I am forming an online virtual study group for people who wish to prepare for and take the new ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Certification. You will have access to the pre-recorded presentations, notes, exercises, sample exam questions, as well as a group weekly mentoring meeting each week with Randy Rice, chair of the ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Syllabus working party. The e-Learning course materials are in beta version and are pending accreditation submission.
There are 11 weekly meetings, starting on Thursday, Nov. 17th. (Days are subject to change due to holidays.)
The exam has been in place since March, but the missing
piece has been training courses.
I am working hard to finish my course in both live and
e-learning formats. My plan is to have a beta version of the e-Learning course
available in mid-November. This beta version will not be accredited because
that process takes several weeks.
However, I know there are people that would like to start
studying for this certification now. For that reason, I am forming this online
virtual study group that also includes access to the e-Learning content as it
The price of this group does not include the exam fee of $200.
Here’s how it works:
We will meet weekly
for one hour in a web meeting format.
I will lead the meeting, but the
purpose is to answer your questions and provide additional insights to the
topics. We will cover sample exam questions. The exact day and time of the
meetings may vary, but my plan is to hold the meetings on Wednesday around
noon, Central time. There may be times when I either must reschedule or have a
There are 11
sessions, including the kick-off session.
Tentative start date is Thursday, Nov. 17
th, with a goal end date of January 25th.
That may sound like a long time, but with e-Learning courses, most people take
several months to complete the advanced courses.(To see the schedule and topics, click on the "outline tab".
If you can’t attend a
meeting, that’s fine.
We will record each meeting so you will be able to
watch and listen later if you like. You can also send me your questions and
feedback by e-mail and I will be happy to respond. You also have phone access
to me to ask questions.
If you join after the
official start date, that’s fine too.
Each chapter of the syllabus stands
on its own. While it is optimal to start at Chapter 1, you can either catch-up
with the recorded modules, or “wrap around” in the next study group (provided
there is enough interest in a second group.)
You will have access
to all the e-Learning content I have produced to date.
narrated slide shows, course notes, exercises and solutions, as well as the
ISTQB sample exam questions.
As I continue to add
new content, you will have first access to it.
However, I expect that all
the content will be in place by the second week of the study group.
Each week, we will
focus on a chapter in the syllabus.
In two chapters, there will be two
weeks each, due to the amount of materials. The time required to view the
pre-recorded lessons will be about 2 hours per week. The exercises will require
another 1.5 to 2 hours.
You will have access
to other attendees to get their thoughts as well.
The group and course are
housed in my e-Learning Management System with forums so you can freely post
ideas and questions.
You will get personal
attention and mentoring from me.
I expect this group will be 12 – 15 people
or fewer people in size.
After the group ends,
you still have access to the e-Learning course.
This is helpful for review
before you sit for the exam.
You have direct
access to the person who chaired the development of the syllabus.
provide context and input that is not in the syllabus or the course. And I can
answer your “why” questions.
At any time you feel
the group is too much for you to handle time-wise, you always have the option
to continue on your own through the e-Learning modules.
You still have
access to me to ask any questions. In fact, you can still attend the weekly
sessions. However, without doing with weekly preparation, you may feel a little
Questions? Contact Randy at the "Contact Us" link below.