ISTQB CFTL (Foundation Agile Level)

Is aimed at Testers who are involved in iteration planning and especially add value in the following activities:

  • Participating in the detailed risk analysis of user stories
  • Determining the testability of the user stories
  • Creating acceptance tests for the user stories
  • Breaking down user stories into tasks (particularly testing tasks)
  • Estimating testing effort for all testing tasks
  • Identifying functional and non-functional aspects of the system to be tested
  • Supporting and participating in test automation at multiple levels of testing


The Learning Objectives support the Business Outcomes and are used to create the examination for achieving the Certified Tester Foundation Level—Agile Tester Certification. In general, all parts of this syllabus are examinable at a K1 level. That is, the candidate will recognize, remember, and recall a term or concept.


1.1 The Fundamentals of Agile Software Development
FA-1.1.1 (K1) Recall the basic concept of Agile software development based on the Agile Manifesto FA-1.1.2 (K2) Understand the advantages of the whole-team approach
FA-1.1.3 (K2) Understand the benefits of early and frequent feedback
1.2 Aspects of Agile Approaches
FA-1.2.1 (K1) Recall Agile software development approaches
FA-1.2.2 (K3) Write testable user stories in collaboration with developers and business representatives
FA-1.2.3 (K2) Understand how retrospectives can be used as a mechanism for process improvement in Agile projects
FA-1.2.4 (K2) Understand the use and purpose of continuous integration
FA-1.2.5 (K1) Know the differences between iteration and release planning, and how a tester adds value in each of these activities


Download: CTFL syllabus 2014 (PDF 549 KB)


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Entry criteria

To be eligible to undertake the Agile Tester Foundation Extension certification exam, candidates must first hold the ISTQB® Foundation Certificate.

Exam Format

Similar to the Foundation Level Certification exam, the Agile Tester Certification exam will comprise of 40 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark of 65% to be completed within 60 minutes.