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e-Competence Certificates

eSkills training and certification are often hard to compare. They may be very specific and focused on the latest technology of one of the hardware or software suppliers, or more generic and providing overview of a field like architecture, business analysis or information security.One solution for this enigma is comparing learning outcomes with the e-competences defined in the e-Competence Framework e-CF and with the ICT Profiles of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skils. This is the core idea of the Certification Profiles listed below.

A Certification Profile contains the core information about an eSkills related certificate and shows which e-competencies match with obtaining the certificate and compares those with the most relevant ICT-profiles.

Title Advanced Level Test Analyst
Provider ISTQB
Web source
Description aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing
Target Group - testers
- test analysts
- test engineers
- test consultants
- test managers
- user acceptance testers
- software developers
Corresponding ICT profiles - TEST SPECIALIST
Prerequisites - hold the Foundation Certificate
- have sufficient practical experience
Main subject(s) - Testing Process
- Test Management
- Test Techniques
- Testing Software Quality Characteristics
- Reviews
- Defect Management
- Test Tools

Competence covered with this certificate Competence from the ICT Profiles
e-CF competency Level G/P/S TEST SPECIALIST
B.1 Application Development 2 P 3
B.2 Component Integration 2 P 2
B.3 Testing 3 G 2
B.4 Solution Deployment 2 S 3
C.4 Problem Management 2

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Any mapping to the e-CF will have to deal with cases where the e-competence at hand, e.g. in a learning outcome, does not fit the description in the e-CF to its full extend. Here we used a grading (G/P/S) such that for e-competency:

For each e-competency the G (General), P (Partial) and S (Superficial) indicate the extend the competency is covered by the certificate:

The methodology behind the Certification Profiles has been developed during the eSkills Quality study for the European Commission. The final report of this study is available here.