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. A Foundation Level Certification of Software Testers, Software Developers, System Analysts and fresh engineering graduates and students interested in pursuing a career in Software Testing.
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.
For those who qualify for the CAST certification and are prepared to establish candidacy must complete an online Certification Candidacy Application in the Customer Portal and pay the application fee. The CAST application fee is $100.00. All fees to be paid in US Dollars.
The application fee includes instant access to CAST CBOK. The candidates Initial Exam which must be taken within one year from the date payment was processed or the application will expire.