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ISTQB advanced


Software Testing is part of the development life cycle. Testing has become indispensable when it comes to assessing the quality of the software product and to help making the right management decisions.

Some of the topics covered in this ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager (CTAL-TM) course are:

  • in-depth reviews of the ISTQB Foundation level, whilst broadening the scope (the testing process, test management and reviews);
  • looking at the subject from a different angle as opposed to the ISTQB Foundation level (test tools and automation and defect management);
  • brand new topics on test management (improving the test process and people skills).

The course will therefore offer you with a profound knowledge to deal with a variety of situations:

  • organizational (e.g. development method used, offshore teams,...);
  • people (e.g. test teams, communication, personal development,...);
  • project (e.g. budget, metrics, estimation & planning,...);
  • testing and QA (improvement, reviews, audits,...);
  • tooling & method (tool assessment, defect process, international test standards,...).

Please note that this course does not focus on any specific project (Prince2® , PMP®,...), development (RUP®, XP, DSDM®,...) or test (TMap®, TestFrame™, STBox™, Testing Intelligence™,...) methodology. The principles taught here can be applied to any existing methodology.

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • fit testing into a software development lifecycle model (various models will be highlighted);
  • set up a test strategy and plan the test activities accordingly;
  • staff, organise and manage a team throughout a test project;
  • continuously improve the test process within the different levels of the organization;
  • implement ways to prevent the creation and multiplication of defects;
  • select or create appropriate means to support the test process in all aspects above;
  • speak a common language regarding test management with other certified testers.

On top of that, if you pass the exam, you will hold the CTAL-TM certificate.

Main topics

The course is structured according to the ISTQB Advanced Test Management syllabus:

  • Testing process: in depth review of the ISTQB testing process
  • Test management: models, estimation, test documentation, metrics, distributed/ outsourced / insourced testing
  • Reviews and audits: what are these, how do you manage them?
  • Defect management: lifecycle, defect reports, process improvement
  • Improving the testing process using TMMi®, TPI®, STEP or CTP
  • Test tool and automation: selection & management, metrics
  • People skills: test team, motivation, communication, testing within the organisation

Intended for

Although this module is called "Test management", the course is not limited to testers with a function title "Test Manager", but it does focus more on the management of the testing process. It is therefore useful for anyone in the testing business that is leading a group of testers, reporting to management and/or is involved in setting up or refining test processes:

  • Everyone in a leading role within testing
  • Experienced testers in a leading role who require a theoretical background
  • Test consultants with a focus on test methods and improvements
  • Everyone preparing for the CTAL-TM examination


To get the Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Certificate (CTFL) and have sufficient practical experience (at least 18 months in software testing). We recommend that you follow the Structured software testing: ISTQB Foundation level course to get the CTFL.

Training method

The course is heavily focussed on practical exercises.

Course leader

the test leaders (accredited ISTQB training provider).


5 days.


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05 Oct5EVilvoorde  (BE)2200 EUR  (excl. BTW)