Course Category: Software Testing
Course Duration: 3 Days
Hours: 21 Contact Hours

About the Program

The ISTQB® Test Automation Engineer (CT-TAE) certification focuses on the design, development, and maintenance of test automation solutions. It also covers the concepts, methods, tools, and processes for automating dynamic functional tests, and the relationship of those tests to test management, configuration management, defect management, software development processes, and quality assurance. Methods described are generally applicable across a variety of software life cycle approaches, types of software systems, and test types.

Course Objectives

  • To provide an understanding of test automation issues that goes beyond the ISTQB Foundation level.
  • Giving participants the knowledge and skills required to become an Advanced Test Automation Engineer.
  • Test Automation Engineer makes you a leader in one of the most important testing activities.


A candidate aspiring to take the test automation engineer qualification is required to be certified in ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) or ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and have sufficient practical experience to be certified which should be not less than 3 (three) years of relevant academic, practical, or consulting experience.

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

Who will Benefit

The Test Automation Engineer certification is aimed at people who already have experience in software testing and who wish to further develop their expertise in automation testing.

Participants Benefit

Advanced Level testers who have passed the “Advanced Test Automation Engineer” module exam should be able to accomplish the following Business Objectives:


  • Contribute to the development of a plan to integrate automated testing within the testing process.
  • Evaluate tools and technology for automation best fit to each project and organization.
  • Create an approach and methodology for building a test automation architecture (TAA).
  • Design and develop (new or modified) test automation solutions that meet the business needs.
  • Enable the transition of testing from a manual to an automated approach.
  • Create automated test reporting and metrics collection.
  • Manage and optimize testing assets to facilitate maintainability and address evolving (test) systems.

Course Outline

1. Introduction and Objectives for Test Automation

  • Purpose of Test Automation
  • Success Factors in Test Automation

2. Preparing for Test Automation

  • SUT Factors Influencing Test Automation
  • Evaluation and Selection
  • Design for Testability and Automation

3. The Generic Test Automation Architecture

  • Introduction to gTAA
    • Overview of the gTAA
    • Test Generation Layer
    • Definition Layer
    • Test Execution Layer
    • Test Adaptation Layer
    • Configuration Management of a TAS
    • Project Management of a TAS
    • TAS Support for Test Management
  • TAA Design
    • Introduction to TAA Design
    • Approaches for Automating Test Cases
    • Technical considerations of the SUT
    • Considerations for Development/QA Processes
  • TAS Development
    • Introduction to TAS Development
    • Compatibility between the TAS and the SUT
    • Synchronization between TAS and SUT
    • Building Reuse into the TAS
    • Support for a Variety of Target Systems

4. Deployment Risks and Contingencies

  • Selection of Test Automation Approach and Planning of Deployment/Rollout
    • Pilot Project
    • Deployment
    • Deployment of the TAS Within the Software Lifecycle
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies
  • Test Automation Maintenance
    • Types of Maintenance
    • Scope and Approach

5. Test Automation Reporting and Metrics

  • Selection of TAS Metrics
  • Implementation of Measurement
  • Logging of the TAS and the SUT
  • Test Automation Reporting

6. Transitioning Manual Testing to an Automated Environment

  • Criteria for Automation
  • Identify Steps Needed to Implement Automation within Regression Testing
  • Factors to Consider when Implementing Automation within New Feature Testing
  • Factors to Consider when Implementing Automation of Confirmation Testing

7. Verifying the TAS

  • Verifying Automated Test Environment Components
  • Verifying the Automated Test Suite

8. Continuous Improvement

  • Options for Improving Test Automation
  • Planning the Implementation of Test Automation Improvement

Training and Exam Duration

Training: 3 days
The course material shall be issued on the first day of the course during registration.

Exam: 90 minutes duration

Exam Pattern

The Test Automation Engineer exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark grade of 65% to be completed within 90 minutes.

The questions are of differing difficulty and therefore assigned differing amounts of points. The exam is closed-book, i.e. no materials are allowed to be used.

Course Category: Software Testing
Course Duration: 3 Days
Hours: 21 Contact Hours

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