Difference between ISTQB, ALM and Selenium Training

For every company which is into product development, the success of its product in the market highly relies on the Software testing and Quality Assurance departments – once the product has been created by the developers and passed onto them. The reason being, software testing, and assurance play a crucial role in ensuring that the product is bugs free and not vulnerable to any kind of malicious attacks.


In regards to the same, companies prefer to recruit candidates who have earned certification or completed software testing course on ISTQB®; Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Selenium, etc., as such professionals have both knowledge and skills to perform thorough testing on the software product. Considering the above, this article will focus on various software testing certification training programs, and highlight their differentiating factors.

Differentiating factors of various software testing courses

Sr. No ISTQB® Training ALM Training Selenium Training
1 Full Form International Software Testing Qualifications Board Application Lifecycle Management Selenium
2 Implementation Contains different phases of software testing Its tools used in various phases of software testing Used in phases of software testing
3 Types Certification has various levels. Training offered on Fundamental and Advance Level. The training comprises of fundamental and advanced level training programs based on the project process. Training is provided based on the requirement – Selenium RC, Selenium IDE, and Selenium WebDriver.
4 Includes 1. Foundation Level2. Agile Tester Extension3. Model-Based Tester Extension4. Advanced Level

5. Security tester

6. Expert Level

HP ALM contains a set of software products for testing at different levels of software testing such as application development and testing. Used for software testing
5 Type of companies it is used in Well suited for small-sized, medium-sized, and large-sized businesses. Ideal for small-sized, medium-sized, and large-sized companies. Ideal for small-sized, medium-sized businesses.
6 Core task Focuses on all phases of software testing Focuses on all phases which include test and functional testing; requirements management; testing based on performance; developer management, and management of defects. Primarily used for automating web applications for testing activities
7 Probable topics included in the training Fundamental Test Process; Software Development Models; various testing techniques; types of tools used; Incident Management, and many more. Site Administration; permissions; Requirement Module; Test Plan Module; Filter/Sorting Technique; Attachment Technique, etc. Installation of Eclipse and Selenium RC and Selenium Server setup; Java, C#,, Python, PHP, etc, scripts execution; SQL queries; Modular Framework; Hybrid Framework, etc.
8 Different  TrainingPrograms 1. ISTQB® Foundation2. ISTQB Test Manager3. ISTQB-BCS – CTAL-TA4. ISTQB-BCS – CCTAL-TM 1. ALM/QC 1. Selenium IDE2. Selenium RC3. Selenium WebDriver

So, for candidates looking to go into software testing, they can opt from any of these training programs.

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