CSQA Vs CSTE which is better?

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  • Welcome to the classic question that comes to everyone's mind when considering Quality certification. Which is better? CSQA, CSTE or something else.

To make such decisions it is important to understand what each of these certifications mean, Understanding about these will help you make the right decision.

According to QAI

"Acquiring the designation of Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) indicates a professional level of competence in the principles and practices of quality assurance in the IT profession. CSQA certification is a highly respected attestation of skills in this critical area of information technology."

"The Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE) Program is intended to establish standards for initial qualification and provide direction for the testing function through an aggressive educational program."

CSTE is more geared towards testing function. So if you are into Testing, testing automation tools and want to pursue your career in that area, CSTE is a very good certification to consider

If you are a project leader, Entry level PM, SQA or associated with Quality team in your organization then you already are doing lot of QA activities. CSQA will be the best for you.

How will certification help me?

  • In today's compititive IT industry there is a need for you to stand out in the crowd, to get distinguished from others. By doing the certification you are telling the management & world that your expertise is now recognized and you are serious about your profession. It gives confidence to others that  you can now lead and demonstrate a level of understanding in carrying out assignments according to industry principles and practices.
  • You get recognized by business and professional associates as a PROFESSIONAL
  • The certifications will lead you to  career advancement and will help you lead at your job better in a way that you can never imagine.
  • Studies show that Certified professionals get higher salaries and its easy to get better jobs as compared to Non certified professionals

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quality_worm's picture

Can anyone share their experiences after becoming a CSQA / CSTE ?

csqa's picture

I work for a top MNC in India. Before doing CSQA I was not sure what value it will add. Once I was certified, I was surprized to find that my manager started looking at me as a Quality consultant and assigned me some tasks where i can lead.

 Within few months I was Leading project teams. I had been trying hard to be a Project lead for long time. 

 Not only that the knowledge and expertise I got while studying for CSQA helped me a lot in my job too. I was able to direct and guide my peers. 

I have been offered some good roles in past 3-4 years related to Quality leadership although my main job function is of a Technical Lead.

 Currently I am pursuing PMP certification. 

RSuriyanarayanan's picture

Hi - Nice mail. Good to know that CSQA helped you further your career a lot. If you need any help/guidance for PMP Cert, please e-mail me rsuri@hotmail.com

Best wishes for a succesful PMP Cert and career advancement!

Regards,

Suri

cjac's picture

When I got my CQA (now CSQA) in 1999, there were 2 other CQAs in my group, so it just added cred for my work.  Since then, they have left, and before I retired from that company, it helped in establishing a baseline for discussions.  Folks saw the CQA/CSQA by my name, and realized they could go to the meat without bringing me up to speed on processes.  I found myself being asked to confirm process oriented info for others, and people relied on my opinions. 

Being certified has been an asset, and demonstrated to others that I knew my stuff, especially if they were also certified.

Hope that helps, CJ

 

Clarence Wm. Jackson, CSQA

"Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan"

ssujeer's picture

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Rajanikanth's picture

Hi,

 

I have completed CSTE.....rite now I am not able to decide what Can I do next...is it CSQA or something else...

 

Please suggest me. 

 

Thanks & Regards,

Rajanikanth

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Rajnikanth,

If u wish to divert to QA(Process) u can opt for CSQA...I m not pretty sure what exactly are u looking out for...I mean any new certification ?

CSQA talks more of processes...So if u have plans of moving to QA(Process) CSQA is a good option...LIke for me...I m CSQA,CSTE certified...Now may be i would be looking out for more of Management part...Thats the reason i wud opt PMP Certification by next year....

QAI has come up with many certifications recently...U can visit their site for more details...As such i do not have much idea on the new certifications which they have come up with...

Do let know if u have any other questions...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

nankalai's picture

I m in IT industry(Software Engineer) for past 2 years.I would like to have a transition towards quality side.can anyone let me know the pros  of CSQA.Apart from IT industry does it have openings in other field?Will IT recession affect this?

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Nankalai,

I wud jst like to know are u a developer...If so then CSQA wont be of much help to you...But still if u r planning to move to process side CSQA wud surely help u...Getting certified wud surely not affect u...It's surely going to benefit u by giving u a certification...So if u r looking out to make ur career in QA(I mean process) it's better u go for CSQA

I m not pretty sure of the part of whether u would get openings in other field too...I hardly think recession wud affect it...

My final words wud be...If u r looking out for a certification and that too in Quality CSQA is the best option...

Do let me know if u have any other questions... 

 

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

nankalai's picture

Hi Sudhakar,

I m a developer for past 2 years and like to have a transition towards process.if that would help me in boosting my career i m happy in doin it.Thanks for ur valuable information.

Regards,

Nankalai

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Nankalai,

Doing a certification would surely boost ur career provided u actually work in that field...What i mean is if i am a developer(Working in Java)...And then if i go ahead and give Java certification it would boost my career bcause i m already working on the same...

But in ur case if u have totally decided to move out from development to Process career...Certification can help u initially to get in...But once u get it's up to u how u perform...

Any way if u have made up ur mind to give CSQA certification i wud suggest u to go for it...

All The Best !!!

Do let me know if u need any other help from me...I mean study material...etc...Do send me ur email ID...So that i can forward u the study material...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

virtualkid's picture

Hi

This is Ganesh.Subramanian

I am a STE(Software Test Engineer) as of now. i have done my ISTQB foundation level certification, i have done one certi called ITIL, i guess this one does not have much of relevance frm my field. But anyway i guess it would just add in as a feather in my cap. i feel so .. ur views tho it might/can be -ve or +ve do put in if u can.

Its been around 2+ yrs now in this field as a STE.What i feel is i need to take a leap now , as in to a higher position. I was wondering wt would help me better as in CSTE or CSQA.. 

Guess each one has its own pros and cons. So just incase i want to jump to a higher level as in like ,  i am right now a STE so guess the next step would be a Test lead or may be higher not thought of it yet. But yes the day i take this leap i want to make sure that if they rview my resume my achivements(as in it would/can be Any of the Certi i have) should make them think twice b4 even throwing it in one of the corner.

Since i am a newbee i would like to get a better comment frm experinced person like u so atleast i can give it a thought and atleast start .

Hope to see some of ur +ve as well as -ve comments on my written theory .. 

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Ganesh,

Since u r in testing i would suggest u go for CSTE...First let me tell u whats CSTE & CSQA are all about...CSTE talks of testing...& CSQA talks more of process...A associate who wants to make his career in process(QA) and is already working in that field can opt for CSQA...Now since u r already working in testing it's better u opt for CSTE...

U have also talked of taking a leap as in to a higher position...Somewhere certification wud surely help u in that case...But then if there's a associate who is having 6 years of experience and u have 2+ with CSTE certification,the other person gets a change to go to a higher position when compared with u...bcause he has more experience than u...

But any way doing a certification does not harm u...It gives u a strong edge since u r certified...Moreover companies tday look out for certified people bcause clients prefer associates who are certified...Now if u r looking up to a lead position it would be always better if u r certified...So that u can guide ur team mates also to get certified...

So go for CSTE...If u later think that u need an extra certification then u could opt for CSQA(For Process) or PMP(Management)...For now i wud suggest u CSTE...

Hope i have answered most of ur questions...

Do let me know if u have any other questions...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

cecilia.ho's picture

Hi Sudhakar

I am new to this forum.

I am taking the QA courses in a school and I am planning to take CSTE &CSQA exam in the future. Could you please forward me CBOK for CSQA & CSTE and question bank.

mail id : sisi.ho@gmail.com

Thanks in advance!

Regards,

Cecilia

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Cecilia,

Sorry forgot to send the question bank in the earlier mail...I have send it now...

Do let me know if u have any other questions...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

RADHA KAKKAR's picture

HI,iam currently working as a Test Analyst (Manual,Black-Box ) in an MNC since 2 years 6 months and am more inclined towards Quality Processes and Consultancy as i keep on reading books for QA and would like to further enhance my career in QA.Im planning to do CSQA for Quality but i need your suggesstion if i can get a good oppurtunity in Quality after getting certified  even if my foundation lies in testing or i need to seek a job in Quality first to go for CSQA ?? Your Help would be appreciated ..  

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Radha,

Great to c ur interest inclined towards Quality Processes...If ever u r interested in enhancing ur career in QA...CSQA certification is a good choice...It would surely help u find a opportunity for urself in Quality...I am not sure whether u r already working in processes(QA) or no...If not ,start working from now itself(Along with ur testing job) and then side by side u can do ur certification also...That wud surely help u...CSQA talks more of processes...ISO,CMM...It also covers few aspects of testing...& Management concepts...

As far as CSQA is concerned most(all) the questions come from CBOK...Very few questions are based on the experience...

Do let me know ur email ID,So that i can send u the CBOK & Question bank...Make sure u r thorough with CBOK...Questions asked in the paper are from CBOK...U only need to recollect the domain from where the question is asked...And that possible only when u r thorough with CBOK...

Do let me know if u have any other questions...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

RADHA KAKKAR's picture

Hi Sudhakar

Thanks a Lot for the Valuable Information.My current role doesnt involve Processes but i am trying to gain knowledge of the processes involved in my organisation.I cant get full hands on experience on Quality as of now since Quality doesnt play a major role in my org thats why thought to take up CSQA as a shift towards Quality so that my potential & interests are  recognised further.

Also I reckon testing experience would be an add-on to my Quality Certification.Please correct me if iam wrong? 

My email id radha_kakkar@yahoo.com  .I would be really thankful to you if you can send the Latest CBOK and Question bank to this so that i can start preparing right away.Also if you can suggest a decent time to give the exam from now?

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Radha,

Ur testing experience would be surely an add on to ur Quality certification...I have seen many associates who have worked in testing earlier and since they had interest in QA, they have shifted to QA now...More over if u r certified and then u try ur luck in QA it wud surely help u find ur path...

I have send the CSQA CBOK & Question Bank to u on ur yahoo ID...The version which i have send u is 6-2...Please make sure u have the latest version bfore u start preparing for CSQA...There would not be much changes in the new CBOK version except for 1-2 domains which might have come in...Please register urself for any of the exam dates coming in the next year so that u can get the latest version of CSQA CBOK...

U have also asked for the exam dates right...I wud suggest u that u could give ur exam in Mar'09...3 months would be sufficent for ur exam preparation...Exam wud be on Mar 28'09...I guess after March the exam is on May...But May is too far...So better opt for March...Jst start reading CBOK right from day one(Tday)...So that u r well prepared when the exam date approch...

Hope i have answered ur questions...U can get back to me if u have any other questions...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

RSuriyanarayanan's picture

Hi Radha - Saw your mail. If u r interested in pursuing a career in Quality, by all means prepare and write CSQA Exam. Having that certification will give you the knowledge and also the marketability for a career in Quality.

For more details please write to me at r.suri@live.com

Best wishes,

Suri

RADHA KAKKAR's picture

Hi Suri 

Thanks for your advice i would really start preparing for the CSQA so that i can write the exam asap .Since im keen to pursue my career further as a Quality Consultant i believe i  should be thorough with all QA Processes.

munisshahuja's picture

hi

 

I am currently working with the Quality Assurance team of a BPO. I don't have any Quality certification but want to get it. Pls let me know where to start from so i dnt loose at the end.

 

Regards,

Munissh Ahuja 

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Munissh,

Great to c ur interest in Quality Certification...CSQA wud be a good choice for you...CSQA talks more of processes...It also covers few aspects of testing and management...Please visit the site www.softwarecertifications.org for more informations...Please make sure that u have all the mentioned pre requisites as specified on the site bfore u take up the certification...(i.e Qualification,Experience etc)...

U have asked From where do u need to start ? I wud suggest u to start reading CSQA CBOK...Thats the book which u need to refer for the exam...If u do not have the CBOK,send me ur mail ID...I wud send u the CBOK & Sample Question Papers...U can get CBOK the moment u register for the exam...Remember this certification is valid only for three years after u complete the same...

Do let me know if u have any other questions...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

sarieta's picture

Hi Sudha,

I am a test analyst with a very reputed company (been with them for 4 years almost) and currently in the US on deputation. I am very keen on taking CSTE (though i have heard from people that CSQA is more recognized, i have decided to do CSTE as its more technical). Would appreciate it if you could guide me with sample questionaires and other materials that you usually email to candidates. My email id is causticangel123@gmail.com I am looking for a job change in India and have not been very succesful at getting interview calls so far. May be because i am in EST. would definitely like to add a feather to my hat and also continue the learning process.

Thanks in advance,
Saritha

Kuntal Sen Laskar's picture

Hi Sudakar,
I am new to this Blog and have recently Joined as I found that here a very good amount of Knowledge Sharing is done Both at Professional and at Technical Level.

I am a Tester for about 2.5 years and After going through the Blog and reading your replies to different comments,I had come to the conclusion that it would be Bettter for me to do CSTE at this stage and Later I can do CSQA when I move to Higher Levels.I had been trying since a long time to get study materials for CSTE exam But Failed to get somebody.

I feel that You are a very experienced person in IT field and can help me.It would be Great of you if you could please send me the study materials needed for CSTE Exam or even the Web Links for them.

My Email:-rupamsenlaskar@rediffmail.com

A very great Thanks in Advance for all the Information you had already provided!!!

Regards
Kuntal

mdmanjunath's picture

Hi ,

I work for a MNC is application support ( release management) i would like to know whether CSQA would help me to find a path in my career. How are the oppurtunities now a days in the quality side.

iam still in a dilemma whether to take CSTE or CSQA.

which has better opurtunities.

need your valued help.

Thanks a lot.

Manjunath

soni.982's picture

Hi Sudhakar,

I am presently working as an ERP Technical consultant with 3 years of experience. I want to switch into Testing or Quality Domain but not able to decide as in where should i go, as in what has more demand in market and adds on growth to my profile? Accordingly the certification to choose i.e. ISTQB/CSTE/CSQA. Kindly advise me. Thanks.

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Soni...
Could you please let me know which stream r u really keen to go in...I mean Testing OR Quality...First make a decision between Testing Or Quality.
Once you have a firm decision then you can decide on which certification would be helpful...
In short ISTQB & CSTE is for aspirants who wish to make their career in testing...CSQA is for aspirant who wish to make their career in Quality/Process...

Hope i have answered ur question...

U can drop a mail @ sudhakar.packiamuthu@morganstanley.com if you need any other details...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

coolmaverick11111's picture

hi All,
I was just exploring on some other avenues:
my current profile :
S/W developer ( JAVA )
3.4 years of work experience

1. is it a good idea for me, to make a switch to process profile
I have no other experience than coding in JAVA, no project mgt exp.

regards,
Mav

Deepika_K's picture

Hi Sudhakar,

I saw your post about CSTE and CSQA and got interested. Kindly check if you can help me out with some decisions.

I have 5 years of experience in Development and Maintenance (Java, Perl, PL/SQL). I want to move to a work enviornment with which I can have a good work life balance. I heard that Testing / QA field can provide that to a certain extent. I have been interested in moving to Testing or QA field since the beginning of my Career. So, it was the obvious choice.

Kindly help me by prividing some details as to which direction I should take in this transition. I have done ISTQB Certification in 2007 and that did not help me. I dont have enough time to attend any courses. I ll have to do this transition with self study.

Regards
Deepika

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Deepika...
To be very honest...Certifications would only add a value when you put them on ur resume...Not necessarily help u in getting up a job...After all experience is what matters...
Now since you had altogether different experience(Development Experience)...u may have to land up as a fresher in testing...Is it possible for you to get a Tester job in the company which u r currenly working...?
If that works out may be u can take up CSTE certification side by side...So that as u keep getting experience u also have a certification with you...Now this wud help u in getting a better job...

Certifications only add a value to ur resume as i have already said...If you are keen in taking up Testing as a career further...Some how get up a Test Engineer job in ur current company or any other company and if possible try to get CSTE certified...Also as i always keep insisting...for CSTE certification...There's no need to attend any private coaching...Jst keep reading the study material(CBOK)...

Hope i have answered ur question...

Do let me know if u have any other questions...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

Sudhakar Packiamuthu's picture

Hi Deepika...

U can shoot out a mail @ sudhakar.packiamuthu@morganstanley.com...

Regards
Sudhakar Packiamuthu(CSQA,CSTE)

sudhindar's picture

hi all,

i want to know start is the istqb foundation level exam
so i can any 1 tell wat exactly i have to do...............
actually i work in a bpo , is there any compulsion that
a experienced person should take the exam

Is there a necessity that have to go to a institute
r can i prepare on my own .............

then how and where to pay the fee,
and how can i apply for the center and where would the center
be...........

snadella's picture

Hi,

I have 4 yrs experience in testing field. I have done ISTQB FL exam. I am interested in doing CSTE but when i go through the http://www.softwarecertifications.org/ i got confusion which one should i do? CAST or CSTE?
Please suggest me in this. If you people have any material with you please mail me to sravya.testing@gmail.com.

Pls let me know how many months does it require for preparation?

Thanks in Advance.

Regards
Sravya

Aniruddha's picture

Hi Sudhakar

You have a great blog and I am sure many are thankful to you for it, just like me.

Well I just completed my M.S. in Computer Science and am working as a technical writer (had no option .. had to take up any job due to the current condition). I am thinking of being in the QA side of IT as I am not very interested in programming. Would you suggest QA as a good option? Also if you are a QA, can you please tell me what goes on in the life of a QA ... as in work wise ... what is the work exactly?

Kindly reply! Thanks and Regards

sqa100's picture

Hello,

I have about 4 1/2 years of experience as a SQA engineer. I do manual testing, automation, write test plan and test cases. Which ceritification (CSTE , CSQA or something else ?) will be put me next into a lead role in QA? I want to add value to my current position and progress in my career.

Please guide me.

Thanks in advance.

sqa

sqa100@hotmail.com

JM's picture

Hi,
Just want to know which testing/QA certification is widely accpeted in the US software industry,
comparison is between CSTE/ISTQB/IIST or ASQ's six sigma related ones.
could anyone throw light on this,
thanks,
JM

sarieta's picture

Hi Sudha,

I am a test analyst with a very reputed company (been with them for 4 years almost) and currently in the US on deputation. I am very keen on taking CSTE (though i have heard from people that CSQA is more recognized, i have decided to do CSTE as its more technical). Would appreciate it if you could guide me with sample questionaires and other materials that you usually email to candidates. My email id is causticangel123@gmail.com I am looking for a job change in India and have not been very succesful at getting interview calls so far. May be because i am in EST. would definitely like to add a feather to my hat and also continue the learning process.

Thanks in advance,
Saritha

vijayaurath@yahoo.co.in's picture

Hi,

I'm working on DB and PDM/PLM testing. Planning to go for any certification. Can anybody kindly advice me, which would be the right chose for me, CSQA or CSTE?

Currently I have 4 years of experience and planning to move towards management in future.

Welcoming your suggessions.

regards,
Viajaya

muralidhar's picture

Which is better?

pks2011's picture

Hi Sudhakar,

I was looking for information on CSTE, CSQA and found your forum to be extremely helpful. Am asking for your guidance in this regard. I am a BCom, MBA(Fin) and have worked as a Business Analyst for two years. I am looking to start working after a break of 5 years. A few of my projects were in QA and testing area. I am thinking of working in the direction of testing and hence am interested in CSTE. In one of your replies you said that certifications are good for resumes but dont guarantee jobs. I agree totally. I am looking for working towards certifications to acquaint myself with subject matter. Am I going in the right direction?

Waiting for your reply.
Thanks
p shenoy