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Guide to QA Certification

December 15, 2016
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QA Certification is an important step in the career growth plan of the Software tester. Though it is not mandatory but when added to the resume of the software tester gives weight to the resume. 

Many organizations prefer certified people because the QA certification itself certifies that person having certification is a qualified software tester and is well versed in testing principles and practices. So, certification not only allows one to become a member of accepted software group but also helps in career growth.

Consider a situation where a professional is having Certification and other professional without certification. QA Resume of professional having certification will definitely have an edge over the professional without certification.

It also instills the confidence in the mind of a potential employer during the job interview and also indicates how serious a professional is about his career. Certification is just a matter of choice for the professional but it certainly makes a difference.

Many people think that it is just theoretical and has nothing to do with the practical aspect of testing. But the question arises that how tester is going to validate the practice and processes which are carried out by the tester in a real-time testing environment. This is where a question of certification arises. Certification gives you a clear cut picture of what to do, how to do and when to do.

There are many choices for QA certification available worldwide. Some of the popular choices of software certification for testing are as below:

  • ISTQB-CTFL or Foundation level.
  • QAI’s  CSTE  (Certified Software test Engineer)
  • QAI’s CAST (Certified Associate in Software Testing)
  • Brain Bench  QA Certification

First three are widely recognized worldwide and they have a formal approach for organizing the test at the centers where the tester can book a date, go and appear for the examination. Brain Bench allows you to appear for the exam online at your home. However, some employer don’t give the same regard to the Brain Bench certification as they feel that since tester attends the online test at home, the test might not be well up to the mark.

ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board)

ISTQB stands for International Software Testing Qualifications Board. The main advantage of ISTQB certification is that it has no prerequisites. An Even person without software background can apply for the test. Exam duration is short. It is 60 minutes. The syllabus is pretty good and quite comprehensive. What is required is to find a nearby center for the test and book a date and appear for the examination. One more advantage of ISTQB is that one is not required to recertify after some length of time and certification is valid for lifetime.

ISTQB QA certification is available at three levels:

  • Foundation level certification
  • Advance level certification
  • Expert level certification

 depending on the experience of the professional, as the name itself is explaining. Prepare yourself for ISTQB certification from HelpingTesters.com.

ISTQB is a computer based examination where questions are of multiple choice type. There are forty questions and you have to score 65% in it which means at least 26 questions should be correct. There is no negative marking for this exam. Regarding fee and current updates, visit the site for ISTQB which is istqb.org.

CSTE (Certified Software test Engineer)

Next, we have is CSTE which stands for Certified Software test Engineer. This test is organized by QAI (The Quality Assurance Institute (QAI). But unlike ISTQB where anyone could apply for the test, in this case, there are some prerequisites to appear in the CSTE test. Following are some of the prerequisites for CSTE as per QAI website.

  • A 3-year degree or 4-year degree from an accredited college-level institution.
  • A 2-year degree from an accredited college-level institution and 1 years’ experience in the information services field.
  • Three years’ experience in the information services field.

  It is also computer based exam where questions are of multiple choice type and essay type. There is no negative marking for this exam. Duration for this exam is 2.5 hours and pass  percentage is 70%.

One thing to note here is that CSTE certification is valid only for three years and after that one is required to renew the certificate through the same process or process updated in QAI website.

CAST (Certified Associate in Software Testing)

CAST stands for Certified Associate in Software Testing. CAST is another certificate from QAI (The Quality Assurance Institute). Syllabus wise it is pretty similar to CSTE but it is not as broader as CSTE. Also, questions are multiple choice only and do not have essay type questions like that in CSTE exam. Time for this exam is 75 minutes and pass percentage is 70%. There is no negative marking for this exam. Also, CAST certification is valid only for three years and after that one is required to renew the certificate through the same process or process updated in QAI website.

Brain Bench QA Certification

Another QA certification is Brain bench. One can apply for certification anytime and can appear for the exam at home or anyplace online. There is no requirement to book a date at any center for the exam.

It totally depends on the candidates which QA certification suits better for him. They can look for QA certification with lifetime validity or want to appear the test online or prefer to appear for multiple choice type questions instead of essay types. Depending on preference, candidates appear for these exams and get certified.

Overall, we can say that QA certification definitely puts you step ahead in career chance. It not only validates the practice and processes which are carried out by the tester in the real-time testing environment but also instills confidence in the tester and put more weightage to the resume of the certified professional as compared to those professionals, who haven’t done QA certification.

Ram Prakash has worked in various domains of testing including security, performance, security testing and automation testing. Including several tools like QTP, selenium, LoadRunner,JMeter, VSTS Coded UI, soap UI, Burp Suite etc.

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Ram Prakash has worked in various domains of testing including security, performance, security testing and automation testing. Including several tools like QTP, selenium, LoadRunner,JMeter, VSTS Coded UI, soap UI, Burp Suite etc.

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