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5 Certifications to Build Your QA Testing Career

QA testers tell us that resumes with software testing certifications get more attention from employers. So which certification is best for a QA tester? Here are 5 options that will build your career.

  1. ISTQB Foundation Level Certification. ISTQB Foundation Level certification is the most popular certification in the world for QA testers. ISTQB Foundation Level is also the most popular request for a testing certification in U.S. job openings. 
  2. ISTQB Agile Tester Certification. Agile testing has been important to QA testers for many years, so it makes sense that the ISTQB Agile Tester certification would also be important. It is popular globally and a popular request in U.S. job postings.
  3. ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Certification. You really can't go wrong with ISTQB Test Analyst, ISTQB Technical Test Analyst, or ISTQB Test Manager, so it's more a decision about which QA tester career path interests you the most.
  4. AT*SQA DevOps Testing Certification. DevOps is a hot area. AT*SQA DevOps Testing certification shows you're ready to be part of a DevOps team. There is no prerequisite, so you can start with AT*SQA DevOps certification even without ISTQB Foundation Level.
  5. AT*SQA AT*Micro Credentials. While the 10 AT*Micro™ credentials are not technically certifications, if you get all 8 micro-credentials in the Testing Essentials stack, you'll automatically also receive the AT*SQA Testing Essentials certification! AT*SQA AT*Micro credentials are an easy way to broaden your knowledge of QA testing and strengthen your resume.
It's important to earn these QA testing certifications through AT*SQA so you can appear on the Official List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™ used by employers. Plus you will earn Testing Tiers® tester ranking points to maximize your level. If you earn an ISTQB certification through AT*SQA you can also appear on the ISTQB successful candidate register, of course.

Do have questions about the best QA tester certification for you? Let the AT*SQA support team know how we can help.

See All of the Testing QA Certification Options

Ace Your ISTQB Exam!

We have updated all of our exam instructions with detailed videos and information. Learn about creating an account, scheduling/rescheduling an exam, and what you need to know about the online testing experience. See the new ISTQB exam instructions page

Exam instructions may not seem that special, but the more you are prepared for your exam, the better your exam day will be! This is another great AT*SQA advantage. See our other exclusive AT*SQA benefits below.
If you haven't purchased your ISTQB software testing certification exam yet, purchase your exam today.

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AT*Work Software Tester Directory

Looking for a Software Testing Job?

Do you know a tester who has been laid off, is between jobs, or does freelance work? If you do, forward this email to them.

AT*SQA's new AT*Work™ Software Tester Directory makes it easier for employers and available testers to find each other.

  • AT*Work features testers who are independent/freelance or currently between jobs due to layoffs or career changes.
  • Employers can search for testers by skill and see testers who have proven their knowledge through one or more certifications or credentials earned through AT*SQA or ASTQB. These include our ISTQB and AT*SQA certifications plus our AT*Micro micro-credentials. 

AT*Work™ is in beta testing for those who would like to be included, and will soon be available for employers to search. If you would like to appear in the AT*Work™ Software Tester Directory, simply do the following:

  1. See the AT*Work™ overview
  2. Log into your AT*Work profile
  3. Update your AT*Work preferences, answer two questions, and add your skills and experience levels

We will announce when the beta for the search functionality has started. In the meantime, opt-in to appear in AT*Work™.

Learn How AT*Work™ Helps Testers & Employers Connect
Testing Tiers® Software Tester Ranking

Are You on the List? What is Your Level?

As a professional on the Official U.S. List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™, you have shown your commitment to working efficiently with U.S. companies and their software development teams by:

  • Demonstrating your American English ability through the exam registration process
  • Passing AT*SQA's official American English version of your certification exam
  • Building your level in the Testing Tiers® software tester rankings
The only way you can appear on the Official U.S. List and Testing Tiers is by taking your ISTQB certifications, AT*SQA certifications, and AT*SQA micro-credentials through AT*SQA. Learn more now.
See the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™
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