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Software Testing

Software testing is increasing its status as a profession across the world, as businesses need to ensure that they have qualified employees, able to test ever more complex IT systems.

Software Testing certification, including Agile testing is available from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels to support software testing professionals educational requirements at each stage of their career path. Certifications in software testing will provide an insight in to the different types of testing and the techniques and tools which can be used to carry out and manage testing.

The Software Testing certifications available from the Institute offer an international benchmark of skills and experience for software testers. The Institute is also a Certified Agile Tester® and a TMMi Professional Exam Provider. The introduction of these certifications further enhances the software testing certification portfolio, ensuring we offer software testers across the globe the support they need at every step of their career development.

  • Foundation

    • ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level

      BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has partnered with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to deliver a comprehensive software testing certification programme to the global testing community.
    • TMMi Professional

      BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has partnered with the TMMi Foundation to deliver the Test Maturity Model integration (TMMi) Professional Certification.
  • Intermediate

    • Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

      The Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing examination is suitable for those who are engaged in any aspect of software testing. The topics covered are those which are considered to be essential knowledge for an advanced level test professional, regardless of their specialism (i.e. Test Analysis or Test Management).
  • Advanced

    • Advanced Level Certification

      The Advanced level certification is part of the internationally recognised ISTQB software testing scheme and the exams are based on the ISTQB syllabus.
  • Agile Testing

    • Certified Agile Tester

      BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has signed an agreement with the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI GmbH) to be an exam provider for the Certified Agile Tester certificate.
  • Expert

    • Expert Level Certification

      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.

Career path

The career path below illustrates the potential career progression you can make in Software Testing. It recognises the importance of certification and experience, and provides high level alignment with SFIAplus and the Institute's membership grades.

View the career path diagram (PDF)


Learning objectives / levels of knowledge

The ISTQB-BCS certifications in software testing have specific learning objectives and each topic in the syllabuses will be examined according that objective.

Further information about the learning objectives and levels of knowledge