CSTE or ISTQB Certification?
I would like to know which is a good certification to take CSTE or ISTQB? Which one is more valued in USA?
My organization has standardized using the ISTQB certification and that is what I have but I have been looking into the CSQE as well. Software Quality Engineer Certification - CSQE
There is actually an American extension of the ISTQB. It is the American Software Test Qualification Board (ASTQB), the syllabi and glossary can be found at Software Testing Certification ISTQB ASTQB | ISTQB Software Testing Certification in the U.S.. I think both the CSTE and ASTQB certifications are good, the cost is less for the ASTQB test and it does not require formal instruction or classes. The test is also shorter and the passing grade is 60% for ASTQB instead of 75% for CSTE. Additionally, the time allotted for ASTQB is 90 minutes and CSTE is 4.5 hours. Depending on what you are looking for the certifications indicate that you understand the common terms as defined by either ASTQB or CSTE and at the foundation level the basic concepts of testing. ASTQB also offers advanced certification (CTAL) where you'd take exams for Test Manger, Technical Test Manager, and/or Test Analyst once you have your Foundation Level certification (CTFL).
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