Who Should Attend?

This course is principally aimed at test practitioners who have achieved an advanced point in their careers and who want to increase their knowledge and skills beyond the levels covered by the Foundation and Intermediate qualifications.

Delegates typically are expecting to be actively involved in the technical aspects of software testing, including Test Automation, Non-Functional Testing and White-box Testing.

This includes people in roles such as:

  • Testers
  • Test Analysts
  • Test Engineers
  • Test Consultants
  • Test Managers
  • User Acceptance Testers
  • Software Developers

This course is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants.

Exam Details

To qualify as an internationally-certified Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst and be issued with an ISTQB Advanced Level Certificate, delegates must successfully pass the exam.

The exam is held in the afternoon on the last day of the course and is comprised of 60 multiple choice questions. The duration is 120 minutes (or 165 minutes for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language) and delegates must score at least 65% to pass.

*Affiliated with TSG to deliver this course.


  • Gain recognition for testing as an essential and professional software engineering specialisation
  • Provide a standard framework for the development of testers’ careers
  • Enable professionally qualified testers to be recognised by employers, customers and peers, and to raise the profile of testers and testing
  • Promote consistent and good testing practices within all software engineering disciplines
  • Identify testing topics that are relevant and of value to industry
  • Enable software suppliers to hire certified testers and thereby gain commercial advantage over their competitors by advertising their tester recruitment policy
  • Provide an opportunity for testers and those with an interest in testing to acquire an internationally recognised qualification in the subject

Select a date

Please note: this course runs on demand so the price is TBC. It can be arranged to run on-site at your offices as Training for Teams or as a public course if there is sufficient interest.

Please contact us for more details.

Course Content and Agenda

The course consists of six modules, spread over three days.

  • How to identify, assess and mitigate technical risks
  1. Follow on from Foundation techniques of statement and decision coverage
  2. Structure-based techniques:
    1. Condition testing
    2. Decision/condition testing
    3. Modified condition/decision coverage (MC/DC)
    4. Multiple condition testing
    5. Basis path testing
    6. API coverage
  3. How to choose appropriate structural test techniques?
  1. How to apply static analysis to detect potential security, maintainability and testability defects in code
  2. The use of dynamic analysis to mitigate risks in code and software architecture
  1. How to design high-level test cases for the security, performance and reliability quality characteristics
  2. How to support the Test Manager in creating test strategies to mitigate the identified risks?
  1. Using checklists to identify defects in code and architecture
  1. Focus on tools and automation issues that are relevant to Technical Test Analysts
    1. This session covers several tools, including those used for web based testing, model-based testing, fault seeding and fault injection, component testing and the build process, and for performance testing
  2. Discussion of common technical issues that cause high failure rates in automation projects
  3. Automation techniques
  4. Specific issues resulting from the use of open-source and custom-built tools
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