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The release of the 2012 Advanced Level product represents a major milestone

Mike Smith, Chair of the ISTQB® Advanced Level Working Group (ALWG), says "the release of the 2012 Advanced Level product represents a major milestone, and is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people across the world over the past 2 years. Business Outcomes are now the driver for the 2012 Advanced Level Syllabi. These provide clearly defined statements about the capabilities of anyone achieving Advanced Level Certification, enabling employers to match the profile of certified testers to their business requirements. These statements are verified by examinable Learning Objectives which are traceable to the Business Outcomes. Further to this, the careful scoping of Advanced between Foundation and Expert Levels in the ISTQB® scheme, enables businesses and testing professionals to map out career development paths".

Read the Press Release here

What are the benefits of the ISTQB® Partner Program?

The major benefits of the ISTQB® Partner Program include e.g. permission to use the ISTQB® Partnership Program logo (and other permitted marketing material) on organisation's website.
See more benefits here

What is the ISTQB® Partner Program?

The ISTQB® Partner Program recognises organisations with a demonstrated commitment to software testing certifications. The Program comprises four levels of partnerships (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Global) and the partnership level of an organisation is determined through the number of certification points it has accumulated. Benefits among others are:

  • Permission to use the ISTQB® Partnership Program logo (and other permitted marketing material) on organisation's website
  • Recognition of the organisation's testing professionalism, both in the local and international market
  • Official Recognition Letter, indicating identity/location, validity and level

See more in www.istqb.org/partner/

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At ISTQB® we are constantly working to improve our website service and achieve our customer's complete satisfaction. Visit www.istqb.org and add your comments here to this discussion. We thank you for having visited us and we invite you to tell us your suggestion.

The release of the new 2012 ISTQB® Advanced Level includes several updates

ISTQB® Advanced Level product release includes updates to the Glossary, Accreditation Process, and the Exam Structure and Rules as well as sample exam questions for all syllabus learning objectives. It is important for all current Advanced Level Training Providers to note that the scale of the changes in the 2012 Advanced Level means that full re-accreditation of courses will be required. To ensure a smooth transition between the 2007 version and 2012 version, there will be a transition  period during which the 2007 version will be phased out. The earliest availability of exams against the 2012 version will be December 2012 with local ISTQB® Member Boards being able to advise on exact dates.  For more details: www.istqb.org

The new 2012 Advanced Level brings another important step to the community and the industry

Yaron Tsubery, President of ISTQB® says "The new 2012 Advanced Level brings another important step to the community and the industry, moving the ISTQB® one step ahead towards the future. I believe this new version is in line with the industry and the practitioners needs and will ensure the growth of professionalism in the software testing domain. The new 2012 Advanced Level is enabling those who took the Foundation Level to move forward and expand their knowledge, while advancing and aligning their career paths following a unified, international standard."

Read the Press Release here

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in San Francisco in March 2014

The ISTQB® Spring 2014 GA will take place in San Francisco, USA.

Modularization of the Expert Syllabi

The ISTQB® GA approved the modularization of the Expert Level Syllabi making them more flexible. It will be possible to get certified on specific parts of the Syllabi. The overall structure and content of the published Expert Syllabi is not affected by this modularization.

ISTQB® approves the extension of its current scheme with add-ons

The ISTQB® approved in Cape Town the extension of the current scheme with add-ons. The add-ons will extend the current syllabi (mainly the Foundation one) with specific content focused on specific processes (eg: "agile testing"), specific methodologies (eg: "model based testing") or on specific domains (eg: "testing automotive systems").

Chapter 6 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Test Tools and Automation

An ideal toolset should eliminate the duplication of information across the tools. It takes more effort and it is more error-prone to store test execution scripts both in a test management database and in the configuration management system.
Learn more and download the Syllabus here

Chapter 5 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Learn about reviews

Technical Test Analysts must be active participants in the review process, providing their unique views. They should have formal review training to better understand their respective roles in any technical review process. All review participants must be committed to the benefits of a well-conducted technicalreview.

Learn more and download the Syllabus here

Special Award Winner is Boris Beizer!

As a special celebration for the 10Years Anniversary of ISTQB®, the Award Panel has decided to issue also a "Special Award for Lifelong Contribution to Software Testing" that has been awarded to Boris Beizer.
Read more in the Award Web site

2012 Award Winner is Dorothy Graham!

ISTQB® is proud to announce that the Winner of 2012 "ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award" is Dorothy Graham for her notable contributions to the improvement of software quality and software testing.
Read more in the Award Web site.

Release of the 2012 Advanced Level Syllabus

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting in Cape Town (October 2012) approved the release of the 2012
Advanced Level Syllabus that consists of three separate, distinct syllabi for Advanced Test Manager, Advanced Test Analyst and Advanced Technical Test Analyst.

For more information, read the Press Release and download the Syllabi here.

Release of the ISTQB® “standard glossary of Testing terms”, version 2.2

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting in Cape Town (October 2012), approved the release of the ISTQB®
"standard glossary of Testing  terms", version 2.2. The glossary uses the principle of backwards compatibility as much as possible, this version can be used today by all stakeholders and formally replaces glossary version 2.1.You can download the new glossary version 2.2 here and read the Press Release for more details.

Chapter 4 in Advanced Level Syllabus Beta version 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Learn about Quality Characteristics for Technical Testing

In general, the Technical Test Analyst focuses testing on "how" the product works, rather than the functional aspects of "what" it does. These tests can take place at any test level. For example, during component testing of real time and embedded systems, conducting performance benchmarking and testing resource usage is important.

Learn more and download the Syllabus here

Chapter 3 in Advanced Level Syllabus Beta version 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Learn about Analytical Techniques

There are two types of analysis: static analysis and dynamic analysis.

  • Static analysis (Section 3.2) encompasses the analytical testing that can occur without executing the software. Because the software is not executing, it is examined either by a tool or by a person to determine if it will process correctly when it is executed.
  • Dynamic analysis (Section 3.3) requires the actual execution of the code and is used to find coding faults which are more easily detected when the code is executing (e.g., memory leaks).

Learn more and download the Syllabus here

Chapter 2 in Advanced Level Syllabus Beta version 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Learn about structure-based test design technique

Chapter 2  principally  describes  structure-based  test  design  techniques,  which  are  also  known  as white  box  or  code-based  test  techniques.  These  techniques  use  the  code,  the  data  and  the architecture  and/or  system  flow  as  the  basis  for  test  design.
Learn more and download the Syllabus here

Why Expert?

The Expert Level extends the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level by providing in-depth, practically-oriented certifications in a range of different testing subjects. With Expert Level ISTQB® offers career paths for testers with clearly defined business outcomes. The Expert Level currently has four modules; two released and two in development:

  • Improving the Test Process
  • Test Management
  • Test Automation (in progress)
  • Security Testing (in progress)

See more information here.

Why Advanced?

The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers. The Advanced Level has three specializations:

  • Test Manager
  • Test Analyst
  • Technical Test Analyst

See more information here

Why Foundation?

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing. This includes people in roles such as test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and IT Professionals. See more information here.

Why ISTQB® certification?

ISTQB® Certified Tester is the most widespread qualification scheme in the world. Both the syllabi contents and glossary have become the de facto industry reference for the software testing profession.
See the advantages being ISTQB® certified and more information in the website: http://istqb.org/certification-path-root/why-istqb-certification/benefits.html

CSTQB International Software Testing forum Shanghai - China Nov. 1st , 2012– Nov. 4th , 2012

The event, organized by CSTQB, is held annualy in English and Chinese, covering the following main topics:
Presentation of ISTQB® status and perspectives
-Testing Technique and Test Management
- Domain Testing
-Test Automation
-Agile Testing
- Testing industry status and perspectives
-and many more.
More information can be found in the website: www.cstqbforum.com

ISTQB® Recognized Mobile App

ISTQB® launches the ISTQB® Recognized Mobile Application Program. This recognition program allows suppliers of apps containing ISTQB® related contents to associate their brand with a specific ISTQB® logo and to take advantage of the ISTQB® network. Check our conditions and application form.

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in June 2014 in London

The ISTQB® decides to have the General Assembly hosted in London, England, in June 2014. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

ISTQB® Summit announced

The ISTQB® will organize in the 1st half of 2013 the first ISTQB® conference. This user conference will engage the community in inspiring the next steps on software testing. Stay tuned for more news.

ISTQB® Wojtec Jaszcs interview: The needs of the Process Working Group

Wojtec Jaszcs, Chair of the Process Working, talks about the needs of the Process Working Group as well as the Polish and Central European Testing Market.
Watch the interview from the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44b2R4z6aSY

ISTQB® Thomas Müller interview: The foundation level and the education foundations

ISTQB® Foundation Level Working Group Chair Thomas Müller talks about the contents of the Foundation Level certification, the educational foundations of the syllabus, the learning objectives, how people can study the material, the coverage of both knowledge and skills, the value of training and books, the exam format, and the benefits for the employer.
Watch the interview from the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZA_8CJGLh4

ISTQB® Conference Network rules updated

ISTQB® updated the rules for event organizers to join the ISTQB® Conference Network. The organizers have now a better and clear understanding on the scope and criteria required to join. You can check them in our website www.istqb.org/newsevents/events/istqb-conference-network.html

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in November 2013 in Lisbon

The ISTQB® decides to have the General Assembly hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2013. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

ISTQB® Graham Bath interview: How to become an expert?

Graham Bath, Expert Level Working Group Chair, talks about the needs of an Expert Level, how to become and expert and how to learn the course.
Watch the interview from the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99EVteDQqGc

New Glossary planned to be release in 2012

Together with ISTQB® Advanced Level Syllabi release in 2012, also a new glossary is planned to be released. Further details about the release will be published as soon as they are available. Visit our website www.istqb.org

Improving The Testing Process - The Critical Testing Process Framework

There are various frameworks for evaluating testing processes. In this presentation we'll discuss how to use the framework to assess and improve your testing processes.
Watch the presentation from the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9trUjWuyaI

Release of the Beta Version of the new Advanced Level (CTAL2012) Syllabus

The ISTQB® Advanced Level Syllabi 2012 is on track to be released during Fall 2012; The beta version is now available for download. Read the Press Release for more details.

ISTQB® Partner Program officially launched - Become a partner!

ISTQB® Partner Program is launched. See more detailed information in our web site istqb.org/partner

ISTQB® passes 240 000 certifications

As of March 31, 2012, The ISTQB® has issued more than 240 000 certifications worldwide. Read more information in our website www.istqb.org

ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award 2012 - Proposal submission

Submissions are open for the ISTQB® Excellence Award 2012, a prize given annually to a person or company that has made outstanding contributions to the innovation, research and awareness in the field of software quality and testing. http://awards.istqb.org

The New 2012 ISTQB® Advanced Level Syllabus

A long-awaited upgrade of the 2007 Advanced Level syllabus is approaching market readiness. Following market surveys of various stakeholders including training providers, businesses, and students, the scoping work commenced which has led to the creation of the 2012 version of the Advanced Level syllabus. This document provides a brief overview of the changes made and the release plan being followed by ISTQB®.

More than 200.000 certifications achieved

ISTQB® announces to have issued more than 200.000 certificates world-wide.

The document can be found here.

ISTQB General Assembly meets in Wellington next week

The ISTQB® General Assembly (GA) meets in Wellington, New Zealand next week. It is the first time the GA will meet in New Zealand and this will be the first GA of the year 2012 where the elections for the working groups will take place.

Stay tuned for more news on the GA over the next weeks.

ISTQB® ensures its consistency world-wide

ISTQB® aims at providing uniform processes world-wide through its Member Boards; in order to ensure this goal and to collect improvement opportunities for fine tuning the scheme, ISTQB® has finalized an Audit Process that has started to be applied to its Member Boards.

ISTQB® International Testing Award

ISTQB® announce the creation of an ISTQB® International Testing Award that will be assigned yearly starting from 2012 to a prominent person in the field of software testing; more details on the eligibility process will be made available in due course.

ISTQB® TBOK (Test Body of Knowledge)

ISTQB® kicks-off activities for the creation of a comprehensive and consistent TBOK, by packaging/ enhancing the existing Glossary and Syllabi as well as incorporating the Syllabi undergoing development and additional sources of information. It is expected that the TBOK will be publicly available within two years.

The ISTQB® Glossary is kept aligned to the evolution of syllabi

The Glossary Working Group is enhancing the ISTQB® Glossary by adding new terms coming from the Expert Level syllabi as well as fine tuning existing terms; the new Version 2.2 is planned to be published in June 2012.

ISTQB® enhances Exam Rules and Structure

The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves an enhanced set of rules related to the Exam Structure and the Exam Question Writing Rules and Recommendations; the adoption of such rules by the Member Boards and Exam Providers will further enhance the consistency of exams at international level.

ISTQB® defines the next General Assembly Meetings

ISTQB® constitution defines that the General Assembly (GA) has the power to approve the objectives and activities of the association; as such, it is the most important body of ISTQB® .  The GA ensuring a democratic and transparent approach that is a hallmark of the ISTQB®. Next ISTQB® GA meetings will respect the "rotation" across the various continents and are planned as follows:

  • 9th March 2012: Wellington, New Zealand
  • 8th June 2012: Tallinn, Estonia
  • 19th October 2012: Cape Town, South Africa
  • April 2013: Toronto, Canada
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