Course Category: Agile MethodsSoftware Testing
Course Duration: 2 Days
Hours: 14 Contact Hours

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Background and Objectives

The Certified Tester – Agile Tester (CTFL-AT) is for professionals working within Agile environments. It is also for professionals who are planning to start implementing Agile methods in the near future, or are working within companies that plan to do so. The certification provides an advantage for those who would like to know the required Agile Test activities, roles, methods, and methodologies specific to their role.

Upon completion of the course, the participants should be able to demonstrate skills in the following areas:

  • The Fundamentals of Agile Software Development
  • The different agile approaches
  • The Differences between Testing in Traditional and Agile Approaches
  • Testing in Agile Projects
  • Roles and skills of a tester in Agile Projects
  • Agile testing techniques and methods
  • Assess product quality risks within an Agile project
  • Estimate testing effort based on iteration content and quality risks
  • Tools in Agile Projects

Skills Gained

An Agile Tester can:

  • Collaborate in a cross-functional Agile team being familiar with principles and basic practices of Agile software development.
  • Adapt existing testing experience and knowledge to Agile values and principles.
  • Support the Agile team in planning test-related activities.
  • Apply relevant methods and techniques for testing in an Agile project.
  • Assist the Agile team in test automation activities.
  • Assist business stakeholders in defining understandable and testable user stories, scenarios, requirements and acceptance criteria as appropriate.
  • Work and share information with other team members using effective communication styles and channels.


A candidate aspiring to take the Certified Tester – Agile Tester (CTFL-AT) exam is required to be certified in ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) or ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing.

There are no pre-requisites to attending the course only for education and knowledge purposes.

Who will Benefit

This certification is beneficial for anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of software testing in the Agile world, such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors, and Management Consultants.

This course is for Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Test Managers, User Acceptance Testers, and Software Developers and anyone interested in Software Testing and/or Agile.

Training and Exam Duration

Training: 2 days
The course material shall be issued on the first day of the course during registration.

Exam: One hour duration

The exam is held separately from the training course.

Most course participants take the exam within two weeks or earlier from the course completion date.

Course Content

1 Agile Software Development

1.1 The Fundamentals of Agile Software Development
1.1.1 Basic concept of Agile software development based on the Agile Manifesto
1.1.2 Advantages of the whole-team approach
1.1.3 Benefits of early and frequent feedback

1.2 Aspects of Agile Approaches
1.2.1 Agile software development approaches
1.2.2 User stories in collaboration with developers and business representatives
1.2.3 Use of retrospectives as a mechanism for process improvement in Agile projects
1.2.4 Use and purpose of continuous integration
1.2.5 Differences between iteration and release planning

2 Fundamental Agile Testing Principles, Practices and Processes

2.1 The Differences between Testing in Traditional and Agile Approaches
2.1.1 Differences between testing activities in Agile projects and non-Agile projects
2.1.2 Integration of development and testing activities in Agile projects
2.1.3 Role of independent testing in Agile projects

2.2 Status of Testing in Agile Projects
2.2.1 Tools and techniques used to communicate the test status, test progress and product quality in an Agile project
2.2.2 Process of evolving tests across multiple iterations and explain why test automation is important to manage regression risk in Agile projects

2.3 Role and Skills of a Tester in an Agile Team
2.3.1 Skills (people, domain, and testing) of a tester in an Agile team
2.3.2 Role of a tester within an Agile team

3 Agile Testing Methods, Techniques and Tools

3.1 Agile Testing Methods
3.1.1 Concepts of test-driven development, acceptance test-driven development, and behavior-driven development
3.1.2 Concepts of test pyramid
3.1.3 Testing quadrants and their relationships with testing levels and testing types
3.1.4 Role of a tester in a Scrum team

3.2 Assessing Quality Risks and Estimating Test Effort
3.2.1 Assess quality risks within an Agile project
3.2.2 Estimate testing effort based on iteration content and quality risks

3.3 Techniques in Agile Projects
3.3.1 Information for supporting testing activities
3.3.2 Define testable acceptance criteria
3.3.3 Acceptance test-driven development test cases
3.3.4 Test cases using black box test design techniques for both functional and non-functional behavior
3.3.5 Exploratory testing to support an Agile project

3.4 Tools in Agile Projects
3.4.1 Tools available to testers according to their purpose and to activities in Agile projects

Exam Pattern

The Certified Tester – Agile Tester (CTFL-AT) exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions that total to 40 marks.

The exam is closed-book, i.e. no materials are allowed to be used. The candidate must achieve at least 65% (26 out of 40) of the total score possible.

Result and Certificate

Those who pass shall receive the credential certificate from American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), USA. The certificate has the seals of ISTQB and ASTQB. E-certificate will be issued to successful candidates.  Results are known on completion of the examination.