Course Description

ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst

The ISTQB Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst course will provide an understanding of technical testing issues beyond the ISTQB Foundation level giving participants the knowledge and skills required to become an Advanced Technical Test Analyst.

This 4-day course is most appropriate for Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Software Developers and anyone wishing to gain the ISTQB Advanced Level Technical Test Analyst Certificate.

The ISTQB Advanced Level certificates are also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants.

To take the Advanced Technical Test Analyst Certificate candidates must hold the ISTQB/BCS Foundation certificate. In addition course participants are expected to have an understanding of general programming and system architecture concepts.


The Advanced Technical Test Analyst course is priced at £850 per delegate excluding VAT. This price includes the ISTQB examination fee, all course materials, lunch and refreshments.

Courses can be arranged at your offices for group bookings of 4 or more delegates, these can be run on the normal three day basis or for less experienced groups, over longer periods – allowing extra time for practical exercises and discussion. Contact us for full details or a quote.

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Course Design

A Technical Test Analyst’s Tasks in Risk-Based Testing
Explains how to identify, assess and mitigate technical risks.

Structure-Based Testing
This section builds on the Foundation techniques of statement and decision coverage. The structure-based techniques covered are condition testing, decision/condition testing, modified condition/decision coverage (MC/DC), multiple condition testing, basis path testing and API coverage. Participants learn how to choose appropriate structural test techniques.

Analytical Techniques
Describes how to apply static analysis to detect potential security, maintainability and testability defects in code. The use of dynamic analysis to mitigate risks in code and software architecture is also covered.

Quality Characteristics for Technical Testing
Explains how to design high-level test cases for the security, performance and reliability quality characteristics including how to support the Test Manager in creating test strategies to mitigate the identified risks.

Here the focus is on using checklists to identify defects in code and architecture.

Test Tools and Automation
Focuses on the tools and automation issues that are relevant to Technical Test Analysts. This session covers several tools, including those used for web based testing, model-based testing, fault seeding and fault injection, component testing and the build process, and for performance testing. Discusses common technical issues that cause high failure rates in automation projects, and different automation techniques. Specific issues resulting from the use of open-source and custom-built tools are also covered.

Skills Gained

  • Recognize and classify the typical risks associated with the performance, security, reliability, portability and maintainability of software systems
  • Create test plans detailing the planning, design and execution of tests for mitigating performance, security, reliability, portability and maintainability risks
  • Select and apply appropriate structure-based techniques to achieve defined coverage criteria based on code and design
  • Effectively participate in technical reviews with developers and software architects applying knowledge of typical mistakes made in code and architecture
  • Recognize risks in code and software architecture and use dynamic analysis to mitigate those risks
  • Use static analysis to suggest improvements to the security, maintainability and testability of code
  • Outline the costs and benefits expected from introducing particular types of test automation
  • Select appropriate tools to automate technical testing tasks
  • Understand the technical issues and concepts in applying test automation

e-testing trainers are experienced testing practitioners with many years of software testing experience to enrich the learning process. This tutor led course is carried out at locations UK wide.

This course provides the delegate with the necessary knowledge and skills to take the 2-hour multiple choice ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst Certificate exam. The exam takes place on the 4th day.