ISTQB® Test Automation Engineer (CT-TAE)

Programme Code D7
ICT Infrastructure
Applications Development
Learning Partner(s)
3 Days
Format Online
Quality Engineering Test Planning & Management Infrastructure Application Design & Management Functional Testing
Job Roles
ICT&SS Professional Quality Engineer Infrastructure Engineer Infrastructure Architect


The ISTQB® Test Automation Engineer (CT-TAE) certification focuses on the design, development, and maintenance of test automation solutions. It also covers 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. Methods described are generally applicable across a variety of software life cycle approaches, types of software systems, and test types.

Key Takeaways

Advanced Level testers who have passed the “Advanced Test Automation Engineer” module exam should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • 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 organisation.
  • 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 optimise testing assets to facilitate maintainability and address evolving (test) systems.

Who Should Attend

  • Please refer to the job roles section. 
  • Aimed at ICT&SS Professionals who already have experience in software testing and who wish to further develop their expertise in automation testing.


A candidate aspiring to take the test automation engineer qualification is required to be certified in ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) or ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and have sufficient practical experience to be certified which should be not less than 3 (three) years of relevant academic, practical, or consulting experience.

There are no pre-requisites to attending the programme only for education and knowledge purposes.

Training and Exam Duration

Training: 3 days

The programme material shall be issued on the first day of the programme during registration.

Exam: 90 minutes duration

Exam Pattern

The Test Automation Engineer exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark grade of 65% to be completed within 90 minutes.

The questions are of differing difficulty and therefore assigned differing amounts of points. The exam is closed book, i.e. no materials are allowed to be used.

Programme Structure

This programme is delivered via Virtual Instructor-Led Training, covering the following topics:

  • Introduction and Objectives for Test Automation
    • Purpose of Test Automation
    • Success Factors in Test Automation
  • Preparing for Test Automation
    • SUT Factors Influencing Test Automation
    • Evaluation and Selection
    • Design for Testability and Automation
  • The Generic Test Automation Architecture
    • Introduction to gTAA
      • Overview of the gTAA
      • Test Generation Layer
      • Definition Layer
      • Test Execution Layer
      • Test Adaptation Layer
      • Configuration Management of a TAS
      • Project Management of a TAS
      • TAS Support for Test Management
    • TAA Design
      • Introduction to TAA Design
      • Approaches for Automating Test Cases
      • Technical considerations of the SUT
      • Considerations for Development/QA Processes
    • TAS Development
      • Introduction to TAS Development
      • Compatibility between the TAS and the SUT
      • Synchronization between TAS and SUT
      • Building Reuse into the TAS
      • Support for a Variety of Target Systems
  • Deployment Risks and Contingencies
    • Selection of Test Automation Approach and Planning of Deployment/Rollout
      • Pilot Project
      • Deployment
      • Deployment of the TAS Within the Software Lifecycle
    • Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategies
    • Test Automation Maintenance
      • Types of Maintenance
      • Scope and Approach
  • Test Automation Reporting and Metrics
    • Selection of TAS Metrics
    • Implementation of Measurement
    • Logging of the TAS and the SUT
    • Test Automation Reporting
  • Transitioning Manual Testing to an Automated Environment
    • Criteria for Automation
    • Identify Steps Needed to Implement Automation within Regression Testing
    • Factors to Consider when Implementing Automation within New Feature Testing
    • Factors to Consider when Implementing Automation of Confirmation Testing
  • Verifying the TAS
    • Verifying Automated Test Environment Components
    • Verifying the Automated Test Suite
  • Continuous Improvement
    • Options for Improving Test Automation
  • Planning the Implementation of Test Automation Improvement



Full Fee

Full programme fee


8% GST on nett programme fee


Total nett programme fee payable, including GST S$1188 
With effect from 1 Jan 2023 till 31 Dec 2023

This programme does not include the certification exam. If you are interested to take the certification exam after completing this programme, please email

Upcoming Classes

Class 1
09 Oct 2023 to 11 Oct 2023 (Full Time)
Duration: 3 days
When: Oct - 09, 10, 11
Time : 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Class 2
19 Feb 2024 to 21 Feb 2024 (Full Time)
Duration: 3 days
When: Feb - 19, 20, 21
Time : 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

How To Register


Step 1 Apply through your organisation's training request system.

Step 2 Your organisation's training request system (or relevant HR staff) confirms your organisation's approval for you to take the programme. 

Your organisation will send registration information to the academy.

Organisation HR L&D or equivalent staff can click here for details of the registration submission process.

Step 3 GovTech Digital Academy will inform you whether you have been successful in enrolment.