ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer

This follows on from the ISTQB Foundation level.

It is aimed at those experienced in software testing, with a need to know more about test automation.

Exam fee - US $250 - read more below.

Certified Advanced Test Automation Engineers should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • Explain the objectives, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of test automation.
  • Identify technical success factors of a test automation project.
  • Analyze a system under test to determine the appropriate automation solution.
  • Analyze test automation tools for a given project and report technical findings and recommendations.
  • Understand "design for testability" and "design for test automation" methods applicable to the SUT.
  • Explain the structure of the Generic Test Automation Architecture.
  • Analyze factors of implementation, use, and maintenance requirements for a given Test Automation Solution.
  • Explain the factors to be considered when identifying reusability of components.
  • Apply guidelines that support effective test tool pilot and deployment activities.
  • Analyze deployment risks and identify technical issues that could lead to failure of the test automation project, and plan mitigation strategies.
  • Understand which factors support and affect maintainability.
  • Classify metrics that can be used to monitor the test automation strategy and effectiveness.
  • Explain how a test execution report is constructed and published.
  • Apply criteria for determining the suitability of tests for automation.
  • Understand the factors in transitioning from manual to automation testing.
  • Explain the factors to consider in implementing automated regression testing, new feature testing, and confirmation testing.
  • Verify the correctness of an automated test environment including test tool setup.
  • Verify the correct behaviour for a given automated test script and/or test suite.
  • Analyze the technical aspects of a deployed test automation solution and provide recommendations for improvement.

Exam Preparation Options

You can prepare for the exam via self-study or through an accredited training provider.

The former has the obvious benefit of potentially being more cost-effective in monetary terms.

The latter however can be a more efficient use of your time, with courses typically being 3 days long, taught by trainers knowledgeable in both the content and exam styles.

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