BCS Software Testing Intermediate Level certification is the next level of competency in software testing after the BCS ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) certification.
This certification has a more practical approach to the core software testing material covered at Foundation level. Candidates will focus on testing fundamentals including principles, types, management, analysis and other aspects of software testing.
The accredited BCS Software Testing Intermediate Level course equips you with the proven analytical ability, enables you to gain knowledge and practical skills in the key topics required for practising software testing, and therefore, 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.
Module 1 – Introduction
Module 2 – Fundamentals of Testing
2.1 Why is testing necessary?
2.2 What is testing?
2.3 General testing principles
2.4 Application domains
2.5 Expected results
2.6 Exit, Completion, Closure or Acceptance criteria
2.7 Fundamental test process
2.8 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-functional System Testing
3.5 Re-Testing and Regression Testing
3.6 Maintenance Testing
3.7 Test environment requirements
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 management documentation
6.3 Test Approaches
6.4 Entry and exit criteria
6.5 Test Estimation
6.6 Test progress monitoring and control
6.7 Configuration Management
6.8 Risk and Testing
6.9 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
5.12 Exploratory Testing
5.13 Test coverage
5.14 Choosing Test Technique
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 25 scenario-based multiple-choice questions. Pass mark score is 15 out of 25 available (60%),
• examination duration – 1 hour,
• closed book examination.
There is no re-certification requirement; the BCS Software Testing Intermediate Level is a lifetime certification.
Please note 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 BCS Software Testing Intermediate Level (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.
Who is this course for?
The certification is aimed at current and aspiring professionals involved in any aspect of software testing and includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test team leaders, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers. Also it would be beneficial to professionals from other disciplines who are looking for a more practical approach to core software testing knowledge.
To be eligible for the BCS Software Testing Intermediate Level certification, you must meet the following requirements:
• ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL), and
• have completed a BCS accredited training course for the Software Testing Intermediate Level and/or have at least 18 months’ experience in software testing (SkillPoint BCS Software Testing Intermediate e-learning course fulfils the training requirement).
An improved skill set will enable you to qualify for more roles within software testing environments.
Professionals in the following job roles apply software testing concepts: testers, test analysts, test engineers, test team leaders, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, software developers and professionals from other disciplines involved in software testing.
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