Do You Need Certification for Software Testing?

Certification and micro-credentials can offer an advantage in getting software testing jobs and promotions.

While you can certainly become a software tester without certification or micro-credentials, you are probably limiting your career opportunities. Here are three reasons why software testing certifications and micro-credentials can help you get jobs and build your career.

  1. U.S. employers are asking for certification. Companies like Amazon, Blizzard Entertainment, Capgemini, Deloitte, Epic Games, General Motors, Spectrum, Volvo, and Walmart - and many, many more - ask for ISTQB certification in their job postings. That's why the Official U.S. List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™ is searched thousands and thousands of times every year.
  2. Employers are asking for ISTQB certification in mid-level and high-level job openings, too. As one tester noted, "As far as getting the attention of employers, I do feel that my ISTQB certifications tend to propel my resume to the top of the pile." However, ISTQB certification from AT*SQA isn't just for entry-level jobs. More than half of U.S. job postings asking for certification are for mid-level and high-level jobs. That means passing software testing certification exams can help you build your career for years and years to come!
  3. Micro-credentials are also highly valued by employers. A survey by Coursera found that nearly 9 out of 10 U.S. employers agreed that earning an industry micro-credential strengthens a candidate's job application. And U.S. employers are 76% more likely to hire a candidate who has earned a micro-credential. So don't stop with just certifications. Be sure to add additional software testing specialty knowledge with AT*Micro™ credentials.

Do you need certifications for software testing? Yes, and micro-credentials too, if you want to have the most career opportunities as a software tester. When you earn your QA testing certifications and micro-credentials be certain to get them through AT*SQA. Only AT*SQA can add you to the Official List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™ and award you Testing Tiers® ranking points to maximize your level. When you earn an ISTQB certification through AT*SQA, you can also choose to appear on the ISTQB SCR.

Do have questions about which software testing certifications and micro-credentials are best for you? Let the friendly AT*SQA support team know how we can help.