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Course Duration: 3 Days
Hours: 21 Contact Hours

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About the Program

The ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) advanced level certifications are part of the ISTQB internationally recognised software testing qualifications that include the following certifications:

Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)
Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL)
Certified Tester Expert Level.

The Certified Tester Advanced Level comprises of three distinct core certifications namely Test Manager, Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst and two specialist certifications, Security Tester and Test Automation Engineer.

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.

Who will Benefit

The Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer qualification is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in automation testing.

Participants Benefit

As an Advanced Test Automation Engineer, you should find yourself able to contribute to your company’s business outcomes in the following ways:

  • 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.


A candidate aspiring to take the test automation engineer advanced level 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 at Advanced Level, 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.

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

Skills Gained

Certified Advanced Test Automation Engineers should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas

  • Explain the objectives, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of test automation.
  • Identify technical success factors of a test automation project.
  • Analyze a system under test to determine the appropriate automation solution.
  • Analyze test automation tools for a given project and report technical findings and recommendations.
  • Understand “design for testability” and “design for test automation” methods applicable to the SUT.
  • Explain the structure of the Generic Test Automation Architecture.
  • Analyze factors of implementation, use, and maintenance requirements for a given Test Automation Solution.
  • Explain the factors to be considered when identifying reusability of components.
  • Apply guidelines that support effective test tool pilot and deployment activities.
  • Analyze deployment risks and identify technical issues that could lead to failure of the test automation project, and plan mitigation strategies.
  • Understand which factors support and affect maintainability.
  • Classify metrics that can be used to monitor the test automation strategy and effectiveness.
  • Explain how a test execution report is constructed and published.
  • Apply criteria for determining the suitability of tests for automation.
  • Understand the factors in transitioning from manual to automation testing.
  • Explain the factors to consider in implementing automated regression testing, new feature testing, and confirmation testing.
  • Verify the correctness of an automated test environment including test tool setup.
  • Verify the correct behaviour for a given automated test script and/or test suite.
  • Analyze the technical aspects of a deployed test automation solution and provide recommendations for 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 CTAL- 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