How would you prove that you deserve to be called a professional if you didn’t even pass the exam to get a license? An engineer has to pass the board examination to be called a certified engineer. This is the rule of thumb; hence, an exam is done to test whether a candidate of a certain position deserves to be in that position. So, for a certified software aspirant, he should pass the ISQTB certification exam in CTFL first before becoming a software testing expert.
Aside from the CTFL which is first examination for software tester aspirants, there is still a series of certification exams which can be taken by somebody who passed the CTFL exam. The advanced level for test manager, advanced level for functional tester, advanced level for technical tester, advanced level or CTAL and the expert level are the exams available and conducted by ISQTB.
These exams are arranged in level of difficulty which requires deeper knowledge in special areas. For instance, the advance level examination for a test manager deals with control and planning of test processes while functional tester role is to re-evaluate methods of testing like the black box testing methods. Moreover, technical testers do the component tests, nonfunctional testing methods and test tools.
ISQTB exams are paralleled to the ISQTB syllabus which is also the basis for training courses about software testing provided by the board itself. The syllabus of ISQTB is followed by training providers accredited by the board as well.
And for the most interesting part, certification given by ISQTB was you passed the exam is official and lasts a lifetime. Besides, once you applied for recertification there is no requirement needed at all.
In this highly-advanced age of technology, machines and gadgets run because of system applications, thus, the demand for intensifying growth yet standardized computer software.
The International Software Testing Qualifications Board founded in Edinburg in 2002 takes the responsibility in maintaining quality system software that meets the standard they set by establishing ISTQB foundation level exam. To ensure that a good foundation of system applications is provided software testing is conducted. Software testing qualifications can be encapsulated in three processes which are called: verification, error detection, and validation.
These three processes serve as the ISQTB foundation to assure quality software. In this time, technological processes seem to be too complicated but with proper knowledge about matters about software, applications, and systems we can take the table of advantages in our side. Technological damages can be resolved earlier and systems will be protected, thus, it will continue to serve its purpose in people’s lives and to the society in which they belong.
To fully comprehend the three core processes in software testing which is basically the foundation of all system applications, each will be discussed shortly.
In verification, programmers validate or verify the capacity and features of the software created to gauge whether it meets the standards set before the software was developed. The results should be always aligned with the possibility of being utilized by the users to know if something goes wrong, consequently, it’s the time for the next process: error detection.
In error detection, tests are done. Failures and errors are expected under normal condition. And finally for the validation, the software should be able to perform and to do the task it was made for. More tests will be conducted until the software eventually runs successfully after all the tests are done.