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Title / definition

International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®); a certification scheme.

The ISTQB certifies software testers worldwide, through a scheme that relies on a Body of Knowledge (Syllabi and Glossary) and examination rules that are applied consistently all over the world.


Qualification scheme


International Software Testing Qualifications Board.

Brief history and description

The ISTQB is a non-profit organization responsible for defining various guidelines such as examination structure and regulations, accreditation and certification etc.; it comprises representatives from each existing National and Regional Board. It was officially founded in Edinburgh in November 2002; since then it has become a world leader in software testing certification.

The ISTQB Syllabi

The ISTQB Glossary

In compiling the glossary the working party sought the views and comments of as broad a spectrum of opinion as possible in industry, commerce and government bodies and organizations, with the aim of producing an international testing standard which would gain acceptance in as wide a field as possible. The ISTQB Glossary is used as a reference document for the ISTQB software testing qualification scheme. The document presents concepts, terms and definitions designed to aid communication in (software) testing and related disciplines.

Target Audience

Testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers; project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants

User communities and groups

The ISTQB community is represented by worldwide member boards. More information can be found on the official ISTQB site.

The development of ISTQB® is facilitated by international working groups for the cooperative design of syllabi, exam rules, processes, etc.

Official publisher

International Software Testing Qualifications Board.

Accreditations and qualifications

The ISTQB Certified Tester program provides certification for software testers internationally. There are currently three levels of certification:

For all three levels, international working groups develop and maintain internationally uniform curricula and examinations. One of the core principles of the program is a strict separation between the administration of examinations and the training of those who would like to prepare for the examination in ISTQB compliant courses.




Official Sites ISTQB home page
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Publications ISTQB home page menu
Accreditations and Qualifications ISTQB home page menu
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Other useful links IBPI home page