There is not any specific exam preparation or professional development courses required to apply for the CTEP examination, and the exam is not based on any single reference. Candidates need to be familiar with the topics listed on the CTEP Table of Specifications (aka Exam “Blueprint”) and their application.
Most of the content of the CTEP Examination pertains to a common body of knowledge that is generic to the practice of test and evaluation. A well-rounded period of professional practice is the best preparation for the exam. However, you are encouraged to supplement your education and experience by reviewing test and evaluation resources—particularly those focusing on areas in which you may be less skilled or experienced.
The materials listed here can provide a helpful supplement to your understanding. This list does not represent the entire body of information to be used as study material, and ITEA does not warrant or guarantee all information contained in these references. Although the list may include more than one reference that covers a content area, one such reference may be enough—and other resources that are not on the list may adequately cover the content area.
Please let us know if there are any other reference books, materials, or courses that you have found to be helpful to you as a test and evaluation professional.
Design of Experiments
Design and Analysis of Experiments. 7th Ed. Newman, I., & Benz, C. R. Douglas Montgomery.
Design of Experiments applied to Flight Testing, RTO-EN-SCI-176
Understanding Industrial Designed Experiments, 4th Edition, 2005, Stephen R. Schmidt and Robert Launsby
Human Factors Design Standard DOT/FAA/CT-03/05 HF-STD-001 May 2003
Human Factors in Project Management: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques for Managing People. 2007, Zachery Wang.
Accuracy Versus Precision, http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/magazine/tct/tct_side1.html
Technical Measurement. INCOSE-TP-2003-020-01 Ver 1.0 27 Dec 2005
General Test and Evaluation
Test and Evaluation Professional Code of Ethics. International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA). May 2010.
Test and Evaluation Handbook (NAWCAD, Patuxent River, 2010).
Test and Evaluation of Complex Systems. Matthew T. Reynolds
Testing Dirty Systems. Randall W. Rice and William E. Perry (Apr 8, 2011)
Diagram of the Scientific Method at: http://home.ubalt.edu/ntsbarsh/opre640/Scintific_Methods.gif
Qualitative-quantitative research methodology: Exploring the interactive continuum, 1998.
Integrated T&E: https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=332552
Enclosure 6 Integrated T&E 5 SEP 2012
Experimentation, Validation and Uncertainty Analysis for Engineers. 3rd Edition. 2009. Hugh W. Cotener and W. Glenn Steele.
Logistics Engineering and Management, Sixth Edition, 2004, Benjamin S. Blanchard, p. 37.
Modeling & Simulation
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – (PMBOK® Guide), Fourth Edition; 2008; ISBN:9781933890517
Project Management: A Managerial Approach. Jack R. Meredith, Samuel J. Manel, Jr. 5th Edition, 2003.
Organizational Behavior An Applied Psychological Approach, Revised edition, by Dennis W. Organ and W. Clay Hamner, Business Publications, Inc. Plano Texas, 1982.
When should a Test be Automated. Brian Marick. ACM Press/Addison-Wesley.
Bayesian Reliability (2009). Michael S. Hamada. Springer Publisher, Inc.
Reliability & Life Testing Handbook by Dimitri Kececioglu, 2002 ISBN No 1-932078-03-7, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Requirements Engineering, 2010, Dr. Klaus Pohl
System Verification – Proving the Design Solution Satisfies the Requirements; Jeffrey O. Grady; Academic Press; Copyright 2007.
Risk Management Guide for DoD Acquisition, 2006
The Risk Management Guide. www.ruleworks.co.uk/riskguide/index.htm
Software Testing and Evaluation
Agile Testing and Quality Strategies: Discipline over Rhetoric. Ambler, Scott (2010)
Agile Testing: What is it? Can it work? Pettichord, Bret (2002-11-11)
Agile Testing, Nine Principles and Six Concrete Practices for Testing on Agile Teams Hendrickson, Elisabeth (2008-08-11)
Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams. Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-321-53446-8. Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory (2009)
Guide to Agile Practices. The Agile Alliance web page (http://guide.agilealliance.org/)
How to Break Software: A Practical Guide to Testing (2003), by Whitaker, James A., Addison Wesley Publishing, ISBN 0-201-79619-8.
Implementing Automated Software Testing. Addison Wesley Elfriede Dustin, et al.
Improving Software Quality. Lowell Joy Arthur / Wiley Publishers
Medical Device Software Verification, Validation and Compliance by David A. Vogel (Nov 30, 2010)
Software Configuration Management. Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.
Software Engineering Institute Curriculum Module SEI-CM-20-1.0; 1998. Carnegie Mellon University.
Software Test Automation. Mark Fewster & Dorothy Graham . ACM Press/Addison-Wesley.
Specification by Example: How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software. Manning. Adzic, Gojko (2011). ISBN 978-1-61729-008-4.
Key Practices of the Capability Maturity Model SM, Version 1.1, pg 35
UML: A Beginner’s Guide. Jason T. Roff, McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2003, ISBN: 0-07-222460-6
Basic Statistics. 4th Ed. Mark Kiemele, Air Academy Associates (2000).
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making, 3rd Edition, by Morris Hamburg, 1983, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ISBN: 0-15-583450-9.
Statistical Methods. Arnaud, Delorme, Schwartz. Center for Computational Neuroscience, UCSD.
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, Second Edition, 2006, William Navidi, page 328
Applied Statistics. Third Edition, 1988, John Neter, William Wasserman, G.A. Whitmore
e-Handbook of Statistical Methods, 220.127.116.11. Histogram NIST/SEMATECH, http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/
Engineering Statistics, Fifth Edition, 2011, Montgomery, Runger, and Hubele.
Fundamentals of Statistics (3rd Edition) – Sullivan Statistics Series.
Parametric vs Non-Parametric Statistics – When to use them and which is more powerful. Angela Hebel
Engineering Statistics Handbook: Histogram http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/eda/section3/eda33e.htm
Operations Research Analysis is T&E, 1995, Donald L. Giadrosich.
Principles of Procedures of EDA Psychological Methods. Behrens JT (1997)
An Overview of Data Transformation Research on Nursongn & Health. Ferketich & Verran 1994
Modern Methods of Systems Engineering, 2010, Joe Jenny
Systems Engineering Principles and Practice, Kossiakoff, Sweet, Seymour, Blemer, pp 238-9; publisher: 2011 John Wiley & Sons New Jersey
System Engineering Guide. MITRE. http://www.mitre.org/work/systems_engineering/guide/se_lifecycle_building_blocks/concept_development/
Various DoD Documents
Army Operational Test and Evaluation Basic Course Handbook
Army Reg 73-1
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STANDARD PRACTICE SYSTEM SAFETY MIL-STD-882E 11 May 2012
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, TEST METHOD STANDARD, ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING CONSIDERATIONS AND LABORATORY TESTS: MIL-STD-810G, 31 October 2008
DoD 5000.61 Dec 9, 2009 DoD Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Verification, Validation, and Accreditation.
DODI 5000.02, AFI 99-103
DOT&E TEMP Guidebook. Memorandum for Users of the DOT&E and TEMP Guidebook 27FEB2012, http://www.dote.osd.mil/ Integrated Testing – Guidance
Incorporating Test and Evaluation into Department of Defense Acquisition Contracts, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation, CLEARED For Open Publication OCT 24, 2011 Office of Security Review Department of Defense 12-S-0150, http://www.acq.osd.mil/dte-trmc/Documents/Guide-on-Incorporating-TE-into-DoD-Acquisition-Contracts.pdf
OSD Test Readiness Review Program Risk Assessment Checklist
DAU T&E Management Guide
Defense Acquisition Guidebook (2009).
USAF DEFICIENCY REPORTING, INVESTIGATION, AND RESOLUTION. TO 00-35D-54 TECHNICAL MANUAL. DEC 2004, (ATOS)
Assessments of Selected Weapon Systems. GAO. March 30, 2010
Capabilities Based Test and Evaluation of Space and Cyber Systems. AFSPCI99-103.
Various FAA Documents
FAA Air Traffic Organization NextGen and Operation Planning Services Test and Evaluation Handbook VVSPT-A2-PDD-013 version 2.0 August 31, 2010
Various NASA Documents
NASA system Engineering Hand Book NASA/SP-2007-6105 Rev-1 Dec. 2007