Chapter 5: Software testing roadmap




Explain software testing roadmap?


Software testing roadmap is the way of building careers in software testing. Different software testing qualification boards (ISTQB, MSTB, CSBT etc) have different levels for software testing. According to ISTQB, software testing roadmap has three levels as,

  •   Foundation Level
  •   Advanced Level
  •   Expert Level



Foundation level

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing. This includes people in roles such as test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and IT Professionals.

The Foundation Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who needs a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

The Foundation Level has a main role:

  •   Software Tester





Advanced level

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

To receive Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate and satisfy the Exam Board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience to be considered Advanced Level qualified.

Advanced Level Roles

The Advanced Level has three main roles:

  •   Test Manager
  •   Test Analyst
  •   Technical Test Analyst





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. With Expert Level ISTQB® offers career paths for testers with clearly defined business outcomes.

Expert Level Roles

The Expert Level currently has four roles; two released and two in development:

  •   Improving the Test Process
  •   Test Management
  •   Test Automation
  •   Security Testing

Note: This content is taken from ISTQB site. For more information, visit ISTQB Website




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