BCS ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) is a comprehensive software testing programme, developed by British Computer Society (BCS) in partnership with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®).
The accredited BCS ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) course equips you with the knowledge and skills in application and analysis of the basic software testing concepts and fully prepares you for the examination. It is broken into bite-size sessions, combining leading-edge multimedia and interactive exercises for optimum enjoyment and knowledge retention.
The CTFL certification is also an entry requirement for the ISTQB® Agile Tester Foundation Level, ISTQB® Model-based Tester Foundation Level and BCS Software Testing Intermediate Level certifications.
Module 1 – Introduction Module
Module 2 – Fundamentals of Testing
2.1 – Why is testing necessary?
2.2 – What is testing?
2.3 – General testing principles
2.4 – Expected Results
2.5 – Exit, Completion, and Closure or Acceptance criteria
2.6 – Fundamental test process
2.7 – The Psychology of Testing
Module 3 – Testing through the lifecycle
3.1 – Software development models
3.2 – Test levels
3.3 – Functional and Structural Testing
3.4 – Non–Function System Testing
3.5 – Re–Testing and Regression Testing
3.6 – Maintenance Testing
Module 4 – Static Techniques
4.1 – Reviews and the Test Process
4.2 – Phases of a Formal Review
4.3 – Static analysis using tools
Module 5 – Test Design Techniques
5.1 – Identifying test conditions and designing test cases
5.2 – Categories of test design techniques
5.3 – Equivalence Partitioning
5.4 – Boundary Value Analysis
5.5 – Decision Table Testing
5.6 – State Transition Testing
5.7 – Use case testing
5.8 – Path Testing
5.9 – Statement Testing
Module 6 – Test Management
6.1 – Test Organisation
6.2 – Test Planning
6.3 – Test Estimation
6.4 – Test Approaches (strategies)
6.5 – Test progress monitoring and control
6.6 – Configuration Management
6.7 – Risk and Testing
6.8 – Incident management
Module 7 – Tool Support for Testing
7.1 – Types of test tool
7.2 – Effective use of tools: potential benefits and risks
7.3 – Introducing a tool into an organisation
Module 8 – Exam Simulator
5.10 – Branch/Decision Testing
5.11 – Error-Guessing
5.12 – Exploratory Testing
5.13 – Choosing Test Techniques Module
Course access duration is 12 months.
Approximate time required to complete modules – 21 hours.
Official Exam & Accreditation
The Accreditation body is the BCS.
• computer-based exam format, taken at a local Pearson Vue testing centre (this exam is not available online via Online Proctoring),
• consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions. Pass mark score is 26 out of 40 available (65%),
• examination duration – 1 hour,
• closed book examination.
There is no re-certification requirement; the CTFL is a lifetime certification.
The exam must be taken within 12 months of purchase and all course modules need to be completed and assessments passed prior to this stage.
The CTFL (E-learning + Exam) package includes:
- the accredited e-learning course (12 months’ access),
- tutor support (via phone and email),
- mock exam simulator,
- SkillPoint course completion e-certificate,
- the official exam (at a local Pearson Vue testing centre) which must be taken within 12 months of purchase, and
- the accredited e-certificate. Please note if you would like a physical copy, you will need to pay an additional fee to the exam board.
ISTQB® is a registered trademark of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). All rights reserved.
Who is this course for?
The certification is aimed at current and aspiring professionals involved in software testing and includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers. In addition, it would be beneficial to project managers, quality managers, business analysts and IT directors or management consultants, who require a basic understanding of software testing.
You do not need any qualifications or work experience to start the CTFL course.
An improved skill set will enable you to qualify for roles within software testing environments.
Professionals in the following job roles apply software testing concepts: testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, software developers and professionals from other disciplines involved in software testing.
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