Certifications in Testing

QA Certifications

Software quality assurance, often referred to as SQA, involves examining software engineering processes and the methods that are employed to ensure a quality product. Quality assurance involves checking all parts of the software development process including requirements definition, design, coding, reviews, change and configuration management, testing and integration, and release management.

Some companies also include guaranteeing that the software product conforms to standards such as those of the International Organization for Standardization (i.e. ISO 9000) and the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).  There are many QA certifications available for the professionals that perform QA tasks. The benefits and objectives of QA certifications is that certified individuals will be able to:

  • Improve the organization’s software quality processes
  • Create a quality assurance action plan
  • Collect, analyze, and organize the process data
  • Control and analyze the performance of a process
  • Initiate and maintain process improvement activities

Some of these QA certifications included the following:

  • Certified Associate in Software Quality (CASQ)
  • Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA)
  • Certified Manager of Software Quality  (CMSQ)
  • Certified Quantitative Software Process Engineer (CQSPE)

Certified Associate in Software Quality (CASQ)

Persons holding the CASQ Certification exhibit an understanding of quality assurance practices and principles at the foundational level.  In order to qualify for this QA certification, they must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • A 3 or4 year degree from an accredited college/institution
  • A 2 year degree from an accredited college/institution and 1 year of experience in information services
  • Three years of experience in information services

Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA)

Persons holding the CSQA Certification exhibit a deep understanding as well as a significant level of competence in quality assurance practices and principles. These individuals tend to have great potential for career advancement and often hold management advisory positions. In order to qualify for this QA certification, they must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • A 4 year degree from an accredited college/institution and 2 years of experience in information services
  • A 3 year degree from an accredited college/institution and 3 years of experience in information services
  • A 2 year degree from an accredited college/institution and 4 years of experience in information services
  • Six years of experience in information services and currently (or very recently) working in the field covered by the QA certification

Certified Manager of Software Quality (CMSQ)

The CMSQ certification was created to establish a worldwide standard for evaluating the competencies and capabilities of SQA professionals at the management level.  Persons holding the CSQA Certification demonstrate a competence in the practices and principles of quality assurance as well as the capabilities and skills required to manage in software quality assurance. In order to qualify for this QA certification, they must have/do the following:

  • Hold an active CSQA Certification
  • Currently work in the field covered by the QA certification
  • Have experience that demonstrates mastery of the skills identified in the current Software Testing.
  • Have documentation that supports real-world experience in the field
  • Take a manager’s level examination
  • Meet one of the following prerequisites:

o   A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/institution and 4 years of experience in the quality assurance field

o   A associate’s degree from an accredited college/institution and 6 years of experience in the quality assurance field

o   Eight years of experience in the quality assurance field.

Certified Quantitative Software Process Engineer (CQSPE)

The purpose of the CQSPE certification is to develop professionals that have the skills and knowledge to define and implement a measurement program for an organization using Quantitative Software Process Management (QSPM) methods.  The QSPM framework integrates the concepts of measurement with software process management. It is important for an organization to improve and control processes if they desire to remain competitive and deliver products that meet customer requirements.  In order to qualify for this QA certification, they must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • A 4 year degree from an accredited college/institution
  • A 3 year degree from an accredited college/institution
  • A 2 year degree from an accredited college/institution and 2 years of experience in information services
  • Three years of experience in information services
  • Hold a current Certified Software Process Engineer (CSPE) certification

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