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ASTQB Webinar Series. ISTQB and Test Automation How ISTQB Certification Prepares you for Automated Testing. Presented by ANDREW L POLLNER Vice President, ASTQB Chair, ISTQB Expert Level Test Automation Working Group. Introduction. ISTQB and ASTQB Importance of Automation in Testing

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ASTQB Webinar Series

ISTQB and Test AutomationHow ISTQB Certification Prepares youfor Automated Testing

Presented by


Vice President, ASTQB

Chair, ISTQB Expert Level Test Automation Working Group



  • Importance of Automation in Testing

  • Automation Topics in ISTQB Syllabi

  • Business Outcomes

  • Expert Level Syllabi



  • Countries covered by Member Boards

  • Countries covered by Exam Providers

Goals for Automation in Testing

  • Fast execution of tests

  • Repeatable process

  • Increased functional coverage

  • Lots of variations and permutations

  • Automatic reporting of errors

  • Low maintenance requirements

  • Make test team more productive

  • Stay on time and on budget

Body of Knowledge (BOK)

  • What Documents Cover Automation?

  • Foundation Level

  • Advanced Level Test Analyst

  • Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst

  • Advanced Level Test Manager

  • Expert Level

  • Glossary

Foundation Level

  • Chapter 6 – Tool Support for Testing:

  • Types of Test Tools

  • Effective use of Tools

  • Introducing a Tool into an Organization

Advanced Level Test Analyst

  • Chapter 7 – Test Tools:

  • Test Data Preparation Tools

  • Automated Test Execution Tools

  • Test Automation Implementation

  • Improving the Success of the Automation Effort

  • Keyword-Driven Automation

  • Causes for Failures of the Automation Effort

Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst

  • Chapter 6 – Test Tools and Automation:

  • Integration and Information Interchange Between Tools

  • Defining the Test Automation Project

  • Selecting the Automation Approach

  • Modeling Business Processes for Automation

  • Specific Test Tools

  • Tools for Web-Based Testing

Advanced Level Test Manager

  • Chapter 6 – Test Tools and Automation:

  • Tool Selection

  • Selection Process

  • Return on Investment (ROI)

  • Tool Lifecycle

  • Tool Metrics

Expert Level Test Automation

  • Two Modules:

  • Test Automation Engineering

  • Test Automation Management

Business Outcomes – TAE

  • Contribute to the development of a plan to integrate automated testing within the testing process

  • Evaluate tools and technology for automation best fit to each project and organization

  • Create an approach and methodology for building a test automation architecture

  • Design and develop new or modified test automation solutions that meet the business needs

  • Create automated test reporting and metrics collection

  • Manage and optimize testing assets to facilitate maintainability and address evolving test systems

Business Outcomes – TAM

  • Develop a test automation policy and strategy appropriate for the organization

  • Create a business case which outlines the costs and benefits to be expected from introducing and sustaining test automation

  • Develop a plan to integrate automated testing within the testing process

  • Oversee the evaluation of tools and technology for automation best fit to each project and organization

  • Manage the test automation resources to implement and sustain an effective test automation program

  • Define and gather metrics to effectively report progress of the test automation program

  • Apply findings to improve the test automation process

Test Automation Engineering (TAE)

In Scope

Out of Scope

Test Management

Automation of non-functional tests

Teaching of software engineering methods and programming

Teaching of software technologies

Selection of software testing products and services

  • Tasks performed by a test automation engineer

  • Designing, developing and maintaining concrete test automation solutions

  • Concepts, methods, tools, and processes

  • Automating dynamic functional tests

Topics in TAE

  • Introduction and Objectives for Test Automation

  • Preparing for Test Automation

  • The Generic Test Automation Architecture

  • Deployment Risks and Contingencies

  • Test Automation Reporting Metrics

  • Transitioning Manual Testing to an Automated Environment

  • Verifying the TAS

  • Continuous Improvement

SDLC processes for SUT and TAS

K LEVELS: Syllabus & Exam

  • Questions are classified according to the cognitive level, the K-level (also known as level of knowledge):

    K1 – Remember (recognize a term or concept)

    K2 – Understand (able to explain a concept)

    K3 – Apply (select correct application of concept or technique)

    K4 – Analyze (can distinguish between facts and inferences for deeper understanding)

    K5 – Evaluate (can make judgments based on criteria and standards)

    K6 – Create (can put elements together to form a coherent or functional whole)

  • The number of questions for each topic is related to the length of the topic in the syllabus

Learning Objectives (Chap 1-2)

  • 1.1 Purpose of Test Automation

  • ELTA-E-1.1.1 (K2) Explain the objectives, advantages and limitations of test automation

  • 2.1 Test Automation Requirements for the SUT and its Context

  • ELTA-E-2.1.1 (K4) Analyze a system under test to determine the optimal automation solution

Learning Objectives (Chap 3-4)

  • 3.2 TAA Design

  • ELTA-E-3.2.1 (K4) Design the appropriate TAA for a given project

  • 3.3 TAS Development

  • ELTA-E-3.3.1 (K6) Construct a purpose-built TAA based on the generic TAA (gTAA) using predefined components

  • 4.3 Technical Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies

  • ELTA-E-4.3.1 (K6) Devise mitigation strategies to address technical risks, including framework approach, that could lead to failure of the test automation project

Generic Test Automation Architecture

Learning Objectives (Chap 5-6)

  • 5.3 Logging of the TAS and the SUT

  • ELTA-E-5.3.1 (K4) Implement logging of test executions and test results (of both TAA and SUT data)

  • 6.1 Criteria for Automation

  • ELTA-E-6.1.1 (K4) Analyze factors relevant to determining the appropriate criteria for suitability of tests for automation

Learning Objectives (Chap 7-8)

  • 7.1 Verifying Automated Test Environment Components

  • ELTA-E-7.1.1 (K3) Apply validity checks to the automated test environment and test tool setup

  • 8.2 Planning the Implementation of Test Automation Improvement

  • ELTA-E-8.2.1 (K4) Analyze the test environment components, including tools, in order to understand where consolidation and updates need to be made following a given set of test environment changes

Test Automation Management

  • Tentative Topics:

  • Test Automation Policy

  • Test Automation Strategy

  • Managing Test Automation

  • Test Automation Resources


Syllabus Released

Exam in Progress

Syllabus in Progress

Certification Prerequisite



  • Test Automation is more similar to software development than to testing

  • ISTQB syllabi provide a wealth of information on Test Automation topics and a forthcoming certification exam

  • Certification criteria:

    • 7 Years of practical testing experience

    • Foundation Level Certification

    • Advanced Level TTA Certification (for TAE)

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