Software Testing Certifications
What is Certification?
Certification is the process through which an organization grants recognition to an individual, organization, process, service, or product that meets certain established criteria. The certification program helps to define the tasks associated with software testing duties in order to evaluate skill mastery.
How certification helps?
In today’s competitive IT industry, there is a need for us to stand out in the crowd to get distinguished from others. By doing the certification, we are telling the management and world that our expertise is now recognized and we are serious about our profession. It gives confidence to others that we can now lead and demonstrate a level of understanding in carrying out assignments according to industry principles and practices. The person will get recognition by business and professional associates as a PROFESSIONAL. The certifications will lead us to career advancement and will help us to lead our job better in a way that we can never imagine. Studies show that certified professionals get higher salaries and it is easy to get better jobs as compared to Non-Certified professionals.
Software Testing Certification
Because of increasing complexity of modern software development projects, it is essential that QA/Testers are certified. It is vital for any company that their QA Team possess a thorough understanding of the ‘Software Development Process’, and how it fits into the business approach and goals of the organization. Therefore, without the pertinent knowledge through QA/Tester certifications, the process cannot be completely thorough. The software testing to any company’s reputation is bottom-line and without having QA/Testers certified, the product released cannot receive top-notched approval from the customer. This could possibly result in costing the company billions of dollars.
Ultimately, for a top notch product, we need QA/Testing certified professionals involved in the development process. It is critical to any product’s success to have trained and certified professionals on our QA Team.
Software Testing Certifications History
Quality Assurance Institute (QAI) established an association to represent Quality Assurance professionals in 1980. Currently, there are many certifications for beginners and advanced level by QAI.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has partnered with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to deliver comprehensive software testing certification program to the global testing community.
Different Types of Software Testing Certifications
There are lots of Software Testing Certifications available in market for different reasons or for different countries but the main certification for Software Testers for all reasons is ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualification board). ISTQB certification is a global certification which treated as Software Testing professional degree for any tester. Apart from this there are multiple testing certifications are available.
1. CSTE: Certified Software Test Engineer.
2. CSQA: Certified Software Quality Analyst.
3. ISEB: Information Systems Examination Body.
4. SSBB: Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.
5. CSTP: Certified Software Test Professional.
6. CTFL: ISTQB Certified tester Foundation Level.
7. QAI: Quality Assurance Inspector.
8. Brain Bench.
9. CSPM (Certified Software Project Manager).
10. CMST (Certified Manager of Software Testing).
11. CMSQ (Certified Manager of Software Quality).
Apart from these, there are few certification for Automation tools from vendors
HP (QTP, Load runner, Quality Center and WinRunner),
IBM (Rational Functional Tester, Rational Performance Tester etc… ).
Micro Focus (SilkTest Certification, Silk Performer Certification etc…)
Normally, people having these certifications are recognized as proficient in Quality Assurance. But there is definitely a plus when it’s comes to your promotion. Other advantage of having certification is you will brush up the testing knowledge and methodologies while preparing for exam.
As current Job Market is competitive, taking a certification exam can help you differentiate yourself from peers, broaden your employment chances and result in higher remuneration. Employers too benefit, since a certification acts as a skills verification tool and improves the staff’s ability to quickly complete on-the-job tasks. But technical ability, experience and other soft skills do play a major in your job interview and certifications alone should not be considered a trump card to your dream job.
Certifications in India
Indian Testing Board (ITB) is the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) approved national board for India. It is responsible for the “ISTQB-Certified-Tester” Certification in India.
The ISTQB was officially founded as an International Testing Qualifications Board in Edinburgh in November 2002. The ISTQB is responsible for the “ISTQB Certified Tester”, which is an international qualification scheme and the qualifications in the scheme are based on a syllabus.