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The new Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) has been released!

07 Jun 2018

The new Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) has been released!
The new 2018 version of the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level syllabus has been approved by the ISTQB® General Assembly for general release. Foundation Level is the ground base to the ISTQB® Certified Tester Scheme and provides essential understanding and knowledge to anyone involved in testing. Changes in the state of the software testing industry and the market prompted the need for updates in the syllabus.

According to Alon Linetzki, ISTQB® Marketing working group chair, the way tests were designed & executed, managed and automated, needed to be changed As Mr. Linetzki says, the new 2018 core foundation syllabus reflects the latest practices witnessed in recent years and refreshes the terminology and standards of testing. The knowledge base has been updated with more emphasis on practical use and relevancy in the market.

Rex Black, ISTQB® Foundation Working Group Project Manager and Technical Editor for the Foundation 2018 syllabus release and Agile Working Group Chair, describes the new syllabus as adequately positioned in terms of the current realities of software development, such as agile methods, Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, delivery pipelines, and IoT. ‘The fundamental principles and best practices of testing remain, explained in terms of these current realities, and test processes, test levels, and test management have been extensively updated to take into account these realities and evolving industry trends’ , he expands.

An exemplary change in this 2018 syllabus is the number of K1 learning objectives has been reduced from 27 to 15 in order to focus less on remembering and more on being able to apply knowledge. It also has more emphasis on reviews and less on test management, compared with the 2011 version. Klaus Olsen, ISTQB® Foundation working group chair, shares he is proud of the Foundation working group and their hard work in updating the syllabus.

The following sunset rules are effective:

Training Provider Accreditation:

-Within 12 months from 4th June 2018 all training providers must accredit/re-accredit for the 2018 syllabus if training/material is accredited for delivery in English.
- Within 18 months from 4th June 2018 all training providers must accredit/re-accredit for the 2018 syllabus if training/material is accredited for delivery in a non-English language.

Exams:

-Within 12 months from 4th June 2018 all English language 2011 syllabus exams will be withdrawn.
- Within 18 months from 4th June 2018 all non-English language 2011 syllabus exams will be withdrawn.

For further information on the complete set of documents included in the new syllabus, as well as who can use it, visit ISTQB’s website.


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