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ISTQB® CT - Model-Based Tester


Model-based testing is an innovative test approach to improve effectivity and efficiency of the test process. A model-based tester on a project uses models to drive test analysis and design, and keeps advantage of the models for other testing activities such as test implementation and reporting.

ISTQB® Model-Based Tester certification complements the core foundation level as a specialist module. It provides a practical and easy entry to the MBT approach.

Business outcomes 

Passing this level demonstrates that candidates can:

  • Collaborate in a model-based testing team using standard terminology and established MBT concepts, processes and techniques.
  • Apply and integrate model-based testing in a test process.
  • Effectively create and maintain MBT models using established techniques and best practices of model-based testing.
  • Select, create and maintain test artifacts from MBT models considering risk and value of the features tested.
  • Support the organization to improve its quality assurance process to be more constructive and efficient.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Model-Based Testing

  • Objectives and motivations of MBT
  • MBT activities and artifacts in the testing process
  • Integration of MBT in the software development lifecycle

Chapter 2: MBT Modeling

  • MBT modeling
  • Modeling languages for MBT
  • Best practices in MBT modeling

Chapter 3: Selection criteria for test generation

  • Classification of test selection criteria used in Model-Based Testing
  • Application of Test Selection Criteria

Chapter 4: Implementing and Executing MBT Tests

  • MBT-specific aspects of test implementation and execution
  • MBT activities for adapting tests for execution

Chapter 5: Evaluating and deploying an MBT approach

  • Evaluating an MBT deployment
  • Managing the deployment of an MBT approach


In general, an ISTQB® Model-Based Tester has acquired the necessary skills to successfully contribute to MBT projects in a given context.

Target Audience

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


  • Have successfully passed the ISTQB® CTFL Certification exam and hold the certificate.
  • First model-based testing experiences are recommended, but not required.

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