TPI NEXT® Foundation

TPI NEXT® Foundation


TPI NEXT® is the international standard for (test) organizations that strive towards lowering the cost of testing, shortening the time for testing and/or improving the quality of their test process. The TPI NEXT® model is used in two ways: on the one hand to measure the maturity of test processes and on the other hand it also provides a roadmap for improvements.


Target group

The TPI NEXT® Foundation certification is aimed at all those who are involved in and interested in test process improvement, either as a test professional or in the project / program or technical-management areas.



As an independent model it can be used in relationship with any testing or development method. The model easily adapts to situations and environments like Agile, waterfall, maintenance, etc. Furthermore the model provides guidelines for CMMi-related projects. Knowledge and experience in the testing area is an advantage and helps for a better understanding.


e-Competence Framework (e-CF)

The mapping of this certificate against the e-Competence Framework.


 e-CF Area   e-Competence e-1 e-2 e-3 e-4 e-5
PLAN A.4. Product / Service Planning          
BUILD B.2. Component Integration          
B.3. Testing          
B.4. Solution Deployment          
MANAGE E.5. Process Improvement          

Legend for coverage:

  General - The competence is covered at the level indicated
  Partial - The competence is covered to some extent
  Superficial - Relevant knowledge is covered to some extent
  The competence level is available in the framework
  The competence level is not available in the framework





Exam content

Candidates are being tested on the following topics:

1. Positioning testing and TPI NEXT® (5%)

2. Elements of the TPI NEXT® model for Measuring (40%)

3. Elements of the TPI NEXT® model for Improvements (40%)

4. Business Driven Improvement (15%)


Exam Details

Number of questions:                      

Pass mark:   65% (26 of 40)
Open book/notes:  no
Electronic equipment permitted:   no


This exam is available in these languages:

  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
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