Course Category: Software Testing
Course Duration: 2 Days
Hours: 14 Contact Hours

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Course Overview

The ISTQB® Performance Testing (CT-PT) certification provides knowledge of the principal aspects of performance testing, including technical aspects, method-based aspects, and organizational aspects. Specifically pertaining to performance testing, it covers areas such as basic concepts, measurements, activities, tasks, and tools.

Who should attend?

The Performance Testing certification is aimed at anyone involved in software testing who wishes to broaden their knowledge of performance testing or anyone who wishes to start a specialist career in performance testing. The qualification is also aimed at anyone involved in performance engineering who wishes to gain a better understanding of performance testing.


A candidate aspiring to take Foundation Level Performance Testing 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.

Training and Exam Duration


Training: 2 Days

The course material shall be issued on the first day of the course during registration.

Exam: 90 Minutes

Exam Pattern

The ISTQB Performance Testing exam is comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions, with a pass mark grade of 65% (26/40) to be completed within 90 minutes. Participants that take the exam not in their spoken language, will receive additional 25% time.

Learning Objectives

Foundation Level Performance Testing candidates who have passed the Foundation Level “Performance Testing” syllabus exam should be able to accomplish the following Business Objectives:

  • Understand the basic concepts of performance efficiency and performance testing;
  • Define performance risks, goals, and requirements to meet stakeholder needs and expectations;
  • Understand performance metrics and how to collect them;
    Develop a performance test plan for achieving stated goals and requirements;
  • Conceptually design, implement, and execute basic performance tests;
    Analyze the results of a performance test and state implications to various stakeholders;
  • Explain the process, rationale, results, and implications of performance testing to various stakeholders;
  • Understand categories and uses for performance tools and criteria for their selection;
  • Determine how performance testing activities align with the software lifecycle.

Course Agenda

Basic Concepts

  • Principles of Performance Testing
  • Types of Performance Testing
  • Testing types in Performance Testing
    • Static testing
    • Dynamic testing
  • The Concept of Load Generation
  • Common Performance Efficiency Failure Modes and Their Causes

Performance Measurement Fundamentals

  • Typical Metrics Collected in Performance Testing
    • Why Performance Metrics are Needed
    • Collecting Performance Measurements and Metrics
    • Selecting Performance Metrics
  • Aggregating Results from Performance Testing
  • Key Sources of Performance Metrics
  • Typical Results of a Performance Test

Performance Testing in the Software Lifecycle

  • Principal Performance Testing Activities
    • Deriving Performance Test Objectives
    • The Performance Test Plan
    • Communicating about Performance Testing
  • Categories of Performance Risks for Different Architectures
    • Typical Communication Protocols
    • Transactions
    • Identifying Operational Profiles
    • Creating Load Profiles
    • Analyzing Throughput and Concurrency
    • Basic Structure of a Performance Test Script
    • Implementing Performance Test Scripts
    •  Preparing for Performance Test Execution
  • Performance Risks Across the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Performance Testing Activities

Performance Testing Tasks

  • Planning
  • Analysis, Design and Implementation
  • Execution
  • Analyzing Results and Reporting


  • Tool Support
  • Tool Suitability

Course Category: Software Testing
Course Duration: 2 Days
Hours: 14 Contact Hours