Dissecting a Good ISTQB Syllabus

The syllabus is one of the major and critical components of a successful certifying agency and as such plays a pivotal role in the success of the person taking the certification.  The syllabus is the framework that allows people to see and determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the training institution and the discipline that they offer. 

So, what does an effective syllabus should contain?  Are there any requisitions that concern an efficient and effective syllabus?  Is there such a thing as a good or bad syllabus? 

A good, effective, and efficient syllabus is one which encompasses all of the fundamental skills and knowledge required to be certified and recognized.  Among other things, a good syllabus should cover the Fundamental Concepts and Insights of Software Testing.  This discipline will allow for the examinee to clearly understand the purpose and reason why he or she needs to study and be immersed with software and testing it.  Another thing that is essentially vital is the discipline about the Life Cycle of Software Testing.  This subject will equip the examinee to fully understand the different phases and stages of software testing and how each phase impacts one another.  There are other equally important topics that need to be covered in the syllabus such as the tools used in testing, how to properly and effectively manage the test, and the difference between static and ll dynamic tests.  All these shall equip the examinee with the right amount of knowledge to surpass the foundational examination. 

There are other things that need to be covered in the advanced level that allows testing the skill of the examinee.  Formidable of which are the how to improve the process of testing, test the orientation of the examinee about how to handle risks and others.