Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST)

Overview

As the IT industry becomes more competitive, the ability for management to distinguish professional and skilled individuals in the field becomes mandatory. The CAST Certification demonstrates a foundation-level understanding of quality testing principles and practices.

Acquiring the designation of Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST) indicates a professional level of competence in the principles and practices of software testing in the IT profession. CASTs become members of an acclaimed professional group, receiving recognition of their competence by business and professional associates, and are afforded potentially more rapid career advancement.

Certification program requirements:

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

  • A 3 year degree or 4 year degree from an accredited college-level institution
  • A 2 year degree from an accredited college-level institution and 1 years experience in the information services field
  • Three years experience in the information services field

An applicant for certification must adhere to the Code of Ethics that outlines the ethical behaviors expected of all certified professionals by the ISCB.

Depending upon a compliance sample selected according to program criteria, the applicant may be required to provide upon request detailed education, employment, and reference documentation supporting the information entered in the Customer Portal during the application process. If selected the applicant must supply the required documentation and those who fail to provide the requested documentation may be subject to decertification.

Candidates are tested on their knowledge and practice of the skill areas defined in the CAST CBOK. The exam itself is paper-based consisting of two parts:

  • Part 1 – Multiple choice (50 questions each – objective / 45 minutes time limit)
  • Part 2 – Multiple choice (50 questions each – objective / 45 minutes time limit)

There is a total of 100 questions and the exam will take over 2 hours to complete which includes a 10 minute break. The passing mark is 75% which is the average score of both parts.

The CAST certification is designed for:

It is a Foundation Level Certification of Software Testers, Software Developers, System Analysts and fresh engineering graduates. It is suitable for fresh engineers interested in making a career in Testing.