I have worked as a QA engineer for last 10+ years. My current role is as a Senior Software QA Engineer. I was looking at ISQTB certifications, but unsure which one to do. I have never done ISTQB certification. My questions are:
Should I do Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) v4.0 [NEW!] OR Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager (CTAL-TM)? My reasoning for the advanced level is that I have many years of experience in QA.
I feel I should do Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager (CTAL-TM). But I see that there is min requirement to finish the foundation level first. Is that true?
Should I take formal training and appear on the exam to get the certification, OR should I learn from the online material and take the exam? That way, I am not paying for the training and still getting the certificate after the exam.
Is it worth spending so much money on these certifications? Does this certification help in landing a job or at work?
Please share your experiences, and I appreciate any advice on this.
Unless something changed, I know that the Foundation level is a pre-requisite for all the other ISTQB certifications. I got the foundations level because my current company at the time was paying for it and it was one of the requirements for anyone in the QA career path.
One of the reasons why I bailed out of there was because they expected all the testers to decide which ISTQB certificate they wanted to take next since it was an outsourcing company working for enterprises that were doing more traditional kinds of testing. I don’t think you should spend money on training, the official syllabus, some mock exams, and books should suffice.
Since you got a lot of experience I’m not sure if certifications will bring you any benefit. Recently I’ve been reading their syllabus for the Test Manager certification and I noticed I know most of that stuff already, and another thing I don’t like about ISTQB is that they paint this unrealistic and opinionated picture of testing.
This is especially bad for newbies since they might get the wrong idea by believing that ISTQB philosophy is the only right way, but in reality testing is so much dependent on unique contexts so no two companies have completely identical and uniform processes and approaches to how they test.
If it will make you more hireable in your job market, then go for it, but in my opinion real-world experience trumps all certifications any time of the day.
My question here is, WHY do you want an ISTQB certification as a 10+ years experienced QA engineer?
Imho, no. Especially ISTQB. Don’t get me wrong, there is some good stuff in there but it never maps to reality, ISTQB is the “paradise-paradox”
It doesn’t take a piece of paper to pass an interview, actually it makes it harder! Because when I see somebody with a lot of ISTQB certifications… ow I know I’m going to have some fun
I’ve read all the syllabuses/courses from ISTQB myself but never went for the certification, there was no need. So whenever somebody is a huge certification fan, I tend to challenge them on what they actually know. So I’ll ask some hard ISTQB questions and almost nobody can answer them.
Because what most people do is just learn/study, get the certification and done.
I rather have somebody on my team with the actual knowledge or experience then having certifications and know nothing about them.
So “is it worth spending so much money” – in my eyes, No. You can spend that money elsewhere and get a nicer course on something that you will need. + you can still just download the syllabus from ISTQB and learn everything.
As long as you can explain it, it’s fine. Especially with 10+ years of experience.
If you do still go for the option to get certified. It’s up to you to decide if you want training or not. The syllabus is available for free and personally I learn more and faster by myself then in a training-room. Some people learn more in classrooms … so that’s up to you
I did ISTQB mainly because of getting more salary hikes, and getting calls for interviews from abroad like Singapore/EU Schengen countries/UK as I am planning to migrate with a relocation package. Without those certifications, I was not getting any interview calls. The scenario varies from country to country, I don’t know where you are residing its up to you whether you want to do the certification or not.
For ISTQB, CTFL is a basic pre-requisite, you need to do that to be able to do other certifications. For the certification you don’t need to attend training, their materials are available online, you can just self-study and sit for exams online.