ISEB Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

4 days


The BCS (formerly ISEB) Practitioner Certificate in Software Testing is internationally recognised as the essential measurement for those wishing to advance their career within the software testing industry and enables testers to specialise as either a test analyst or a test manager

This course leads to the BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing examination which provides essential knowledge and skills for both Test Analysts and Test Managers and is required as part of the updated qualification structure

The testing skills and knowledge acquired by attending this courses are applicable to the wide range of testing challenges that Test Analysts and Test Managers face on complex modern software testing projects

On completion of this course attendees will have an advanced knowledge of testing, testing techniques and how testing fits in to the system development life cycle. Attendees will also be fully prepared, and have the best possible chance to score highly, when sitting the BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing examination

The three days of course delivery prepares delegates for the exam which is sat on the fourth day

BCS courses are delivered by Accredited BCS Training Partners


Any test analyst, test team leader or test manager who wishes to advance their knowledge of testing or prepare for the BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing examination. This is a pre-requisite of the two Practitioner Certificates

Skills Gained

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define testing approaches in different life cycles and domains
  • 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


    A thorough knowledge of the Foundation Syllabus is essential. The recommended source is the BCS textbook 'Software Testing - A BCS Foundation' by Hambling et al, or recent attendance of the Foundation course (STF-2). Examination candidates must hold the BCS Foundation Certificate in Software Testing.

    Pre-study: Delegates are strongly recommended to revise the Software Testing Foundation materials before attending this course.

    Please Note: Please ensure you take your Software Testing Foundation Certificate number or software testing foundation certificate with you to the course, as this information is required by the examining board when registering for the exam.

Course Outline

Testing Fundamentals

Review of the foundation Certificate Syllabus; Application Domains; Testing in the life cycle; Fundamental test process


Types of review; Principles of Reviews; Using Different Review Types; Performing a formal review


Introduction to risk and risk-based testing; Risk Management; Product Risk Identification and Analysis

Test Management

Test Policy; strategy & test plans; Analyse Test Policy; strategy & test plans; Test Entry & Exit Criteria; Estimating Techniques; Test Monitoring; Analyse a summary report; Incident Management

Test Analysis

Fundamentals of Test Analysis; Test Environment Requirements; Selection of techniques; Coverage Measures

Mock Exam

BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing Sample Exam

Structure of the Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing Exam

  • The examination consists of a one hour exam with 25 scenario-based 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) mat 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 60% (15 out of 25).

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Course Location Days Cost Date
Onsite4 2800 2800 2019-07-19
Manchester3 1320 £1320 2019-07-23
London3 1320 £1320 2019-08-05
Edinburgh3 1320 £1320 2019-08-28
London3 1320 £1320 2019-10-23
London3 1320 £1320 2019-10-23
Manchester3 1320 £1320 2019-10-28
Edinburgh3 1320 £1320 2019-10-28
Glasgow3 1320 £1320 2019-11-11
Leeds3 1320 £1320 2019-11-20
London3 1320 £1320 2019-12-05