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.


Business outcomes

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.

Target Audience

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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