If you are looking for a certified tester for your software project, you can easily find Outsourcing professionals thanks to the ISTQB certification system. The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) offers the world’s most popular seal of approval.
The non-profit organisation has assessed software testers on various relevant qualifications with standardised testing procedures since 2002. The certificates, which are classed according to complexity, classify the ISTQB testers hierarchically in the categories Foundation CTFL, Advanced CTAL and Expert CTEL.
The tests are offered internationally and performed in licenced test facilities according to a uniform scheme. This guarantees a standard of quality across national borders. There are now over 400,000 ISTQB Certified Testers around the world, and every quarter 13,000 new ISTQB Testers join them. ISTQB is the world’s largest certification authority for software testers. It’s important to have a look at the knowledge required for each level to find the best suited certified tester.
What an ISTQB Certified Tester should know
With a tailored methodology and the right software testing tools for every software project, an ISTQB Certified Tester ensures that the software meets the desired specifications.
A Certified Tester will take over the following tasks:
Test management and test coordination
Cooperation with development and quality management
>Creating test concepts and test specifications
Creating test cases and test scenarios for business and technical requirements
Performing and documenting integration, system and acceptance testing of test runs in the test levels
Acceptance of the software and hand over to productive operation.
The ISTQB offers tiered knowledge certification to set a standard of expertise for each level.
ISTQB Certified Testers at Foundation Level know the necessary basics such as software life cycle, statistical tests, test case design technique and usual test tools.
ISTQB Certified Testers atAdvanced Level expand upon this knowledge and have to be able to demonstrate 18 months of practical experience in software projects.
An ISTQB Certified Tester atExpert Level has additional specific skills for building and managing test teams, as well as deeper knowledge in the technical design, improvement and automation of test routines.
The mix has to be right
A Certified Tester does not have to be a real software developer. However, they should have good basic knowledge of the programming languages, development environments, test tools and collaboration tools that are being used. Since it differs from project to project and from team to team, just focusing on the label ISTQB Tester will not be enough. It has much more to do with additional qualifications that help in selecting a software tester.
Once you have exactly defined the knowledge profile, you can look for a Certified Tester in India. In the country, which is well-known for its excellent IT experts, you can find an ISTQB Certified Tester at especially low rates.
At Outsourcing4work we can help you in your search and will find you a highly-qualified ISTQB Certified Tester who will fit your needs exactly. You can hire them at a fixed price for a specific test task, or as a temporary employee for your team.
We won’t leave you on your own afterwards! We ensure optimal communication between all parties with our project managers who are experienced in Scrum/Agile, and efficient implementation of all test processes according to your exact instructions.
Software testers play an important role in software development. It is important to have knowledgeable software testers on your team in the development to ensure error-free and perfectly working software. These testers should work as closely to your development team as possible.
It is a huge mistake when companies compromise on the technical quality of the software tester, or don’t use software testers to their full potential. The best option is to outsource to a professional Indian software tester with many years of experience.
What a software tester should know
A good software tester will ensure that the code is programmed with the correct semantics, the performance complies with the requirements and the user experience is as close to the needs of the users as possible. They use test routines, tools and manual tests to guarantee it.
An experienced software tester will know the basics of the programming languages and the development environment used, and is trained in the use of appropriate tools. Mobile apps require different test routines than for web applications in HTML/PHP, or Windows applications developed with .NET.
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In addition to this knowledge, certification from the Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) will also let you be sure that the software tester is experienced in the general methods, and will know what to do in test scenarios.
And finally, just like in other job, professional references are a great way to learn about the software tester. These not only show the software tester’s knowledge, but also their teamwork ability and their professionalism. Since efficient cooperation is especially important for an Indian software tester who will be working over distance, experience with Scrum – Workflows and collaboration tools pays off.
India is full of professionals
An Indian software tester with years of experience is usually much more affordable than a European junior software developer. Using such experts in software development will lead to an increase in quality, as well as cost savings.
Outsourcing4work can provide you with an Indian software tester from India who you can hire for a fixed price for specific test work, or as a temporary employee in your team. We ensure optimal communication between all parties with our project managers who are experienced in Scrum/Agile, and efficient implementation of all test processes according to your exact instructions.
ISTQB Certified Testers can provide their expertise in software testing through a globally recognised certification process. The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) offers a range of various certificates depending on experience and expertise to verified knowledge through standardised testing.
ISTQB Certified Tester as a label of quality has caught on all over the world and is now often seen in job advertisements listed under the requirements. But what exactly should an ISTQB Certified Tester be able to do?
Basics for every ISTQB Certified Tester
With a tailored methodology and the right software testing tools for every software project, ISTQB Certified Testers ensure that the software meets the desired specifications.
They will check that programs run error-free and that the program code, languages, libraries and APIs interact successfully on the target hardware. While the main focus is on software bugs, aspects such as the proper function of the interface also play an important role.
An experienced ISTQB Certified Tester is able to design scenarios and appropriate test cases for test concepts and test specifications. They work very closely together with the responsible software developers, and in particular with the respective project manager.
Because ISTQB offers several different certifications graded on the level of knowledge, you should know the difference between them before choosing an ISTQB Certified Tester.
ISTQB Certified Tester at Foundation Level
The Foundation Level is the entry point for a ISTQB Certified Tester. They have the fundamentals such as the software life cycle, statistical tests, test case design processes and the popular test tools. Because knowledge is purely theoretical, an ISTQB Certified Testers at the Foundation Level should therefore already have good experience in software development so they can put their knowledge to use.
ISTQB Certified Tester at Advanced Level
Now is when it gets interesting with this level of certification. It builds on the foundation level and requires a minimum of 18 months’ practical experience in software projects. Existing knowledge is deepened and the participants are introduced to the tasks of a test manager.
ISTQB Certified Tester at Expert Level
The software tester will have additional specific skills for building and managing test teams. An in-depth knowledge of technical design and the improvement and automation of test routines is also part of an ISTQB Certified Tester’s role. This can be an especially large advantage in smaller developer teams with only one software tester.
Software tester as an Outsourcing professionals
You can easily find an experienced software tester abroad with the quality assurance from ISTQB. If you would like to add an ISTQB Certified Tester to your team as a virtual team member, you should make sure they have already reached the advanced level. If they will be working completely independently as a software tester, then it might even be recommended to use one at the Expert Level.
The knowledge represented by ISTQB are ideally combined with many years of experience in software development, of course, in addition to at least a basic know-how in programming languages and software frameworks that are being used.
Once you know what the profile of the ISTQB Certified Tester should include, it is often easy to find the suitable Outsourcing professionals from India who are also familiar with Scrum project management.
Outsourcing4work is specialised in providing Indian IT professionals and can take over the recruiting and even the subsequent coordination for you. We employ our own Scrum project managers who are well-versed in the online management of offshore freelancers. The contracts are concluded directly with us as a European company for your security and convenience. We have various contract models for fixed price projects or for services billed hourly. We can make a suitable offer for every project!