Software Testing Certifications – Eligibility, Exam Patterns and How to Apply

Quality assurance and software testing are the most crucial steps in any software development process. It ensures requirement adherent, performance reliability and defect-free product delivery to the client.

As the demand for the role of the tester keeps increasing, more attention is being paid to the quality testing professional.

Hence, it is high time to get certified and acquire the capabilities to fit in this demanding position. However, it is equally challenging to find the standard certifications that are being recognized all over the world.

This tutorial is intended to enlighten the readers about the established certifications available in the market today.

Software Testing Certifications

Software Testing Certifications

This is a part – I of testing certification series. In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing the following four important software testing certifications.

  1. CSTE
  2. CSTP
  3. CTM
  4. HP QTP Certification

Let’s see one by one!!

#1) CSTE


CSTE stands for “Certified Software Test Engineer”. CSTE is a benchmark certification program for all Testers and Managers that emphasizes professional competency and best practices in Quality Control in the IT industry.

Requirements and eligibility criteria to take CSTE certification include one of the following:

  • 4-year degree from a recognized institution+2 year experience
  • 3-year degree from a recognized institution+3 year experience
  • 2-year degree from a recognized institution+4 year experience
  • 6 years of experience in the IT industry

How to Apply:

The applicant should submit the request on Customer Portal with the payment of $350(PDF+initial exam) or $420(PDF+Book+CD+initial exam).

You can apply for this certification through the Customer Portal for Software Testing Certifications. You can also share your concerns at

Exam Pattern:

The exam is divided into the following parts:

  • Two sections for multiple-choice questions which consist of 50 objective type questions.
  • Two sections for 10 subjective type questions such as Short answers or essays.
  • The exam duration is 4 hours 30 minutes and the passing marks are 75%. The examination retaking fee is $100.

Check out some more CSTE sample questions here.

#2) CSTP

CSTP is the short form for “Certified Software Test Professional”. This was initiated by the International Institute for Software Testing (IIST) in 1991 and so far this has been successful in enhancing the careers of thousands of aspirants by providing the professional skill set for Software Application Testing.

This certification program could be taken by any newcomer in the testing field as well as for the managers and leaders in the testing field.

The requirements to take this exam include a minimum of 10 days of formal training or education which includes the following topics:

  • Principles of Software Testing
  • Test Design
  • Managing the Testing Process
  • Test Execution and Defect Tracking
  • Requirement Definitions, Refinement, and Verification.
  • Test Automation
  • Static Testing

Along with this, the applicant must be experienced in testing related roles for at least one year. The formal approval from the candidate’s manager is also necessary for him/her to apply for this certification.

A minimum of 80% marks is required to claim this certification successfully. The cost of this certification exam is $120, which is non-refundable and upon clearing the certification, it will not expire before 3 years.

How to Apply:

Visit: International Institute for Software Testing for the application form or Call at (763)546-0072 or shoot your query to

#3) CTM

CTM stands for “Certified Test Manager”. This certification aims to support test managers and Senior Testers to handle the test projects efficiently by enhancing their management capability. Test Management Body of Knowledge (TMBK) is the foundation of CTM certification.

This program is focused on managers, senior-level testers, or anyone who has over 3 years of industry experience and folks who are already done with CSTP certification.

The formal educational requirements to take this exam include the following compulsory topics:

  • Test Process Management
  • Test Project Management
  • Test Process Measurement and Improvement
  • Test Organization Management
  • Risk Management
  • Test Automation Strategies and Architecture
  • Software Quality Assurance


As mentioned above, a minimum of 3 years of experience is the eligibility requirement for appearing on this test.

How to Apply:

Application forms are available at the IIST office and should be submitted to the IIST chairperson, along with a non-refundable fee of $120. Upon grant, the CTM certification will not expire before 3 years. A minimum of 80% marks is required to get CTM certified.

The application form is directly accessible at IIST. You can forward any of your concerns to or call them at (763)546-0072.

#4) HP QTP Certification
HP QTP Certification

QTP certification by HP is meant for QuickTest professionals who wish to gain mastery in testing tools by HP called QuickTest. Since August 1st, 2010, HP has come up with the HP QTP Certification v10.0.

AIS is a beginner level certification exam whereas ASE is an advanced level certification exam.

These exams are particularly famous with the following names:

  • Exam HPO-M31 – HP Quality Center 10.0 Software
  • Exam HPO-M39 – HP QuickTest Professional 10.0 Software

You can download the preparation guide by HP at HP QTP certification preparation, which covers the subject of examination precisely. The cost of HP QTP certification is $150.

Note: All HP certifications are now in Microfocus. You can visit this page to check all the related certifications and other details.

In Part II of this article, we’ll discuss in detail on ISEB & ISTQB, CMST, CASQ, CSQA, and CMSQ certifications.

Till then, if you have queries on any of the testing certifications, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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99 thoughts on “Software Testing Certifications – Eligibility, Exam Patterns and How to Apply”

  1. I am B com graduate. & i want to do software testing course.
    am i elegible for testing tools course and
    plz give suggestion to me is it possible to me
    what criteria is required for testing.


  2. I am B com graduate. i want to do testing tools course. am i eligible for testing tools. can i understand that course and kindly help which way i have to approach this course. by pavan

  3. for freshers or 1 or 2 years gap people, testing will be really good.
    some one may be intrested to keep some experence and enter in to it for them some training is required from experienced people. any one with basic knowledge can get job in testing “”

  4. hello sir
    i am a B TEch (ECE) fresher. I want to start carrier in software testing. please tell me which type of course is suitable for me(fresher) and job oriented….. waiting for reply.

  5. Hi,

    In the month of December 26th 2011 I have attended QTP certification exam (HP-M47).

    I have received examination score report immediately after completion of the exam.

    Do we get any certificate from HP regarding this? If so please let me know how to get that certificate..

    thanks in advance..

  6. i am an Msc passed out in 2005.I have 4 year sexperience in software testing field.Could you please help me to choose which certification is good for me?Waiting for your replay…

  7. sir, i am completed my b tech in 2012 with 53%, i have 2 years gap can u give me a suggestion to get a job in software field

  8. Sir, i completed my 10 years back.I don’t have any job experience till now.i like to know whether i am eligible for any software certifications. if yes please suggest me how.

  9. Sir, I am BCA graduate 2011 pass out, m working as a Tech support officer since 14 months. I want to start my career in testing field. Please help me with your valuable suggestions and experiences. Will be waiting for a response eagerly

  10. Hello Vijay,
    Badly need your help in choosing the certification course. I am having 2 years of experience in Manual Testing as a software test engineer and i am planning to earn the certification. Kindly let me know what shall i go through!!

  11. hii,i am MCA holder with 2nd class want to do certification in software testing ?? what are options for

  12. Hello, I have completed ISTQB-Foundation level. Right now I am working as S/w Engg. in Capgemini. I want to do more certifications in Testing. What kind of certifications are suitable for me to become a professional? Suggest me…


  13. I am OCJP with 85% and ISTQB with 75% with 1 year experience in manual testing. I am 2008 pass out , I have 2 years of exp as a lecturer.

    will QTP certification will help me to get calls of s/w testing.

  14. Hi Swati,
    I appreciate your article, it gives complete overview of CSQA certification. I am planning for CSQA, I have few question in my mind as,
    a. Once we clear a certification it is valid till next 1year, is it correct? If yes then what we need to do to keep this certificate alive?
    b. Is provided CBOK enough to clear this certification? Along with our work experience.
    Kindly help us.

  15. Hi i want to do a certification in HP Quality centre Please can you let me know how to do that.
    i mean how to enroll and its cost

  16. Sir,

    i am senthilkumar and i working and lives in Chennai,Tamilnadu in Devcare Solutions Chennai.I 2 yrs exp in Manual Testing , I want to write the CSTE (“Certified Software Test Engineer”) plz give suggestions and contact number and locations in chennai plz reply me Sir

    Thank You Sir.

  17. i have done (cs.)in 2013..and i have no IT experience..if i do one month diploma course in software testing..what are the chances to get a job?

  18. Hi,

    I have done with HPO-M47 (QTP) certification. Now, want to apply for HPO-M46 (QC) certification.
    However, It seems either with HPO-M47 or HPO-M46 exam, we are able to get HP-AIS certificate.

    So, is it feasible to appear for HPO-M46 exam or look for another certification exam?

    Awaiting for reply.


  19. sir,i want to write a manualy exam …for ceritification purpose..can u tell i will write the exam and ..what is syllabus….and give any contact address…becoz iam in hyderabad sis..

  20. hi iam raji..
    iam completed mca in 2013 with 60%.
    which certification course is used to improve my professional career….
    i dont have any experience..recently got job in testing field…..just iam completed in software testing course…pls help me….which course i should chose….

  21. IMTQN Certified Mobile Application Tester (CMAT) – mobile app certification
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    Mobile Application Testing is a process by which application software developed for hand held mobile devices is tested for its functionality, usability and consistency. Mobile applications either come pre-installed or can be installed from mobile software distribution platforms. Mobile devices have witnessed a phenomenal growth in the past few years. A study conducted by the Yankee Group predicts the generation of $4.2 billion in revenue by 2013 through 7 billion U.S. smartphone app downloads.
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  22. I would like to do ISQTB foundation level(HP-QTP) certification,but I didnt find these exams and center ..and also I found that Hp has changed the pattern for QTP Certification

  23. I would like to do ISQTB foundation level(HP-QTP) certification,but I didnt find these exams and center. How to apply Certification qtp foundation !

  24. Hi,
    I have done MCA , but I have 5years of experience in BPO and tech support.Am I eligible for the CSTE certification? If not what do I need to do to be eligible for that certification?

  25. I am a B.Tech Graduate and 2-years experience in software Testing. I want to write CSTE exam. Is there exposure to write exam for getting better job. where can I write CSTE EXAM

  26. Hi,

    I am a B.Tech Graduate and i have 6 months of experience in Software Testing. can u please suggest me any certification’s. I’m Done with ISTQB entrance level.

    Thank you,

  27. I am B com graduate. i want to do testing tools course. am i eligible for testing tools. can i understand that course and kindly help which way i have to approach this course

  28. I am a BSc graduate completed in 2010. I am working as a Hardware & Network admin in retail Field. Am i eligible for learning testing tools, Kindly guide me.

  29. Hi sir,
    I am B.E.(CSE) graduate 2013 passed out. I have 2years experience in non voice process. Now I am interested in studying about software testing to work in testing field at top MNC’s. Please refer me the good software testing course and certification. Also advise me how to start my carrier in IT field. I am waiting for your reply sir, please reply me soon.
    Thanks a lot

  30. hi, What is the eligibility criteria to take HP-QTP certification? How many yrs of exp needed to take up this exam?
    thank you

  31. Hi,
    I have done Bsc with PMCs and worked in call center for one year i want to do software testing course and get job in IT field so I am eligible for this course and job?

  32. Hello sir,
    I had passed my BE in 2009.I have to start my carrier in IT industries as a fresher.Can you suggest some certified courses which helps to start up my carrier.Please reply as soon as possible.
    Thank you…

  33. I amMBA & i want to do software testing course.
    plz give suggestion to me is it possible to me
    what criteria is required for testing.

  34. Hello Sir,
    As a fresher with no experience in testing what type of of certification should i apply to enchance my resume ,I have good kowledge in manual and automation testing using selenium

  35. Can any one let me know is the IMTQN Certified Mobile Application Tester – Foundation Level (CMAT) certification is valid for lifetime or it has some expiry period?

  36. sir complt my in 2017 my carrer start to softwear filed pls suggest me which course suitable for fresher………


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