ISEB ISTQB Software Testing Foundation

3 days


This course provides comprehensive training for anyone involved in software testing, including test analysts and test managers looking for highly practical knowledge and techniques. It is a combination of lectures, workshops, exercises and sample exam questions. Delegates will leave with testing knowledge, skills and techniques which can be applied in the workplace

The Foundation is accredited by the British Computer Society , and follows the syllabus specified by the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB). It culminates in an optional one-hour multiple choice examination for the BCS (formerly ISEB) Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. Successful candidates will also gain the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level, a globally recognised qualification

Delegates also have the option of taking BCS Intermediate Certificate examination as well as the Foundation (both exams are taken on the last day of the course)

Those delegates taking the BCS Examination(s) will need to spend some time each evening on revision and example examination questions. The amount of time required will depend on experience, but delegates should be prepared to spend a minimum of 1 hour each evening

BCS courses are delivered by Accredited BCS Training Partners


Anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role will benefit from attending this course Those wishing to attain the BCS Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and/or the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level should also attend. Those delegates taking the BCS Examination will need to spend some time each evening on revision and example examination questions. The amount of time required will depend on experience, but delegates should be prepared to spend a minimum of 1-hour each evening. If you are taking a BCS exam you must bring photographic identification with you (passport, driving license or student card), as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam. The BCS also allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose business language is not English. Candidates can request this additional time in line with the BCS reasonable adjustments policy. If you believe you qualify for this, please contact our administration team as early as possible. At least three weeks' notice will be required for processing this request and delegates failing to advise and provide proof if requested by the BCS, may not be allowed the additional support offered via this BCS policy

Skills Gained

Delegates will learn how to

  • Explain the terminology associated with the ISTQB and understand the principles, psychology and code of ethics of testing
  • Describe verification, validation and testing approaches in different life cycles and domains
  • Produce test designs using equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition techniques
  • Use static techniques to assess quality and coverage
  • Appreciate the different tools available for automating testing
  • Understand how to apply review techniques effectively
  • Perform risk analysis techniques
  • Address test management areas of planning, monitoring and controlling
  • Select and apply the most appropriate test analysis techniques


  • Anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role.
  • Those wishing to attain the BCS Foundation and Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing. Note that the BCS must be advised at least four weeks in advance of any special requirements.
  • Delegates should already have a basic working knowledge of IT and an understanding of the testing role in software development. Those who intend to sit the examination at the end of the course will benefit from pre-reading the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus and a standard text on the subject from the BCS book list.
  • Important: Passing the BCS Foundation exam is a pre-requisite for the Intermediate Certificate. If a candidate takes both the Foundation and the Intermediate but fails the Foundation Level, BCS will withhold the Intermediate results until they pass the Foundation exam (they have 3 months to achieve that).

Course Outline

Fundamentals of Testing

Testing terminology; General testing principles; Why testing is necessary; Fundamental test process; The psychology of testing.

Testing Throughout the Lifecycle

Models for testing; Component, System Integration and Acceptance testing; Maintenance testing; Non-functional system testing; Functional system testing.

Static Techniques

Reviews and the test process; Costs and benefits of reviews; Types of review: Walkthrough, technical review, inspections, informal review; Static analysis

Test Design Techniques

Black and White box testing; Black box test techniques including equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition testing; White box test techniques including statement and decision testing; Experience-based techniques; Choosing test techniques

Test management

Organisation; Project test plan; Configuration management; Test estimation: Inclusion in project schedule; Monitoring and control; Tracking progress and deviations from plan; Incident management: Logging, tracking and analysis; Risk and testing.

Test tools

Types of test tool; Requirements testing; Static analysis; Test design; Data preparation; Capture/replay; Test running; Test harnesses, drivers and simulators; Performance testing; Dynamic analysis; Debugging; Comparison; Test management; Coverage measurement; Effective use, benefits and risk; Introducing a tool into an organization.

Structure of the Foundation Certificate in Software Testing Exam for delegates attending in the classroom

  • The examination consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.
  • It will be a 'closed book' examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
  • Duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language)
  • No study material or electronic devices (including mobile phones) may be used during the examination
  • Candidates are allowed to use simple non-programmable calculators (to be provided by the candidate)
  • An official translation of terms (not their definitions) from the ISTQB Glossary to the local language is allowed
  • Candidates taking exams that are not in their native language may use a paper-based translation dictionary.
  • The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).

Exams for delegates attending this course virtually , via 'Attend From Anywhere', will be managed separately, therefore please contact your account manager following course delivery who will arrange this.


  • ISTQB-ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level Certificate
  • ISEB Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

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Newcastle3 1307 £1307 2018-08-01
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