Thursday, December 29, 2005

CERTIFICATION: The Certified Software Tester (CSTE)

So, the study begins, the first - CSTE, The Certified Software Tester.

The main website of Quality Assurance Institute
I have read on this exam on www.SoftwareCertifications.org
To become certified as a Certified Software Tester, every candidate must:
1. Satisfy all applicant Prerequisites.
2. Subscribe to the Code of Ethics.
3. Submit a Character Reference.
4. Pass a comprehensive written Examination.

To qualify for candidacy, each applicant must meet one of three prerequisites:
1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college-level institution,
2. An associate degree and two years of experience in the information services field, or
3. Six years of experience in the information services field.

Certified Software Tester Body of Knowledge defines the knowledge areas that will be tested:
# The Test Environment - The CSTE shall demonstrate a knowledge of the environment in which effective testing can occur. The skills in this area include understanding the principles and concepts of testing; the tester’s role in software development and acquisition; management of the test function; and how test processes are developed, implemented, used and improved; including the use of tools in the test processes.

# Test Planning - The CSTE shall demonstrate the ability to plan tests including the selection of techniques and methods to be used to validate the product against its approved requirements and design. Test planning assesses the business and technical risks of the software application, and then develops a plan to determine if the software minimizes those risks. Test planners must understand the development methods and environment to effectively plan for testing, including regression testing.

# Executing the Test Plan - The CSTE shall demonstrate the ability to execute tests, design test cases; use test tools; and monitor testing to ensure correctness and completeness.

# Test Analysis and Reporting - The CSTE shall demonstrate the ability to develop reports testing status reports. These reports should show the status of the testing based on the test plan. Reporting should support the enumeration, status, and execution of tests and regression testing. To properly report status, the testers should review and conduct statistical analysis on the test results and discovered defects. The lessons learned from the test effort should be used to improve the next iteration of the test process.
Here is more on Body of Knowledge

wow, this sentence is interesting: IMPORTANT: It is each candidate's responsibility to stay current in the field and to be aware of published works and materials available for professional study and development. Software Certifications recommends that candidates for certification continually research and stay aware of current literature and trends in the field.
have not read any book - only articles in the web...

The initial application fee is $350 (increased).

Do not apply unless you feel confident that your work activities and past experience have prepared you for the examination process.

The saddest thing for me is that exam should be taken in usa, canada, india and saudo arabia. no europe, so, no exam.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

about testing certifications

thinking about doing some research in the web on software testing certifications or testers certification for my personal needs. for a start - found out there such exams: CSTE, CSQA, CSQE and ASQ, ISTQB, ISEB foundation. my need is europe and the best thing would be - distance exams online. any opinions or information, do not hesitate to write me.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

software testing lithuanian websites

well, decided to search my native language sites for "software testing". interesting what kind of information is there. to tell the truth the result a litle bit dissapointed me - almost no information. One site for software testing courses - that thing seems cool and would like to attend myself - about 400euro. Then one companie's site writing how they test their own products - using functional, system integration testing. almost nothing more.. the woman that invited me for job interview a few months ago, at the beginning said - your blog was the first thing on the web i saw. dedicated for software testing and origin from lithuania. seems truth