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

Quality assurance and software testing is the most crucial step 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 is increasing, more attention is being paid to the quality testing professional. Therefore, 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 which are being recognized all over the world.

Software Testing Certifications

This article is intended to enlighten the readers about the established certifications available in the market today. Let us see one by one

This is a part – I of testing certification series. In this article we'll be discussing on following four important software testing certifications:

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

#1) CSTE
CSTE

CSTE stands for “Certified Software Test Engineer”. CSTE is a benchmark certification program for all Testers and Mangers that emphasize professional competency and best practices in Quality Control in the IT industry. Requirement or Eligibility criteria to take CSTE certification include and 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 at Software Testing Certifications. You can also share your concerns at certify@softwarecertifications.org.

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 fees 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 International Institute for Software Testing (IIST) in 1991 and so far this has been successful in enhancing the career 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 day of formal training or education which includes the following topics:

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

Along with it, the applicant must be experienced in the testing related role 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:
For the application form, visit: International Institute for Software Testing or
Call at (763)546-0072 or shoot your query to info@iist.org.

#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 the managers, Senior-level Testers, anyone who has over 3 years of industry experience and folks who are already done with CSTP certification.

The formal education 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 Architectures
  • Software Quality Assurance

Eligibility:
As mentioned above, a minimum of 3 years of experience is the eligibility requirement for appearing 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 info@iist.org or call 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 level 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 on 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 below comment section.

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

  1. great.
    I am mainly interested in CSTE and ISTQB certifications. planning to take these two this year. thanks for the help. Could you please post more on ISTQB

  2. hello sir… i have completed btech in computer science(2010) but till now i have not any job…now i want to get training in software testing field..please tell me which type of course is suitable for me(fresher) and job oriented….. waiting for reply.

    thanks a lot..

  3. Hello,
    Thanks for the information.
    I would like to do AIS certification. I checked Hp site but i didnt find these two exams advise by you:-
    * Exam HPO-M31 – HP Quality Center 10.0 Software
    * Exam HPO-M39 – HP QuickTest Professional 10.0 Software.
    Can you please tell me what all certification is available for fresher in testing.

    Thanks in advance

  4. Hello,

    I would like to do AIS (HP-QTP) certification,but I didnt find these exams ..and also I found that Hp has changed the pattern for QTP Certification and anme as HP QTP-FUnctional testingv11.0 and it is valid from july 1st 2011…can you please clarify which one is correct(either HP -QTPAIS v10.0 or HP Functional Testing v11.0,and also if 11.0 is the new exam can you please let us knw the mode of the exam(is it multiple choice or descriptive)

    Ur response would be appreciated

    Thanks

  5. myself Unmesh Sawant, working as computer technician, in 3i infotech, but want to make career in software field, kindly help….i an doing M.Sc. in C.S.

  6. Versions for the certification of HP QTP10 & QC10 is changed to HP QTP11 & QC11 and the Exam HPO-M47 for QTP
    and Exam HPO-M46 for QC, Up to my Knowledge.If any mistakes please excuse me.

  7. hi,

    i am an ISTQB Certified , i have completed my b.tech in 2010.i m looking for testing job.if there is any opening, Kindly let me know .

  8. Is ISTQB certification of any use in india?
    some people say that it is of use in foreign countries and in india its of no use doing it…
    As i m fresher so I can’t go for CSTE,CSTP etc. so please guide

  9. Hello Sir,
    i am an MCA passed out in 2010.I have 1 year experience in software developement field.Now i want to move in to Software Testing.Could you please help me to choose which certification is good for me?And how to get a job in testing?Waiting for your replay…

    Thnanks and Regards
    Saimohan

  10. Hello i have completed my bsc in visual communication but planning to do software testing in short period and guide me any institutions.

  11. Hello sir
    i am a B.E fresher and i want to take certification, am i eligible for ISTQB certification and hw much fees does this costs me

  12. hi
    my intrest is to settle my career as a software tester so if there are any opportunity in any company please inform me and iam a istqb certifier.

  13. Which one is more internationaly Recognized among CSTE or ISTQB. and what is the validity period of both.
    Thanks for nice information

  14. my name is chetan . plz help me out
    .iam pursuing m.tech in software engineering, my b.tech percentage is
    below 60% .
    i want to give istqb or qtp exam …so that will boost my
    resume during m.tech placements …iam confused between two exams
    ….iam not intersted in manual testing ….so which exam will help me

  15. I am BA graduate. & i want to do software testing course.
    plz give suggestion to me is it possible to me
    what criteria is required for testing.

    Thanks
    Anil

  16. Hi!
    I am Dimple, currently working as a technical support officer. I have persued MCA, my intrest is to settle my career as a software tester .I have theoritical knowledge on Software Testing and now decided to join software testing course, please guide me regarding Testing courses available in the market.

  17. I am B.Tech (IT) passed out in 2010.I have no year experience in software developement field.Now i want to move in networking job. Please suggest me how to search job in this field.

    Thanks and Regards
    Harvinder Singh

  18. Sir, I have around 2 yrs of exp in manual testing. But i had to take break for 2yrs and been a house wife. Now i want to ENTER TO TESTING FIELD AQGAIN SO WHAT CERTIFICATIONS WOUOLD U LIKE ME TO DO , SO THAT I CAN GET A JOB IN TESTING FIELD AGAIN

  19. I am MBA (it). & i want to do software testing course.
    plz give suggestion to me is it possible to me
    what criteria is required for testing.

    Thanks

  20. 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.

    Thanks

  21. hello sir… i have completed MCA in computer application(2010) but till now i have not any job…now i want to get training in software testing field..please tell me which type of course is suitable for me(fresher) and job oriented….. waiting for reply.

  22. Hi!
    I am sumit srivastav. I have complited MCA, my intrest is to settle my career as a software tester .I have theoritical knowledge on Software Testing and now decided to join software testing course, please guide me regarding Testing courses available in the market.

  23. hello sir,
    I have finished my M.Sc(CS&IT).I would like to work in software testing field.I have a chance to study in Australia.so which course is suitable for my career.please guide me sir..
    kind regards
    priya

  24. hello sir,
    i have done my Diploma in Automobile Engineering.now i am doing BCA. but i wish to do my career in software testing plz plz suggest me proper course for that which is more useful and which have less time duration.plz suggest me information…
    Pradnya

  25. Hi,
    I have passed QTP certification exam,in 2010 i would like to know whether QC certification can i appear in 2012 and get HP-AIS certiifcation since AIS certification is combination oF QTP & QC. do i need to appear once again.The same HP learner’s ID can be used for QC certification. please help in this regard.

  26. Hello Sir,
    i am an MCA passed out in 2010.I have 1 year experience in software developement field.Now i want to move in to Software Testing.Could you please help me to choose which certification is good for me?And how to get a job in testing?Waiting for your replay…

  27. I have passed QTP certification exam,in 2010 i would like to know whether QC certification can i appear in 2012 and get HP-AIS certiifcation since AIS certification is combination oF QTP & QC. do i need to appear once again.The same HP learner’s ID can be used for QC certification. please help in this regard.

  28. Hi iam BA graduate..wanna do software testing course..tell me will i get a job in tis field as i hav no experience in it..Please help n wich type of course is gud 4me.

  29. sir i have completed diplomo in computer science (2010) and i was a technical apprentice trainee in bhel. Im persuing software testing course..so will i get any job as i have no experience in dis field..Please do reply it wud b very helpfull 4 me

  30. Hi sir,

    I am a graduate in computers and did MISCA . After 10 years i want to start a job with testing. This site is very informative but from where do i need to start for testing job? Do you know any online coaching and placements in US? please help me in this.

    thanks in advance.

  31. Could anyone please send me the latest ISEM/ISTQB Foundation exam questions as i am desperate and about to take the exams. I don’t want to fail it this time..

  32. Sir ,
    I am a Maths Graduate with PGDCA qualified in 1993 . Later I took M.Sc in IT and M.Phil in CS from annamali university , disatance education programme . Will I be able to start a software tester profession in this age of 41 . How should I begin with ?

  33. Is ISTQB certification of any use in india?
    some people say that it is of use in foreign countries and in india its of no use doing it…
    As i m fresher so I can’t go for CSTE,CSTP etc. so please guide

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