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BCS Intermediate Certificate In Software Testing

  • The British Computer Society (BCS) Intermediate certificate (previously ISEB) is the next level of competency in software testing after the ISTQB Foundation level certification.

    It takes the concepts and techniques learned at ISTQB Foundation level one step further, with more emphasis on developing analytical thinking around software testing, using scenarios and practical exercises throughout the course.




    The course is made up of 5 modules including; testing fundamentals, reviews, testing and risk, test management and test analysis.


    Review of the Foundation Syllabus

    Recalls the main principles and themes from the Foundation syllabus, all of which are considered part of the required knowledge for this level of certification.

    Application Domains

    Introduces the concept of “application domains” as platforms for the testing and use of software applications, and describes similarities and differences between typical examples. Identifies and explains testing challenges associated with these application domains, so that candidates can analyse situations to determine the testing challenges present.

    Testing in the Software Life cycle

    Elaborates on the coverage of software life cycles in the Foundation syllabus to provide a more detailed coverage, including identification of other processes with which testing interfaces during development. Describes the testing challenges associated with various sequential and iterative life cycle models, and explains how these challenges can be met.

    The Fundamental Test Process

    Recalls the fundamental test process and explains how it may be deployed in different situations and within different life cycle models.


    The Principles of Reviews

    Recalls the basic review process defined in the Foundation syllabus, relating it to that defined by IEEE Std 1028, recalling that reviews may come in a variety of forms and have different objectives, and emphasizing the value of using source documents in reviews. Recalls different roles that may be defined for a particular review, and describes possible outcomes from a review.

    Types of Review

    Provides further detail on informal reviews, walk-throughs, technical reviews, and inspections, and augments them with management reviews from IEEE Std 1028.

    Using Different Review Types

    Describes how more than one type of review could be used, and the relationship of reviews to dynamic testing, so that candidates can analyse organisations and situations to identify the most appropriate choice of review type(s).

    Performing a Formal Review

    Provides practical experience in conducting a formal review. Candidates analyse the effectiveness of the review performed and assess the potential effectiveness of other forms of review in a similar situation.


    Introduction to Risk and Risk-Based Testing

    Recalls the nature of product risk and project risk and their effects. Explains how risks can interact with other risks, and describes typical risks associated with given application domains.

    Risk Management

    Describes the core activities of risk management: risk identification, risk analysis, and risk mitigation. Explains the importance of achieving maximum stakeholder involvement in these activities, and the relationship between risk and testing.

    Product Risk Identification and Analysis

    Identifies typical product risks as the basis of testing, so that candidates can analyse a situation and recognize risks within that scenario.


    Test Policy, Test Strategy, Test Plans

    Explains the hierarchy of test management levels and their associated documentation, describing the role and purpose of each document in the test management hierarchy, so that candidates can analyse a suite of documentation to determine its effectiveness in defining policy, strategy and plans.

    Entry and Exit Criteria

    Explain the significance of objective entry and exit criteria for test levels, giving examples of suitable test entry and exit criteria and explaining possible alternative courses of action when test entry and exit criteria are not met. Candidates will analyse testing situations to select appropriate test entry and exit criteria.

    Estimating Techniques

    Explains the nature and importance of estimation applied to testing, different methods for estimating time and effort required to design, document, schedule and execute tests, and the value of using more than one method. Explains the difference between an estimate and a target, and why more than one cycle or iteration of test execution should be estimated. Candidates will analyse a situation to determine the best estimating approach and make estimates of test effort and duration.

    Test Monitoring

    Describes how testing may be monitored, giving examples of typical measures of test progress and test quality. Identifies the content of test summary reports appropriate to a range of stakeholders and at different stages of the test process and at different points in the life cycle.

    Incident Management Process

    Describes alternative processes for reporting, tracking, and analyzing incidents to ensure that remedial action is effective. Candidates will analyse a simple incident management process to identify possible improvements.


    Fundamentals of Test Analysis

    Defines the test analysis function, recalling the basic relationships between test basis, test condition, test design, test case and test procedure (manual test script).

    Test Environment Requirements

    Identifies and explains the principles behind determination of test environment needs for executing tests. Candidates will analyse a situation to identify test environment requirements.

    Selection of Techniques

    Explores alternative approaches to testing, including fundamental differences between static and dynamic testing and between scripted and unscripted testing, and describes strengths, weaknesses and appropriate uses of each. Describes categories of test techniques available to testers, and possible criteria for selecting test design techniques.Explains pitfalls as well as benefits of deploying test design techniques. Candidates will analyse a practical testing situation and select appropriate test design techniques.

    Coverage Measures

    Reviews the concept of coverage and identifies and defines various coverage measures. Explains the importance of defining what coverage measures mean in a practical situation. Candidates will analyse a practical testing situation and select appropriate coverage measures.

    • 2 Months guaranteed internship placement with industry reference
    • Intensive Hands-on Training
    • Complete Study Materials, Course-ware and Testing Software
    • Facility to conduct an Onsite testing
    • Our instructors follow a flexible approach of teaching thus the training methods are altered as per the trainees needs. We offer study material, hands-on labs, skills to work as a team by giving more and more team activity or tasks. Various review exams from time to time to analyse your knowledge.
    • LSI has state of the art training facilities and is equipped with world class fixtures and sans peril instructors who are available to answer your queries. We have labs and libraries open for our trainees

    Q. What is the experience of the Instructor(s) delivering my course?

    A. All of our instructors are fully accredited and have over ten years of experience

    Q. What does LSI provide me on the course?

    A. We provide LSI course material, official certificates and refreshments.

    Q. Does the course include exams?

    A. Yes, the course includes the exam.

    Q. Are there prerequisites?

    A. You will be required to have passed the BCS Software Testing Foundation examination prior to attending.

    Q. What is the structure of the exams?

    A.It is a written exam.

    Q. What is the duration of this course?

    A. 5 days.

    • 2 months hands-on industry experience.
    • Gives you an edge over your peers in job market.
    • Be able to improve your resume and credentials.
    • Understand various bug logging tools and learn to write good test report.
    • Get opportunities which would both be challenging and will provide participants satisfaction professionally.
    • Get best of monitory benefits within the industry with careers in field of Software Testing

    Candidates who hold the ISTQB-BCS Foundation Level certificate and ideally have at least 18 months experience in Software Testing can take this course. We recommend delegates re-familiarize themselves with the Foundation level material before attending this course. The syllabus is intended for anyone involved in software testing, particularly; testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.


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