ISTQB® Cookies Policy

1. Introduction

1.1 ISTQB® is a is a not-for-profit association registered under Belgian law with registration number 0889.625.305 and with its registered office at 280, Boulevard du Souverain, 1160 Brussels.

1.2 As is further set out below, we use cookies on the ISQTB® website ("Website"), including the Successful Candidate Register pages, to provide us with data about website traffic and interactions so that we can offer better website experiences in the future.

1.3 If you have any questions about how we collect, store and use your personal information, please read our privacy notice which is accessible via the following link: If you have any questions about how we use cookies, please contact us via the ISTQB Secretariat by any of the following means:

Telephone: +32 2 320 2537


Post: Boulevard du Souverain 280, B – 1160 Brussels, Belgium

1.4 Other than for Google Analytics cookies for which we seek your explicit consent, by using the ISTQB® website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this Cookie Policy and the ISTQB privacy notice (

2. About cookies

2.1 Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your device’s hard drive through your web browser, if allowed by you, and that enables the websites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

2.2 Where allowed by you, we may contract with third-party service providers such as Google Analytics to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our website. We will obtain your consent for such third party services through our cookie banner on the homepage. You may at all times alter or withdraw such consent by contacting us using the contact information provided in this Cookie Policy.

3. Our cookies

3.1 Joomla Session Cookies

The Website is powered by the Joomla Content Management System (CMS). By default, the Joomla CMS automatically installs a so-called "session" cookie into your web browser as soon as you visit our Website. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that lasts only for the duration of your visit of our Website. It is deleted as soon as you close your web browser. This cookie is used for tracking the existence of your session on the Website and to validate your access to different parts of the Website.

3.2 Google Analytics Cookies

The ISTQB® website uses Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a service which uses cookies to help website owners monitor the number of people that visit their website and to analyse how they use it. Google Analytics provides basic information such as how many people have visited a website, which pages they viewed and the average time people spent on a given site.

The information generated by the Google Analytics cookie about your use of the ISTQB® website is transmitted to Google and information will be stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to the ISTQB® website activity and internet usage.

You can read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data here.

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate

3.3 Cloudflare Cookies

The __cfduid cookie is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. For example, if the visitor is in a coffee shop where there are a bunch of infected machines, but the visitor's machine is known trusted, then the cookie can override the security setting. It does not correspond to any userid in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information. Note: This cookie is strictly necessary for site security operations and can't be turned off.

3.4 Third party use of cookies on the Website

As indicated above, ISTQB uses cookies for the purposes set out in this Cookie Policy. Please note that third parties may also set cookies when you visit our Website. This is because our Website contains links, such as for instance social media buttons, from third parties. These third parties may be able to install their cookies on your device and subsequently gather information relating to your online activities, due to the fact that your browser connects to their web servers to retrieve that content. Please note that this Cookie Policy applies only to the cookies that we collect through this website and that we cannot be responsible for cookies that third parties may collect, store and use. You should always carefully read the privacy notice of each website you visit.

4. Disabling/ Enabling Cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. You can also manually remove cookies from your system. For more information on disabling and enabling cookies you should search for or lookup 'Cookies' in your Operating System Documentation. Please be informed that when you disable cookies, certain graphics may no longer appear correctly, or that you may be unable to use certain functions or applications of this Website.