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Importance of software testing

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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What are the certifications essential for software testing? - Deep
There are various certifications availablein software testing: Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST), Certified Software Tester (CSTE) - Practitioner Level, Certified Manager of Software Testing (CMST) - Managerial Level, and ISTQB Certified Tester (International Software Testing Qualifications Board).

For the Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST) certification, a candidate needs to meet at least one of the following prerequisites:

  •  A 3-year degree or 4-year degree from an accredited college-level institution
  • A 2-year degree from an accredited college- level institution and year’s experience in the information services field
  • Three years experience in the information services field For ISTQB foundation level, there are no prerequisites. However, if one needs to do the advanced level, the prerequisites are as below:

For Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) Holders

  • Foundation Level Clearance
  • 24 Months of Testing Experience in IT,Testing, Development,
  • QA, Engineering or related fields (For any 2 sub-levels)
  • Minimum 36 Months of experience mandatory for Adv. Complete
  • Certification(For all 3 sub-levels)

For Non Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) Holders:

  • Foundation Level Clearance
  • 60 Months of Testing Experience in IT,Testing, Development, QA, Engineering, orrelated fields

What about job opportunities? - Ajay
Today, almost all software companies have software testing teams in parallel to their development teams. The testing team is responsible for ensuring the quality of software produced. Besides software or IT firms, testing professionals can also graduate to other adjacent fields such as quality assurance, etc.

What about remuneration? - Mahesh
Testers generally earn anywhere between Rs.1,80,000 to Rs.5,00,000 CTC, depending on the experience, qualification and company standards. Testers can
progress to next levels to become test leads and also test managers. Pay packages for these positions usually depend on number of years of experience and skills.

However, remain in the range of Rs.6,00,000 to Rs.12,00,000 per annum.


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