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ISTQB® CTAL - Agile Technical Tester


The ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Agile Technical Tester (CTAL-ATT) builds upon the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level - Agile Tester (CTFL-AT) so you can demonstrate that you have mastered basic Agile testing, are developing technical testing skills in an Agile context, and are ready to take the lead in an Agile testing environment.


Chapter 1: Requirements Engineering Techniques

  • Requirements Engineering Techniques
    • Analyze user stories and epics using requirements engineering techniques.
    • Describe the requirements engineering techniques and how they can help testers.
    • Create and evaluate testable acceptance criteria for a given user story using requirements engineering and test techniques.
    • Describe the elicitation techniques.


Chapter 2: Testing in Agile

  • Agile development and test techniques
    • Apply test-driven development (TDD) in the context of a given example in an Agile project.
    • Understand the characteristics of a Unit test.
    • Understand the meaning of the mnemonic word FIRST.
    • Apply behavior-driven development (BDD) in the context of a given user story in an Agile.
    • Understand how to manage guidelines for a formulation of a scenario.
    • Analyze a product backlog in an Agile project to determine a way to introduce acceptance test-driven development (ATDD).
  • Experience-based testing in Agile
    • Analyze the creation of a test approach using test automation, experience-based tests and black-box tests, created using other approaches (including risk-based testing) for a given scenario in an Agile project.
    • Explain differences between Mission critical and non-critical.
    • Analyze user stories and epics to create test charters.
    • Understand the use Experienced-based techniques.
  • Aspects of code quality
    • Understand the importance of refactoring test cases in Agile projects.
    • Understand practical task-list for Refactoring Test cases.
    • Analyze code as part of a code review to identify defects and technical debt.
    • Understand Static code Analysis.


Chapter 3: Test Automation

  • Test Automation Techniques
    • Apply data-driven and keyword-driven test techniques to develop automated test scripts.
    • Understand how to apply test automation to a given test approach in an Agile environment.
    • Understand the test automation.
    • Understand differences between various test approaches.
  • Level of Automation
    • Understand the factors to consider when determining the level of test automation needed to keep up with the speed of deployment.
    • Understand the challenges of test automation in agile settings.


Chapter 4: Deployment and Delivery

  • Continuous Integration, continuous testing, and continuous delivery.
    • Apply continuous integration (CI) and summarize its impact on testing activities.
    • Understand the role of continuous testing in continuous delivery and continuous deployment (CD)
  • Virtualization
    • Understand the concept of service virtualization and its role in Agile projects.
    • Understand the benefits of service virtualization.

Target Audience

The Advanced Level Agile Technical Tester qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in technical testing aspects in an agile context. The modules offered at the Advanced Level cover a wide range of testing topics.


  • Have successfully passed the ISTQB® CTFL Certification and exam and hold the certificate.
  • Sufficient relevant working experience in the Software Testing industry, generally at least 18 months. 

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