FAQ: Micro-Credentials for Software Testing

Below are the answers to questions about micro-credentials for software testing and testing QA.

What is a micro-credential?

A micro-credential is a recognized proof of your knowledge in a focused area.

What is a software testing micro-credential?

A software testing micro-credential is a recognized proof of your knowledge in a focused area of software testing. See additional information on "What is a software testing micro-credential?"

Why do testers get software testing micro-credentials?

Software testing micro-credentials are a quick way to show employers that you have basic knowledge of a software testing area. Micro-credentials are also a good way to explore new testing topics and prove to yourself - and others - that are staying on cutting edge.

Do AT*SQA's AT*Micro™ software testing micro-credentials count toward my Testing Tiers® software tester ranking?

Yes, AT*SQA micro-credentials give you points toward your Testing Tiers® software tester rankings in the Official U.S. List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™.

How do I prepare for a software testing micro-credential exam?

All of the AT*SQA micro-credentials offer a free body of knowledge that will help you prepare for the exam. Download the micro-credential body of knowledge here. AT*SQA also offers an optional - and very affordable - AT*Learn™ software testing training course that will help you prepare for all of the micro-credential exams.

How do I take a software testing micro-credential exam?

You can register for your software testing micro-credential exam on the AT*SQA website.

What is the difference between an AT*Micro™ micro-credential and an AT*SQA or ISTQB certification?

Micro-credentials are very focused and designed to ensure you have basic knowledge of a specialized area. As such, they offer very short exams that you can study for relatively quickly. Certifications are designed to ensure you have a broader and deeper knowledge of a topic, so they have longer, more comprehensive exams. Both micro-credentials and certifications are valued by employers, as they realize they demonstrate different levels and types of knowledge.

Can I take the micro-credentialexam online?

Yes, all AT*SQA micro-credential exams are taken from home or work. You just need a computer or laptop.

Will I receive a hard copy certificate in the mail?

Upon earning your software testing micro-credential you will have your software testing badge added to your listing on the Official U.S. List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™.

Will I appear on the Official U.S. List of Certified Testers if I pass an AT*Micro micro-credential?

Yes. Go into your AT*SQA account and update your Preferences to have your name appear on the list. If this is your first credential from AT*SQA or ASTQB, you will also be asked to set your "Name on Certificate." You will then appear within 24 hours.

If I fail my software testing micro-credential exam, may I retake it?

Yes, each micro-credential exam purchase includes two attempts. If you fail both attempts, you may retake the exam by paying for another exam at the same cost.

Is the micro-credential exam open book / open note?

Yes, the micro-credential exam allows you to use notes of any type. It is intended to ensure you have basic knowledge and know where to find information on that topic.

Who was the first to develop software testing micro-credentials?

AT*SQA was the first organization in the world to develop software testing micro-credentials and continues to be the industry leader in micro-credentials in the area of software testing and software quality assurance (QA).

What is AT*SQA's role for software testing micro-credentials?

AT*SQA is a non-profit organization that software testing certifications that support professionalism in testing and software quality assurance. AT*SQA the authoritative source for the Official U.S. List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™ and provides official exams for ISTQB globally in American English.

Are software testing micro-credentials the same as software QA micro-credentials?

Yes, software testing micro-credentials an also be called software QA micro-credentials, software tester micro-credentials, test analyst micro-credentials, or testing micro-credentials.

Is the proper term micro-credential, micro credential or microcredential?

All three of the terms micro-credential, micro credential or microcredential mean the same thing and are interchangeable. The most common version is micro-credential.

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