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ISTQB CTAL (Advanced Level)

The CTAL qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, and software developers. This CTAL qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality manager's, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

 

CTAL Test Manager

The CTAL Test Manager focuses on the advanced working responsibilities of the Test Manager or Test Lead:

 

  • Define the overall testing goals and strategy for the systems being tested.
  • Plan, schedule and track the tasks.
  • Describe and organise the necessary testing activities.
  • Select, acquire and assign the adequate resources to certain tasks.
  • Select, organise and lead testing teams.
  • Organise the communication between the members of the testing team, and between the testing teams and other stakeholders.
  • Justify the decisions and provide adequate reporting information.

 

CTAL Advanced Test Analyst

The CTAL focuses on the advanced working responsibilities of the Test Analyst:

 

  • Structure the tasks defined in the test strategy in terms of business domain requirements.
  • Analyze the system in sufficient detail to meet the user quality expectations.
  • Evaluate the system requirements to determine domain validity.
  • Prepare and execute the adequate activities, and report on their progress.
  • Provide the necessary evidence to support evaluation.
  • Implement the necessary tools and techniques to achieve the defined goals.

 

CTAL Technical Test Analyst

The Advanced Technical Test Analyst Level focuses on the advanced working responsibilities of the Technical Test Analyst:

 

  • Structure the tasks defined in the test strategy in terms of technical requirements.
  • Analyse the internal structure of the system in sufficient detail to meet the expected quality level.
  • Evaluate the system in terms of technical quality attributes such as performance, security, etc.
  • Prepare and execute the adequate activities, and report on their progress.
  • Conduct technical testing activities.
  • Provide the necessary evidence to support evaluations.
  • Implement the necessary tools and techniques to achieve the defined goals.

 

CTAL Syllabus

All of the CTAL Certificate examinations are based on this syllabus and on the CTFL Syllabus.

 

The following learning objectives are defined from K1 to K4 levels:



  • K1: remember, recognise, recall;
  • K2: understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, catergorise, give examples, summarise;
  • K3: apply and use;
  • K4: analyse.

 

There are 10 major chapters in the syllabus. The CTAL syllabus will be examined with three major task descriptions in mind, each representing basic responsibilities and expectations within an organisation:

 

  • CTAL Test Analyst
  • CTAL Technical Test Analyst
  • CTAL Test Manager

 

The level of detail in this syllabus allows internationally consistent teaching and examination. In order to achieve this goal, the syllabus consists of:

 

  • General instructional objectives describing the intention of the CTAL.
  • Learning objectives for each knowledge area, describing the cognitive learning outcome and mindset to be achieved.
  • A list of information to teach, including a description, and reference to additional sources if required.
  • A list of terms that students must be able to recall and have understood.
  • A description of the key concepts to teach, including sources such as accepted literature or standards.

 

DownloadISTQB CTAL syllabus 2012 (PDF - 323.61Kb).

 

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Examination of CTAL

The entry criteria for taking the ISTQB CTAL Certificate examination are:

 

  • The candidate must hold the CTFL Certificate.
  • He/she must satisfy the SASTQB that he/she have sufficient practical experience to be to be qualified on an Advanced Level , which means the following
    • If the candidate has successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science or a related field from an accredited institution, the candidate must have at least two years of verifiable full-time work experience in software or systems testing, development, quality assurance, engineering or a related field.
    • If the candidate has not successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science or a related field from an accredited institution, the candidate must have at least five years of verifiable full-time work experience in software or systems testing, development, quality assurance, engineering or a related field.

 

For more detail on the entry criteria for taking the ISTQB CTAL Certificate, read the ISTQB CTAL Candidate Qualifications Guideline v1.0 (PDF - 113KB)

Exam format

The ISTQB CTAL Certificate examination will be based on the CTAL syllabus. The format of the examination is multiple choice. The exam paper consists of 65 questions and must be completed within 180 minutes.