I’m looking at some general QA certification programs that are not tool-based certifications. Offerings in Australia are divided into two steams – the ISEB (delivered by several different companies and recognised internationally), and the CSTP (developed and delivered by K. J. Ross & Associates, and recognised in Australia only).

ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing

  • Introductory level
  • 3 day course (~$2000 – $3000)
  • Internationally recognised
  • Endorsed by the Australian Computer Society and the Institute of Engineers Australia

ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Software Testing

  • Builds on ISEB Foundation Certificate (which is a pre-requisite)
  • 9 day course (~$9000)
  • Not offered by most of the companies who offer the Foundation certificate as there are more stringent requirements on who can deliver this training. PlanIT seems to be the only company who is able to deliver this training.

CSTP Foundation

  • Introductory level
  • Recognised in Australia only
  • Seems to have more depth than ISEB Foundation.
  • 5 day course (~$3000)

CSTP Advanced

  • Builds on CSTP Foundation (which is a pre-requisite)
  • 13 day course (~$8000)
  • Divided into 3 streams – Non-Functional Testing, Test Automation, and Test Management.

Update: ISEB has now been replaced by ISTQB, but the content and structure is very simlar. The CSTP is now offered by KJR&A and Object Consulting.


Published On: February 9, 2004Tags: ,