Advanced Level Test Automation Engineering—ISTQB Software Testing Certification Training

Course Description

Why choose ALPI for ISTQB Advanced Level Test Automation Engineering 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 participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide a test automation project. The course focuses on 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 lifecycle approaches (e.g., agile, sequential, incremental, iterative), types of software systems (e.g., embedded, distributed, mobile) and test types (functional and non-functional testing).

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

  • 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.

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.
Upon successful completion of the course exam, the candidate will receive the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer Certificate (CTAL-TAE) in Software Testing. Total price includes $1950 course plus $249 ISTQB exam fee.


Duration

3 day(s)

Time

9 - 5 ET

Price

$2,199

Labs

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
  • Software developers
  • Anyone wishing to gain the ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer certificate
  • Appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software test automation, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors, and management consultants

The certification is aimed at professionals who are working within a tool supported software testing environment. It is also for professionals who are planning to start working within a tool supported software testing environment in the future, or are working within companies that plan to do so.

People possessing an ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer certificate may use the Certified Tester Advanced Level acronym: CTAL-TAE.


Prerequisites

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 Automation Engineer Syllabus


Outline

Introduction and Objectives for Test Automation

  • Purpose of Test Automation
  • Success Factors in Test Automation

Preparing for Test Automation

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

The Generic Test Automation Architecture

  • Introduction to gTAA
    • Overview of the gTAA
    • Test Generation Layer
    • Test 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

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

Test Automation Reporting and Metrics

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

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

Verifying the TAS

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

Continuous Improvement

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