ISTQB® CTAL, Technical Test Analyst (2019 Syllabus)
The ISTQB® Advanced Technical Test Analyst certification extends the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to allow growth into the Technical Test Analyst role.
Chapter 1: The Technical Test Analyst’s Tasks in Risk-Based Testing
A Technical Test Analyst should understand how to identify, assess and mitigate technical risks.
Chapter 2: Structure-Based Testing
Structural testing techniques belong to the core competencies of the Technical Test Analyst.
This section builds on the Foundation techniques of statement and decision coverage.
The structure-based techniques covered are condition testing, decision/condition testing, modified condition/decision coverage (MC/DC), multiple condition testing, basis path testing and API coverage.
In general, Technical Test Analysts should understand how to choose appropriate structural test technique(s).
Chapter 3: Analytical Techniques
Technical Test Analysts should understand how to apply static analysis to detect potential security, maintainability and testability defects in code.
The planning of dynamic analysis to mitigate risks in code and software architecture is covered.
Chapter 4: Quality Characteristics for Technical Testing
A Technical Test Analyst should understand how to design high-level test cases for security, performance and reliability quality attributes and to support the Test Manager in creating test strategies to mitigate the identified risks.
A Technical Test Analyst should understand how to include coverage of maintainability, portability and resource utilization quality attributes in a testing strategy.
Chapter 5: Reviews
The activities of the Technical Test Analyst focus on using checklists to identify defects in code and architecture.
Chapter 6 Test Tools and Automation
This major chapter focuses on the tools and automation issues which are relevant to Technical Test Analysts.
Several tools are covered, including those used for web-based testing, for supporting model-based testing, for fault seeding and fault injection, for unit testing and the build process and for performance testing.
A Technical Test Analyst should be able to recognize common technical issues that cause high failure rates in automation projects and to appreciate different automation techniques.
Specific issues resulting from the use of open-source and custom-built tools are covered.
Holders of the ISTQB® CTAL Technical Test Analyst certificate can…
Recognize and classify the typical risks associated with the performance, security, reliability, portability and maintainability of software systems.
Create test plans which detail the planning, design and execution of tests for mitigating performance, security, reliability, portability and maintainability risks.
Select and apply appropriate structural design techniques to ensure that tests provide an adequate level of confidence, based on code coverage and design coverage.
Effectively participate in technical reviews with developers and software architects applying knowledge of typical mistakes made in code and architecture.
Recognize risks in code and software architecture and create test plan elements to mitigate those risks through dynamic analysis.
Propose improvements to the security, maintainability and testability of code by applying static analysis.
Outline the costs and benefits to be expected from introducing particular types of test automation.
Select appropriate tools to automate technical testing tasks.
Understand the technical issues and concepts in applying test automation.
Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Test Managers and Software Developers.
Have successfully passed the ISTQB® CTFL Certification exam and hold the certificate.
Sufficient relevant working experience in the Software Testing industry, generally at least 18 months.
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