ISTQB ADVANCED – SECURITY TESTER certificate is aimed at people who have already achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and wish to develop further their expertise in security testing. The modules offered at the Advanced Level cover a wide range of testing topics

Target Audience

This certificate is designed for delegates who have an existing knowledge of software testing and software security testing. Delegates should have at least three years experience in the Software Testing sphere.  Professions who would benefit from this Advanced Test Manager course include: Software Testers, Security Engineer, Test Analyst, Security Auditor and Test Consultants


To receive Advanced Level certification in the module “Security Tester”, candidates must hold a valid Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate and have sufficient practical experience to be certified at Advanced Level, which should be not less than 3 (three) years of relevant academic, practical, or consulting experience. Refer to the relevant Exam Board to determine the specific practical experience criteria


  • The Basis of Security Testing
  • Security Testing Purposes, Goals and Strategies
  • Security Testing Processes
  • Security Testing Throughout the Software Lifecycle
  • Testing Security Mechanisms
  • Human Factors in Security Testing
  • Security Test Evaluation and Reporting
  • Security Testing Tools
  • Standards and Industry Trends

Exam Details

ISTQB Advanced Security Tester exam

The exam format is outlined below:

  • 45 questions

  • Multiple choice

  • Closed book

  • Duration : 2 Hour (2 Hour + 30 Minutes for participants whose first language is not English)  

Participants need to achieve 65% in order to pass the examination.