ISTQB® Code of Ethics for test professionals

Involvement in software testing enables individuals to learn confidential and privileged information. A code of ethics is necessary, among other reasons to ensure that the information is not put to inappropriate use.

Recognizing the ACM and IEEE code of ethics for engineers, the ISTQB® states the following code of ethics:

  • PUBLIC - Certified software testers shall act consistently with the public interest.
  • CLIENT AND EMPLOYER - Certified software testers shall act in a manner that is in the best interests of their client and employer, consistent with the public interest.
  • PRODUCT - Certified software testers shall ensure that the deliverables they provide (on the products and systems they test) meet the highest professional standards possible.
  • JUDGMENT - Certified software testers shall maintain integrity and independence in their professional judgment.
  • MANAGEMENT - Certified software test managers and leaders shall subscribe to and promote an ethical approach to the management of software testing.
  • PROFESSION - Certified software testers shall advance the integrity and reputation of the profession consistent with the public interest.
  • COLLEAGUES - Certified software testers shall be fair to and supportive of their colleagues, and promote cooperation with software developers.
  • SELF - Certified software testers shall participate in lifelong learning regarding the practice of their profession and shall promote an ethical approach to the practice of the profession.