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The Foundation Level syllabus forms the basis of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) Certified Tester Scheme.


The Foundation Level qualification is suitable for anyone who needs to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing including people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers. 

ISTQB® Foundation Level is relevant across software delivery practices including Waterfall, Agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery.

It is also appropriate for individuals who need a basic understanding of software testing including project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

First step in your career

The CTFL syllabus is recognized as a pre-requisite to other ISTQB® certifications where Foundation Level is required 

Choose your training provider

Training for Certified Tester Foundation Level is available from Accredited Training Providers (classroom, virtual and e-learning).

We highly recommend attending accredited training as the SSTQB has assessed the materials for relevance and consistency against the syllabus.


Information about Accredited Training Providers can be found here.

Or prepare yourself

Self-study, using the syllabus and recommended reading material, is also an option when preparing for the Foundation Level exam.


Your Exam Provider (Brightest) will be able to provide information on exams e.g. languages available, where to find an exam center etc.

Start your ISTQB® Certified Tester career now!

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