This was formally called ISEB Intermediate
The BCS Intermediate course extends the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level and covers those topics which are considered to be essential knowledge for a test professional - it is suitable for those who are engaged in any aspect of software testing (i.e. Test Analysis or Test Management). A pass in this certificate provides evidence that the candidate has proven analytical capability, having gained knowledge and practical skills in the key topics required for practicing software testing.
This three-day tutor-led course includes lectures, exercises and practical work. On the fourth day, the day after the course, delegates prepare and take the examination. It is fully-accredited by BCS Professional Certifications and they have rated it as SFIAplus level 4.
Who is it for?
The Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing is suitable for those who are engaged in any aspect of software testing and is aimed at those who seek a more practical approach to the core software testing material covered at ISTQB Foundation level. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers. This Intermediate Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts and management consultants.
The objectives for the Intermediate Certificate qualification are to:
- provide a sound basis for candidates intending to register for ISTQB Advanced Level examinations;
- ensure that candidates for any one of the ISTQB Advanced Level Examinations have a broad understanding of the other specialist areas;
- cover specific topic areas that the three specialisations (Test Managers, Test Analysts and Technical Test Analysts) should understand.
The testing skills acquired by attending courses run to this syllabus will be applicable to a wide range of testing challenges that the test practitioner might face. The general approach taught will provide a basis for the testing of software systems in general.
The entry criteria for candidates taking the Intermediate examination are as follows:
Candidates must hold the ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing AND either:
- have at least 18 months experience in software testing; OR
- have completed a BCS Professional Certifications accredited training course for the Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing ;
BUT preferably have all three of the above.
Note that it is recommended that you attend an accredited training course run by an accredited training provider, as the overall exam pass rates are notably higher for candidates attending such courses.
The course covers the following aspects of practical test management:
- Testing Fundamentals:
- Review of the Foundation Certificate syllabus; application domains; testing in the lifecycle; the fundamental test process.
- The principles of reviews; types of review; using different review types; performing a formal review.
- Testing and Risk:
- Introduction to risk and risk-based testing; risk management; product risk identification and analysis.
- Test Management:
- Test policy, test strategy, test plans; entry and exit criteria; estimating techniques; test monitoring; incident management process.
- Test Analysis:
- Fundamentals of test analysis; test environment requirements; selection of techniques; coverage measures.