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CSTE Certified Software Tester


The CSTE certification entails an aggressive educational program that tests the level of competence in the principles and practices of testing and control in the Information Technology (IT) profession. These principles and practices are defined by the Certification Board as the Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK). The Certification Board will periodically update the CBOK to reflect changing software testing and control, as well as changes in computer technology. These updates should occur approximately every three years.

As the IT industry becomes more competitive, management must be able to distinguish professional and skilled individuals in the field when hiring. Certification demonstrates a level of understanding in carrying out software testing principles and practices that management can depend upon. Acquiring the designation of CSTE indicates a professional level of competence in software testing. CSTEs become members of a recognized professional group and receive recognition for their competence by businesses and professional associates, potentially more rapid career advancement, and greater acceptance in the role as advisor to management.


Course Overview


This course is designed specifically to prepare the quality testing professional for the CSTE examination. The course aids the quality testing professional in focusing in on the topics that are important for understanding, thus helping toward the successful completion of the exam.

Although this is a fast track course, it will thoroughly cover the CSTE Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK) which consists of the ten skill categories.

Our experience instructor has over 20 years IT industry experience with professional qualifications in different areas including

Course Duration

24 hours in 8 sessions

Course Schedule

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Course Fee

HKD 7,180

Language of Instruction

Cantonese, supported with English terms

The Exam


To qualify for candidacy, each applicant must meet ONE of four prerequisites listed below:

1. A 4-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 2 years experience in the information services field

2. A 3-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 3 years experience in the information services field

3. A 2-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 4 years experience in the information services field

4. Six years experience in the information services field


Are working, or have worked at any time within the prior 18 months, in the field within covered by the certification designation.

Exam Format:

Parts 1 – Multiple choice (100 questions each – objective / 75 minute time limit)

Parts 2 – Short answer / essay (12 questions each – subjective / 75 minute time limit).

There is a total of 112 questions and the exam will take over 2 1/2 hours to complete which includes an optional 10 minute break after part one. The passing mark is 70% which is the average score of both parts.

Exam Fee:

USD 350 including instant access to a PDF file of the Software Testing Body of Knowledge for CSTE (STBOK).


USD 420 including a CD / book of the STBOK materials (same content as found on the PDF).

Course Content

·        Software Testing Principles and Concepts

·        Building the Test Environment

·        Managing the Test Project

·        Test Planning

·        Executing the Test Plan

·        Test Status, Analysis, and Reporting

·        User Acceptance Testing

·        Testing Software Developed by Outside Organizations

·        Testing Software Controls and the Adequacy of Security Procedures

·        Testing New Technologies