ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Performance Testing


Performance efficiency (or simply “performance”) is an essential part of providing a “good experience” for users when they use applications on a variety of fixed and mobile platforms. Performance testing plays a critical role in establishing acceptable quality levels for the end user and is often closely integrated with other disciplines such as usability engineering and performance engineering. Additionally, evaluation of functional suitability, usability and other quality characteristics under conditions of load, such as during execution of a performance test, may reveal load-specific issues which impact those characteristics.

The ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Performance Testing syllabus considers the following principal aspects of performance testing:

  • Technical aspects
  • Method-based aspects
  • Organizational aspects

How do I obtain this certification?

To be certified you must pass the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Performance Testing exam.

You can prepare for the exam by attending an accredited training course for ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Performance Testing; participants will have relevant content and topics clearly explained and taught to them.

The syllabus includes topics relevant to anyone involved in performance testing:

  • Understand the basic concepts of performance efficiency and performance testing
  • Define performance risks, goals, and requirements to meet stakeholder needs and expectations
  • Understand performance metrics and how to collect them
  • Develop a performance test plan for achieving stated goals and requirements
  • Conceptually design, implement, and execute basic performance tests
  • Analyze the results of a performance test and state implications to various stakeholders
  • Explain the process, rationale, results, and implications of performance testing to various stakeholders
  • Understand categories and uses for performance tools and criteria for their selection
  • Determine how performance testing activities align with the software lifecycle

The exam is available on Pearson Vue for anyone wishing to self-study.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to take the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Performance Testing exam, you will need the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate.

How does this certification benefit me?

With the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Performance Testing certification:

  • You will have an independent, internationally recognised certification as proof of expertise in the field of software testing with a specialisation in performance testing
  • You will be able to conceptually design, implement, and execute basic performance tests
  • You will be able to define performance risks; monitor and capture performance statistics

Who is this certification for?

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software testing who wishes to broaden their knowledge of performance testing or anyone who wishes to start a specialist career in performance testing. The qualification is also aimed at anyone involved in performance engineering who wishes to gain a better understanding of performance testing.

It is particularly suitable for:

  • Software testers including test analysts and technical test analysts
  • Performance testers
  • Performance engineers

What other certifications can you recommend?

Other ISTQB® certifications that may be of interest:

  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level – Agile Tester
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level - Model Based Tester
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Manager
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Technical Test Analyst
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Automation Engineer
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Security Tester

You may achieve Full Certified Tester Advanced Level status by also certificating in both the ISTQB® Certified Tester - Advanced Level, Manager and the ISTQB® Certified Tester - Technical Test Analyst.