ISTQB Adv./Test Analyst Certificate eLearning Course by Planit and Knowit

Complement your Foundation level skills with an advanced level testing certification.

Boost your career and skillset with advanced test design techniques

This practical course is for testing professionals wanting to build upon their Foundation knowledge and develop their test analysis and design skills.

You’ll learn how to apply test design techniques in real-world situations, gaining competency in principles essential for test design specification and performing outcome-driven test activities.

Target audience

The prerequisite for this course is the ISTQB® Foundation Certificate. It is also recommended that candidates have at least two years practical testing experience.

This course is best suited for experienced Test Analysts wanting to advance their hands-on testing skills, and testers wanting to certify their advanced level skills for recognition among employers, clients and peers. The course is also for Test Managers who want a better understanding of advanced test design skills.

Course Content

  • Test Management: Responsibilities for the Test Analyst
  • Reviews
  • Test Analysis and Design
  • Test Implementation and Execution
  • Defect Management
  • Evaluating Exit Criteria, Reporting and Test Closure
  • Specification-based Techniques
  • Defect-based Techniques
  • Experienced-based Techniques
  • Applying Techniques
  • Testing Software Quality Characteristics

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the responsibilities for the test analyst in all aspects of test management
  • Understand test analysts involvement in different software development lifecycles
  • Use review checklists to analyse requirements specifications, use cases or user stories and identify problems
  • Participate in risk management activities
  • Perform the appropriate test analysis and design tasks based on the project description and the software development lifecycle being used
  • Recall the main activities of test analysis and design
  • Recall the main components of test implementation and execution
  • Determine the steps and considerations that should be taken when executing tests
  • Explain the use of test tools
  • Understand the importance of designing and implementing a defect classification scheme
  • Understand the main components of evaluating exit criteria, reporting and test closure
  • Write test cases using specification-based techniques to achieve a defined level of coverage
  • Describe defect-based and experienced-based techniques
  • Determine and apply appropriate test techniques to meet specified goals
  • Exemplify the appropriate techniques to test quality attributes for business domain testing

Concepts and Terminology

  • Cause effect graphing
  • Classification Tree method
  • Combinatorial techniques
  • Concrete test cases
  • Decision tables
  • Defect-based techniques
  • Defect-based testing
  • Defect Management
  • Defect taxonomies
  • Domain analysis
  • Error guessing
  • Evaluating Exit Criteria and reporting
  • Experienced-based techniques
  • Exploratory testing
  • Functional quality characteristics
  • Logical test cases
  • Monitoring and Control
  • Non-functional quality characteristics
  • Orthogonal arrays
  • Pairwise testing
  • Review checklists
  • Risk-based Testing
  • State transition testing
  • Test Analysis
  • Test Closure
  • Test Design
  • Test Execution
  • Test Implementation
  • Test Planning
  • Test Progress
  • Test Tools
  • Usability testing
  • Use Cases
  • User Stories


Our online package allows for self-paced learning and the flexibility to study within your own schedule for 12 months. After your order you will receive instructions how to start the course within two business days.

Planit Virtual Academy works best on the following browsers:

  • MS Internet Explorer 10, 11
  • MS Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox version 45 Extended Support Release (ESR)
  • Google Chrome 54
  • Safari OS X
  • Mobile Browser Android >4 and iOS >9


The ISTQB® Advanced Test Analyst examination is a two-hour closed book, 40-question multiple choice exam. A minimum score of 65% is required to pass.

We recommend that you take the certificate exam after the course, and book and pay your own exam either in paper-based format or in e-exam from FiSTB