Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Manager


The ISTQB® Advanced Level Test Manager (CTAL-TM) certification provides the knowledge and competencies to take responsibility for managing all the testing activities across the software development lifecycle. It covers everything from how to design a suitable test approach for the project based on the organizational test strategy to building a test team or testing competencies to complete the necessary testing.


The Advanced Level Test Manager certification is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in test management.

Entry requirements

To gain this certification, candidates must hold the Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate and a minimum of three years testing experience is recommended.

Course Content

  • Testing process
  • Test management
  • Reviews
  • Defect management
  • Improving the testing process
  • Test tools and automation
  • People skills - Team composition

Business Outcomes

A candidate who has achieved the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager certification should be able to:

  • Manage a testing project by implementing the mission, goals and testing processes established for the testing organization
  • Organize and lead risk identification and risk analysis sessions and use the results of such sessions for test estimation, planning, monitoring and control
  • Create and implement test plans consistent with organizational policies and test strategies
  • Continuously monitor and control the test activities to achieve project objectives
  • Assess and report relevant and timely test status to project stakeholders
  • Identify skills and resource gaps in their test team and participate in sourcing adequate resources
  • Identify and plan necessary skills development within their test team
  • Propose a business case for test activities which outlines the costs and benefits expected.
  • Ensure proper communication within the test team and with other project stakeholders
  • Participate in and lead test process improvement initiatives

Duration : 5 Days

Format : Classroom / Virtual

Exam Structure

No. of Questions: 65                        Total Points: 115

Passing Score: 75                           Exam Length (mins): 180

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Holders of this certification may choose to proceed to other Core, Agile, or Specialist stream certifications.