Advanced Level Test Manager—ISTQB Software Testing Certification Training

Course Description


Why choose ALPI for ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager certification training?
  • ALPI's training is accredited by ASTQB, the U.S. Board for ISTQB certification, so you can be certain you are getting excellent training quality.
  • We use certified live instructors in both our in-person and virtual classes so you can ask questions and get answers right away.
  • We focus on real-world examples.
  • We teach using interactive, hands-on exercises.
  • This ALPI course is eligible for a free refresher guarantee so you can re-take the course within 4 months at no additional charge. Plus, if you meet the criteria, you could also re-take your exam for free. Contact us for information about this unique benefit that gives you peace of mind.

This five day course leads to the ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Certification.

The course focuses on testing topics including testing processes, risk management, test planning and control, reporting, resourcing, communication, team development, test process improvement, defect classification and tool support. Candidates will be given exercises, practice exams and learning aids for the ISTQB Advanced Test Manager certification. We suggest that attendees hold the ISTQB Foundation Level certificate, especially if they intend to take the ISTQB exam, but non-certificate holders can also benefit from this course.

By the end of this course, an attendee should be able to:
  • Implement the mission, goals and testing processes established for the testing organization.
  • Organize and lead risk management activities and use risks to drive test planning and reporting.
  • Create and implement test plans consistent with organizational policies and test strategies.
  • Continuously monitor and control the test activities to achieve project objectives.
  • Assess and report relevant and timely test status.
  • Identify skills and resource gaps in their test team and participate in sourcing adequate resources.
  • Identify and plan test team skills development.
  • Propose a business case for test activities that outlines the costs and benefits expected.
  • Ensure proper communication within the test team and with other project stakeholders.
  • Actively lead test process improvement initiatives.
  • Design & implement a defect classification scheme.
  • Apply tools to support testing.
This course prepares you for the ISTQB Advanced Test Manager exam. You have the option to add the ISTQB exam for $249 when registering for class. Passing the exam will grant you an ISTQB CTAL-TM certification. Extended time requests should be made 2 weeks prior to class start for non-native English speakers.
  • For participants attending class remotely (Virtual Live), the exam can be scheduled online from home/office or by visiting a test center. Visit ISTQB Online Exam Information and Locate a Test Center for details.
  • For participants attending class in Chevy Chase, MD, the exam will be administered on last day of class, ending by 5pm, so please plan your travel accordingly.


5 day(s)


9 - 5 ET




Real-world practical exercises reinforce Learning Objectives and help to understand and apply topics in the course and prepare for the exam.

Intended Audience

The target audience for this course includes:
  • Testers
  • Test Analysts
  • Test Engineers
  • Test Consultants
  • Test Managers
  • Anyone wishing to gain the ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager Certificate

The Advanced Level certificates are also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants.


You must have obtained an ISTQB Foundation Level Certification (CTFL) to be eligible for Advanced Level Certification and have 3 years of experience.

Prior to attending class please download and review the following document: Advanced Level Test Manager Syllabus


Testing Process

  • Introduction
  • Test Planning, Monitoring and Control
    • Test Planning
    • Test Monitoring and Control
  • Test Analysis
  • Test Design
  • Test Implementation
  • Test Execution
  • Evaluating Exit Criteria and Reporting
  • Test Closure Activities

Test Management

  • Introduction
  • Test Management in Context
    • Understanding Testing Stakeholders
    • Additional Software Development Lifecycle Activities and Work Products
    • Alignment of Test Activities and Other Lifecycle Activities
    • Managing Non-Functional Testing
    • Managing Experience-Based Testing
  • Risk-Based Testing and Other Approaches for Test Prioritization and Effort Allocation
    • Risk-Based Testing
    • Risk-Based Testing Techniques
    • Other Techniques for Test Selection
    • Test Prioritization and Effort Allocation in the Test Process
  • Test Documentation and Other Work Products
    • Test Policy
    • Test Strategy
    • Master Test Plan
    • Level Test Plan
    • Project Risk Management
    • Other Test Work Products
  • Test Estimation
  • Defining and Using Test Metrics
  • Business Value of Testing
  • Distributed, Outsourced, and Insourced Testing
  • Managing the Application of Industry Standards


  • Introduction
  • Management Reviews and Audits
  • Managing Reviews
  • Metrics for Reviews
  • Formal Reviews

Defect Management

  • Introduction
  • The Defect Lifecycle and the Software Development Lifecycle
    • Defect Workflow and States
    • Managing Invalid and Duplicate Defect Reports
    • Cross-Functional Defect Management
  • Defect Report Information
  • Assessing Process Capability with Defect Report Information

Improving the Testing Process

  • Introduction
  • Test Improvement Process
    • Introduction to Process Improvement
    • Types of Process Improvement
  • Improving the Testing Process
  • Improving the Testing Process with TMMi
  • Improving the Testing Process with TPI Next
  • Improving the Testing Process with CTP
  • Improving the Testing Process with STEP

Test Tools and Automation

  • Introduction
  • Tool Selection
    • Open-Source Tools
    • Custom Tools
    • Return on Investment (ROI)
    • Selection Process
  • Tool Lifecycle
  • Tool Metrics

People Skills – Team Composition

  • Introduction
  • Individual Skills
  • Test Team Dynamics
  • Fitting Testing Within an Organization
  • Motivation
  • Communication