for all those which have one of the following requirements completed:

  • Having 3 year/4 year degree from a certified institution, or
  • Having 2 year degree and one year of relevant experience in IS (Information Services) field, or
  • Having three years of relevant experience in IS (Information Services) field.

Questions related to following skill set are expected in the exam:

  • COTS, Outsourcing, Contracting Quality etc.
  • Quality Principles and Concepts
  • Quality Leadership
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control Practices
  • Quality Baselines
  • Quality Planning
  • Metrics and Measurement
  • Define, Build, Implement, Improving of Work Processes etc.
  • Internal Control and Security

Similar to CMST, the application process is carried out at Customer portal on CASQ. However, this certification is affordable and any aspiring candidate can get certified at $100.

4) CSQA:

CSQA

Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) certification is an intermediate level exam which is considered as the standard in best practices and principles of software quality assurance in IT industry. CSQA certified candidates are recognized in several business and professional organizations which boost their career growth manifolds. This exam is specifically beneficial for the role of the quality advisor to management. However, it has following prerequisites, one of which needs to be met to be eligible for this exam:

  • Having 4 year degree and two years of relevant experience in IS (Information Services) field, or
  • Having 3 year degree and three years of relevant experience in IS (Information Services) field, or
  • Having 2 year degree and four years of relevant experience in IS (Information Services) field, or
  • Having six years of relevant experience in IS (Information Services) field.

Along with the above mentioned requirements, the applicant should be currently working or having at least 18 month of experience, specifically relevant to certification designation.

Log on to the customer portal at CSQA to schedule the exam at the charge of $350 as the test fee.

5) CMSQ:

CMSQ

Certified Manager of Software Quality (CMSQ) certification is an international level assessment for the skills in software quality assurance leaders and managers. CMSQ certified professionals are either working at top IT organizations or soon will join them at managerial post in quality assurance unit. This is the advanced level certification in software quality field and this fact is equally justified by the requirements demanded prior taking this examination, which are one of the following:

  • Having a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution along with four years of relevant experience in software quality assurance field, or
  • Having an associate degree along with six years of relevant experience in software quality assurance field, or
  • Having eight years of relevant experience in software quality assurance field.

Same as the other quality certifications, this one also follows the same process of application which is by logging into CMSQ, which is the customer portal and acts as the single point of applying. The cost of this exam is $450.

Please feel free to share your experience while taking any of these software testing and quality assurance certifications.

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43 comments ↓

#1 Swapna

Hi I cleared ISTQB foundation level exam and now preparing for advance level certification. Please anyone having test material share on this forum.

thanks.

#2 Karthik

me too taking advanced level ISTQB. if anyone has study material please share with us.

#3 nk meena

thank u ….ur information is useful fo me..

#4 Sripati

ISTQB is a bullshit certificate program. i don’t trust the certification program, in fact I am pissed off with my job here.

#5 anjali

Sir i hav 3 yrs relevant xprnc of electronics field,bt i dnt find growth here,i want to change my field in s/w testing,plz suggest me hw it will b possible.

#6 durai

pls tel abt these certification learning centres

#7 Preeti

Hi fiends
can anyone suggest me for ISTQB foundation level exam how can apply this exam pls contact me at preeti24gupta@gmail.com or u can send me ur contact no i ll me contact u for this.
Thanks

#8 gaurav

Hi

I am planning on giving ISTQB foundation examination.
Please can u guys share the material and experience abt the exam those who have already given it?

#9 Tal

very informative. I honestly did not know there were so many international certificates.

#10 vinod

I am planning on giving ISTQB foundation examination.
Please can u guys share the material and experience abt the exam those who have already given it?

#11 Rajeev

Hi i am planning to give ISTQB foundation level exam, can anybody send me the study material of it in my ID :-rajdashingok@yahoo.co.in?

Thanx in Advance….

#12 Shweta

For instructions n info , go to the ITB website n download (http://www.istqb.in/) and navigate to the ‘Syllabi’. there u cn download the latest sylabus n info.They have a short compilation of the study material also.
Otherwise u cn buy a book i.e “FOUNDATIONS OF SOFTWARE TESTING ISTQB CERTIFICATION BY: Dorothy,Erik, Isabel , Rex black”

#13 kanisha

plz mail me d latest sample ques answers for CASQ certification…thnx
emailid:kanisha1906@gmail.com

#14 vishal

yes this is nice site to understand the details of certified exams. i am wondering to do HP QTP certified course. please guide me as soon as possible

#15 sai

can anybody please tell me how many question do we get in ISTQB exam? any material

#16 aswini

I have cleared ISTQB Foundation level certification and i would like to give Advance level-Test Analyst certification exam .
Please can anybody send me the dumps or meterial to
koneruaswini@yahoo.co.in
Thanks in advance!

#17 Neha Gupta

Thanks! For Info.

#18 priyanka dargi

HI frens
actually i wanted your suggestions as well help i 2010 pass out With engineering in civil have done my course in testing looking out job in testing but not getting much opening even though i do well not getting into company m planning to do ISTQB certification ,will it help me to get job soon??? pls do suggest me
regards
priyanka

#19 Nibash Agrawal

Hi Friends,

I m plannin to get certification in software testing.I am not able to decide which certification should i go for, which will be more valuable and help in boosting my Career in software testing.
please help me

kind regards
Nibash Agrawal

#20 Jitender

I m plannin to get certification in software testing.I am not able to decide which certification should i go for, which will be more valuable and help in boosting my Career in software testing.
please help me

9015408220

#21 Poornima

Hi friends,
I have done my MCA in 2006. Because of some reasons i didn’t tried for job. Now i want to do job. Now i don’t have any subject knowledge. cn u suggest me how to prepare

#22 Divya

Hi i am Divya From mangalore ,karnataka…I am planning to write ISTQB Foundation level…

Please Tell me if going through
1)Foundation Level Syllabus and
2)“FOUNDATIONS OF SOFTWARE TESTING ISTQB CERTIFICATION BY: Dorothy,Erik, Isabel , Rex black”

is enough to clear the exam with good marks ??
my email id is divyatbhat@gmail.com

#23 Divya

Hi
I am planning to write ISTQB foundation level exam. Please tell me if going through ISTQB syllabus and
“FOUNDATIONS OF SOFTWARE TESTING ISTQB CERTIFICATION BY: Dorothy,Erik, Isabel , Rex black”
is enough to secure good marks in the exam???

My email id : divyatbhat@gmail.com

#24 Anoop.k

HI, i am preparing for ISTQB foundation level exams. for my prepration i want some previous question papers and answers and some model questions.. if anybody know about this pls send some question papers to my mail id..
anoop_245@yahoo.co.in

#25 Naina mohammed

I am planning for ISTQB foundation examination.
Guys can u share the material abt the exam.

#26 Krish... Bangalore.

Hey guys,

I try to give few solutions here, If u r searching for a job on Testing pls do search in cities lik Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, chennai there wil be lots of openings.

If you are planning for ISTQB certification, i have materials that can be reacheh out u by mail. I think wtever material i have with me dats engh for getting ISTQB certn. If u hav any queries send out ur mails to atpkitty@gmail.com

#27 Santhosh Kumar

helo guys,
Any one have ISTQB Fundamental level material otherwise give me a link to collect material.pls send it to sskumar512@gmail.com

#28 Manual tester

for istqb first off all you have to visit http://www.istqb.in/)
collect syllabus
according to syllabus fin out term details.
refer wrox pubilcation book it’s free.
after study try to solve online tutorials of istqb.
Best of luck

#29 AnilKumar

HI,
I am preparing for ISTQB foundation level exams. For my prepration i want some previous question papers and answers and some model questions.. if anybody know about this pls send some question papers to my mail id..
melimianil@gmail.com

#30 Ridhi

Hi,
Thanks for publishing the valuable information on this website, good efforts really appreciatable, I am planning for the software testing certification if anyone have the study material please share with me @ ridhisinhast@gmail.com, thanks in advance.

Regards,
Ridhi

#31 Ruby

Hi, I have 5.6 years total experience in IT field, but struggling to switch the company.
I am thinking to switch my domain to testing field, so can some body guide me how to switch to testing field?

#32 Rahul

Hi Swapna ,

Can you share previous papers of foundation level?
I am preparing for that. Please also guide that how to prepare??

My email is rahulels88@gmail.com

Thanks.

#33 Priya

Hi All,
I am planning to appear for Hp Quality Centre Certification.
But I am unable to get the exact information related to this certification.
Can anybody help me with exam pattern,How to apply,syallabus,previous year papers?

Thanks,
Priya.

#34 vikas shukla

I am planning to appear for QA(Quality Assurance) and ISTQB foundation examination.Certification.
But I am unable to get the exact information related to this certification.
Can anybody help me with exam pattern,How to apply, & syallabus,previous year papers?
if anybody help me then plz contect me 09646126466 , vikasshukla542@gmail.com or u give me ur reference i ll contact with u

#35 vikas shukla

Hi,

I am planning to appear for QA(Quality Assurance) and ISTQB foundation examination.Certification.
But I am unable to get the exact information related to this certification.
Can anybody help me with exam pattern,How to apply, & syallabus,previous year papers?
if anybody help me then plz contect me 09646126466 , vikasshukla542@gmail.com or u give me ur reference i ll contact with u

thanks,
vikas shukla.

#36 Ravikishan Piratla

I want to appear for the Advanced level certificate. The entry criteria mentioned on ISTQB web site is:
“To get the Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate and have sufficient practical experience.”

Can any one tell me what is the period of practical experience that is required. I have 2 years of relevant experience in Software Testing & QA. I also hold the Foundation level certificate.

Thanks,
Ravikishan

#37 Viswa

Any one have dump for CMST please send to my mail ID Please

#38 Padmavathy

what is the scope of CASQ (Certified Associate in Software Quality) certification?
Are there enough job opportunities available for this certification?

#39 K Balan

Nice material

#40 Becky

Please help me if anyone has material on CMST.

I am preparing for this exam

#41 Lisa Boden

Hi, For those asking about materials for advanced-level exam, I found some sample test questions, etc. here: http://www.astqb.org/advanced-tester/. Good luck!

#42 Yoganandam

Please help me if anyone has material on CMST.

I am preparing for this exam

#43 TAMILMARAN CHOCKLAINGAM

Hello Guys/….Myself Tamilmaran, Currently I am having very good experiece in software blackbox/white box and gray box testing in aerospace domain as per DO178B levels real time failure airworthy certification process respective ….

planning to write ASTQB CERTIFICATE any suggestions please feel free share the details

tamilmaranc@gmail.com

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