Certified Software Testing Manager (CSTM)

Certification Overview

Certified Software Testing Manager (CSTM)

Exam Code: CSTM-001

The Certified Software Testing Manager (CSTM)® Certification establishes a worldwide standard for the assessment of the capabilities and competencies of software testing professionals that are working at, or soon will work at, the software testing management level. Acquiring the designation of CSTM® indicates a level of professional competence in both the principles and practices of software testing, demonstrating the skills and capabilities necessary to manage the software test function.

CSTM® Certification provides IT upper management a necessary tool to predict the likelihood of success of individuals applying for management level positions. The CSTM® Certification also provides the IT professional with an objective assessment of their management skills.

The CSTM® Certification was developed based on the Test Management Body of Knowledge (TMBOK) to fill the gap in the management skills required by test managers and test leads to effectively manage the test process, the test project and the test organization. Specifically, CSTM® aims at the following objectives:

  • Help individuals develop their test management skills through formal education
  • Establish a common skill set for software test managers and test leads based on a well-defined Test Management Body of Knowledge
  • Create a pool of qualified software test managers
  • Prepare test professionals, especially those who achieved Master Level Certification, for management and lead positions in software testing projects
  • Provide professional recognition and career enhancement for those who manage test projects

The Test Management Process Map

E-Course Duration: 30 to 35 Hours

e-Competence Framework (e-CF)

The mapping of this certificate against the e-Competence Framework. To know more on e-Competence Framework (e-CF) visit, ECF

Exam Information

  • The exam comprises of 100 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score a percentage of 70% (70 out of 100) to pass the exam.
  • Candidate can also opt for Certified Software Tester - Advanced Level (CSTAL) - Test Manager based on ISTQB Syllabus at the time of scheduling an exam.

Exams are online and proctored based, using a webcam and a reliable internet connection exams can be taken anywhere and anytime.

The total duration of the exam is 1 hour 10 minutes (70 Minutes).

No external sources of information may be accessed during the exam held via ProctorU. Further details of the materials permitted are provided:

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  • If a Candidate does not pass the exam in the second (2nd) attempt, the candidate must wait for a period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of their attempt to retake the exam for third (3rd) time or any subsequent time.
  • The exam can be taken any number of times.
  • The validity of the CSTM® Certifiate is for five (5) years, the candidate needs to either retake the exam or can complete the E-Course for CSTM® to accrue the number of continuing education units (CEUs) to renew the Certificate. Renewing the certificate will allow the candidate to retain the professional stature and credentials intact.
  • Certificates must be renewed on or before the expiration date (when they become inactive) to be current.

Certified Software Testing Manager (CSTM)® is a Registered Trademark of GAQM.


Note: The Certified Software Testing Manager (CSTM)® Certification has a pre-requisite (Completion of an E-Course is mandatory from GAQMBok portal) as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam

Course Outline

Module Information - 1

  • Test Organization
  • Test Organization And Independence
  • Tasks Of The Test Leader And Tester
  • Test Planning And Estimation
  • Test Planning
  • Test Planning Activities
  • Exit Criteria
  • Test Estimation
  • Test Approaches (Test Strategies)

Module Information - 2

  • Test Progress Monitoring And Control
  • Test Progress Monitoring
  • Test Reporting
  • Test Control
  • Configuration Management
  • Risk And Testing
  • Project Risks
  • Product Risks
  • Incident Management

Module Information -3

  • Testing Tools
  • Management Understanding
  • Independent Testing
  • Testing in Project Management
  • People issues in Testing
  • Testing Tools
  • Testing Tools - 2
  • Managing Expectations
  • Areas of Recommendations

Target Audience

  • Any person who has worked in software testing for at least 3 + years
  • People with a management or leadership role in testing
  • Development managers and development leads who wish to move to a test management or lead position
  • Auditors, inspectors, and others who must evaluate the work product of the testing process

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

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  • Valid for 40 days
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  • The E-Voucher/Access Key can be used via ProctorU Globally.
  • Includes E-certificate and Digital Badge if you qualify in the exam.
  • Course Duration: 40 Days
  • Price: 213 USD


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  • E-Course is Valid for 20 days
  • This Package doesn't includes E-Voucher for Certification Exam.
  • Candidate has to purchase the E-Voucher separately to take the Certification Exam.
  • Course Duration: 20 Days
  • Price: 70 USD


  • Validity: 240 Days
  • Price: 170 USD
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