ISTQB Expert Level

Why Expert?

Expert Level provides in-depth, practically-oriented certification courses in a range of different testing subjects. Courses provided at Expert Level build on the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level.

A general overview of the Expert Level is available for download here. Please note that this overview is currently under further development.


Focus on practical application

Each syllabus defines the expectations of an expert in that specific subject area. The content is supported by explicit Learning Objectives which emphasise the high expectations of a testing expert.

At least 50% of the course time will be spent on practical exercise and discussions.

Entry to Expert Level

A participant to the expert level examination needs to have an ISTQB® Advanced level certificate (or equivalences, e.g. ISEB Practitioner). Whether full Advanced is needed, or having passed “just” one module is sufficient will be determined defined in the specific Expert Level syllabus.

Although other formal entry requirements are not mandatory, it is recommended for participants to have at least seven years of practical testing experience.

Expectations: What is an Expert?

An expert is a person with the special skills and knowledge representing mastery of a particular testing subject. Being a testing expert means possessing and displaying special skills and knowledge derived from training and experience and being able to apply that knowledge in real-life situations.

A testing expert is one that combines a broad understanding of testing in general with an in-depth understanding in a special test area. An in-depth understanding means sufficient knowledge of testing theory and practice to be able to influence the direction that an organization and/or project takes when creating, implementing and executing testing activities related to the special area.


What qualifications will be offered?

Expert Level qualifications are planned in the following subjects:

  • Improving the Test Process (Download)
  • Test Management (Download)
  • Test Automation
  • Security testing