ISTQB was founded in November of 2002 and is an abbreviation of Software Testing Qualifications Board. ISTQB is an international umbrella organisation with SSTB and other national authorities as members. 

ISTQB is responsible for the international testing certification programs ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL), ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL), ISTQB Certified Tester Specialist (CT) and ISTQB Certified Tester Expert Level (CTEL). These certification programs are based on the English syllabi. Apart from the syllabi there are guiding principles for accreditation of training providers. ISTQB is the coordinator of an international project developing syllabi and guidelines in English that can be translated by the national authorities to their respective languages. 

The purpose of ISTQB

The aim of ISTQB is to offer an international common program for certification of software and system testing. ISTQB offers English syllabi that can be used for accredition and examination by the national authorities. 

ISTQB has the following goals:

  • To promote the acknowledgement of software testing as a profession within the software field
  • To offer a standard framework to enable testers to progress their career
  • To facilitate for professional testers to be acknowledged by employers, customers and colleagues and lift the image of testers
  • To promote stable and good testing methods in all software disciplines
  • To identify testing fields of importance and value to the software industry
  • To facilitate for software suppliers to employ certified testers so as to get commercial benefits in front of their competitors by emphasizing their policy for employment of testers
  • To give the testers, and those interested in testing, a chance to get an internationally acknowledged diploma

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