Certifications

Certification provides the foundation for a career as a tester. You learn to speak the language of testers and build knowledge that’s internationally recognized. The certification program provides ample opportunities to continue to grow or specialize as a tester.

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Levels

Certified Tester
Foundation Level

The Foundation level lays the foundation for structured testing. In addition, there is the possibility to delve into testing Agile projects or to specialise in testing certain domains.

Certified Tester
Advanced Level

In the Advanced level, the tester seeks a deeper understanding of software testing and prepares for specific test roles in management, analysis or automation.

Certified Tester
Expert Level

In the Expert level, the tester with extensive knowledge and experience will look for more in-depth knowledge with practice-oriented certifications for topics such as test management and improving the test process.

Certificate directions and levels

ISTQB® portfolio

Click on the image for the full certification schedule. ISTQB® offers a complete certification path from beginner to expert.

Core

The Core provides basic certifications that apply to any tester, regardless of the software development lifecycle model used and the domain in which testing is conducted.

Agile

The Agile track specifically focuses on testing in environments in which a software development lifecycle is used that is based on agile.

Specialist

The Specialist track offers certifications that provide in-depth testing knowledge for certain quality characteristics, types of testing or domains in which testing takes place.

Foundation Level

The Foundation level lays the foundation for structured testing. In addition, there is the possibility to delve into testing Agile projects or to specialise in testing certain domains.

Advanced Level

In the Advanced level, the tester seeks a deeper understanding of software testing and prepares for specific test roles in management, analysis or automation.

Expert Level

In the Expert level, the tester with extensive knowledge and experience will look for more in-depth knowledge with practice-oriented certifications for topics such as test management and improving the test process.

Full career path from beginner to expert.
International recognition of knowledge and expertise.
Unified test vocabulary and terminology.

Frequently Asked Questions

About certifications

  • How can I have my certificates included in the Successful Candidate Register?

    Since 2017, candidates who have obtained an ISTQB certificate have the option to add their certificate to the ISTQB 'Successful Candidate Register' (SCR). This option is offered to you by the exam provider that issued your certificate, along with your certificate.If you want to register certificates -whether or not from before 2017- or if you want to change your data, please contact the exam provider that issued your certificate. This is stated on the certificate.
  • How can I check the authenticity of a certificate?

    The BNTQB does not keep records of people who have obtained an ISTQB certificate.You can always contact the exam provider that issued the certificate. This is stated on the certificate.Since 2017, candidates who have obtained an ISTQB certificate have the option to add their certificate to the ISTQB 'Successful Candidate Register' (SCR). Not everyone takes advantage of this option. If so, this is the easiest way to check the authenticity of a certificate.
  • When will the next examination take place?

    We do not organise exams ourselves. We do work together with the exam providers recognised by us. You can book an exam directly with our exam providers or you take the exam at a Pearson Vue exam center. Looking for the exam providers? Click here
  • Can I take an exam from home?

    Due to the COVID-19 it is now temporarily possible to take an ISTQB exam on your own system (home or work) via remote proctoring.All details about this can be found on the websites of our exam providers. The list of recognised exam providers can be found here.
  • Are there certain conditions to participate in an exam?

    For each ISTQB certificate it is a minimum requirement that you are in possession of an ISTQB Foundation Level certificate. When you go for an Advanced or Expert Deliver certification, there are additional requirements. These are included in the syllabus for this training. The different syllabi can be found on the ISTQB website.
  • I have lost my certificate. How can I get a new one?

    The BNTQB does not keep records of people who have obtained an ISTQB certificate.You can always obtain a duplicate of your certificate from the exam provider that issued your certificate. Please note that there may be a charge for this.The list of recognised exam providers can be found here.Tip: register yourself in the ISTQB 'Successful Candidate Register' (SCR). This option is offered through your exam provider. You can also link your digital certificate to, for example, your LinkedIn profile.
  • When will the next training be given?

    The BNTQB does not organise training courses itself. These are organised by our accredited training providers.Find a training provider near you or check when the next available training for the desired certificate will take place.
  • Where can I attend training to get the certificate?

    The BNTQB does not organize training courses itself. These are organized by our accredited training providers.Find a training course near you or check when the next training course for the certificate you want will take place.
  • Where can I take an exam to get the certificate?

    We do not organise exams ourselves. For this we work together with recognised exam providers. You book an exam directly by following a training course with one of our accredited training providers and then taking the exam.Click here for training providers near you.It is also possible to book an exam directly with our exam providers or take it at a Pearson Vue exam center.You can find the list of exam providers here.

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