Who Should Attend?

  • Test Analysts
  • User Acceptance Testers
  • Test Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Professionals looking for a qualification between Foundation and Advanced levels

Exam Details

The examination consists of a 90 minute exam with 40 scenario-based multiple choice questions. Additional time is available when English is not the first language. The pass mark is 65% (26/40).

It will be a 'closed book' examination - no notes or books will be allowed.

On the third day, delegates prepare and take the examination. It is fully-accredited by BCS Professional Certifications and they have rated it as SFIAplus level 4.

*Affiliated with TSG to deliver this course.


  • Gain a more in depth knowledge of topics covered in the Foundation Certificate
  • Explore the issue of risk management in software testing
  • Gain a thorough understanding of Test Management
  • Explore Test Analysis and Design techniques in more detail

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Please note: this course runs on demand.

Booking requires two delegates minimum.

Please contact us for more details.

Course Content and Agenda

The course consists of five modules, spread over three days. The exam is on the final day of the course.

Review of the Foundation Certificate syllabus

Testing in the software lifecycle

  • More detailed coverage of software life cycles in the foundation syllabus, including identification of other processes with which testing interfaces during development
  • Description of the testing challenges associated with various sequential and iterative life cycle models
  • How can these challenges be met?

This section provides a general background about risk for the Test Analyst, and will be further developed in the Test Management syllabus.

Introduction to risk and risk-based testing

  • Description of typical risks associated with given application domains
  • How risks can interact with other risks
  • The nature of product risk and project risk and their effects

Risk management

  • Description of the core activities of risk management: risk identification, risk analysis, and risk mitigation
  • The importance of achieving maximum stakeholder involvement in these activities, and the relationship between risk and testing

Product risk identification and analysis

  • Typical product risks as the basis of testing
  • Candidates can analyse a situation and recognise risks within that scenario

This module provides a basic introduction to test analysis that will be developed in greater detail in the Test Analysis syllabus and will provide essential information for the Test Management Syllabus.

Fundamentals of test analysis

  • Definition of the test analysis function
  • Recall of the basic relationships between test basis, test condition, test design, test case and test procedure (manual test script).

Test environment requirements

  • The principles behind determination of test environment needs for executing tests
  • Candidates will analyse a situation to identify test environment requirements

Selection of techniques

  • Exploration of alternative approaches to testing, including fundamental differences between static and dynamic testing and between scripted and unscripted testing
  • Description of strengths, weaknesses and appropriate uses of each
  • Categories of test techniques available to testers, and possible criteria for selecting test design techniques
  • Pitfalls and benefits of deploying test design techniques
  • Candidates will analyse a practical testing situation and select appropriate test design techniques

Coverage measures

  • The concept of coverage
  • Identification and definition of various coverage measures
  • The importance of defining what coverage measures mean in a practical situation
  • Candidates will analyse a practical testing situation and select appropriate coverage measures
  • Understand key product risks relating to Security, Performance Efficiency, Usability, User Experience (UX), Accessibility, Installability, Adaptability and Replaceability
  • Apply a high-level testing approach which addresses risks in Security, Performance Efficiency and Usability
  • Understand the role of test automation and the objectives for each level in the development lifecycle with respect to test automation activities
  • Understand the characteristics of tests to make them suitable for test automation
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