Earning any ISEB or ISTQB software testing certification is really a 2-step process. The first step is to study and prepare for your exam. This comes down to either purchasing a self-study training package such as those offered at UniversalExams.com, or attending a multi-day instructor led course. Step 2 is to actually book, and then take, your certification exam.
Whether you are pursuing ISEB or ISTQB certifications, the first software testing certification you must earn is the ISEB / ISTQB Foundation level. You can take your ISEB / ISTQB Foundation level exam via a computer based examination centre and receive your results immediately. The 2 main computer based testing companies are Prometric and Pearson Vue. Alternatively, if you are located in the UK, you can book your exam directly with the ISEB governing board, the British Computer Society (BCS). If you are in the US, you can book your Foundation level exam with the American Software Testing Qualifications Board.
If you plan to progress through the ISEB certification path, the next certification level is the ISEB Intermediate, followed by the ISEB Practitioner level which itself contains 2 modules (Test Analysis and Test Management). The ISEB Intermediate exam can be taken at Prometric, Pearson Vue, or the BCS just like the ISEB Foundation level, whereas the 2 ISEB Practitioner level exams can only be taken directly through the BCS (to register for the Test Analysis exam, click here, for Test Management, click here).
For those pursuing the ISTQB certification path, the next level encompasses the 3 modules of the ISTQB Advanced level certification (Test Analyst, Technical Test Analyst, and Test Manager). If you are located in the US, you can book your ISTQB Advanced level exam directly with the ASTQB. For all other locations, you must book your exam directly with your local ISTQB member board. You can find the list of member boards at istqb.org.
That’s it for now, good luck on your exams!