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Quality Assurance and Software Testing Certification

orderyWhat to do first if You are manager who starts project and must establish quality assurance department ? You need people, some test manager and test engineers, how to do it, which aspects requests our attention ? Education, work experiences or maybe certificates ?

Nowadays I observe that majority of software testing oriented people attaches great importance to certification – ISTQB has 100 thousands graduates ! Is this good from employer point of view ? How to choose right person when all of them have the breast full of distinctions ?

It’s a safe bet that a person who pass additional exam in his/her life gain some extra knowledge and will know the theory a bit better. On the other side I know some sort of people who only have “these kind of papers” and do not care about expanding horizons.

I think that the work experiences are the clue, person with bunch of diplomas without real life testing evidence is a risky choice. Below are list of available certification for quality care staff and some advice for right choose.

Vendors certification:

  • HP / Mercury
  • Segue
  • Rational
  • Empirix

good if we want engieener specialized in some sort of test tools.

On the other side we have vendor-neutral exams and courses:

ISTQB Certified Tester

  • three levels: Foundation, Advanced, Expert
  • exam prices : 200-300 Eur
  • website :

Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA)

Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE)

Certified Manager of Software Testing (CMST)

Certified Test Manager (CTM)

Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP)

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (SSBB)

Above exams and courses, I think, are strictly connected with test manager skills not for test engineer.

Finally, check that our potential employee is visible by google 🙂 Maybe this is strange and funny but true ! Test manager should do any internet activity: blog, digg, twitter or be only a commentator. Check social media like linkedin, facebook, results might be hard to interpret but often authoritative.

So, if You want to hire a test engineer, look at CV in order:

  • work experience
  • internet activity
  • vendor certificate
  • vendor-neutral certificate

Test manager:

  • word experience
  • vendor-neutral certificate with formal job experience requirment
  • internet activit
  • vendor-neutral certificate

So, do not rely on certificates only! Think, think …
and do not use “Tester” in advertisment as a job position , rather “Test engineer” 🙂
What’s Your opinion about that process of IT specialists typecasting with distinctions ?


4 comments for “Quality Assurance and Software Testing Certification”

  1. One industry that taught us much in this area is the automotive industry. They needed automation, product testing, and quality assurance. If their product was substandard it would not have succeeded.

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  2. We are a long way from having standard job titles i.e. just by looking at a job title, you would be able to tell the responsibilities. In the meantime, different companies have different job titles for very similar responsibilities. Personally, I would prefer standardization of job titles since it would be more efficient.

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    Posted by Inder P Singh | March 2, 2009, 5:49 pm
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    Posted by Iniptunk | March 7, 2009, 5:56 am
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