BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing


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BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

Duration: 2 Days

Course Code: BCS-ICST


The entry criteria for candidates taking the Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing are as follows: 
•    Hold the BCS/ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing 
•    AND EITHER have at least 18 months experience in software testing 
•    OR have completed a BCS accredited training course for the Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing 
 BUT preferably have all three of the above.

Course Description:
The intermediate Certificate is a useful vehicle to achieve the ISTQB Advanced level qualifications; previously the step between the Foundation Certificate and the original BCS Practitioner Certificate was seen as too large a leap for a significant number of testers.  It is recommended that a candidate with a successful Intermediate Certificate behind them sit their choice of Advanced Level examination(s) no more than two years after passing the Intermediate level examination.  This is to try to ensure that a candidate’s knowledge is based upon the published syllabus and terminology.

Course Objectives:
The overall objectives of the Intermediate Certificate examination are: 
•    To provide a sound basis for candidates intending to register for ISTQB Advanced level examinations
•    To ensure that candidates for any one of the ISTQB Advanced level examinations have a broad understanding of the other specialist areas
•    To cover specific topic areas that the three specializations should understand

Intended Audience:

This includes testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, and software developers.  

Course Outline

Testing Fundamentals
•    Review of the Foundation Certificate Syllabus
•    Application Domains
•    Testing in the Life Cycle
•    Fundamental Test Process  

•    The Principles of Reviews
•    Types of Review
•    Using Different Review Types
•    Performing a Formal Review

Testing and Risk
•    Introduction to Risk
•    Risk Management
•    Product Risk Identification and Analysis

Test Management
•    Test Policy, Test Strategy, Test Plans
•    Test Entry and Exit Criteria i
•    Estimating Techniques
•    Test Monitoring
•    Incident Management Process

Test Analysis
•    Fundamentals of Test Analysis
•    Test Environment Requirements
•    Selection of Techniques