Certified Software Tester - Foundation Level (CSTFL)

Certification Overview

Certified Software Tester - Foundation Level (CSTFL)

Exam Code: CTFL-001

The Certified Software Tester – Foundation Level Exam is a first step in your career. You are not obligated to have testing experience. What you need is to understand is the general types of applications. The main goals are to ensure a broad understanding of the key concepts in software testing and provide a foundation for a future career growth. Another goal is to understand key concepts in software testing to advance level.

In the Certified Software Tester – Foundation Level Certification E-Course, you’ll learn the basic skills required of a software test professional and how testing fits into software development. Find out what it takes to be a successful software tester and how testing can add significant value to software development projects via our E-Course which is one of the best among all in Software Testing.

If you are exploring new career opportunities or want to stay current in the Software Testing field, our certification programs can provide you a focused career training and skill development for working professionals.

The exam for the Foundation Level has a theoretical nature and requires knowledge of software development – especially in the field of software testing.

The Foundation Level Certification is also a prerequisite for the Intermediate Level Certification exam.

E-Course Duration: 20 to 25 Hours

Exam Information

The exam comprises of 40 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score 65% (26 out of 40 correct) to pass the 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 (60 Minutes)

No external sources of information may be accessed during the exam at Pearson Vue Test Center. Further details of the materials permitted are provided:

  • Identification Proof
  • 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 Certified Software Tester - Foundation Level Certificate is valid for Four (4) Year's.

CSTFL™ is a Trademark of GAQM.


Note: The Certified Software Tester – Foundation Level Certification has no pre-requisites (Completion of an E-Course is not mandatory from GAQMBok portal), but we highly recommend doing the E-Course as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam.

Course Outline

1. The fundamentals of testing: Why is testing necessary? Harm caused by defects in software; root causes; testing and quality assurance; what is testing? General testing principles; Fundamental test process and the psychology of testing.

2. Testing throughout the software life cycle: Software development models; test levels, objectives, objects and targets of testing; functional, non-functional, structural and change-related testing; confirmation, regression and maintenance testing.

3. Static techniques: Reviews and the test process; typical formal review process; different types of review: informal review, technical review, walkthrough and inspection; static analysis tools.

4. Test design techniques: Identifying test conditions and designing test cases; equivalence partitioning; boundary value analysis; decision tables; state transition diagrams, use case testing; statement and decision coverage; control flows using statement testing and decision testing; experience based techniques; choosing techniques.

5. Business Analyst Skills Introduction to Business :

  • Introduction to Business Process Analysis
  • Why Business Analysis
  • Roles and responsibilities of a Business Analyst
  • Key concept of business analysis
  • What is domain knowledge?
  • How to adapt with different domains

6. Test management: Test organization, planning and estimation; ‘Standard for Software Test Documentation’ (IEEE 829); exit criteria; test progress monitoring and control; metrics and reporting; configuration management; risk and testing; incident management; incident reporting.

7. Tool support for testing: Types of test tool; effective use of tools; potential benefits and risks; introducing tools.

Target Audience

  • The Certified Software Tester – Foundation Level certification is aimed at anyone involved in software testing and includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.
  • It is also appropriate for anyone who wants a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.
  • Holders of the Foundation Level Certificate will be able to go on to a higher level software testing (Intermediate and Advanced) certification

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

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  • Valid for 40 days
  • The Package also includes E-Voucher/Access Key for Certification Exam
  • 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: 250 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: 128 USD


  • Validity: 240 Days
  • Price: 128 USD
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