I am thinking about sitting the ISEB Practitioner exam for Testing. I would like to know if any of you have sat the exam and how it was!?
And what the benefits are from gaining this.
I done the Foundation about a year ago and to be honest have had no real advantage from it (as I see it).
Also if there are any sample papers i can get on the net (not from BCS! - they wanna charge!)
hope to hear from you soon!
Re: ISEB PRACTITIONER
I also passed the foundation exam, and am going for the practitioner certificate in May.
In Belgium, it really starts to live. I've heard of a number of companies that all they testers have to pass the foundation exam. Some companies in the Netherlands want to pass their testers up to the practitioner level (more consultancy companies).
I think this is a good way in promoting our profession. If you are looking for another job, it might also help, in that you have an independant opinion that says you know what you are talking about.
The foundation part was for me mostly a terminology exam. But I heard of others that don't follow the testing evolution, that it was not that easy. Typically that were people that had a job, did it, and left home. If their job is testing, fine, if it will be something else they can do like gardening or whatever, fine. But does it really interests them, I don't think so.
So in order to show that you care about your testing profession, it might help.
On the other hand, what I heard about the practitioner certificate, is that the exam is really for a practitioner. If that is the case (I'll be able to tell you that during a course I'm starting to follow in April), I think it is very interesting. That level of certificate doesn't only says you understand what you say, but also that you can apply it into different situations.
I'm going to follow the course and take the exam at Eindhoven - The Netherlands. It is provided by the company ImproveQS, and the tutor is Erik van Veenendaal, well known in Europe concerning his testing knowledge. More info on http://www.improveqs.nl.
I'm interesting in what others think.
Re: ISEB PRACTITIONER
I will try to share my experiences as well. I do train classes on the foundation as well on the Practitioner level.
My experience is, that the foundation level will set a baseline in the terminology as well it gives you the base for the Practitioner level. It's a good start for people without a great testing experience. If you are already experienced (say at last 3 years field experience in testing), it's a good refresh and can synchronize your personal (company) terminology with the "standard" one. But in the most cases, I would recommend just to do the exam (but it needs some preparation).
The Practitioner Level is much more difficult. Just read once the syllabus. I do not know how the companies in the UK offers this course. We do it in 3 different modules. Due that, you can attend one module and decide afterward if you want complete the course with the other two's.
About the recognition of ISEB. It's nearby standard in the german speaking area as well. We have some companies (mostly banks and assurance) who certified the whole testing staff. That was going into the hundreds! And it's still growing! I heard that it is starting in the US as well.