Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)

Take your first step in our global software testing programme to understand, apply and analyse the concepts of software testing. The Foundation Level syllabus forms the basis of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) Certified Tester Scheme.


The ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) certification provides essential testing knowledge that can be put to practical use and, very importantly, explains the terminology and concepts that are used worldwide in the testing domain. CTFL is relevant across software delivery approaches and practices including Waterfall, Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery. CTFL certification is recognized as a prerequisite to all other ISTQB® certifications where Foundation Level is required.


The 2018 Foundation Level qualification is suitable for anyone who needs to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing including people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.

It is also appropriate for individuals who need a basic understanding of software testing including project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however, the candidate should have a basic working IT knowledge. It's recommended that all candidates attend a BCS accredited training course. 

Course Content

  • Fundamentals of testing  
  • Testing throughout the software development lifecycle  
  • Static testing 
  • Test techniques
  • Test management
  • Tool support for testing

Business Outcomes

A candidate who has achieved the Foundation Level Certificate should be able to:

  • Promote efficient and effective communication by using a common vocabulary for software testing
  • Understand fundamental concepts of software testing
  • Demonstrate understanding of how different development and testing practices, and different constraints on testing, may apply in optimizing testing to different contexts
  • Contribute effectively in reviews
  • Use established techniques for designing tests at all test levels
  • Interpret and execute tests from given test specifications, and report on test results
  • Understand test management principles for resources, strategies, planning, project control, and risk management
  • Write and communicate clear and understandable defect reports
  • Understand the project factors that drive the test priorities and test approach
  • Understand the value that software testing brings to stakeholders
  • Appreciate how testing activities and work products align with project objectives, measures, and targets
  • Assist in the selection and implementation process of testing tool

Benefits of CTFL Certification

  • Establishes your proficiency in Software Development and/or Testing
  • Increases your visibility and makes you a more valuable member within your organization
  • Imbibes the best practices in software development and/or testing and increase the success rate of your projects
  • CTFL Certified testers earn 20% more salary than testers not having CTFL Certification

Duration : 3 Days

Format : Classroom / Virtual

Exam Structure

No. of Questions: 40                        Total Points: 40

Passing Score: 26                           Exam Length (mins): 60

(+25% Non-Native Language)


Holders of this certification will be eligible to proceed to the next stage of the Core stream and take Test Analyst, Technical Test Analyst, or Test Management Advanced Level certifications. They may also choose to follow the Agile or Specialist streams to develop specific skills.