ISTQB® Certified Tester SAQ

In cooperation with the ISTQB® (International Software Testing Qualifications Board), the SAQ Swiss Association for Quality Software Testers certifies software testers at the levels

  • Foundation Level
  • Agile Tester Foundation Extension
  • Foundation Level Usability Tester
  • Advanced Level
  • as well as the Expert Level (in preparation).

The ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Software Tester Programme is the first and only internationally recognised, standardised training and further education scheme for software testers.

It is aimed at people who perform or want to perform test tasks and who want to distinguish themselves as users of software testing techniques.

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ISTQB Certified Tester SAQ

The certificates attest that the graduates have a solid knowledge and good application practice throughout the testing process.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level

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The Foundation Level provides the basic knowledge, terminology and techniques of software testing. The training is aimed at

  • Software testers in industrial or service companies who want to substantiate their experience with basic knowledge
  • People who have taken or want to take on test tasks and do not have any basic knowledge

With the Foundation Level certificate and several years of testing experience, the next step is to complete the Advanced Level. This is divided into three modules, which are individually tested and certified.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Agile Extension Foundation Level

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This additional training to become an Agile Tester, which builds on the Foundation Level, provides the knowledge to successfully work in an agile project as a test specialist and to contribute your own test expertise in the best possible way. The most important learning contents are:

  • basics of agile software development
  • aspects of agile approaches
  • Differences between tests in traditional and agile approaches
  • Status of testing in agile projects
  • Role and ability of a tester in an agile team
  • Agile test methods
  • assessing quality risks and estimating testing efforts
  • techniques and tools in agile projects

The prerequisite for participation in the examination is the ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level Usability Tester

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Usability" describes the user experience when interacting with a software or system. In order to provide the user with the most satisfactory experience possible with the software or system, the quality of usability plays a major role. This is as much about effectiveness and efficiency as it is about the overall satisfaction of the user.
The prerequisite for taking the exam is the ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Advanced Level

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Participants at the Advanced Level are qualified to perform all activities related to testing. The course is divided into three modules, which can be attended individually and each of which ends with an examination. These are:

  • SAQ Certified Tester - Test Manager (partial certificate)
  • SAQ Certified Tester - Test Analyst (partial certificate)
  • SAQ Certified Tester - Technical Test Analyst (partial certificate)

After the 3 partial certificates have been obtained, an overall certificate is issued.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Expert Level

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The Expert Level is aimed at experienced, professional software testers who wish to deepen their knowledge in a specialised field. It consists of various modules, such as

  • Test Process Improvement
  • test management

Further modules are planned:

  • test automation
  • security test

Examinations

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level

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The test guarantees a worldwide uniform and comparable certification.

  • The examination is a multiple choice questioning in written form, which takes 60 minutes. A minimum of 65% of the maximum number of points is required to pass the exam.
  • The result can be found out immediately after the examination.
  • The exam can be taken in German, French or English

The basis for the examination questions is the internationally uniform curriculum.

Examination venue and dates:
At the office of the SAQ Swiss Association for Quality

  • At a training organisation (with - or without course). Examination dates can be arranged directly.
  • Exams for individuals or small groups (maximum five people).
    Exam dates can be arranged by e-mail or by telephone (+41 31 330 99 00).
  • Via remote monitoring on your own computer at home.
    You can find more information about the remote examination here.
    Examination dates can be arranged by e-mail or by telephone (+41 31 330 99 00).

The examination is carried out and evaluated by the IT Personnel Certification Team. The written confirmation of the result is issued 10 to 15 working days after the examination.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Agile Extension Foundation Level

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The prerequisite for participation is the ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate.

  • The exam is a multiple choice questioning in written form (40 questions), which takes 60 minutes. A minimum of 65% of the maximum number of points is required to pass the exam.
  • The exam can be taken in German or English.

The examination questions are based on the curriculum.

Examination venue and dates
At the office of the SAQ Swiss Association for Quality

  • At a training organisation (with - or without course). Examination dates can be arranged directly.
  • Exams for individuals or small groups (maximum five people).
    Exam dates can be arranged by e-mail or by telephone (+41 31 330 99 00).
  • Via remote monitoring on your own computer at home.
    You can find more information about the remote examination here.
    Examination dates can be arranged by e-mail or by telephone (+41 31 330 99 00).

The examination is carried out and evaluated by the IT Personnel Certification Team. The written confirmation of the result is issued 10 to 15 working days after the examination.

For your individual exam preparation you will find a sample exam here.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level Usability Tester

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The prerequisite for participation is the ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate.

  • The exam is a multiple choice questioning in written form (40 questions), which takes 60 minutes. A minimum of 65% of the maximum number of points is required to pass the exam.
  • The exam can be taken in German or English.
  • The examination questions are based on the curriculum.


Examination venue and dates
At the office of the SAQ Swiss Association for Quality

  • At a training organisation (with - or without course). Examination dates can be arranged directly.
  • Exams for individuals or small groups (maximum five people).
    Exam dates can be arranged by e-mail or by telephone (+41 31 330 99 00).
  • Via remote monitoring on your own computer at home.
    You can find more information about the remote examination here.
    Examination dates can be arranged by e-mail or by telephone (+41 31 330 99 00).

The examination is carried out and evaluated by the IT Personnel Certification Team. The written confirmation of the result is issued 10 to 15 working days after the examination.

ISTQB®/SAQ Certified Tester Advanced Level (TA, TTA, TM)

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  • The exams are a multiple choice questioning in written form, which takes 180 minutes (TA, TM) or 120 minutes (TTA). A minimum of 65% of the maximum number of points is required to pass the exam.
  • The result will be announced in writing 10 to 15 working days after the examination.
  • The examination can be taken in German, French or English.

Examination venue and dates
At the office of the SAQ Swiss Association for Quality

  • At a training organisation (with - or without course). Examination dates can be arranged directly.
  • Exams for individuals or small groups (maximum five people).
    Exam dates can be arranged by e-mail or by telephone (+41 31 330 99 14).

The examination is carried out and evaluated by the SAQ Personal Certification in Information Technology. The written confirmation of the result is issued 10 to 15 working days after the examination.

For your individual exam preparation you will find sample exams here.

Downloads

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