Certified Tester Expert Level Modules Overview

The CTEL (Certified Tester Expert Level) describes skills and knowledge representing mastery of a particular testing subject; the Expert Level Modules Overview provides a helicopter view about the Expert Level in general and on the three Expert Level modules on which ISTQB® is actively working: "Improving the Test Process", "Test Management" and "Test Automation".

The syllabus content for each module is described in summary form; download the Certified Tester Expert Level Modules Overview document to get more insights on the Business outcomes and Learning Objectives and on the Expert level scheme in general.

CTFL (Certified Tester Foundation Level) Syllabus Edition 2011

ISTQB® announces the public availability of Foundation Level syllabus version 2011.

The updated version fixes a few inconsistencies and formatting issues; since the changes do not affect any Learning Objective, no re-accreditation of training material is required and no impact is foreseen in the exam structure; the CTFL Syllabus Edition 2011 is available in the Download area, accompanied by its Release Note.

Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) Progresses

At the Prague Meeting, the Advanced Level Working Group has reported substantial improvements to the CTAL syllabus, in terms of both structure and contents; a new release is planned for the beginning of 2012.

New member Board – Tunisia

The ISTQB® General Assembly approves the application of a new Member Board – Tunisia, increasing the availability of ISTQB® exams in Africa; the number of National/ Regional Boards sums up to 48, covering countries that represent over 90% of the worldwide GDP. See the full list of Regional and National Boards.

ISTQB® appoints new Chairs for the Audit Working Group

In order to ensure the consistency of the exams world-wide, ISTQB® has defined a comprehensive set of processes covering all the ISTQB® core activities (examination, accreditation, etc.); the Audit Working Group has the mandate to verify that all National Boards / Examination Provides/ Training Providers strictly adhere to the defined processes and rules.

ISTQB® has approved the Audit Working Group Responsible:

  • Chair: Raynald Korchia
  • Vice Chair: Eric Riou du Cosquer

ISTQB® thanks the Audit Chair and Vice-Chair for their dedication.

ISTQB® elects the New Executive Committee

During the Prague General Assembly, the representatives of the National Boards have elected the new Executive Committee for 2011-2012. The President and Vice President have been confirmed in their roles; new persons have been appointed in the Treasurer and Secretary roles.

ISTQB® President: Yaron Tsubery, from the Israeli Testing Board

ISQTB® Vice-President: Chris Carter, from the Australia New Zealand Testing Board

ISTQB® Treasurer: Mitko Mitev, from the South East Europe Testing Board

ISTQB® Secretary: Eric Riou du Cosquer, from the French Testing Board

The new Executive Board will be heading the ISTQB® for the next two years.



ISTQB® defines the next General Assembly Meetings

ISTQB® constitution defines that the General Assembly (GA) has the power to enable the realization of the objectives and activities of the association; as such, it is the most important body of ISTQB®, ensuring the democratic and transparent approach that marks the ISTQB®. Next ISTQB® GA meetings are planned as follows:

  • June 2011: Rome, Italy
  • October 2011: Shanghai, China
  • March 2012: New Zealand
  • July 2012: Tallinn, Estonia

BCS withdraws ISEB Test Practitioner scheme in favor of ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced level certification scheme

As a consequence of the Agreement signed in March 2010 between UKTB and ISEB, the ISEB Practitioner qualification scheme has been phased out and the two ISEB Practitioner exams (Test Management and Test Analysis) have been withdrawn from the 1st February 2011.

ISTQB® have defined a Grandfathering scheme between the ISEB Practitioner certificates and the ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level certifications that is explained in details in the attached Mapping Document.

ISTQB® – Marketing Working Group - Update

The ISTQB® Marketing Working Group has a new Acting Chair, Dr. Gualtiero Bazzana, from the Italian Software Testing Qualifications Board and a new vice-chair, Dr. Patricia McQuaid, from the American Software Testing Qualifications Board. Gualtiero and Patricia will continue the work performed by the former Chair, Ms. Sharon Robson. The ISTQB® Executive Committee thanks Sharon for her contribution in the last years and wishes to Gualtiero and Patricia a fruitful co-operation on behalf of the ISTQB® members.

The goal of the Marketing Working Group is to perform market research, promote ISTQB® services to all relevant stakeholders (National / Regional Boards, Training Providers, Certified Testers, the Testing community at large) and advertise them.

Successful ISTQB® meeting in Tokyo – more than 155.000 certifications issued

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting held in Tokyo, Japan, marked the continuing growth of the ISTQB® Certifications world-wide. ISTQB® President Yaron Tsubery announced that more than 155.000 certifications have been issued current to Q1 2010, confirming the ISTQB® as the de facto reference in the domain of certification of testing know-how. The General Assembly has made substantial advances in many domains, including: Advanced Syllabus, Expert Syllabi, Changes in Accreditation and Certification processes, Audit process, and more, thereby establishing a solid basis for further evolutions that will become public in 2011.

ISTQB® defines official logos for Certified Testers and Accredited Training Providers

The ISTQB® General Assembly approves the usage of logos for Certified Testers and Accredited Training Providers at world-wide level. The National Boards are entitled to issue such logos in accordance with the defined ISTQB® guidelines.

First ISTQB® Expert Level Syllabus released

ISTQB® is proud to announce the release and public availability of the first of a set of Expert Level Syllabi, focused on "Improving the Test Process". The syllabus is based on the knowledge of the many experts that contributed to it, and focuses on the following aspects:

  • The context of improvement (Deming cycle, IDEAL framework, Overview of improvement approaches, etc)
  • Model based improvement (CMMI ®, ISO/ IEC 15504, TPI ®, TMMi, STEP, CTP)
  • Analytical based improvement (Causal analysis, GQM, Metrics and Indicators)
  • Selecting the approach for test process improvement
  • Process for improvement
  • Organization, Roles and Skills
  • Managing Change
  • Critical Success Factors

The Syllabus can be found here.

Foundation Level 2010 Syllabus – Sample questions

ISTQB® publishes sample questions for the Foundation Level Syllabus version 2010 on its website.

The sample questions can be found here.

New ISTQB® Foundation Level Syllabus released

The new Foundation Level Syllabus (version 2010) has been released to the member Boards, and is publicly available through the ISTQB® Web Site and on various national board websites.

Please click here to access the Foundation Level Syllabus (version 2010).

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