ISTQB International Software Testing Qualifications Board

ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software testing. This includes those who may be expected to go on to extension or more advanced qualification such as Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Test Managers, User Acceptance Testers, and Software Developers.

Those who require a basic grounding in software testing such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants will also benefit from gaining the ISTQB Foundation Certification.

The exam tests for knowledge, understanding and application of basic testing techniques and does not require work experience. The Foundation Level exam is a stepping stone toward Foundation extension modules (such as agile) and the Advanced Level, which is more in-depth and practice-oriented. The Foundation levels test for knowledge while the Advanced levels test for skill.

*** The Foundation Level can now be extended to cover testing within an agile context (see below). ***


ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Agile Extension Level (CTFL-AT)

The Foundation level Agile Tester Extension qualification has been designed for the increasing number of testing professionals who are working within an agile context. It is available to anybody who has successfully completed the Foundation level.

With the widespread adoption of agile and other incremental development methods, this certification would be useful for any testing professional.

As with the Foundation Level, it is also useful for Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants or anybody who needs a solid understanding of how testing fits within agile.

The exam tests for knowledge, understanding and application of testing within an agile context and does not require agile work experience.

The Examinations

The ANZTB adheres to the ISTQB Examination Guidelines prepared by the ISTQB which ensure consistency and fairness across the ISTQB's National Boards and Examination Providers.

For each of the Foundation level certifications described above, candidates are required to sit a one hour, 40 question multiple choice examination designed to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and understanding of the syllabus.

Candidates are required to score 26 or more correct answers to pass.

Topics within the Foundation syllabus have been categorised by learning objectives, defining the level of knowledge a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are below:

  • K1 (50% weighting) Remember, recognise and recall.
  • K2 (30% weighting) Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify and summarise.
  • K3 (20% weighting) Apply in a specific context.

Through this format and structure, the ISTQB and its National Boards can examine and measure tester capability against a professional uniform baseline standard.

The Fee

The fee to take the Foundation Level exam and Foundation Level Agile exam is $300 + GST for each exam, with NZ residents paying in NZD and Australian residents paying in AUD. Should you need to re-sit, the exam fee remains the same.

Sample Questions

Sample questions can be downloaded here

Extra Time

Candidates who cannot understand and read English fluently will be granted an additional 15 minutes to complete the exam. You will be expected to provide the reason for your lack of fluency on the registration form and to let the exam supervisor know.

Foreign Language Students

Candidates with English as a second language are allowed to use a translation dictionary: this must be paper (i.e. not an electronic device) and the exam supervisor has the right to inspect it. If you wish to use a dictionary in the exam, please ensure that you arrive on time for your exam (i.e. at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled exam start time) so that you have time to let the exam supervisor know and to have your dictionary inspected.

Postponement and Cancellation Policy

Postponements within 14 days before the scheduled exam incur a $30 + GST administration fee. Changes cannot be made 48 hours or less before the exam. Cancellations incur a $30 + GST administration fee.