I am still a little upset, but I wanted to share my thoughts about ISTQB certification:
Last week I finished a really well taught Foundation Level Course in Germany. I learned quite a lot, especially around standards and terminology.But that´s it.
We finished the course with the certfication exam (I do not yet know the results) and to be honest: I cannot be bothered with the result.
What are my problems with ISTQB:
- The Syllabus still trained is from 2011 - a lot has changed
- The new Syllabus from 2018 will only be valid until next year - by which time a few things will have changed again - the ISTQB has to find a way to keep up the pace with modern developments. Politics have no room in teaching - unfortunately this seems to be the case.
- The current certification does not require you to apply your knowledge - it´s just a way to get through Multiple Choice (with the addition to the fact, that questions are just asked in a way to get you off course) and earn money for the certification board.
- If you already worked in a testing or QA - get used to the fact, that the trainer will quite often answer your questions with: That´s how the ISTQB defined it, just learn it for the exam and then forget it. Real Live is different. - This is ridiculous!!!
To be clear:
I most certainly believe, that the training as such helps you to get to know industry standards and helps you to understand a glossary (of sorts). It also provides insights into areas that usually are affected by areas of testing that you will not come across in your daily work.
Just had to get this off my chest and perhaps someone has ideas how to learn in the future (I am already a pro member at MoT ;-))
Have a great week