In March 2010 the ISTQB® UK Testing Board (UKTB) and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT agreed to partner to provide software testing examinations at Foundation and Advanced levels. This was a significant move by the Institute to update its software testing accreditation and certification scheme at Foundation and Advanced level to the ISTQB® certification program. The Institute recognised the importance of a globally recognised scheme to support the career development of testers and with the UKTB agreement has committed to promoting ISTQB® certification as the industry standard.
Michiel Van der Voort, Executive Director of International and Professional Development Services for the Institute, explains: "As the Chartered Institute for IT, we're delighted to have reached this agreement with UKTB. Together we have an enormous amount of experience in this arena and we can deliver a high quality service to the software testing community internationally."
Geoff Thompson, Chairman of the UKTB welcomes the agreement, saying: "This is an exciting step forward for the software testing community which is central to the IT profession. By working together in this way, we can continue to increase the standard for software testing internationally."
Yaron Tsubery the current president of the ISTQB® adds: "This agreement helps software testers in the UK and around the world clearly understand the standards they need to meet. It supports ISTQB®s' goal to be the worldwide leading program for the development and certification of software testers."
Details of the BCS Professional Certification portfolio (previously known as ISEB) including the ISTQB Foundation and Advanced certifications can be found at www.bcs.org/softwaretesting. ISTQB® recognises holders of the ISEB Practitioner, the ISEB Test Analyst Practitioner and ISEB Test Management Practitioner and treat them as equivalent to the ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level qualifications that replace them.
For more details, see the 2010 Press Release about the general agreement and the 2011 Press Release that details the Grandfathering scheme between the ISEB Practitioner certificates and the ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level certifications