ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer Online classroom, 13-15. December

ISTQB Advanced - Test Automation Engineer

Knowit Test School offers ISTQB® Advanced Level training as a 3-days course explaining the tasks of a Test Automation Engineer (CTAL-TAE) in designing, developing, and maintaining test automation solutions.

Gain insights from group discussions and learn best practices directly from our expert tutor, an international recognized test professional.

Read more about this certification and download syllabus and more at

Course content

The course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide a test automation project. The course focuses on the concepts, methods, tools, and processes for automating dynamic functional tests and the relationship of those tests to test management, configuration management, defect management, software development processes and quality assurance. The course includes exercises and practice exams to highlight key aspects of the syllabus and to help participants understand and practice the concepts and methods presented.

Methods described are generally applicable across variety of software lifecycle approaches (e.g., agile, sequential, incremental, iterative), types of software systems (e.g., embedded, distributed, mobile) and test types (functional and non-functional testing).

  • Introduction and Objectives for Test Automation
  • Preparing for Test Automation
  • The Generic Test Automation Architecture
  • Deployment Risks and Contingencies
  • Test Automation Reporting and Metrics
  • Transitioning Manual Testing to an Automated Environment
  • Verifying the Test Environment and Automated Test Suite 
  • Continuous Improvement

Course goal

You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective test automation engineer. 

Advanced Level testers, who have passed the “Advanced Test Automation Engineer” module exam, can be expected to:

  • Contribute to the development of a plan to integrate automated testing within the testing process.
  • Evaluate tools and technology for automation best fit to each project and organization.
  • Create an approach and methodology for building a test automation architecture (TAA).
  • Design and develop (new or modified) test automation solutions that meet the business needs.
  • Enable the transition of testing from a manual to an automated approach.
  • Create automated test reporting and metrics collection.
  • Manage and optimize testing assets to facilitate maintainability and address evolving (test) systems.

All participants will be given relevant exercises, practice exams and learning aids for taking the ISTQB Agile Tester exam certificate

Who is this training for

Candidates for the ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer certificate must hold the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate (CTFL). As the course material and the certification exam are in English, the participants are expected to have good command of English language.

The training will benefit professionals in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, software developers, and anyone wishing to gain the ISTQB Advanced Test Automation Engineer certificate.

The certification is aimed at professionals who are working within a tool supported software testing environment. It is also for professionals who are planning to start working within a tool supported software testing environment in the future, or are working within companies that plan to do so.

About the instructor

Kari Kakkonen - M.Sc. in from Aalto University ( He has also studied in University of Wisconsin-Madison ( in United States. He has worked with software testing since 1996. Kari has ISTQB Expert Level Test Management Full, Agile Tester, Test Automation Engineer, Scrum Master, SAFe and DASA DevOps certificates, and works mostly with agile testing, lean, test automation, DevOps and AI.

Kari Kakkonen is also the author and CEO of Dragons Out Oy, creating a fantasy book to teach software testing to children. Kari Kakkonen is working in Finland at Knowit.
Kari is also treasurer of Finnish Software Testing Board FiSTB ( and member of ISTQB Executive committee 2015-2021. Kari has been included in IT–magazine “Tivi” 100 most influential people listing. Kari is co-author of Agile Testing Foundations –book.

And beside this Kari is a singer, snowboarder, kayaker, husband and dad :)


  • Included in course: Personal, electronic copy of all training materials, coaching and training by industry professional, online exam at your preferred time.
  • Location: Online classroom (MS Teams)
  • Duration: 3 days (09.00 - 17.00)
  • Course fee: NOK 21.500,- + examen 2.700,- (excl. VAT)
  • Language: English


Final confirmation of dates and payment 3 weeks before course start.

Course training and exam is arranged together with partner iSQI, ISTQB and Knowit.

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