Software Testing Foundation Credential

Foundation Credentials are awarded to individuals who have successfully completed a Tech Industry Gold accredited Foundation Training Programme. They have passed a classroom assessment proving their knowledge and skills in a process which is quality assured by TechSkills.

The credentials include core skills (ie the core content applicable to all foundation training programmes) and specialist skills relevant to different pathways into digital and tech careers.


Credential Software Testing Foundation
Issued by TechSkills, a techUK company
Type Certified Skills
Description This individual has demonstrated an understanding of techniques and practices for ensuring software quality, including defining and executing test plans, analysing test results, and confirming when functional and non-functional targets are met. They have successfully completed a Tech Industry Gold accredited training programme, meeting industry skills standards for employability in entry level Software Tester roles, with a holistic blend of technical, business, project and professional skills.
Skills tags
  • Business Value And Risk
  • Communication
  • Defects Management
  • Functional And Non-Functional Testing
  • Manual And Automated Testing
  • Project Management
  • Quality-Driven Development
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Teamwork
  • Test Planning And Reporting
Earning Criteria This individual has successfully completed a classroom assessment proving their knowledge of the following:

  • Technical foundations including systems development lifecycle stages, data management and analysis, use of visualisation tools, safety and security.
  • The application of software testing principles, concepts and methods in different contexts, including functional and non-functional testing.
  • The use, benefits and limitations of different testing process and tools for quality-driven software development.
  • The construction of detailed test cases and provisioning of test data based on specified testing conditions.
  • Techniques for testing whether a system meets acceptance criteria, and the reporting of defects.
  • The creation of test status and closure reports.
  • Configuration management and version control of code, artifacts and releases.
  • Business understanding including the application of technology to deliver business value, risk management, and regulation and compliance.
  • Project management processes and tools, including planning, delivery, evaluation and the management of, quality, stakeholder communications and risk.
  • Professional skills including client communications, teamwork, self-direction and personal performance improvement.
Standards Tech Industry Gold is the industry accreditation for tech and digital skills. Successful completers of Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes have met industry standards covering the holistic blend of technical, business, project and professional skills required for job readiness. Tech Industry Gold is led by employers and managed by TechSkills.