ISTQB FOUNDATION – AUTOMOTIVE SOFTWARE TESTER certificate is designed for professionals who are working within automotive projects.
It is also for professionals who are planning to start implementing special automotive testing techniques in the near future, or are working within companies that plan to do so. The certification provides an advantage for those who would like to know the required Automotive activities, roles, techniques, and methodologies specific to their role.

Business Objectives

  • Collaborate effectively in a test team.Adapt the test techniques known from the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL®) to the specific automotive project  requirements.
  • Consider the basic requirements of the relevant automotive standards (Automotive SPICE®, ISO 26262, etc.) and select suitable test techniques.
  • Apply the virtual test methods (e.g. HiL, SiL, MiL, etc.) in test environments.


Participants must have a  ISTQB Foundation Certified Tester certification to sit the exam


1 Introduction
1.1 Requirements from divergent project objectives and increasing product complexity
1.2 Project aspects influenced by standards (K1)
1.3 The six generic phases in the system lifecycle
1.4 The contribution/participation of the tester in the release process
2 Standards for the testing of E/E systems
2.1 Automotive SPICE (ASPICE)
2.1.1 Design and structure of the standard
2.1.2 Requirements of the standard
2.2 ISO 26262
2.2.1 Functional safety and safety culture
2.2.2 Integration of the tester in the safety lifecyle
2.2.3 Structure and test specific parts of the standard
2.2.4 The influence of criticality on the extent of the test
2.2.5 Application of content from CTFL® in the context of ISO 26262
2.3.1 Objectives of AUTOSAR
2.3.2 General structure of AUTOSAR
2.3.3 Influence of AUTOSAR on the work of the tester
2.4 Comparison
2.4.1 Objectives of ASPICE and ISO 26262
2.4.2 Comparison of the test levels
3 Testing in a virtual environment
3.1 Test environment in general
3.1.1 Motivation for a test environment in the automotive development
3.1.2 General parts of a test environment
3.1.3 Differences between Closed-Loop and Open-Loop
3.1.4 Essential interfaces, databases and communication protocols of a electronic control unit
3.2 Testing in XiL test environments
3.2.1 Model in the Loop
3.2.2 Software in the Loop
3.2.3 Hardware in the Loop
3.2.4 Comparison of the XiL test environments
4 Automotive-specific static and dynamic test techniques
4.1 Static test techniques
4.1.1 The MISRA-C: 2012 Guidelines
4.1.2 Quality characteristics for reviews of requirements
4.2 Dynamic test techniques
4.2.1 Condition testing, multiple condition testing, modified condition/decision testing
Decision outcome for the expression
4.2.2 Back-to-Back-Testing
4.2.3 Fault injection testing
4.2.4 Requirements-based testing
4.2.5 Context-dependent selection of test techniques

Exam Details

The Foundation Level Automotive Software Tester exam is comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions, with a pass mark grade of 65% to be completed within 60 minutes. Participants that take the exam not in their spoken language, will receive additional 25% time, and will have 15 minutes more, or a total of 75 min.