Software testing certification?


  • Hi Guys,

    I appreciate this is a Microsoft forum and answers may be biased but I wanted to have your thoughts.

    I am looking to change career and become a software tester in the UK.

    The main options as far as basic certification is concerned seem to be either Microsoft "98-379 – Software Testing Fundamentals" or the "Foundation Level ISTQB<sup>®</sup> Certified Tester"

    Can anyone advise me which qualification might be most useful in getting an entry-level job? Or should I do both?


    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 8:58 AM


  • Hi,

    my advice would be the ISTQB. But the Microsoft one couldn't be wrong. Each certification can be helpful to get a job.

    But if you do a certification on your own (e.g. parallel to your current job) then you show that you really want to learn this testing stuff and that is the most important fact for entry level jobs. In an entry level job, the employer knows that he has to train you. So he needs people who really want this training. He will not expect people who are fully certified and experts in all important details.

    That is my view on this item.

    Good luck with your certification / new career plans.

    With kind regards,


    Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:41 AM