ISEB software testing intermediate certification course overview

Intermediate course overview

The Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing is the ISEB qualification in software testing for those progressing beyond the foundation level.

The intermediate certificate bridges the gap between foundation level and practitioner level. It also provides a valuable qualification for those building a career in testing. It is delivered in a 3 day format with a 1 hour examination at the end.

The intermediate course builds on the foundation to create the learning platform for the 2 advanced specialist papers:

  • ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Test Management
  • ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Test Analysis

Who should attend

This course is intended for anyone who has a role or interest in software testing and holds the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. A pass in this certificate provides evidence that the candidate has proven analytical ability, having gained knowledge and practical skills in the key topics required for practicing software testing.

This qualification examines up to level K4 of the given learning objectives / levels of knowledge.

This certificate is a prerequisite for candidates who wish to sit either of the ISEB practitioner level exams in software testing.

Course duration

3 days

Public Courses

Our courses are designed for organisations training groups of their staff or for project teams. This applies to our training courses in ISEB software testing foundation as well. If you would like to find a training provider that offers public courses for individuals or CBT you could try contacting the providers registered on the BCS website.

Course content:

Testing Fundamentals

  • Review of the Foundation Certificate Syllabus.
  • Application Domains
  • Testing in the Lifecycle.
  • The Fundamental Test Process


  • The Principles of Reviews
  • Types of Review
  • Using Different Review Types
  • Performing a Formal Review

Testing and Risk

  • Introduction to Risk and Risk-Based Testing
  • Risk Management *Product Risk Identification and analysis

Test Management

  • Test Policy, Test Strategy, Test Plans
  • Entry and Exit Criteria
  • Estimating Techniques
  • Test Monitoring
  • Incident Management Process

Test Analysis

  • Fundamentals of Test Analysis
  • Test Environment Requirements
  • Selection of Techniques
  • Coverage Measures

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