Advanced Test Analyst—ISTQB Software Testing Certification Training

Course Description

An updated ALPI course is is available here.

Why choose ALPI for ISTQB Advanced Level Test Analyst 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 Advanced exam for free. Contact us for information about this unique benefit that gives you peace of mind.

This course provides test engineers with advanced skills in test analysis, design, and execution. This hands-on course provides test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the test strategy into action. The course will teach attendees how to analyze the system, taking into account the user’s quality expectations. They will learn how to evaluate system requirements as part of formal and informal reviews, using their understanding of the business domain to determine requirement validity. Attendees will know how to analyze, design, implement, and execute tests, using risk considerations to determine the appropriate effort and priority for tests. They will be able to report on testing progress and provide necessary evidence to support their evaluations of system quality. Attendees will learn how to implement a testing effort that supports the explicit and implicit testing objectives.

By the end of this course, an attendee should be able to:

  • Perform the appropriate testing activities based on the software development lifecycle being used.
  • Determine the proper prioritization of the testing activities based on the information provided by the risk analysis.
  • Select and apply appropriate testing techniques to ensure that tests provide an adequate level of confidence, based on defined coverage criteria.
  • Provide the appropriate level of documentation relevant to the testing activities.
  • Determine the appropriate types of functional testing to be performed.
  • Assume responsibility for the usability testing for a given project.
  • Effectively participate in formal and informal reviews with stakeholders, applying knowledge of typical mistakes made in work products.
Upon successful completion of the course exam, the candidate will receive the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Analyst Certificate (CTAL-TA) in Software Testing. Course price includes ISTQB exam ($249 value). Extended time for exams may be available for non-native English speakers. Requests should be made 2 weeks prior to class start.

Exam vouchers will be provided to Virtual Live (remote) class participants. Exams can now be taken from home or office! (remote proctoring available through March 2021) Alternatively, for a preview of exam center locations, please visit:

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.


4 day(s)


9 - 5 ET




Exercises reinforcing Learning Objectives help to understand and apply topics in the course.

Intended Audience

The target audience for this course includes:
  • Software testers
  • Senior testers
  • Test analysts
  • Test leads
  • Business analysts


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 Analyst Syllabus


Testing Process

  • Introduction
  • Testing in the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Test Planning, Monitoring and Control
    • Test Planning
    • Test Monitoring and Control
  • Test Analysis
  • Test Design
    • Concrete and Logical Test Cases
    • Creation of Test Cases
  • Test Implementation
  • Test Execution
  • Evaluating Exit Criteria and Reporting
  • Test Closure Activities

Test Management: Responsibilities for the Test Analyst

  • Introduction
  • Test Progress Monitoring and Control
  • Distributed, Outsourced and Insourced Testing
  • The Test Analyst’s Tasks in Risk-Based Testing
    • Overview
    • Risk Identification
    • Risk Assessment
    • Risk Mitigation

Test Techniques

  • Introduction
  • Specification-Based Techniques
    • Equivalence Partitioning
    • Boundary Value Analysis
    • Decision Tables
    • Cause-Effect Graphing
    • State Transition Testing
    • Combinatorial Testing Techniques
    • Use Case Testing
    • User Story Testing
    • Domain Analysis
    • Combining Techniques
  • Defect-Based Techniques
    • Using Defect-Based Techniques
    • Defect Taxonomies
  • Experience-Based Techniques
    • Error Guessing
    • Checklist-Based Testing
    • Exploratory Testing
    • Applying the Best Technique

Testing Software Quality Characteristics

  • Introduction
  • Quality Characteristics for Business Domain Testing
    • Accuracy Testing
    • Suitability Testing
    • Interoperability Testing
    • Usability Testing
    • Accessibility Testing


  • Introduction
  • Using Checklists in Reviews

Defect Management

  • Introduction
  • When Can a Defect be Detected?
  • Defect Report Fields
  • Defect Classification
  • Root Cause Analysis

Test Tools

  • Introduction
  • Test Tools and Automation
    • Test Design Tools
    • Test Data Preparation Tools
    • Automated Test Execution Tools