In this ISTQB® advanced training course, everything is about the tasks of a test automation engineer (TAE) - from the conception, development and implementation to maintenance of test automation solutions. You will learn the concepts, methods, tools and processes for automating dynamic functional tests and their relationship to test management, configuration management, defect management, software development processes and quality assurance. We explain how you can apply the methods described using different software lifecycle approaches (e.g. agile, sequential, incremental, iterative) and types of software systems (e.g. embedded, distributed, mobile) as well as test types (functional and non-functional tests).
The course imparts the curriculum contents of the ISTQB® in 3 days. After the training you can competently integrate test automation into test processes and select suitable tools for the respective tasks. We make sure you can develop a test automation strategy (TAS), build a test automation architecture (TAA), and review and optimize your test automation frameworks (TAF). You will learn how to turn manual tests into automated tests and how to generate and analyze automated reports and metrics. The course is accompanied by repetitions on the terminology of testing and the test fundamentals.
All our trainers have many years of teaching experience in the field of software testing and also have sound practical knowledge as management consultants in both small and large projects. Find out more about your trainer here.
In this training course we teach the contents of the official curriculum of the ISTQB®. In addition, our trainers will introduce you to as many practical examples as possible so that you will be able to easily apply what you have learned later on.
Basics of test automation
Objectives of test automation
Preparatory work for test automation
Test automation strategies
Processes, concepts and methods of test automation
generic test automation architecture (gTAA)
Draft of the test automation architecture (TAA)
Development of the test automation strategy (TAS) and planning of the rollout
Compatibility and synchronization of test automation strategy (TAS) and system under Test (SUT)
Risks in implementation and risk mitigation strategies
Transition from manual to automated tests
Verification of the test automation strategy (TAS)
Continuous optimization of test processes
Test automation tools
After the course you are able to:
Explain the objectives, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of test automation.
Identify technical success factors of a test automation project.
Analyze a system under test to determine the appropriate automation solution.
Analyze test automation tools for a given project and report technical findings and recommendations.
Understand "design for testability" and "design for test automation" methods applicable to the SUT.
Explain the structure of the Generic Test Automation Architecture.
Analyze factors of implementation, use, and maintenance requirements for a given Test Automation Solution.
Explain the factors to be considered when identifying reusability of components.
Apply guidelines that support effective test tool pilot and deployment activities.
Analyze deployment risks and identify technical issues that could lead to failure of the test automation project, and plan mitigation strategies.
Understand which factors support and affect maintainability.
Classify metrics that can be used to monitor the test automation strategy and effectiveness.
Explain how a test execution report is constructed and published.
Apply criteria for determining the suitability of tests for automation.
Understand the factors in transitioning from manual to automation testing.
Explain the factors to consider in implementing automated regression testing, new feature testing, and confirmation testing.
Verify the correctness of an automated test environment including test tool setup.
Verify the correct behaviour for a given automated test script and/or test suite.
Analyze the technical aspects of a deployed test automation solution and provide recommendations for improvement.
The trendig GmbH has been accredited since 2005 as a partner of the German-speaking ISTQB representatives GTB (German Testing Board) and ATB (Austrian Testing Board).
The course "ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Automation Engineer" (CTAL-TAE) is based on the basic course (CTFL) and is aimed at advanced participants who already have several years of practical experience. The course is suitable for both specializing in test automation as well as gaining deeper insights into the design, development and maintenance of automated tests to support business or project decisions regarding test automation. This will be of particular benefit to:
Sound knowledge of software testing and practical experience in IT projects are a prerequisite for your participation in this training to ensure a deeper understanding of the contents. In order to obtain certification as an "ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Automation Engineer", the basic certificate "ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level" must be provided in addition to the successful final examination.
We know that you can learn best when you feel good! Therefore, you receive not only a first class training but also an all around-catering and supervision.
If you want to determine the time and location of your training yourself, then our coach will come to you. With our in-house courses, everything is based on the wishes of our customers. Here you can see our range of in-house training courses. Go to our training
If you don’t wish to spend time and effort organising a training course, but simply want to register and get going while meeting new colleagues in your sector, then come to our open courses. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to in-house training
small learning groups
As a training participant, you of course benefit from learning in a group and the experience of the other participants. Yet to ensure that you get to pose all of your own questions, we keep the group sizes very small, with a maximum of 10 participants. This allows our coaches to make certain that we meet the needs of all participants, even if the participants’ levels of existing knowledge differ.
Our courses are guaranteed to take place from as few as three participants, and provide you with long-term planning certainty for your training activities.
printed teaching materials
Making notes, writing down questions, post-it notes with reminders for content that you want to return to later – not a problem at all, as we provide all the materials in printed format at your workstation. Even though we strongly advocate progressive technologies, we value the printed format when it comes to working in a learning environment and to course preparation and follow-up at home, in your hotel or back at your place of work.
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In cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, trendig offers special conditions to travel to our training courses and conferences comfortably and environmentally friendly - with 100% electricity generated by renewable resources in long-distance travel, at a nationwide fixed price, from any DB railway station.
The extra for you as a participant: Your event ticket is valid 2 days before and 2 days after the event, for a maximum of 14 days, and city tickets for public transport connections are included.
We know that a sense of well-being helps you learn better. This is why we provide not only fresh knowledge, but also comprehensive catering during all breaks, with fresh and dried fruits, as well as other nerve-soothing foods ranging from nuts to biscuits. A lunch with all participants and our coaches is also a fixed part of our catering package.
hot and cold drinks
We ensure a limitless supply of hot and cold drinks throughout the duration of the course. So you can leave your thermos flask and water bottle at home, and let us serve you.
lean coffee or lean pizza event
Some of the course content requires further discussions and, when considered in-depth, throws up further questions which cannot be resolved within a normal training day. To this end, for all our 4- and 5-day courses we offer an in-depth session on one morning or evening, including catering. The participants jointly agree whether they would prefer to get up earlier or stay later, and which topics they would prefer to explore in greater depth with our coach in an informal atmosphere.
We offer free WIFI at all our training locations. To allow you to quickly get to work at our premises, let us know in advance of the course and we will provide you with access details and a password.
The DIN/ISO 17024 requirements stipulate that training companies cannot themselves provide the examination. An independent certification institute carries out the examination, not least to ensure the independent quality control of our training courses. We offer you the services of the certification institute so that you don’t incur the additional hassle of securing an examination appointment. We invoice the examination fee and organise your exam at the end of the course. You can simply focus on getting prepared.
In addition to their teaching work, all of our trainers have been and continue to be involved in projects, with each of them possessing more than 15 years of professional experience in various sectors. They have also all additionally acquired teaching qualifications. It is important to us not just to teach the training material, but also to enable each participant to enact what they have learned in the workplace. The point is for it to not feel superimposed, but instead for the acquired knowledge to be incorporated effortlessly into your own work.
We don’t hold with dilapidated offices that are unfit for running a business from but which are deemed good enough for a week’s training, and whose lack of light makes it easier to read the PPT slides. We know that a sense of well-being helps you learn better. That is why all our rooms are well-lit and have large windows. They feature a wealth of opportunities for creative development. Breaks are always spent outside the classrooms. After all, a change of scene is a key element to then being able to once more concentrate on the course content. And we of course also provide a sufficient supply of hot and cold drinks, as well as the necessary nerve-soothing snacks. Is there anything else we can help you with? Then please let us know! We make many things possible.
Whether it’s alone or in a group, as an open seminar with participants from several companies, or in-house with your own colleagues; whether standardised with certification exams, or tailored to your own professional practice – we provide the right training for a great variety of topics. Even if you wish to combine certain course content, want to put something special together for a distributed team, or are interested in tiered pricing and loyalty bonuses, please get in touch with us directly. We are experienced and flexible, and can offer all teaching programmes as virtual courses and in several languages. We are happy to provide you with an individually tailored offer – we just have to get to know you and your requirements.
early-booking and group discounts
Do you already know your training requirements for next year and want to come to our training courses with several other people? Then let us know! It helps us to be able to plan ahead, and we are therefore happy to offer you a discount.
You can visit one of our courses for half a day, and then decide whether you want to do your training with us or book a course for your entire team. Just let us know and we will be happy to provide you with trial participation.
printed certificate of participation
Upon request, you will receive a printed or a digital (pdf) certificate of attendance for your course.
guaranteed fun at our in-house seminars
We believe that a good atmosphere is conducive to good learning – that’s why we set great store by presenting the course content in an entertaining way, with plenty of anecdotes from our trainers’ practical experience – in short, it should be fun. That’s why there is a EUR 100.00 discount for every day on which no one laughs.
Even if it feels like a holiday with us - our ISTQB® trainings in Berlin are recognized further education events for all Berlin employees.
Educational leave must be submitted to the employer at least 6 weeks before the start of the course. For more information: bildungsurlaub - berlin
Your participation in the exam is optional. We assume that you will also take the exam after the training. Please let us know at the time of booking your course if you do not wish to do so.
The exam lasts 90 minutes and takes place in English language on the last training day directly after the exam. Non-native speakers can apply for a 25% time extension, the exam then lasts 113 minutes. We organize your participation for you. The independent certification body charges a fee of 250.00 Euro plus VAT, which we will charge you together with the training fees.
Our trainers offer you the best possible preparation for the "ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Automation Engineer" exam. Our general ISTQB exam pass rates have been above average for years, so we strive to have those high rates for the new scheme for Test Automation as well. If you pass, you will become a member of the global community of more than 673,000 certified testers from over 100 countries. The certificate is the independent proof of your expertise, which is already expected in the professional field by some clients and employers.
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Arjan Brands is the diplomat among our trainers. As Managing Partner of trendig technology services GmbH, he is involved in projects, workshops and training courses around the world, and feels at home in three different languages: German, English and Dutch. Arjan has over 20 years of project experience in the areas of testing, agile methods (Scrum, Kanban), quality management, project leadership and project management, IT and test process assessments (TPI, SPICE, CMMI), requirements management and requirements design. Arjan has helped to co-develop several training courses focusing on requirements management, testing and agile methods, and, as an experienced assessor and mentor, is a much sought-after workshop coach and team coach.
From the automotive industry, energy sector, e-commerce, banking and insurance, through to pharmaceutical companies, the public sector, publishing companies, telecommunications and heavy industry, Arjan has a broad range of industry experience which he passes on through his training. Coupled with one or more anecdotes from his professional experience, which sometimes includes how to do things better, Arjan finds it important to impart knowledge in an informal atmosphere. After all, who enjoys swatting up on thoughtless, dry classroom material? Another thing that Arjan values in his training courses is meeting people with different experiences and cultural backgrounds: it is only through difference that a unique dynamic can develop.
Arjan has little time in which to pursue his great passion of water polo. Yet the interaction and a good deal of the confrontation found in this sport is also present in his training courses: in honest discussion regarding the specialist area being focused on. Arjan views training courses as a fundamental component in improving the professionalism of testing and imbuing the profession of “tester” with the status it deserves within the field of IT.