ISTQB Test Automation Engineer

Course Overview

The ISTQB Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer Course is a three to a four-day  course. Each training day shall start at 9.00 and finish at 1

In today’s world when skipping the testing phase is quite impossible for companies wishing to be competitive, one step ahead before everybody and that desire to have the trust of their clients, it is a necessity to find a way to test better and faster the products. After all, it is all about reputation – we all know that a bad reference from a client can easily make all the good ones irrelevant.

It is also impossible to test everything – not only this is a principle of testing, but also, imagine the efforts, the time and the expenses needed to do so. It may last as long as the “Bold and the Beautiful”, and even longer.

This is where the need of test automation comes – do not be mistaken – a huge investment of time and resources should be done in the beginning and only then, after a period of time you will be able to test the product faster and cheaper. Of course, it is impossible to automate everything, but even the 30% automation allows you to focus more on developing the team’s skills, on the high – level tasks and on making the product even better.

The ISTQB Advanced Level – Test Automation Course, developed in 2016 by ISTQB, explains in an understandable manner the typical and not so typical tasks of a test automation engineer in designing, developing, maintaining and performing test automation solutions.


Course Objectives

The course will help students to understand:

  • Explain the objectives, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of test automation
  • Identify technical success factors of a test automation project
  • Analyze test automation tools for a given project and report technical findings and recommendations
  • Explain the factors of implementation, use, and maintenance requirements for a given Test Automation Solution
  • Analyze deployment risks and identify technical issues that could lead to failure of the test automation project, and plan mitigation strategies
  • Classify metrics that can be used to monitor the test automation strategy and effectiveness
  • Apply criteria for determining the suitability of tests for automation
  • Understand the factors in transitioning from manual to automation testing
  • Verify the correctness of an automated test script and/or test suite
  • Verify the correct behavior 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


Who Should Attend

  • Testers
  • Test Managers
  • Test Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • QA Managers
  • Test Consultants
  • Testers specialized in the UAT
  • IT Directors
  • Others



This is Advanced level course and assumes knowledge of software testing terms and topics covered in ISTQB Foundation Level syllabus.

Basic understanding of programming languages (e.g. Java) is necessary to successfully follow hands-on exercises.


Course Outline



  • The Advanced Level – Test Automation Engineer Certification Exam has the form of a multiple – choice test and consists of 40 questions in English.
  • The correct answers bring one, two or three points. Passing score – 65% or 49 points (maximum possible points – 70). Duration of the test – 113 minutes (almost 2 hours).
  • To take the exam, you should hold the ISTQB Foundation Level certificate and have at least 3 years of practical experience or as a consultant.