The ISTQB® creates the syllabi, manages all the activities of the Working Groups and defines the rules for accreditation and certification; it acts as umbrella organization for all its Member Boards.

The Member Boards act in the local communities as direct contacts to professionals and organizations interested in the ISTQB® scheme; they translate syllabi in the local languages, accredit training providers and perform exams (directly or through examination bodies that are thus represented in dotted lines).

Training providers create the course material in alignment with syllabi and perform training to those professionals interested in such service; taking a training course is not a pre-requisite for sitting in an exam (this is the reason why the arrow from training providers to testers is dotted).

The adopted scheme ensures:

  • Segregation of duties
  • International harmonization and mutual recognition of certificates