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Welcome to SQA, Rosa. I am not sure your question makes sense; QA is an abbreviation for "Quality Assurance", and often is used as a synonym for testing. ISTQB is a type of certification for testers. See also Do ISTQB/ISEB Testing Certificates prove that someone can test? and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caps_lock.


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The best way to help your career is to learn how to test and become very good at it. James Bach has a really good post directed at new testers, that is worth reading (lots of recommendations) and he says this about certifications: Don’t get certified. There are no respectable commercial testing certifications. If you are forced to get certified for ...


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No, absolutely. The problem with ISTQB Syllabus is that it does not really reflect modern approaches and methodologies (especially in agile environments). I attended ISTQB training recently myself and I must say that at least half of it was useless (problems that were mentioned do not exist in agile team to which I belong). But... Although it does not say ...


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Technical Test Analyst most closely aligns with "Test Engineer" whereas the Test Analyst is just a tester. Engineer or Technical implies the knowledge and capability to do more than just stay on the surface but to be able to dig around into the engineering makeup of an application or product. If you were doing some oil rig testing, you would want an ...


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I think the differences are best explained by comparing their skill sets: From my personal experience: Technical test analyst is involved with more test automation. Test analyst is involved with more business UAT. The borderline between them is not strictly black-white, most of the time, it is merely a title. It does not mean a test analyst can not do ...


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Your title mentions ITIL training, while your question talks about ITIL certification. Training and certification are not the same thing. You may find some benefit from the training, while the certification may provide little to no value. To examine the training aspect, look at what you will learn during any classes, look at the syllabus, etc. Decide if ...


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The career path most definitely exists if you make it for yourself. I know of a few testers who have gone on to purely security. Functional approaches and security approaches can often overlap each other, and many of those who I speak with in the security field are grateful for their previous test experience. After a time however, I've found that often ...


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"The answer to any sufficiently complex question is, It Depends" In this case, I think it depends on where you work. Where I work (msft), I don't manage people, but I am at a fairly high "level" within the organization. I choose not to manage people because it allows me to do more of the work that I enjoy doing. I've never been a consultant, but I'm told my ...


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Testing certifications are crap. Suck it up and do a Comp Sci degree as it will leave you with far more tech related options than QA. What if you decide you don't like QA?


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None, personally I have signed the professional tester's manifesto, because I think tester certifications currently do not make sense. Mainly they are to theoretical and pretty useless in the real world if you ask me. One course that might be interesting is the Certified Agile Tester path. It is one of the only courses that has a practical exam of 2 hours. ...


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I have 2 years of experience in manual testing, and I am currently learning automation testing in my spare time. Great, try and implement some of the techniques you are using in your spare time at your work too. This will lead to a great deal of success at learning and speed up your manual testing process drastically. My primary cause for Automation at most ...


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Project Management Institute is one of the most well-known. More at https://www.pmi.org/certification/agile-management-acp.aspx Another leader is: https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications which breaks out various roles including developer A personal note is that in my experience this certifications will make you entry-level and only a year or two in ...


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You have a few options if you want to become a security QA. CEH: please bear in mind, CEH council needs you to demonstrate that you have worked in software security industry for a few years otherwise you will have to attend their training course. ISTQB security tester certificate. Kali Linux certificate. As a test engineer or QA engineer it is very ...


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Well to learn about testing I would suggest not to go for any certification. It won't do much good. Rather read blogs and articles about testing. Follow expert testers like Scott Barber, Cem Kaner, Jerry Weinberg, James Bach, Michael Bolton, Brad Pettichord and many others. Read their blogs and books written by them. Read about psychology. Practice testing ...


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What kind of certification are you talking about? You wrote something about foundation certification, I'm assuming it to be ISTQB. Well I have one of those and it didn't help me in any way. I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know before it. I didn't get promoted. My pay scale is still the same. If you are looking to widen your skill set, then ...


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I agree with Suchit, certifications and career advancement are very different. The majority of Testing Managers I've worked for or with have had very little testing experience but were promoted for one reason or another. Some companies may prefer to hire professional managers (MBAs) for certain jobs while other companies would rather promote someone with ...


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Do you like management ? If not, then the career path us not obvious... You can become a consultant, a specialist - or stay as a tester. That's what I am, I've done test management and consultancy but being a great tester is my chosen career path at the moment


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The conversation about certification is a totally another topic, and I would leave it out of here. Certifications won't play a major or an important role in your career path. Options are many, but mainly I would divide into management track and technology track. I have worked with CEO who was formerly a QA Engineer, attained his MBA and advanced to ...


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I assume you are currently a University student? Have you checked in with your advisors and/or the placement office at your school? I wonder what kind of advice schools are offering these days, and if they are capable of guiding you... Have you considered transferring into an IT program? That's very often a good way of gaining a useful background that ...


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Yes and No. Hiring managers might like certifications, but here in the Netherlands the two most asked certifications are ISTQB and T-Map. So the ones you name might not be useful in Europe. Also read this question: Do ISTQB/ISEB Testing Certificates prove that someone can test? Personally I am a follower of the http://www.professionaltestersmanifesto.org/ ...


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The level of difficulty depends on how much you already know before seating for an exam. Have a go and if you don't pass, don't be upset, review again and try again. A combination of experience plus revision is a good start. Review as much as you can and while reviewing, do mockup exams, there are tonnes of it online. While I was studying I was taking ...


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As a test engineer or QA engineer it is very important to have at least one of the Software testing certifications. This will help to broaden the software testing knowledge, also helpful for testing employees to get the promotion in their respective field in large MNC’s. This is merely a myth. Most certifications out there don't really help you learn ...


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Lets first take the definition of the words in that sentence: Fundamental: forming a necessary base or core; of central importance. Design: a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of an object before it is built or made. Generation: the production of something. Implementation: the process of putting a decision or plan into ...


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No, but it normally proves, you that you will understand what the ISTQB test manager and the other ISTQB tester mean. Many project managers think that testing is that obvious that one need no education for it, it is certainly wrong. A big value is - one would not disturb good testing process by implementing his not-understanding about testing and qa.


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Certifications can only prove that certified personal has knowledge. But In order to be a good tester , we need to apply knowledge. ISTQB certification test only knowledge but not on how to apply knowledge. There can be still dumb testers even with ISTQB certificates.


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The answer will depend on your current employer, what industry they're in, how hard you are willing to work, how flexible you are, and where you live. While testing can be an interesting and rewarding job, there is only so far you can go as a tester. However, you can use what you learn as a tester to move into another kind of job in the same industry, e.g. ...


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The following thread includes discussions regarding the value of certifications in the software testing profession in general: Do ISTQB/ISEB Testing Certificates prove that someone can test? It doesn't answer your specific question regarding ITIL certification, but should be pretty informative.


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The CA who signed the certificate ought to be in the browser's list of trusted CA's; otherwise, the browser may report a problem or even prevent you from reaching the site. As I understand it, a wildcarded CA is wildcarded relative to a subdomain. You should verify that it does in fact work with every applicable subdomain. (You can do that by testing ...


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To determine if any certification is an aid to gaining employment, here's a method I used in the past, that you could use too: http://www.allthingsquality.com/2010/04/software-qa-certifications-aid-to.html Go to a jobs website (like Monster.com) Search for "Software QA" Note the number of jobs returned Add a search term for the certification of interest ...


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Greatly depends on the location you are in the world. I have the feeling ISTQB is the certification that is most respected worldwide. Here in the Netherlands ISTQB and TMap Next are the two popular certifications. I can only guess that in other parts of the world this could be totally different. The only way to determine what qualification is in demand for ...


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